Dodgers: Bringing in Bryce Harper creates the best rivalry in baseball

Jul 11, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; National League outfielder Bryce Harper (34) of the Washington Nationals during workout day before the MLB All Star Game at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 11, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; National League outfielder Bryce Harper (34) of the Washington Nationals during workout day before the MLB All Star Game at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

The process of Bryce Harper coming to the Los Angeles Dodgers is salivating to Dodger fans. If Harper were to head to LA, it would create the best rivalry in baseball.

Move over New York-Boston, Los Angeles-San Francisco, and Chicago-St. Louis. Major League Baseball could have its new, greatest, rivalry in all of baseball. Bryce Harper potentially coming to the Dodgers in the future has been tossed around the MLB landscape, and has caused quite the speculation.

On April 28th, 2012 a young nineteen-year-old outfielder named Bryce Harper made his MLB debut. Taken first overall in the 2010 MLB Draft, the game of baseball had something they have not had in quite some time, a true wonder kid. Drawing comparisons to another great number-one pick, Ken Griffey Jr, Harper seemed to be something special.

In his debut game, the young outfielder went 1-3 with a double, driving in his first career RBI on his first career hit. That young 19-year-old went on to bat .270, hit 22 home runs, and drive in 59 runs batted in; subsequently winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

That debut game set the table for the 2015 NL MVP, that debut game occurred at Dodger Stadium. Now, this as all come full circle, as the Dodgers are reportedly geared to pursue Bryce Harper in 2018.

The thought of seeing Bryce Harper, Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, and Justin Turner all on one team is a true spectacle. This would finally cement the Dodgers as the powerhouse they have longed to be. This would be a true superstar heading to the second biggest market in the world, Los Angeles.

There is only one place bigger than LA to hold Harper’s superstardom, and that is New York; another rumored destination for Harper when his contract is up. Harper is a superstar, and at only 24 years old, he still has a lot left in him. We seemingly forget how young Harper really is, still being younger than rookie wonder Aaron Judge.

There is one only thing, one person, that measures up to Bryce Harper in this league. He has been Harper’s biggest rival, despite only facing each other in All-Star Games. They have constantly been hand-in-hand, seemingly trying to outdo each other despite having no real ties. That man is Mike Trout, and he would be one-half of the biggest rivalry in baseball.

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Bryce Harper coming to Los Angeles makes the Dodgers-Angels rivalry the best in all of baseball, and the best in all of sports. Up there with Magic and Bird, Ali and Frazier, Manning and Brady; this would be a true spectacle.

Mike Trout has been the only man to outshine Bryce Harper, as he is a one in a generation player. Harper seemingly has the higher offensive ceiling but does not possess the same all-around prowess as Trout. Harper has consistently lived in Trout’s shadow, and that would only amplify if headed to Los Angeles.

Baseball naturalists already geek out when Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout square off, a match-up that Kershaw has dominated (Trout: 2-11, 0 HR, 4 K’s).

The two are set to face off this year in a two-game series on July 18th and 19th, and again on August 15th and 16th. This will be Trout’s second time playing the Nationals, as he faced off against the Nationals in April of 2014, while Harper was out with injury.

Although they may finally square off this season, the spectacle of seeing Bryce Harper and Mike Trout battle for Southern California is quite the event. Imagine the marketability of this match-up, Dodger Stadium, the stadium with the highest capacity in the MLB, selling out on a freeway series game pinning Bryce Harper against Mike Trout.

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The freeway series is already one of the best in baseball, and I guarantee with Bryce Harper wearing Dodger blue, it would become the most viewed regular season game, ever. Bold, I know – but Bryce Harper coming to Los Angeles would form the greatest rivalry in baseball.