NEW YORK —
And what impresses veterans the most about this crop of young stars is the way they carry themselves on and off the field. Harper occasionally flashes a hot temper with Washington, but opponents predominantly praise them for their all-around skill and steady performance.
“It’s different from when I first came up. Just the attention, the media coverage, the pressure,” said Twins catcher Joe Mauer, a No. 1 draft pick who made his first All-Star appearance at 23. “To keep everything in perspective and go out there and do your job every day and stay consistent is really what makes it pretty special.
“A lot of guys can come up and have immediate success right away and the league can kind of figure you out a little bit. But those guys keep going day after day and keep producing.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi is reminded of the mid-90s when Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Nomar Garciaparra all broke in at shortstop in the American League.
“It is kind of amazing the level that these young guys are playing,” Girardi said.
Making them just the sort of stars baseball wants to build around.
“I like the fact that they play the game the right way. They seem to get it,” Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan said. “They’re gifted, they’re energetic. It’s good to see a young, up-and-coming player that represents not only their franchise well but the game well.”
AP Sports Writers Tim Booth in Seattle, David Ginsburg in Baltimore and Steven Wine in Miami contributed.