Bryce Harper is learning how to be a Major Leaguer the best way he knows how- following in the footsteps of Roger "The Shark" Bernadina. You'll all recall that last year, Shark was sent to Syracuse during Spring Training where he played CF and put up some decent numbers. He got promoted to the Nats...and then sent back down again...and again...even during Shark Week!
|He even looks like a shark!|
Well, Bryce Harper was sent down yesterday. Want to know how long he will be in Syracuse? Federal Baseball has great article with a lot of opinions that you should check out. Basically, if he stays in the minors for at least 21 days then he wouldn't be a free agent until 2018 and could potentially save the Nationals millions of dollars. So that could have been why he was sent down...
Or it could be because Davey Johnson wants to see more of The Shark patrolling centerfield in DC this year. Yeah it's probably that and not the millions of dollars...
As of now the job is up for grabs between Shark, ricK "striKeout" anKiel, and Brett "1HR/YR" Carroll. Here's the latest:
If "mix and match" means "Bernadina wins the job outright and anKiel is the 4th outfielder (at least for 21 days until Harper comes up)," then we're all for the mix and match!
More to come.