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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Here are most popular MLB player jerseys of ‘19

For the third season in a row, Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge reigns as the most popular jersey in the game, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced on Friday. Judge topped fan favorites like Bryce Harper, Cody Bellinger, Javier Báez and Christian Yelich, who rounded out the top five.

A trio of National League MVP contenders made the biggest jumps on the list in 2019. Yelich, the 2018 NL MVP, was unranked during his MVP season, but he jumped to No. 5 on this year’s list. Bellinger went from No. 15 on last year’s list to No. 3, and Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr. rose from No. 20 in 2018 to No. 6 in ‘19.

On the American League side, Astros MVP hopeful Alex Bregman made his first appearance on the list, checking in at No. 13. He came in just behind perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout, who ranked ninth this year. It’s the first time since MLB player jersey rankings have been released that the nine most popular players are all under the age of 30.

The sound you are hearing now is Barry Halper’s ghost, trying to figure out how he can claim that some of these jerseys were game-used…..

QLE Posted: September 28, 2019 at 12:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, bryce harper, christian yelich, cody bellinger, javier baez, jerseys

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Harper: Nationals fans crossed the line heckling

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper called out some Washington Nationals fans, saying they crossed the line heckling him in the eighth inning.

The former Nationals star didn’t get specific or repeat what the hecklers were saying, but he wasn’t happy following a 5-2 loss Wednesday night, the team’s fifth straight setback.

“They were fine all game, talking about myself and things like that,” Harper said. “I get it everywhere I go. That’s nothing new. But the last two innings, it’s just not right. It’s not right.”

He said he was eager to get back to Philadelphia and the great fans there.

Wonder how long that tune will last, given what we know of Philadelphia sports fans…..

 

QLE Posted: September 26, 2019 at 12:57 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hecklers

Quit slamming superstars for their teams’ failures

Fans have long loved to criticize players who sign big contracts. The media has long encouraged and aided this effort to greater or lesser degrees. Players who rake in the big bucks have long had a target on their back and probably always will.

Which is not totally unfair, of course. They’re supposed to be good. They’re supposed to help the team win. That, as the old saying goes, is why they’re paid the big bucks.

But there are limits to that right? A baseball team has 25 guys on it, not just one, and any one baseball player has way less power to carry one’s team to victory himself than, say, the quarterback of a football team or any single basketball player, each of which can make a huge difference. As such, while it’s fair to hold star players to a higher standard, it’s less fair to blame them when their teams fare poorly through no fault of their own.

 

QLE Posted: September 26, 2019 at 12:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, mike trout, nolan arenado, superstars

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

After flopping in Bryce Harper’s first year, what’s next for the Phillies?

WASHINGTON — For $455 million, the Philadelphia Phillies bought themselves nothing more than one more day, one more game of playoff contention.

Now, manager Gabe Kapler and the rest of the organization can only wait to see if such middling progress after the mass expenditure will bring significant consequences.

The Phillies were eliminated from postseason contention Tuesday afternoon when they were beaten, 4-1, by the Washington Nationals in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

The Nationals went on to clinch a postseason spot with a win the nightcap, while the Phillies are left playing out the string, even though Philly lured Bryce Harper away from Washington with a $330 million contract as part of the “stupid” money principal owner John Middleton laid out last winter.

It turns out that spending all that money on someone less than two wins above the average player (and he’s had three years worse than that out of the previous five) won’t make your team dominant- who knew?

 

QLE Posted: September 25, 2019 at 12:11 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies

Sunday, September 08, 2019

LEADING OFF: Braves streaking, Harper hurting, Arizona rolls

HOME OF THE BRAVES

Josh Donaldson and the Atlanta Braves have won nine in a row, their best string since 2014. The NL East leaders also have taken 13 straight at SunTrust Park.

Donaldson hit his 36th home run in a 5-4 win over Washington on Saturday night. He has 28 homers since June 11. The Nationals have lost four in a row and lead the NL wild-card race by two games over the Cubs.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer (9-5, 2.60 ERA) tries to end Atlanta’s streaks. He makes his fourth straight start since returning from back trouble — the three-time Cy Young Award winner has no decisions and a 4.66 ERA in his last four outings.

Well, here’s as good a place as any to discuss the current shape of the playoff hunt- how do we expect it will shake out?

QLE Posted: September 08, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bryce harper, diamondbacks, gerrit cole, rays, streaks, yadier molina

Monday, August 26, 2019

LEADING OFF: Harper returns to Phillies, Ramírez has surgery

DADDY’S HOME

Bryce Harper is expected to return from paternity leave as the Phillies open a home series against struggling Pittsburgh. Philadelphia dropped two of three at last-place Miami without him, managing only four hits and never batting with a runner in scoring position during Sunday’s defeat. Harper had been on a tear before taking a few days to be with his wife, Kayla, and their newborn son — the couple’s first child. Harper has nine homers in his past 17 games, batting .290 with a 1.139 OPS.

BAD BREAK

Cleveland third baseman José Ramírez is set to have surgery on his broken right hand. It’s a potentially devastating injury for the Indians’ playoff chances as they try to catch first-place Minnesota in the AL Central or capture a wild card. Ramírez went on the injured list Sunday with a fractured hamate bone, an injury that typically takes more than a month to heal. There is no clear timetable for his return, but it’s safe to assume Ramirez — who has been on a tear at the plate — won’t be around down the stretch in September.

The circle of life, in two short squibs.

 

 

QLE Posted: August 26, 2019 at 04:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals, didi gregorius, homer bailey, injury, jose ramirez, josh donaldson

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Why Bryce Harper is rooting for Mookie Betts to beat his $330 million deal

For three weeks during spring training, Bryce Harper was the owner of Major League Baseball’s richest contract ever.

