Bryce Harper Newsbeat
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Barring a significant slide over the last quarter of the schedule, Trout is going to join an exclusive club with this metronomic stat line. Since the dawn of the 20th century, only nine others have strung together at least five consecutive qualifying seasons with an OPS+ of 160 or better. Here is the impressive list in reverse chronological order.
Barry Bonds 1990-98, 2000-04
Frank Thomas 1991-97
Stan Musial 1948-54
Johnny Mize 1936-40
Lou Gehrig 1927-37
Babe Ruth 1918-24, ‘26-‘34
Rogers Hornsby 1920-25
Ty Cobb 1907-19
Honus Wagner 1902-09
(Ted Williams likely would be on this list if not for his military service. He topped the 160 mark while qualifying for the batting title in each of his first eight seasons, which were interrupted by three seasons lost to World War II. It’s also possible that others are in the same boat, including Charlie Keller, who hit the mark from 1941-43 and again in ‘45 after a year away).
Not only would Trout be just the third player in the past 70 years to accomplish this feat, but he also is doing it while playing a premium defensive position—and in his age 20-24 seasons (he turned 25 on Aug. 7). Only Cobb, more than a century ago, has had five qualifying 160 OPS+ seasons at such a young age. Only Cobb and Williams can top Trout’s career OPS+ of 169 up to this point (minimum 2,000 plate appearances). And of course, Trout is more than just a good hitter, as he is closing in on Cobb’s record of 46.7 wins above replacement by the end of the age-24 season.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Appearing on Colin Cowherd’s program Monday morning, Harper was asked about Cowherd’s contention that defensive shifts are bad for the game and should be outlawed.
“I think a lot of guys would agree with you,” Harper said. “I don’t think it will ever happen, but I think we should outlaw the DH, as well.
I was excited about this article until I read ‘Colin Cowherd’. You know what a herd of cows leave behind??
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
On Tuesday, Harper told The Washington Post he has no plans to participate in the 2016 derby in San Diego, either.
In fact, Harper isn’t sure if he’ll ever do the Home Run Derby again. At least, that’s how he feels as of July 5, 2016.
“I just don’t want to, plain and simple,” he said after Tuesday night’s loss to the Brewers.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Thursday, June 02, 2016
But the issue with Harper is not just his supreme talent – he’s generally seen as one of the two best players in the game, along with Mike Trout – but also his stunning youth. That the sides haven’t seriously talked may be a reflection on the fact there’s thought to be no common ground. Or maybe it’s just an assumption that there’s none. Maybe the Nats have heard the whispers that the asking price may be $40 to $50 million a year, and perhaps for 15 years (that could make it as much as an astounding $750 million).
Boras in a phone interview spoke of the specialness of Harper but said he “didn’t want to get into the pricing.” Which may be how things are going with the Nats.
“We have not to this point had any substantive negotiations about a long-term deal,” Rizzo, who’s done an excellent job in Washington and recently had his own two-year extension picked up by his bosses, said in a phone interview.
Monday, May 09, 2016
The Nationals outfielder had seven plate appearances in Washington’s 13-inning loss. He was walked six times and also hit by the pitch once. The six walks ties an MLB record for most walks in a game. [...]
Jayson Stark ✔ @jaysonst
That’s 6 BB & one HBP for Bryce Harper today. @ESPNStatsInfo reports no player in the last 100 years has reached base 7 times without an AB!
6:47 PM - 8 May 2016
From 1913 to 2016, (requiring ROE=0, TOB>=6 and AB=0), sorted by greatest TOB
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R RBI BB TOB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE BOP PosSummary
1 Jimmie Foxx 1938-06-16 BOS SLB W 12-8 6 0 2 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 4 1B
(Note: B-R has no PBP data, only boxes, prior to 1930.)
Posted: May 09, 2016 at 02:19 AM | 60 comment(s)
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Bernard Malamud’s first novel, “The Natural,” upon which the movie was based, was published in 1952 and with no lack of publicity (it was reviewed twice in The New York Times). But it doesn’t seem that many of that era’s sportswriters were inspired to compare their subjects to Malamud’s Roy Hobbs, even with both Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, 1950s versions of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, just then bursting upon the scene.
