Could this be a free agency ploy by Bryce Harper?
It appears Harper is slowly adapting from outfield to first base, as he was seen fielding ground balls for the Nationals.
Bryce Harper is out early taking ground balls at first base. He taken grounders there a few times this year, though this time Bogar is out there teaching him things.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 2, 2018
Um, are we being punked?
Almost every baseball fan is accustomed to Harper shining in the outfield, but maybe flashing the leather at first is coming very soon. In fact, Washington manager Dave Martinez said Harper requested this.
Martínez over the weekend said Harper has said he wants to play first base. https://t.co/RZKgKnRiyW— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) July 2, 2018
While we're at it, the timing of Harper's request and Greg Bird's struggles is certainly interesting. Everyone loves to paint a picture of him playing in the Bronx, so this might add another layer to the narrative.
Harper has experienced scrutiny throughout his entire career, which means he should definitely expect more criticism over his testing at first base.