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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

Sunday, April 07, 2019

VIDEO: Bryce Harper Tries to Hurdle Twins Catcher Willians Astudillo on Horrible Tag-Up Attempt

​It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Bryce Harper? ​The Phillies star is off to a superhuman start to the season, but ultimately his one flaw is being unable to hurdle another human being. While attempting to tag up from third base on a fly ball to center field, ​Harper tried to hurdle catcher Willians Astudillo while the Twins catcher had the ball. Unfortunately for Bryce, Willians was ready.

If we can’t get baseball back into the Olympics, can we try to introduce catcher-vaulting?

QLE Posted: April 07, 2019 at 03:33 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, willians astudillo

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Bryce Harper outclassed, outplayed DC fans in Phillies-Nationals game

You’re allowed to boo. It is absolutely your right as a fan. You shelled out big money to see Bryce Harper’s return to Nationals Park, and short of being abjectly racist, homophobic or violent, you’re free to express yourself however you want while you’re there.

Boo Bryce Harper if you want. He knows he signed up for a heck of a lot of games against his old team when he inked that 13-year, $330 million deal with his new one, and he even anticipated the boos in an earnest and classy thank-you message he sent to his former club before the game. Again, it’s within your rights to do that. No one’s here to decry freedom of speech.

But it’s also within my rights to call you small-time for doing it. Look at this clown show of Nationals fans, people who were probably Orioles die-hards just 15 years ago, doing arts and crafts to let the foremost player in franchise history know he’s a “traitor” for failing to re-sign with a club that wanted to defer payments up to 2052 — roughly the time Mad Max: Fury Road takes place. 2052! A “$300 million” deal deferring payments that long is not a $300 million deal at all: It’s something you put together so you can say you offered $300 million to cover yourself when your man flees in free agency, like he did.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 08:03 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, phillies

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Look: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Deletes Tweet of Photoshopped Bryce Harper

Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper will enter Nationals Park as a visitor for the first time Tuesday, and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser reportedly didn’t hide her feelings about that development.

On Monday, she posted and then deleted a photoshopped picture of Harper that compared him to Revolutionary War-era traitor Benedict Arnold.

Chip Brierre of ABC 7 shared the image that had Benedict crossed out for Bryce in the bottom right corner

In case you’ve been wondering lately why proposals for DC statehood are going nowhere fast….

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 03:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, mayor, tweets, washington

Monday, April 01, 2019

MLB roundup: Harper leads Phillies to series sweep

Bryce Harper reached base four times and hit a solo home run in the seventh inning as the Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Atlanta Braves with a 5-1 win on Sunday night.

The Phillies are 3-0 for the first time since 2011.

Philadelphia starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (1-0) gave up one run on three hits in six innings. He struck out six, but he also walked six while throwing 104 pitches.

Andrew McCutchen also hit a solo home run and scored twice for the Phillies. Rhys Hoskins walked three times and was hit by a pitch to reach base in all four plate appearances. He was plunked after Harper’s home run, and Braves reliever Shane Carle was ejected immediately afterward.

Yesterday’s game results, today!

 

QLE Posted: April 01, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew mccutchen, bryce harper, jake arrieta, phillies

Friday, March 29, 2019

Bryce Harper gets first taste of Philly passion in the form of boos after quiet debut

PHILADELPHIA — In the fourth inning of his first regular season game as a Philadelphia Phillie, Bryce Harper came up to bat with Jean Segura, another offseason acquisition, on third base. Segura was 90 feet away from giving 44,469 fans something to cheer about. Then Harper struck out, the stadium groaned, and down on the concourse, along the third base line, someone said “Geeze, it’s just the same old Bryce.”

You can dress him up in red pinstripes, but the guy who slashed .249/.393/.496 in 2018 will have to do a little better to deliver on the frenzied expectations of a city practically planning a parade route already despite six straight sub-.500 seasons.

PECOTA has the Philadelphia Phillies just barely winning the NL East with 89 wins this season. The morning of opening day, a butcher at the Reading Terminal Market said they were the “best team in baseball.”

Given that Harper seems to have skin so thin it’s transparent, it’s going to be interesting to see how his relations with the fans go…..

 

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, phillies

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Bryce Harper responds to being voted MLB’s ‘most overrated’ player

For a second consecutive year, The Athletic surveyed players across Major League Baseball on a variety of subjects, from their favorite managers to potential rule changes.

