For those of you concerned with the size of Bryce Harper‘s ego, watch out. Today the College of Southern Nevada, the school Harper spent his only college season playing for, announced that they will retire the 18-year-olds number. The Las Vegas Sun reports:
“First-year College of Southern Nevada baseball coach Nick Garritano knows the junior college program will likely never see another player like Bryce Harper.
Not the long home runs, intimidating presence in the batter’s box and once-in-a-lifetime talent.
Harper, who left high school after his sophomore year to play at CSN last spring, will have his No. 34 jersey retired by the school next Friday prior to the Coyotes’ season opener at its facility on the Henderson campus.”
At first glance the idea of retiring a guys number less than a year after he spent one season at your school might sound insane. Even guys who are in the hall-of-fame don’t have their numbers retired at their old universities. Yet 18-year-old Harper will be “enshrined” this Saturday as one of the greatest in College of Southern Nevada history.
However, if you take his age out of it and look at what he did last year, it really is rather impressive. How many MLB players can say this about their college track record:
-Won the Golden Spikes Award as the best player in College Baseball, became the first ever winner that wasn’t from a Division 1 university.
-Was the number one overall pick in the MLB draft.
-Led their team to the Junior College World Series as a freshman
-Hit .443 with 31 home runs and 98 RBI in just 66 games
-Hit the above numbers wit a wood bat.
-Nearly tripled the school’s single season home run record of 12.