16 year old Bryce Harper has chosen to forgo the last two years of high school in order to get his GED and enter the Major League Baseball draft. Harper, sometimes called baseball’s Lebron James, is bigger, stronger, and better than most 20 somethings. The phenom is looking to cash in big with a guaranteed signing bonus when the draft rolls around next June. He is under the guidance of the notorious super-agent Scott Boras who routinely brokers the biggest and craziest contracts in Major League Baseball. Major League Baseball most likely won’t interfere even though he is so young, since they often draft in foreign players at that age.
Parents Gone Wild. Money Fever. Call it what you want, but this just seems crazy.
So much for being a kid, because I can’t help but think of what it took to get to be that good at 16. He is obviously supremely blessed athletically, but one can only assume that his parents groomed him from an early age. Long time scout, Gary Hughes chimes in about how parents are pushing their children at an early ages.
Traveling squads for little kids, parents paying up to a thousand bucks for a weekend. I have a 10-year-old grandson who is a closer. A closer. I know one family where the parents are assessed 45 bucks per kid – they have two kids – for a session with a strength and conditioning coach. They’re 9 years old.
How knows why parents do this sort of thing, we can only guess: vanity, living their dreams through their children, for the money, or maybe for fame. Anyway you slice it, it doesn’t quite seem fair to the children.
I grew up playing baseball at an early age and loved it. I played on multiple teams each year and it took up the majority of my time, but it was because I wanted to. I could have been better if I lifted weights or did more formal training and my parents tried to give me those options if they could, but in reality it was too much. You need time to hang out, play capture the flag, school dances….kid stuff.
I know it takes that sort of dedication now a days, but at what cost? Is this just too much or am I missing the bigger picture? Should he make sure to grab the money before people find out he isn’t that good or before he gets injured? I mean imagine all the records you can break if you are in the major leagues by age 18!
Source : MLB Yahoo