And for the second consecutive year, Bryce Harper was voted the “most overrated” player in the league by the surveyed players.

Harper’s reaction?

“I don’t really know what to say,” the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “I mean, I have no answer. I have no idea.

Ever get the feeling that if you lit a candle near Harper’s left ear, you could see the flame through his right?

 

QLE Posted: March 28, 2019 at 05:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, overrated

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Familiar teams favored in MLB despite shifting stars

Washington (AFP) - Superstar sluggers Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will try to turn their new clubs into title contenders but mostly familiar teams figure to dominate this year’s Major League Baseball championship chase.

After a two-game debut in Tokyo that was basically a farewell celebration for Japanese legend Ichiro Suzuki, the major league campaign opens in earnest on Thursday in North American venues.

Harper, a six-time All-Star outfielder, never went deeper than four first-round playoff exits in seven seasons with Washington before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies for 13 years at $330 million earlier this month.

In other words, kind of what we’d expect after the last off-season.

QLE Posted: March 27, 2019 at 01:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, opening day, same old same old

Monday, March 25, 2019

Phillies fans are planning a takeover of Nationals Park for Bryce Harper’s return

Washington, this is your warning. On April 2, the fans of the Philadelphia Phillies are planning a takeover.

While Citizens Bank Park is going to be packed with Phillies fans all season, busloads of Phillies fans are taking the trip down I-95 to Nationals Park for the first road game of the season. That is, according to a report from the Washington Post.

Joe DiBiaggio, founder of Phans of Philly, which organizes trips and tailgates for Philadelphia sports fans, took a chance even before Bryce Harper signed and purchased a block of 500 tickets for the April 2 game in Washington, Harper’s return to the city he spent his first seven seasons. The tickets will likely be sold out.

Site members who live in and around the District- I would recommend being as far away as possible on that day, ideally in a location in the Central Time Zone or further west.

 

QLE Posted: March 25, 2019 at 10:26 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, nationals, phillies

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Phillies fans threaten Trent Thornton on Twitter after he hits Bryce Harper with pitch

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Trent Thornton is the newly crowned least popular man in Philadelphia after he plunked Bryce Harper in the ankle with a 96 mph heater in Friday’s spring training game.

The pitch was seemingly not intentional, and Harper is only day-to-day after undergoing X-rays, but that hasn’t stopped bringing the worst out of Philadelphia Phillies fans.

From a video of a fan confusing Javy Guerra for Thornton and calling him a coward as he walked toward the team bus to fans threatening Thornton on Twitter, it was not the best day for the many good fans of Philadelphia.

The sporting fans of Philadelphia get angry when people comment on their general reputation- then they act like this….

 

 

QLE Posted: March 17, 2019 at 07:23 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, phillies, trent thornton, twitter

Monday, March 11, 2019

ESPN - Keown - Bryce Harper is One Very Big Deal

When Harper told his agent, Scott Boras, that he wanted a lifetime deal—with a no-trade clause and none of the agent’s signature opt-outs—Boras said, “Well, teams don’t want to employ you at 35, much less 39, so we’re going to have to give something up to get that.” The casualty, to use the term loosely, was the average annual salary—$25.3 million. Manny Machado’s, to pick one, is higher. Harper didn’t care.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Bryce Harper walks up to ‘Fresh Prince’ theme song during first at bat

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WPVI)—Bryce Harper walked up to the plate to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song during his first at-bat for the Phillies.

Harper drew a walk Saturday in his first spring training plate appearance.

He noted that he is still getting into form after missing the first part of spring training.

Something tells me Bryce wouldn’t fare well in West Philadelphia- including the area around the University of Pennsylvania.

QLE Posted: March 10, 2019 at 07:32 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, philadephia, walk up music

Saturday, March 09, 2019

LA Times: Bryce Harper Will Save Tens Of Millions In Taxes By Spurning Dodgers & Giants

For Major League Baseball players, three teams are at the bottom of the standings on state taxes: the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants. That’s because California is in a league of its own on personal income taxes. We’ve got by far the highest state rate in the nation, topping out at 13.3%.

