Remember that Sports Illustrated article by Tom Verducci that labeled Bryce Harper as "Baseball's LeBron" and introduced the then-16-year-old phenom to those outside of baseball circles who hadn't yet heard his name? Almost five years later, and two seasons into Harper's major league career, he was listed just above James today on Forbes' "30 Under 30" list, which they explain, is, "...a tally of the brightest stars in 15 different fields under the age of 30.":
"Rising star continues to create major buzz -- he's popular in social media while pitching Toyota, UnderArmour and Geico. Harper's No. 34 Nationals jersey is one of baseball's top sellers."
Harper took to Twitter (@BHarper3407) to share his excitement about being included on the list:
Joining Harper and James on the list are the likes of 26-year-old tennis player Maria Sharapova, 26, Sidney Crosby, also 26, and 22-year-old LA Angels' outfielder Mike Trout, the only other baseball player to make the list. It's yet another honor for Harper, who missed time with a knee injury which eventually required surgery, but finished his second major league season with a .274/.368/.486 line, 24 doubles and 20 HRs in 118 games and 497 plate appearances, over which he was worth +3.8 fWAR.
• Check out the rest of Forbes' 30 Under 30 List through the link below: