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Bobby Valentine loves Bryce Harper

(By Marlene Karas for TWP)

You remember what Curt Schilling said on ESPN about Stephen Strasburg? Here, I'll refresh.

"I've never seen anything like this," Schilling said. "Never. Nothing close. Not at that age."

Ok, new expert, same network, new Nats prospect, same result. Bobby Valentine was asked about likely Nats draft pick Bryce Harper on Baseball Tonight Monday night. He was impressed.

"He's 17 years old," Bobby Valentine marveled. "Never seen anything like that."

What prompted the latest round of praise was Harper's performance over the weekend -- hitting for the cycle in one game, and going 6 for 6 with four home runs, a triple, a double and 10 RBI in another. Valentine went out to Las Vegas to see him play in person, and he left impressed.

"He's that good," Valentine said. "Soft tosses from home plate, he hits it over the center field fence. He hits it 400 feet with soft toss, without any collision. He's big, he's strong, he has great athletic ability, as everyone sees. I think he's just another can't-miss. He's the best young player I've ever seen, and I only saw a glimpse of him."

"Best young player" is a good thing, I guess, though Valentine forgot to mention the date of Harper's Hall of Fame induction. You can Google it, I guess.

Tim Kurkjian was also on the segment, and he said there's no doubt whom the Nats will select next month.

Harper is "gonna be the number 1 pick in the draft, and the Nationals are gonna take him," Kurkjian said. "I am relatively certain of that....He is just tearing it up. He is the number one elite player in this draft. And even though this draft has some strength here and there, there's only one - at least from the people that I've talked to - really elite player, and that is Bryce Harper, and that's why the Nationals are going after him.

"Mike Rizzo, their general manager, has seen him, he has met him, and he's really impressed with the way that the kid carries himself in every way....To dominate a league that he's in when there are guys in the league five years older than him, that is really impressive."

Now all we have to do is come up with a name for the Strasburg-Harper battery, and a name for the Nats' dynasty.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 25, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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Posted by: dmorgan6617 | May 25, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Jesus and Satan - they can meet at the mound and decide the fate of the world

(I actually liked that so much, that I stole it from someone else)>

Posted by: Terpsrule | May 25, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

name of the nats dynasty? well, whatever it is, no doubt scott boros will have the name trademarked.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 25, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: fushezzi | May 25, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

It's the Harpsburg Dynasty, surely?

Posted by: NTPNate | May 25, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse


I thought Boros was Satan. Whose is Harper supposed to be?

Posted by: Hoosierdaddy1 | May 25, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Is this a typo?

"hitting for the cycle in one game, and going 6 for 6 with four home runs, a triple, a double and 10 RBI in another"

If not, that is beyond absurd. I had to read that 3 times to make sure I was comprehending correctly.

Posted by: MeatSweats | May 25, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse


LOL,good point.

I guess Boras gets to decide the fate of the world, after all. That's all he's ever really wanted to do anyway.

Posted by: Terpsrule | May 25, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Lightening (Harpet) and Thunder.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | May 25, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Lightening (Harper) and Thunder.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | May 25, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I-15 Connection

Posted by: calixtop | May 25, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

@fushezzi - YceBurg is awesome

Posted by: ctrlaltdc | May 26, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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