Now the 26-year-old outfielder is hoping he’ll be third on that list come opening day 2021 after offering a ringing endorsement for soon-to-be free agent Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox.

Speaking to NBC Sports Boston this week, Harper made it clear that he includes Betts among the league’s elite class of players. He’s hopeful the 2018 American League MVP will be recognized and paid as such when or even before he’s slated to hit free agency.

The answer seems obvious to me- but, then again, I am not one to court popularity….

 

QLE Posted: August 22, 2019 at 06:22 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, contracts, dollah dollah bills, y'all, mookie betts

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Bryce Harper, the clutch god

- Harper with runners on base in 2019 had a pre-Thursday slash line of .345/.439/.645.

- With runners in scoring position this season, he batted .378/.484/.653.

- With runners in scoring position and two outs, he batted .410/.540/.744.


I admit I was wary when the Phils signed Harper, but if he keeps the momentum flowing he’ll wind up with a fine first campaign in the City of Brotherly Love.

Lest we forget Posted: August 17, 2019 at 03:53 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, clutch, god

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Bryce Harper changes batting stance

In an effort to boost his offense, Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper changed his batting stance in his first at-bat Monday night in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.

In his first-inning at-bat on Sunday, Harper’s bat was just above his left shoulder.

What, no efforts to emulate John B. Wockenfuss?

 

QLE Posted: August 07, 2019 at 03:52 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: batting stance, bryce harper

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have boosted local TV ratings for Phillies and Padres

Turns out, fans like it when baseball teams spend money on elite players. The Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres have seen strong television rating increases this season after signing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado during the offseason, according to Sports Business Journal.

The Padres have seen a massive boost in viewers during the first half of the season. Ratings are up 81 percent compared to last year. Though the team is just 47-52, Padres fans have a lot to be excited about. On top of Machado, the team also has young stars like Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack putting up breakout seasons.

Harper and the Phillies are seeing a 20 percent boost in the ratings thus far. The Phillies started the season hot, posting a 33-24 record through May. The team has gone 19-24 since, which could spell lower second-half ratings if they can’t turn things around.

The way things are going with Harper, I’m starting to regret suggesting that Eric Hosmer was the Steve Garvey of our times….

QLE Posted: July 23, 2019 at 04:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, television ratings

Friday, June 28, 2019

Phillies are overpriced as long as Bryce Harper is a shell of himself

“It’s possible baseball observers will have to accept that his fantastic 2015 season was a fluke.”

Harper fans can say, “Hey, it’s only half a season.”

Lest we forget Posted: June 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, buyer's regret, fantasy, judd nelson, phillies

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has no issue with fans booing Bryce Harper

Philadelphia sports fans are certainly no strangers to booing, as they’re passionate about their teams, during both wins and losses.

Sometimes it translates to to cheering, but other times it translates to boos. Eagles fans even once booed Santa Claus.

And even with all that, it’s been a bit surprising to see fans booing $330 million man Bryce Harper. He will, after all, be playing for the team for the next 13 seasons.

Alternatively, one could argue that that would encourage the fans to boo all the more….

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, gabe kapler, philadephia

Friday, May 03, 2019

Smash Mouth calls Phillies’ Bryce Harper a ‘jackass’ for spurning Giants

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper is a money-hungry “jackass” who deserves the boos he received at Citizens Bank Park the other night, according to 90s rock band Smash Mouth.

The Giants’ offer was shunned. Bryce might as well be walkin’ on the sun.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 03, 2019 at 06:14 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants, phillies, smash mouth

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Slumping Bryce Harper hears boos as Phillies end April with 4 hits and a loss

Bryce Harper almost made it through the month of April without getting booed.

Almost.

Harper heard the salty sounds of disappointment as he walked back to the dugout after striking out in the bottom of the eighth inning in the Phillies’ 3-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.

The strikeout, Harper’s second of the night, capped a tough inning for the Phillies’ $330-million man. He dropped a ball in right field in the top half of the frame.

Given certain aspects of Harper’s character combined with certain aspects of his play over his career, how long before he winds up deeply regretting signing a long-term contract with Philadelphia?

 

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, phillies

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jake Arrieta upset with Bryce Harper for ejection, sounds off on ‘flat’ Phillies

NEW YORK — Jake Arrieta slammed the shelf above his locker at Citi Field, still peeved moments after speaking with reporters.

Arrieta pitched relatively well in the Phillies’ 5-1 loss to the Mets (see observations). The source of his anger was an untimely ejection of the Phillies’ best player, Bryce Harper, in the top of the fourth inning, combined with an overall “flat” performance from the Phillies’ offense.

The 33-year-old former Cy Young winner didn’t mince words. He didn’t rush to defend Harper or belabor the quick hook of home plate umpire Mark Carlson, who tossed Harper for arguing balls and strikes in the Phillies’ dugout.

 

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jake arrieta, phillies

Friday, April 19, 2019

Philadelphia CBP Seizes Counterfeit Bryce Harper Jerseys

PHILADELPHIA – Well that didn’t take long. Transnational criminal organizations are quick to counterfeit any popular consumer merchandise and Bryce Harper’s Philadelphia Phillies jerseys are no exception.

Since Major League Baseball’s opening day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Philadelphia have seized 314 counterfeit Harper jerseys and detained many more. If authentic, the jerseys would fetch a cool $44,040.

The seized jerseys arrived in six express delivery shipments. The largest shipment contained 204 Harper jerseys, the remaining parcels contained between 18 and 25 jerseys. All parcels arrived from Honk Kong and were destined to addresses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

A sign that they were forged: A claim on the label that Harper could be considered the equal of Mike Trout.

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:39 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jerseys, the long arm of the law

 

 

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