First and foremost: Bryce Harper is not dumb enough to take PEDs at this stage in his career.
Sure, Harper’s reckless style of play might have earned him a reputation as an overall bonehead, but there is no way this former National League Rookie of the Year is juicing. Of course, I understand the hesitancy given the steroid era stigma, but let’s hold off on calling this kid the next Barry Bonds or something stupid like that. Alright, now that we’ve established that much let’s go ahead and dive into what Harper’s recent growth really tells us about the 21-year-old phenom.
Folks affiliated with the Washington Nationals claim Harper has hit the weight room harder than ever and that the star outfielder is still filling into his body at his age. Honestly, Nationals fans should be ecstatic that one of their franchise players is taking the correct precautions to make sure he’s in the line-up on a daily basis. Hey, maybe if Stephen Strasburg hit the curl rack every once in a while he wouldn’t be a walking 15-day disabled list, right?
Besides, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels went to 2013 Spring Training larger than usual and it’s safe to say that strategy worked out alright for the American League MVP runner-up.