Washington Nationals’ manager, Matt Williams, is fed up.
Why? He’s fed up with having to answer questions on whether or not he’d consider demoting outfielder Bryce Harper to the minors.
After reporters asked about Harper’s possible re-assignment before Wednesday’s outing against the New York Mets, Williams, in a stern, agitated reply, made it clear that he’s not sending the young stud anywhere, according to ESPN.com.
Here’s what Williams said in response to a question about a potential demotion for Harper:
“I would caution everybody in this room. The minute you think you can read my freaking mind, you’re sorely mistaken.
It pisses me off to even think about, the fact that somebody would take a comment I made on the radio and infer that I am thinking one way or the other. I’ve had it. Don’t do it anymore.
Bryce Harper is one of the guys on our team; he’s a very important part of our team. Just like everybody else is. Do we understand each other?”
Speculation ensued after Williams made an appearance on a radio station Wednesday morning – 106.7 The Fan – and was asked if it would be a bad idea to demote Harper. Williams responded by saying, “Generally, if you have young players, that’s what you do. But this guy is a special player,” – per ESPN.com.
The whole Bryce Harper to the minors idea was essentially drawn from his recent play, which hasn’t been rather good.
Since returning from the thumb injury he sustained back in April, Harper has played in 31 games, and he has just two homers with five RBIs to show for it. While he has 21 hits in that stretch, only five of them – including the two home runs – have been extra base knocks.
On the season, Harper’s batting a lowly .250, and he has just three home runs and 14 RBIs.
So, given his stats, the thought of a potential minors trip is certainly a validated question.