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Harper driven to reach new heights

Feb 14, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper bulked up to 230 pounds over the winter.

VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper's primary goal this season, the 20-year-old made clear, is team-related.

"World Series," he said. "That's the biggest thing on my mind."

Not that the Nationals' All-Star outfielder hasn't set some personal goals for himself as well. He just prefers not to share those with the world.

"I have things in my head, goals in my head," he said. "But I'm not ready to share those, because people are probably going to think I'm crazy."

Given the high bar Harper has always set for himself — this is, after all, the same guy who graduated high school at 16, was drafted No. 1 in the country at 17 and won NL Rookie of the Year at 19 — there's no telling just what he believes he's capable of doing in his second big-league season.Read more ยป

  1. NatsNut - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    gulp"…having bulked up over the winter to 230 pounds to fill out his 6-foot, 3-inch frame."

  2. SonnyG10 - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    This guy is a real treat for us fans. I saw that video of him working out in the gym and I can just imagine how hard he is going at it. He truly is driven.

  3. Rabbit34 - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Yep, best player in baseball.

  4. MicheleS - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Twitter jail.. you can only send out 1000 tweets per day. And they allocate that out. Once you hit a number, they shut your down for a couple of hours

  5. Candide - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    how do you send 1000 tweets in one day? I don't think I even BLINK a thousand times in one day.

  6. MicheleS - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Candide.. retweets count too.

  7. Candide - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    But yikes, MicheleS – assuming you're awake 16 hours a day, that works out to more than one tweet every MINUTE. SMH…

  8. Scooter - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    One thousand?Land sakes alive, even Joe Maddon wouldn't want a piece of you, and he's a weird wuss.

  9. natsfan1a - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    All I can say is that your employers must be very understanding. ;-)

  10. Candide - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Well, maybe she WORKS for twitter.com…

  11. natsfan1a - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I suppose the limit would be an anti-spamming measure. Anyhoo, and on topic, loved Bryce's answer to a question at Nats fest. First they referenced a Halloween costume of his, then they asked what he was going to do next October. His answer was something like, having a big, city-wide parade. Awesome, kid.

  12. natsfan1a - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Could be, Candide. :-)

  13. MicheleS - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Copy and paste boys…

  14. natsfan1a - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Boz is in Viera and pouring that delightful red beverage. Would you care for a glass?(Rodin sculptures. Oh, my stars.)

  15. Gonat - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    I think if Bryce is batting 3rd behind D-Span & JWerth and before RZim he gives himself a shot at 100 RBIs and 100 Runs Scored. Let's be real, you knock in 100 RBIs and you are in the MVP discussion, you score 100 Runs with 70 RBIs and you get some attaboys.

  16. baseballswami - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    A Nats Classic!! From 2012!!! Just made my night.

  17. natsfan1a - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    First Viera wildlife sighting. It's not a raccoon in the press box but it will have to do for now. :-)

  18. baseballswami - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    The fish story– some kind of parable about what we will do to the Marlins this season?? A dead fish that Desi just throws out?

  19. Candide - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    1a, regarding the photos in Boz's article, I noticed something.It looks like Stras isn't doing the "inverted W" thing, at least in all the photos of him throwing.Storen, OTOH, in the one photo he's throwing in, is definitely doing the "inverted W."I realize it's just an instant frozen in time, and the photos can be deceiving. Any of our NJ people down there know anything?

  20. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 15, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    I am not an "inverted W" believer so I didn't notice anything. The only noticeable invered W guy I ever notice is Stammen.

  21. baseballswami - Feb 15, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Anyone watching the classic- Lombo's considerable range, arm and defensive skills on display for all of the Lombo naysayers.

  22. Gonat - Feb 15, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    baseballswami, yah, I don't get it. Lombo just lacks the arm but let's be real, there isn't a 2nd baseman in either league with an arm like Danny.

  23. Mr. Doggett - Feb 15, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    I get gooey, warm feelings when I hear them talk about the lineup. Such a great 1-4.

  24. NatsNut - Feb 15, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Oh, well that's different.;)MicheleS said…Candide.. retweets count too.

  25. BigCat - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Has my boy Eckstein arrived yet? Somebody said they saw him sunning by the pool and he had his clipboard with him.

  26. Doc - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    I think that Eck takes his clipboard with him to bed….so all the Nats can get a restful night of sleep.Baseball Prospectus Depth Charts have the Nats winning the NL East, but with only 88 games. That's coookoo. The Yanks win their division with 92 games. Now that's really cooookoooo!They must smoke funny looking cigarettes and drink a lot of homebrew over in Prospectus Land!

  27. Laddie Blah Blah - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Harp is ready to bat 3rd, behind Span and Werth, and ahead of Ryan. That gives the team the best chance to score runs early in the game. Last year they had a terrible time scoring early when Davey decided to lead off with Danny and Desi, and Ryan usually came up with 2 out and none on, and had seen, maybe, 4 or 5 pitches, total, after those 2 free swingers made out.Desi did not start to produce until he was moved down in the order, and Danny improved, too. Harp hit 22 last year, and really picked up the power stroke the last 6 weeks of the season, which is when he earned ROY honors. I think he will be disappointed if he is not a 30-30 guy this year, with 100+ RBIs, and well over 100 runs scored. Remember, he hit 22 last year even though he missed the first month, and went into a long mid-summer slump before those last 6 weeks.He's ready to break out. If they stay healthy, he and Ryan will be the most productive 3-4 hitters in the league, with Span and Werth scoring ahead of them, jacking up both of Harp's and Ryan's RBI numbers.The Nats staff will have a lot more run support this year than last, and the new batting order will be a major reason why.

  28. Tony - Feb 15, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    "baseballswami said… Anyone watching the classic- Lombo's considerable range, arm and defensive skills on display for all of the Lombo naysayers."Nope. I was watching MLB Network, where they spent about ten minutes talking about how great the Desmond-Espinosa DP combo is. Lombo's name never came up.

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  30. natsfan1a - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

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  31. Tcostant - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I always wonder why they never call the "inverted W" just a plain "M"?

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