Nationals director of player development Doug Harris sparked a minor controversy when comments he made comparing the scrutiny surrounding Bryce Harper to that of Jackie Robinson were published in a Sports Illustrated article. Tonight, Harris issued the following statement through the Nationals’ media relations department:
“Id like to clarify my remarks as they appear in Tom Verduccis recent Sports Illustrated feature story on Bryce Harper. In talking to Tom, my sole intent was to speak to the scrutiny that Harper faces on a daily basis.
“That said, the hardships that Mr. Robinson endured in/around 1947 were unique and historical in context. While Harpers current situation is extraordinary by most measures, it pales in comparison to the life of Mr. Robinson, nor will it approach the lasting impact. I regret making this ill-fated correlation.”