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Bryce Harper May Start for Washington Nationals on Opening Day

February 2nd, 2012 at 12:13 AM
By Cody Fields

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson "really wants" Bryce Harper to start in right field for the club on Opening Day, reports John Heyman.

The no. 1 draft pick in the 2010 draft, Harper combined to hit .297 between Single-A Hagerstown and Double-A Harrisburg in 109 games last season. He also hit 17 homers with 58 RBIs.

The 19-year-old phenom, who has already been featured in Sports Illustrated and seemingly countless ESPN stories, will surely generate plenty of buzz around a team that has not been as busy as the Miami Marlins but is definitely building a team to contend in the next couple of years.

The Atlanta Braves will not host Washington until May 25-27, but Harper's aura should still attract plenty more fans than usual, especially if he is playing well. The Braves should relish and even promote this if it happens, as their attendance ranked 15th in the majors last year.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper, MLB, Washington Nationals

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