MLB Legend Pete Rose: Nationals' Bryce Harper Plays 'Recklessly'

Major League Baseball legend Pete Rose commented on Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper's play, saying he plays "recklessly."

Jul 29 2013, 10:37pm CDT | by

MLB Legend Pete Rose: Nationals' Bryce Harper Plays 'Recklessly'
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Pete Rose has one word to describe how Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper plays. 

"Recklessly." 

Harper's admiration for Rose's play is relatively well-known, per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. In fact, the 20-year-old second-year player describes the Kansas City Royals' George Brett and the Cincinnati Reds' Rose as guys who "played the game absolutely as hard as they could every day."

When it was Rose's turn to comment on Harper in an interview with SiriusXM MLB Network Radio's Mike Ferrin and CJ Nitkowski, he pulled no punches. 

"Here's Bryce's problem, okay?  Bryce growing up, I was his dad's favorite player. I mean, that's a fact. And there's a difference in playing hard and playing recklessly. And Bryce pays recklessly. And there's a reason for that. He was a catcher where he was here [in Las Vegas].

"Now all of a sudden they've got him in the outfield, and he don't understand warning tracks, and he don't understand every [ballpark] the caroms are different, the walls are different. Some are padded, some aren't. You can't turn around and run into the wall at Dodger Stadium face first."

Steve Del Vecchio of Larry Brown Sports reiterates this statement refers to the indicent with Harper ending up with a bloody face in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harper said he had fears of running into a wall again when he came back from injury. 

Rose even went on to offer some advice to Nationals manager Davey Johnson. 

"So what I would tell Davey Johnson - and he knows more about his team than I do - I would play Bryce Harper as deep as he possibly could, where anything over his head goes out of the ballpark. And that way he's not gonna run into fences until he gets used to the different ballparks."

He singled out another young outfielder - the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout - as a player who plays hard. Rose said playing hard won't result in injuries if you "play the game the right way." 

Rose's interview on MLB Network Radio can be listened to here.

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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