Nationals' rookie Bryce Harper may not always make the best decision when using his arm in the outfield, but there is no question he has a cannon. Harper has made the difference in several games this season with outfield assists and has scared many a potential tag-up runner from testing his strength.
But despite all the highlight throws, his peers in Major League Baseball don't respect one of his most notorious tools. In a recent SI player's poll asking who has the most dangerous outfield arm, Harper is nowhere to be found in the top 15.
Perhaps more amazing is the presence of both Rick Ankiel (great arm, but now a free agent) and Brett Carroll, who is stuck in Triple-A with the Syracuse Chiefs.
What more does Harper have to do to show his arm strength? The guy throws strikes to home from the warning track.
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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with outfielder Howie Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical.
Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday. USA Today was first to report the deal.
Kendrick, 34, hit .293 with seven home runs and RBIs in 52 games with Washington after he was acquired from Philadelphia. The versatile right-handed hitter got just three plate appearances off the bench in the playoffs.
In 12 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals, Kendrick is a .291 hitter with a .755 OPS. He's now primarily an outfielder for Washington after playing left field, second base, first base and other positions throughout his career.
Ever wonder how you can become one of the Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents or what it takes to get the job?
The team recently detailed the requirements and held tryouts on Sunday for the next group of presidents to carry on the 12-season tradition.
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While the basic requirements are pretty standard — be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, etc. — the specifics are quite unusual compared with a typical job. Among them, presidential candidates need to be at least 5-foot-7 but no taller than 6-foot-6 and able to run from centerfield to first base in a 50-pound costume. Needless to say, those who were invited to try out had to be in pretty good physical shape.
So in bitter cold temperatures, participants raced against each other in a 40-yard dash with the 50-pound costume on. They also danced.
Here are some of the highlights from Sunday’s Racing Presidents tryouts.
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