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Old 03-24-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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I hope Harper can live up to all the hype. Remember Clint Hurdle.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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I hope Harper can live up to all the hype. Remember Clint Hurdle.
Quite true, remember Randy Bass who won three triple crowns...one in the Pacific Coast league and two later in Japan. But in MLB he hit .206 over the course of six frustrating seasons.

There are also players who lived up to the hype for their first few seasons, and then went sour....Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Brett Saberhagen, Tom Tresh, Joe Charbeneau...

Harper remains a prospect, not a certainty.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:50 AM
 
Location: NE PA
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When there's this much hype, I think there's a great chance he ends up a disappointment. Not to say he won't be a good major league player, but there's so much hype around certain players, like Harper, that if they don't become the next Mickey Mantle, they're almost viewed as a flop. Gregg Jefferies comes to mind, he had a pretty good career, especially after he got out of NY, but because he never got to superstar status, he's seen as a flop by some.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:25 AM
 
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When there's this much hype, I think there's a great chance he ends up a disappointment. Not to say he won't be a good major league player, but there's so much hype around certain players, like Harper, that if they don't become the next Mickey Mantle, they're almost viewed as a flop. Gregg Jefferies comes to mind, he had a pretty good career, especially after he got out of NY, but because he never got to superstar status, he's seen as a flop by some.
Then on the other hand, Don Mattingly was the 493rd pick overall and was the only 19th round pick to play in MLB.

Some have suggested that if a draft had been in place at the time, Pete Rose might not have been drafted at all.

Apparently talent and potential are much easier to measure than desire and work ethic.
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