Over the past few weeks, 16 year old high school sophomore Bryce Harper has received a lot of praise for his baseball skills. This includes a cover story by Sports Illustrated, pictured below, which states that he is "Baseball's Chosen One", and that he "is the most exciting prodigy since LeBron [James]."
Well, in case you haven't heard it yet, he has decided to skip his junior and senior years of high school. Instead, he will get his GED at a community college. This will enable him to enter himself into the MLB draft next June, at age 17. However, as expected, this has drawn criticism from many across the country. I'm on the other side of this argument, and I agree and support his decision.
If someone wants to go pro in baseball, education is not a requirement in order to play the sport. Do I think that athletes should stay in school and get a degree? Absolutely. However, I'm completely against the fact that a league such as the NBA forces a player to do something he doesn't want to do and something that isn't needed for the said job.
If someone wants to be a chef, and he or she has a job opening at a top notch restaurant before they receive their degree, no one would tell the person to finish school. In my eyes, this is the same situation, baseball is his job and he has an opening next year. Take advantage of a once in a lifetime situation. As we've seen more and more adults go back to school to get a degree we've learned that education will always be there.
Harper batted .626 as a sophomore. The 25th pick in this years MLB draft, Mike Trout, a senior from Millville High School, batted .531 as a senior. Clearly, Harper has dominated the high school game, so why should he stay there for two more years? The stack of chips in front of him are high right now, and he's just cashing in at an earlier age than most.
At the age of 16, Bryce Harper has many critics already based on this decision. Personally, I think it's the right one for his unique situation and I'll be pulling for him. Best of luck to him, hopefully he will give us something to cheer for in the majors in a few years.