According to Wikipedia, colliders are used as a research tool in particle physics by accelerating elementary particles to very high kinetic energy and letting them impact other particles. Analysis of the byproducts of these collisions gives scientists good evidence of the structure of the subatomic world and the laws of nature governing it. These may become apparent only at high energies and for tiny periods of time, and therefore may be hard or impossible to study in other ways.

According to Washington Nationals’ rookie¬†Bryce Harper,¬†when asked about his shoulder colliding with Brett Lawrie during last night’s victory over the Toronto Blue Jays:

Crap, I hope I didn’t piss him off. He’s a big boy.

Indeed.

Shoulder barge to Scott Lewis for the GIF.

Comments (23)

  1. To me it looks like Lawrie was the collider, not the collidee.

    • Looks like he turned into him for the tag and got hit.
      For the hockey crowd: “keep your head up kid”
      I still believe, if they full on sprinted toward one another and collided the world would end… 2012.
      Reports after the game say Lawrie was spiking helmets in the clubhouse acting like he’s five. At the same time Harper was smashing bats and walking around the clubhouse like a man; while blood ran down his face… trade please.

  2. Defensively, which is more valuable Lawrie or Harper?

    • +1 to Jmitchell13

      I would like this question answered too.

    • That is a hard thing to say. In one corner you have an outfielder where there’s a lot of other athletic types palying good D. In the other corner you have a third base men. I’d take Lawrie on D over Harper just for the fact they’re not a whole lot of good defensive 3B that can hit a little.
      Is he a good 3B, right now I’d have to say he’s above avg defensively at third. There’s times he looks very good and other times he over commits… recovers most of the time.

    • It’s Lawrie by a long shot.

      Admittedly, it’s only one metric, but according to Baseball Reference, Lawrie has amassed 2.8 dWAR (wins above replacement on defense) so far this season (continuing the very good D he put down in his stint last year. To put that into perspective, the following 3Bs have accumulated a total of 1.5 dWAR combined in 2012: Beltre, Longoria, ARod, Cabrera, Zimmerman, Sandoval, Youkilis, H. Ramirez,, A. Ramirez, Wright, Headley, Moustakas, Freese, Hannahan, and Chipper. (Obviously, some of those players have negative dWAR values, but none of them have more than 0.8 (Moustakas) so Lawrie seems to be the premier defensive 3B in MLB.)

      Again, it’s only one measure. If somebody wants to check this with other defensive metrics, by all means do so. Perhaps it’ll turn out differently.

      As for Harper, he’s at -0.1 dWAR so far in his career.

      • his dWAR is broken by the crazy shifts… He spends a good portion of his time in shallow right field and every play that he makes there is a play that no third baseman has any business making and therefore he gets credit for an amazing play when it’s really mostly great positioning.

        He’s still pretty balls out amazing though.

        • Well, I guess if BR’s dWAR assumes, when Lawrie makes a play against a lefty pull hitter in short right field, that he’s ranged all that way from his normal position, then they ought to tinker with the formula they use.

          My eyeballs tell me that Lawrie has well above average range (which leads occasionally to errors being charged on balls that most 3B wouldn’t come close to), excellent reflexes and soft hands, and a gun of an arm. He’s also made several terrific plays on fouls where he’s had to run pretty far and slide.

          Meanwhile, some of the “gold glove” 3Bs haven’t impressed me all that much when I’ve seen them this season (Beltre, Longoria).

  3. I spent all week waiting for this and my stupid roommates had to watch the stanley cup final so i missed it.
    I assumed the world would end too…

  4. Lawrie channelled his inner figure skater with that spin-follow-through. I give him a 5.6 on a 6.0 scale.

  5. How is Lawrie not concussed?

  6. Ie Harper being cheeky or is lawrie bigger than his 210 listed weight? Harper is 6’3 225 but looks smaller than Lawrie.

  7. That is what the pucks people would call a good, solid, shoulder to shoulder collision.

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