Baseball fans did you know pt. 2
Getting to know Bryce
Bryce Harper is the most popular player in baseball, but how did he get there? After just two years of High School, Harper dropped out and attended the College of Southern Nevada at just 17 years old. Harper received his GED by passing a test made for high school dropouts who can’t receive an actual diploma. His one-year at Georgia Southern Harper at just 17 years old (two years younger than the average freshman) hit 31 home runs, had 98 runs batted in, in just 66 games. At a 162 game pace this is equivalent to 76 home runs and 240 runs batted in. Harper then went on to be drafted first by the Washington Nationals in 2010 and made his MLB at 19, which is the youngest in Washington National history.
Steal bases, not equipment
Mariano Rivera’s cousin Ruben Rivera was given a one-year one million dollar contract with the Yankees in 2002. He previously played for the Yankees in 95’ and 96’ from there he played with the San Diego Padres for four years then the Cincinnati Reds for one year. During spring training of 2002 he went into the locker room and stole a bat and glove from Derek Jeter’s locker, and sold it for $2,500. He later returned the items but it was too late; he was released and his contract was cancelled. Jeter normally sells his bats in order to raise money for children’s charity, but never his gloves. Ruben went on to play for the Texas Rangers this year and finished his short career in 2003 with the San Francisco Giants.
Wait, what’s my team’s name again?
Manager Casey Stengel was introduced the press as the New York Mets first manager in 1961. Stengel said he was glad to be managing again, and called the National League baseball team the “New York Knickerbockers” instead of the Mets. Knickerbockers are the longer name for the NBA team New York Knicks. Needless to say pretty embarrassing, but this was overlooked because of how great Stengel was.