By contrast, Pennsylvania has a low flat rate for every taxpayer regardless of income. It’s just 3.07%. That’s one reason why superstar slugger Bryce Harper signed an eye-popping 13-year, $330-million contract last week with the Philadelphia Phillies, spurning the Dodgers and Giants.
.  .  .
Harper will save tens of millions in taxes by signing with the Phillies instead of a California team. “With a contract of that magnitude, it’s dramatic,” Scott Boras, Harper’s agent, says of the taxes. “It could be almost a full year’s compensation.” .  .  . Boras notes that Harper got $30 million more than Machado, but calculates that when all taxes are figured, the new Phillies player will net around $55 million more.


Friday, March 01, 2019

VP Ken Williams: It’s a shame if White Sox are portrayed as cheap | Chicago Sun-Times

Teams can’t just budget based on this year and next. They need to have a long-term plan, which includes an eye on their view of their competitive window.

“People are lost on the fact that on a yearly basis, our offer was more than San Diego’s. The average annual value was $31 [million] and change. So it was about years guaranteed. So there is an argument that could be made that our offer was the better of the two. It certainly had more upside for him. All he had to do was basically stay healthy.’’

All the Sox had to do was dig a little deeper. But Williams said the long-range cost was too much.

“Our fans would have been much more disappointed in our inability to keep this next core together,’’ he said. “We would have overextended ourselves had we gone to an uncomfortable level.’’

The Sox’ potential stars — Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Tim Anderson, Carlos Rodon and Yoan Moncada — are years away from arbitration and big paydays, and this fact remains: The richest contract ever signed by a Sox player is Jose Abreu’s $68 million deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agency, white sox

Stupid Money is Smart Money: A Tale of Bryce Harper | FanGraphs Baseball

Dan Szymborski and ZiPS approve. Dan also throws in some projections of the impact of the Harper signing on the 2019 season.

ZiPS projects Harper to be worth approximately $289 million over the course of his contract, with almost all that value over the first ten years of the deal. Given that the Phillies are a competitive team, likely matching their best seasons with Harper’s prime, ten years, $330 million would be a perfectly reasonable move for the Phillies to make. And if ten years, $330 million is a reasonable contract, then $330 million with Harper throwing in three additional years as a gratuity certainly would be.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2019 at 08:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies, zips

Inside the Giants’ serious but unsuccessful pursuit of Bryce Harper, with Farhan Zaidi leading the way – The Athletic

Inside the Giants thought process.

That Harper signed for a smaller AAV than Manny Machado’s new deal with the Padres (10 years, $300 million) tells you how club officials valued him in the marketplace. Harper’s $25.384 million AAV came eerily close to his value as formulated earlier in the day in a Washington Post analysis piece that utilized prediction models and dollars per win added. That might not be how you and I value players. But it is how almost every major-league front office is valuing players.

Machine learning has come for us all, kids, and there is a reason why every team is pegging the same value and making the same offers to free agents. If all major-league front offices are leaning hard on their algorithms and their artificial intelligence to make decisions, then the resulting price convergence amounts to operational collusion. It’s de facto, if not by design.

The Giants made an offer in line with their valuation for Harper. They might have been willing to stretch that valuation a smidge. They weren’t going to offer beyond that. They viewed Harper as a great player, a franchise player, but perhaps not a generational talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants, pay site

Why Bryce Harper chose to sign with the Phillies | SI.com

Tom Verducci with the Boras/Harper version of events.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2019 at 08:06 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies

Dodgers whiff on Bryce Harper, and a chance to solidify a franchise for a decade - Los Angeles Times

The Dodgers are the smartest front office in baseball. (The Astros and Yankees are right behind them.) One area they are ahead of the curve is assessing long-term risk for free agents. Their reported offer dovetails with comments about preferring higher AAV/shorter long-term contacts which the front office talked about this off-season. The Dodgers believe the discount on today’s dollars is not worth the increased risk over the longer term. (Jon Morosi reported that the Dodgers were willing to go four years at $45M per season. Plaschke says five years at $45M.)

Scott Boras understands risk as well. That’s why Harper went for the most guaranteed dollars, which really is 10/330 spread over 13 years. Had Harper agreed to 4/$45M, he would have hit free agency again at 30 years old. At that point, he would have needed to get 6/$150M - $25M AAV (or 8 years at $18.75M AAV). That wouldn’t have been a really high bar if Harper is really the player Boras has sold. Boras and Harper didn’t think Harper betting on himself was worth the risk. I agree with them, which is one of the reasons I don’t like the contract from Philly’s end.

