Good bye, study hall…hello, curve ball. Bryce Harper’s parents have decided to pull him out of high school so as to fast track his professional baseball career. Bryce, as you’ll recall, is the Sports Illustrated-dubbed “Chosen One”…a 16-year old who hits 500+ foot homers and is clocked in the high 90s on his fastball. Ron Harper (no, Bulls fans, not that one) announced that he will remove his son from high school, have him get his GED and then enroll him in a community college. All of this will then make him eligible for the 2010 draft, and who knows, maybe he and Stephen Strasburg will team up and make the Nationals 2-1 favorites for the 2011 World Series title.
This move sets a dangerous precedent in my eyes. The Harper’s are making a wise move as their son’s stock will never be higher, however, my concern is that other parents will mimic this course of action the next time little Johnny goes 3-4 with 5 RBI’s. Of course, that is an exaggeration, but you know what I mean.
So, chop away faithful followers of the PG blog. Do you agree with the Harper’s move by striking while the proverbial iron is hot? How do you feel about them prioritizing financial gain over educational development? What happens if this move backfires and Bryce is the next Schea Cotton?