Tuesday, June 16, 2009
THE CHOOSEN ONE
On Sunday, the sophomore from Las Vegas found his way into national headlines again when his father announced that Bryce will forgo his final two years of high school and use a GED to enroll in a community college this August. Though it more or less makes a mockery of our education system, the Harpers' plan would make Bryce eligible for the 2010 draft, where he could conceivably be the Nationals' No. 1 pick and eventually join forces with Stephen Strasburg to save Washington baseball from itself.
Who wouldn’t make this decision, if you are sixteen and have the maturity, strength, and ability to play with the best why not. Leave school early get a GED, then get your first contract of more than 20 million dollars all before the age of 17, and that’s not including endorsements. Why risk getting hurt playing high school ball when you can be playing Major League Baseball. Sure people are going to bash his parents, but if you had a child with that kind of potential I’m willing to bet you would allow him to go forward with his dream. And either way his first contract will give him enough money to go back to school whenever he wants to. So whatever the media says I think he made the right decision.