Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds has some free advice for NL East rival Bryce Harper.
Harper may have won the NL MVP award last year at the age of 22, but Bonds says his game isn't complete. Harper has the best on-base percentage in baseball at .456 and has been walked more than any other batter, but Harper's never been a particularly dangerous baserunner.
Harper had a career high 18 stolen bases in his rookie year, but that total dropped to just six in 2015. Bonds says that Harper has to steal more bases to help the Nationals offense.
Via the AP:
"He's going to need to learn to steal bases and get to second base and make his teammates' job easier .... Bryce Harper can only do what his job is. If they walk him, his job is to go to first base and then run bases. His teammates' job is to drive him in."
Bonds raised eyebrows last month when he brushed aside analysts and fans' comparisons of Harper to Bonds, saying that Harper's "not even close to me."
"My kids used to tell me, `Daddy, I'm sorry they walk you all the time,''' said Bonds, who led baseball in intentional walks 12 times and tops the all-time list with 688. ''I said, `Yeah, but my job's now to steal.' I could run then, so I had to steal bases and my job's to score runs and keep the pressure on the team regardless of what happened. But I had a different game than him."