On This Day In Baseball History: May 14, 2012



Nationals 19-year old rookie sensation Bryce Harper becomes the youngest player in franchise history to hit a homer (19 years and 211 days) besting Gary Carter who was 20 years and 173 days when he hit his first long ball for the Montreal Expos in 1974. Harper would go on to be selected to the NL All-Star team and win the NL Rookie of the Year. He finished his inaugural campaign with 98 runs,  22 homers, 18 stolen bases, and a .340 on-base percentage. His WAR of 5.1 is the 47th best in history. He has since become somewhat of a polarizing figure within the game. Harper is still only 22-years old and his future looks bright.


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