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Catchers just don't miss a beat

'The smartest players on the field' deal with a lot of pain, but enjoy every minute of it

Originally Published: May 28, 2010
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

In less than two weeks, the Nationals will make Bryce Harper the No. 1 pick in the first-year player draft. Harper recently went 6-for-6 with four home runs, a double, a triple and 10 RBIs in a junior college game; "Baseball Tonight" analyst Bobby Valentine said he has never seen a 17-year-old baseball player this good. And Harper is primarily a catcher. His impending top selection will continue what has been a fascinating, entertaining and abundant year for catchers.

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