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ESPN to debut documentary about Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper

Published: Tuesday, April 30 2013 11:47 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this May 27, 2012, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) follows through with a solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. Harper was named the National League Rookie of the Year Monday, Nov. 12. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

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"Bryce Begins," a documentary following Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, will debut on ESPN tonight at 7 p.m. MDT.

ESPN describes the one-hour documentary produced by MLB Productions as a show that "documents Harper's journey from a young teenager to MLB star. The special includes rare footage of Harper, his family and the years leading up to his MLB debut through the present day."

In a clip released by MLB, Harper describes how his father's work ethic as an ironworker laying rebar inspired him to develop consistent and dedicated practice routines that helped him become the player he is today.

After being selected as the first overall pick by the Washington Nationals in 2010, Harper made his major league debut in 2012 at Dodger Stadium. He was voted to the All-Star team and was named the NL Rookie of the Year. Following his impressive rookie campaign, he started the 2013 season by hitting two home runs on opening day.

Ryan Carreon is a web editor for DeseretNews.com. E-mail him at rcarreon@desnews.com

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