You’re forgiven if it seems to you like Bryce Harper has been around a while. At a time when many players are still working their way up the minor league ladder, the 23-year-old Harper already has 2,143 Major League Baseball plate appearances under his red Washington Nationals belt. He’d have more had injuries not kept him away for part of a couple of those seasons. Since 1901, only 15 other players have had that many before turning 24.
The former first round pick and 2012 National League Rookie of the Year took a major step last year, winning the NL MVP award and it’s reasonable to think it won’t be his last. Harper’s youth puts him high on the list of players considered to be the ‘new faces of baseball’ but it’s a role with which he’s already become familiar.
One of Harper’s off-the-field jobs is to keep collectors and fans happy.
Landing an endorsement deal with Topps doesn’t just mean you get your picture on the front of the packs and boxes. Harper is one of a small number of players called upon to talk about collecting baseball cards from time to time.
For Harper, those childhood collecting days are still a relatively recent memory.
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