As Wikipedia somewhat hilariously informs us, teasing in a sexual sense “may or may not be a prelude to intercourse, an ambiguity which can lead to uncomfortable situations.” These words could only have been written by a Wikipedia contributor, for whom it wouldn’t be difficult imagining such an “uncomfortable situation” occurring. Frequently.
While the validity of such a statement cannot be questioned, it’s unlikely that even the most ardent supporters of the Washington Nationals would be anticipating anything resembling carnal pleasure from the team’s best prospect making the Opening Day roster. It nontheless may seem as though they were merely teased with the possibility after Bryce Harper was demoted to Triple A Syracuse yesterday.
Both GM Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson spoke of the 19 year old’s chances earlier this Spring, making it sound as though he had a legitimate shot at making the team. However, after an impressive start to the exhibition schedule, an injury to his calf muscle cost the studallion (the power of stud and stallion combined) prospect a week’s worth of playing time. Throw in a handful of strike outs after his return to the lineup, and Harper is now on track to start the 2012 season in the Minor Leagues, where he’ll most definitely put in some time at center field.
The far more important question than mere positioning, is when will Harper be scheduled to make his big league debut now that he’s set to call Syracuse home for the next little while. While considerations would normally be made from an organizational perspective to not only push back future free agency as much as possible, but also avoid a Super Two situation, the potential for the Nationals to compete in the National League East this season, given the vast improvements to the team’s rotation and the additional Wild Card spot, might make all factors beyond putting the best possible team on the field moot.
As such, Harper’s impending call up could take place as soon as May or as late as the middle of the summer. The only thing for certain is that the call up will occur, and when it does, according to Johnson, we can expect Harper to get “quality at bats” at the Major League level.
And The Rest
Today, or more accurately Saturday, in subtle sexism: Women are only interested in men as boyfriends. Maybe we’d be a bit better off if television commentators actually considered what they’re saying. [Getting Blanked]
Kansas City Royals reliever Joakim Soria left a game yesterday with elbow soreness. He’s either fine or his career is over. Or maybe something in between. He’s not the only Royals player suffering. [Kings of Kaufman]
Chances improve for a settlement between the owners of the New York Mets and the trustee for the victims of Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme before trial. [The New York Times]
If it’s true, and Jeff Samardzija is almost guaranteed a spot in the Chicago Cubs starting rotation, then it means there’s one spot left for one of Rodrigo Lopez, Chris Volstada, Randy Wells or Travis Wood. [Twitter]
A word or two on free agent fans. [Register Citizen]
According to this link: “Baseball has long been the classic American metaphor for describing sexual activity.” Okay. [Wall Street Journal]
There appears to be a top candidate for the Los Angeles Dodgers bidding, after Los Angeles multibillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong joined the ownership group of the richest man in the running, Steven Cohen. [Dodger Thoughts]
On Barry Zito’s new delivery, which surprisingly remains about his throwing technique and not pizza. [McCovey Chronicles]
It’s behind a paywall, but it’s worth checking out this look through PECOTA’s take on the American League’s pitching staffs for 2012. The news isn’t especially good for fans of the Toronto Blue Jays. [Baseball Prospectus]
From my own personal archives, it’s a picture of Cecil Fielder smoking a stogie while driving a Toronto Blue Jays stamped Honda.
Is Major League Baseball moving in the right direction with its new social media guidelines? [Baseball Nation]
The company that Tim Lincecum keeps is disappointing. [inimitable appurtenances]
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Finally, in many ways, St. Patrick’s Day is really the most magical of the holidays. [Twitter]