While Andrew Friedman and his crew have admirably built six consecutive West Division champions and two consecutive World Series teams, an organization with buckets of chips will not push them all in for a shot at one big pot.

In his five years here, Friedman has never spent more than $60 million for a free agent from outside the organization. Even when he has paid big money to retain the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner, he’s never paid out more than $93 million. Those are outrageous sums, of course, but in the high-priced world of baseball’s top free agents, that just doesn’t play.
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The word is that the Dodgers might have gone as high as five years and $225 million for Harper. The guess here is that he would have taken less money to come to Los Angeles, considering it easily was his first choice. Couldn’t there have been a compromise in there somewhere?

 

 

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:54 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dodgers, free agency, giants, phillies

In interview, Kenny Williams addresses fan anger and the fallout of White Sox missing out on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

Manny Machado is still a San Diego Padre. Bryce Harper is still a Philadelphia Phillie. And White Sox fans are still angry.

No, nothing’s changed since earlier Thursday, when Harper broke Machado’s week-and-change-old record for the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American pro sports, officially leaving the White Sox empty handed in their pursuits of the two biggest names on this offseason’s free-agent market.

Neither guy ended up on the South Side, despite the fact that the team went after both, going especially hard on Machado, to the point where general manager Rick Hahn and team vice president Kenny Williams seemed blindsided when the 26-year-old infielder spurned them for the Padres last week.

One of the consequences with how long the free agency cycles have been lasting- the resentment of the GMs who don’t do the big signings seems to get even larger…..

 

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, kenny williams, manny machado, white sox

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Report: Harper to Phillies

They buckled.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2019 at 02:58 PM | 227 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Free doughnuts for life: D.C.‘s last-ditch effort to keep Bryce Harper in town

The Nationals may have officially moved on from the possibility of re-signing Bryce Harper, but fans in Washington, D.C. have not. And now they’re resorting to straight-up bribes to try and sway the highly coveted free agent to stay with the Nats.

District Doughnut offered Harper unlimited free doughnuts for life if he signs with the Nats, the company posted on Twitter on Monday. Plus, it said it would make a custom flavor inspired by him too.

How could anyone say no to the Nats’ multi-million-dollar offer AND free doughnuts for life?

Scott Boras will take 10% of those donuts- you don’t want to know what Jon Heyman will do for one…..

 

QLE Posted: February 27, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bribery, bryce harper, donuts, washington

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Bryce Harper Asks If Phillies Willing To Move To Another City

Well, this explains it.

Hat tip to RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2019 at 02:03 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies

Phillies have offered Bryce Harper over $300M but word is others are over $300M, too…

Does Heyman get a cut of Harper’s contract too?

 

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2019 at 10:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agency

Why Bryce Harper would take short Dodgers deal over long Phillies’

I know Boras works for Harper. I just can’t see Boras and the union signing off on Harper going shorter term with a high AAV.

The Dodgers can show Harper everything — except the money. They have had a policy under president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to avoid mega-long-term deals, and they have the leverage in this situation to stick with this strategy because without Harper, they are still heavily favored to win a seventh straight NL West title.

What the Dodgers are willing to do is make Harper the annual value champion, so at least $35 million a year, perhaps closer to $40 million, but only for three or four seasons — perhaps five years to get a deal done. So to just give a guesstimated total, $150 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2019 at 10:36 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dodgers, free agency, phillies

Don’t count on Dodgers’ flirtation with Bryce Harper to end up in a long-term deal - Los Angeles Times

So, the Dodgers have been very successful using a sound long-term plan. It then follows that not diverging from the plan is…arrogance.

It’s a good thing for Dodgers fans Dylan Hernandez isn’t in charge in LA.

What the Dodgers have are several advantages over the two other teams known to still be in pursuit of the former National League most valuable player, the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants. They can win now. They have a richer history. Los Angeles is relatively close to Harper’s hometown of Las Vegas.

The Dodgers would be mistaken to think this will be enough. The organization’s confidence has morphed into something closer to arrogance as a result of their recent success, but the team’s executives have to temper their egos and recognize closing a deal will require more than the warm sentiments principal owner Mark Walter conveyed to Harper in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2019 at 06:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dodgers

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