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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Real Bryce Harper shows he’s on his way back in a big way - Chicago Tribune

Doing the bat flip thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:33 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cubs, nationals

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Nationals reinstate Bryce Harper from DL | MLB.com

Clown injury bro.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Could Mike Trout and Bryce Harper become baseball’s all-time greatest superstar duo?

We’ve noted that Trout is on a best-ever kind of pace. What, then, does it mean if Harper emerges as an equal? What if we don’t just have Superman, but Batman too?

Would that mean we are seeing the best tandem of hitters we’ve ever seen in the game at the same time?

Using Bad Math to Get The Result You Want 101:

For Trout and Harper in 2017, I prorated the numbers for the full season. Then I made one fantastical leap: I assumed Harper’s 2016 numbers were an injury-caused fluke and gave him the average between this year’s pace and his 2015 MVP season. Yes, health is a skill, but if Harper keeps doing what he’s doing, it won’t be hard to argue that last season was an outlier.

Because if you use actual results for 2015-17, the 2nd best hitter in MLB (by wRC+) is…Joey Votto.

TDF, FCL Posted: July 18, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, mike trout, stars

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Aaron Judge and Bryce Harper are no Steph Curry, and that’s on baseball

Yea, why can’t Aaron Judge be more like that showy self-promoter Steph Curry?

That admiration for self-restraint is something with which baseball must grapple, because it is simultaneously admirable and constraining. Baseball players who adhere to the traditions and mores of the sport believe no one player is more important than the team, that showmanship designed to draw attention to yourself has no place in the game, that individuality should be suppressed. On one hand, that’s what you want to teach your kids. On the other, it’s why a celebratory bat-flip can cause controversy, why a shoe contract or endorsement deal can be seen as a player’s distraction rather than the sport’s promotion.

“Honestly,” Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said, “a lot of the baseball guys just don’t like to do that kind of stuff.”

So here was Judge, announcing himself with his violent, athletic swings Monday night, but then walking it back afterward with his words, saying, “I try to take everything one day at a time.”

“He is a tremendous talent on the field, a really appealing off-the-field personality, the kind of player that can become the face of the game,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday.

Manfred knows what his sport has here. And yet, in the same breath: “People talk about marketing the game and players becoming the face of the game. Our game is a team sport. And that means inherent limitations in terms of how big a star any individual player is going to become. It actually creates a reluctance among players, sometimes, to market themselves.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2017 at 04:48 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, bryce harper, face of baseball, popularity

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Bryce Harper Has a New, Lower Gear

tl;dr Harper is not swinging for the moon and it’s paying off.

What’s interesting, at least to this author, is that Harper is willing to tinker with a gift that allowed him to reach the majors at 19. What’s perhaps troubling for the opposition is that he continues to look for ways to improve despite already possessing an NL MVP on his resume and returning close to that form thus far in 2017. He’s still just 24 — he won’t turn 25 until October — and is four months younger than Aaron Judge. His youth suggests he’s still learning himself and the game. And on the ESPN telecast, Harper debuted an apparent decision to trade power for control — or at least explore it. It’s not a swing I recall him taking — at least not regularly — a swing seemingly executed at 80% effort.

Bote Man Posted: July 05, 2017 at 04:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: batting, bryce harper, hitting, nationals

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hunter Strickland, Bryce Harper suspended | MLB.com

Major League Baseball announced disciplinary measures for Giants reliever Hunter Strickland and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper on Tuesday following their fracas on Monday afternoon in San Francisco. Strickland has been suspended for six games and was fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Harper, the Nationals star who was suspended for four games and also fined for charging the mound and throwing his helmet at Strickland.

Both players have elected to appeal their suspensions, and their respective punishments will be held in abeyance until the appeal process is completed.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, bryce harper, giants, hunter strickland, nationals

Scott Boras: Bryce Harper deserves lesser penalty from Nationals-Giants brawl | FOX Sports

I call bullshit. He was hit in his ass. The pitch wasn’t up near his head.

As the Giants and Nationals await the discipline for Monday’s brawl, agent Scott Boras contends that his client, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, deserves a lesser penalty than some other players receive when they charge the mound.

Boras told FOX Sports on Tuesday that because there had been no “notice of provocation” between the Giants and Nationals, Harper should not be treated as harshly as a player who expects to be hit with a pitch and then tries to fight the pitcher.
...
“(Harper’s) response was an act of fear … a moment of reaction to a dangerous stimulus. He was unmindful and unaware … It’s very different from a player who is aware of a situation where immediate and or current previous acts of provocation have occurred.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 03:33 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, bryce harper, scott boras

Bryce Harper, Hunter Strickland spark fracas | MLB.com

Two dopes. Luckily, Buster Posey didn’t join the madness.

Giants catcher Buster Posey did not immediately react as Harper charged the mound, saying after the game that it can be dangerous to get in there. And although both benches cleared, there appeared to be no other punches thrown, with both sides focused on separating the two.

“After it happened, I kind of saw Harper point and the next thing you know, he’s going out after him,” Posey said. “There’s some big guys tumbling around on the ground. You see Mike Morse, he’s about as big as they come, and he was getting knocked around like a pinball. It’s a little dangerous to get in there sometimes.”

“It looks bad, so you had two guys that probably don’t care for each other much,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s unfortunate, it is. That was a pretty good pile. We’re probably lucky somebody on either side didn’t get hurt in that situation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 143 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, bryce harper, hunter strickland, nationals

Friday, May 26, 2017

A look at what all 30 teams can do with MLB’s free agent mega-class of 2018-19

Five best positioned
New York Yankees: More than $50 million come off the Yankees’ payroll this offseason, and by the time 2019 rolls around, they’ve got only $74.2 million guaranteed – less than the Royals or Marlins. Were Masahiro Tanaka to opt out of his current deal this offseason, the Yankees would rank 19th in committed money for ’19.

All of which is to say: Baseball should be scared. The upper reaches of Yankees management want Bryce Harper, and they can get him. If they really wanted to shoot the moon, they could target Harper and Machado. It’s a lot easier to spend on pricey free agents when they’re young – Harper and Machado will hit the market at 26 – and when there’s a core of stars like the one New York is building.

The Yankees’ patience in building the Aaron Judge-Gary Sanchez-Luis Severino core should be applauded. A few years ago, after they’d committed to going young, the Yankees received a whopper of a proposition from the Braves, who were about to start their rebuild: Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons, Melvin Upton Jr., Chris Johnson and David Carpenter for Judge, Sanchez, Severino and pitching prospects Ian Clarkin and Manny Banuelos. The Yankees said no. And because of it, nobody in baseball is in a better place to pounce in the 2019 offseason.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2017 at 12:37 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bryce Harper’s strange signing for 2018 won’t mean much in the long run | FOX Sports

This is a bit odd.

The oddest of tea leaves fell on Saturday — news that Bryce Harper and the Nationals had agreed upon a $21.625 million contract for 2018, avoiding his final year of arbitration.

I cannot recall another deal like this being struck in mid-May, and the curious timing raised the usual questions about Harper’s future with the Nats, and whether he will sign an extension before reaching free agency.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2017 at 06:06 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bryce Harper agrees to $21.625 million deal with Nats for ‘18

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with star right fielder Bryce Harper on a contract for the 2018 season, the team announced Saturday.

Harper will make $21.625 million next season, as first reported by FanRag Sports and confirmed by ESPN.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2017 at 03:48 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, nats

 

 

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