High school sophomore drops out, plays baseball instead [by Josh]
With the guidance of his parents, 16-year-old Bryce Harper has decided to quit high school and play professional baseball.
Harper’s talents far exceed many current professional baseball players’ abilities. He has hit a 570-foot home run, can throw a 96 MPH fastball, and has speed to match Jacoby Ellsbury. There is no doubting that this kid has the physical make up to be an effective baseball player.
Baseball’s “chosen one” has had his potential compared to that of Tiger Woods and Lebron James. Furthermore, Harper has excelled in the classroom maintaining a 3.5 GPA at his religious high school. He has decided to receive a GED and take classes at a local community college until he waits for the 2010 draft, where his talent may make him the first pick.
With this knowledge, should Bryce Harper quit high school to become a professional baseball player?
Yes. Bryce Harper should quit high school to play professional baseball. If he were to stay in high school he could suffer a devastating injury, and/or his development would suffer due the lower skill of his opponents.
Many believe that if he left he would be missing out on the high school experience. Harper is currently on the national level for baseball. If he were to stay in high school, media and scouts for both MLB and college will be attending his games for the next two years. These scouts would need interviews and to set up times with the family to meet. Similar to Lebron, Harper’s games may become nationally televised. These various elements would not create a normal high school experience.
Lastly, baseball is a form of entertainment; baseball wants young, marketable players. Obviously, Harper fits this mold and would help attract many fans to the television or better yet to the stadium. Despite being under 18, he has a right to his pay day, just as the Olsen twins, Miley Cirus or Hanson did.
I am a firm believer in education, however, in some instances it can actually prevent select individuals from attaining larger life goals. I believe it is important for Harper to receive a high school diploma and he should follow the example set forth by many professional athletes who have attained this later on in life. Athletes typically accomplish this goal by hiring a personal teacher or attending classes in the off-season. He will be marketable which, in turn, makes him a role model to many youths. Harper needs to be cognizant of the fact that many who admire his greatness will lack the development that he was blessed with. He must become an advocate of school, while making young baseball fans aware of the difficulties in following his footsteps.