Nationals' Decision to Call Up Bryce Harper Wasn't Easy, but Had Big Payoff

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Nationals' Decision to Call Up Bryce Harper Wasn't Easy, but Had Big Payoff
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On April 25, as the team he assembled prepared to play across the country in San Diego, Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo milled around a batting cage in Rochester, N.Y. He had flown from Washington the previous day with an intention he shared with few others, one of the organization’s most crucial tasks in 2012. As the Syracuse Chiefs took batting practice, Bryce Harper spotted Rizzo and shook his hand.

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