Harper's success in the face of so much pressure is an impressive accomplishment, but it is also part of a broader trend where top draft picks are now more likely than ever, injury notwithstanding, to become impact players.
Remarkable, isn't it, how many kids these days come up throwing nearly a hundred mikes per hour -- and how many soon find themselves on Dr. James Andrews' operating-table.
On August 25th of this year, Matt Harvey, the star pitcher for the New York Mets, suffered an injury that will require Tommy John surgery and cost him the rest of this season and most of the next one.
The team's 98 win season last year was no fluke. While the Nats made a big off-season acquisition by trading for Gio Gonzalez, one can really attribute their success to the big contributions by former first round picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.
Baseball is, among other things, a game of questions. As each new year begins there are significant questions facing baseball that address deeper issues facing the game.
Baseball has been experiencing an interesting power shift over the last few years. Just as complaints about east coast bias in baseball coverage became widespread, east coast baseball began to get a lot less interesting.
In a world where winning is everything and coaches get fired for not delivering trophies, I could not agree more with San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich's move. As someone who studies the effects of sleep on athletes, I'm shocked that more teams do not strategically rest their key players.
Even hampered by injury he was performing at a higher level than many of his teammates this post-season. He took a calculated risk and he lost. So did the Yankees and their fans.
Taking a look at the top 10 of what's hot or not in today's world of sports.
The 12 months between June 2011 and this June were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1895. And July turned out to be the hottest month on record. What does this trend mean for the national pastime?
Nothing stands out more than ability and untapped potential. But we need to remember that talent, no matter how breath-taking and seemingly invincible, often struggles to come into its own.
Is a sports stadium a sports arena or a glorified TV studio? A New York Times story says the game itself is no longer enough. Fans want replays and special apps that only work in the stadium.
How excruciating was it, waiting for LeBron James to finally say where he was going? Nearly halfway into his TV special. Not as excruciating as it will be for Knicks fans.
Don't invite Mick Jagger to your next game. He's being called the "Angel of Death" at the World Cup. Whoever he shows up to root for, loses. His streak included the U.S. England, Brazil and Argentina.
Stephen Strasburg has pitched exactly 5 games. Should he take the All Star spot of somebody who has earned it over half a season? Of course he should. All Star games are exhibition showcases.