Long toss: Is it too much?

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011; 1:41 PM

In this morning's newspaper, Thomas Boswell wrote about the huge amount of attention surrounding Bryce Harper so far at spring training. After security men and Washington Nationals officials had pried Bryce Harper out of the middle of a scrum of autograph hounds who had the 18-year-old backed up against a fence, Manager Jim Riggleman walked back to the clubhouse, shaking his head at the rock-star mosh pit caused by a rookie. "It's just too much," Riggleman muttered, figuring out ways to protect Harper from being swamped as he leaves the practice field on future days. Today, Adam Kilgore tweeted that Harper and Jayson Werth left the field on golf carts to avoid the autograph crush. (Harper will speak to reporters later this afternoon.) What do you think? Although Harper is obviously more comfortable spotlight than Stephen Strasburg was last year, he is just 18 years old. How far should the Nats go in trying to shield him from fan and media attention?


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