That's no "oppo boppo": Above, Bryce Harper goes deep in an Oct. 1 instructional league game for the Nationals against the Tigers in Florida.
The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reported Monday that Bryce Harper will be heading back home to Vegas with a month of instructional league ball under his belt, and will not report for Arizona Fall League duty -- at least not yet. Guess there's still an outside chance he'll end there, but it's not sounding likely:
Nationals Director of Player Development Doug Harris and General Manager Mike Rizzo will speak in the next few days to decide if Harper's next step includes playing in the AFL. For now, they want to give Harper time to relax and reflect in a comfortable setting.
"He's going to go home," Harris said. "Mike and I are going to talk about it. This is the first time he's really been away from home. He needs to go home."
(Doug Harris, via Nationals Journal, 10/11/2010)
What a difference a year makes: Seems like only yesterday Stephen Strasburg was making his AFL debut for the Nats/Desert Dogs, and Orioles' prospect and AFL teammate Brandon Snyder wore a Strasburg jersey on his way to the team bus, causing a mini-mini-riot. Guess this year an O's prospect in a Sammy Solis or Brad Peacock jersey isn't going to cause the same level of hysteria. Guess we'll have to wait until next October for a Bryce Harper AFL debut. Oh well.