VIERA, FL. — Bryce Harper may be a household name in Washington, D.C., but that doesn't mean it's easy to remember, the 'Bryce' part at least.
Bryce is still a relatively unique first name. It's not Ryan, Stephen or Joe, like some of his teammates.
It's at least unique enough that new manager Dusty Baker is having a little trouble getting it down. He has referred to Harper as 'Royce' on several occasions this spring, at one point saying he had never met anyone else before with the same name.
He had a Royce on his team once, when Royce Clayton was his shortstop in San Francisco with the Giants. Bryce, though? Not as simple for Dusty.
"I didn't mean to call him Royce. I know his name," Baker said on Thursday. "But [today] I introduced him as Royce to the team. 'We got a new player.'"
Baker said his wife gave him some advice on the situation.
"I don't know if I know him well enough to call him Harp. My wife said 'call him Harp.' I don't know if he likes Harp. You gotta ask him before you just call somebody Harp," he said.
It would not be surprising to hear Dusty come up with a nickname at some point for Harper. He referred to himself as 'One Take Bake' in the same press conference on Thursday.