There are going to be people who look at Bryce Harper and see a player that is arrogant and self-absorbed. That may be the case but the thing is that Harper has the talent to be one of the best players in MLB within the next three years. Harper hit 22 home runs in his first season with the Washington Nationals in 2012 and with a full season ahead in 2013, there is no reason why he can’t finish with over 30 home runs in a powerful Washington lineup.
Harper got a lot of attention in high school and into college as he was the top pick in the 2010 draft. If he is going to be the top player in MLB however, he is going to need to work on his personality with people. Harper needs to be quiet outside of on the field and should allow his play to do the talking. There is too much talent there for Harper to get taken off-track by stupidity in the media. The Nationals are going to be just fine without Harper talking when you have players like Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman also on the roster.
I really hope that Harper works on all these things in the couple years. There have been many MLB stars that were complete pains to the media with varying results and hopefully Harper can learn from the likes of Jim Rice and not do that. This season could be one that is special for the Nationals and for Harper if the team can return to the playoffs for the second straight year. Hopefully he won’t allow extra media attention to get to his head if that were to happen.