Then again, Malamud’s Hobbs, however talented, was hardly an attractive character. Redford’s Hobbs, on the other hand, is largely pure of heart. Which allowed the post-1984 writer to compare a player to the celluloid Hobbs without insulting him….
Beginning with Terry Pendleton, a Cardinals rookie in 1984 who batted .409 in his first 22 games. His teammates began calling him the Natural, but Pendleton finished that season batting an un-Hobbsish .324. Superstardom (and a long-lasting nickname) would ultimately elude Pendleton, as it eluded Gibson. But Pendleton would, well into his career, win a Most Valuable Player Award. Just as Gibson had.
In 1993, Blue Jays first baseman John Olerud’s teammates took to calling him Hobbsy while he flirted with a .400 batting average until late in the season. A few years earlier, Giants first baseman Will Clark— like Olerud, a left-handed batter with a textbook swing — was commonly called Will the Thrill, but the Natural was another of his nicknames…..
In the mid-1990s, outfielders Andruw Jones and Karim Garcia would both be called the Natural, however briefly. Jones delivered on that early promise and Garcia did not, but neither was associated with the nickname for long.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper has signed a 10-year extension with Under Armour that is believed to be the largest endorsement deal in history for a baseball player, a source with knowledge of the deal told ESPN.
Under Armour announced earlier Tuesday that Harper signed a multiyear extension but said terms, including the length of the deal and compensation, would not be disclosed.
The brand, which has had Harper as an endorser for five years, will begin selling Harper’s first signature cleat, the Under Armour Harper One, in July. The company previously sold shirts with a phrase Harper filed to trademark—“That’s A Clown Question, Bro.” Harper abandoned his pursuit of that trademark in 2014.
Monday, April 25, 2016
We all have our ways of marking the seasons. I know it’s spring when in early April I start my morning by skipping The Washington Post front page and going right to the sports section. It’s not until I’ve fully savored the baseball box scores that I resignedly turn to politics.
Sunday’s game had everything a game could offer, from dramatic highs to head-shaking oddities. Bench coach Chris Speier, first base coach Davey Lopes and Baker, in his 21st season as a manager, have seen thousands of games combined, and the three agreed this was the wildest game they had been a part of.
It was definitely not the cleanest game ever played, but there were so many uncommon events that this one will be remembered for quite some time.
Friday, April 22, 2016
So I asked 13 executives and scouts: If money were no object and you could start a franchise with either Trout or Harper, who do you got?
Three said they actually would take Houston shortstop Carlos Correa, and one also mentioned Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado. But the request was Trout vs. Harper, and eight took Trout and five went with Harper — with two of the Harper voters admitting they only had changed recently. One Trout voter actually wavered toward Harper in the midst of an email response before stating, “I’ll stay with Trout, but it’s as close a vote as you can get.”
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Bryce Harper >>>>> Billy Ripken
Friday, April 08, 2016
WISE MEN SAY the first time you feel old is when you look around and realize that most major league baseball stars are younger than you. If that’s true, a lot of folks are aging very suddenly. Young studs are everywhere around MLB these days.
Consider the best players in each league and the careers they could have in store. In the NL, that would be 23-year-old Bryce Harper, about whom my colleague Jayson Stark has written: “He’s a blend of Pete Rose and Reggie Jackson, as if that were even possible.” Actually, it was possible; his name was Frank Robinson. As in the Triple Crown—winning Frank Robinson who hit 586 career home runs and won the MVP in both leagues. He happens to be the best statistical comparison to Harper in baseball history, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
CSN video of interview in question.
But noted Minor League hurler Brent Honeywell aint havin’ it!!11!!
Brent Honeywell @brent_honeywell:
“Make baseball fun again” it must not be too fun being one of the youngest super stars. It must not be fun to face the best of the best. Baseball is not a “tired” game either. It’s been played 155 years and people still want to play it. Real “clown move”. It sucks to see it because guys in MiLB are workin to death to be in his shoes and he’s basically complaining. Grow up.
Honeywell specifically denied in later tweets that he would be throwing at Harper, so Bryce can rest easy.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Rochester, NY sportswriter Scott Pitoniak weighs in on the Goose Gossage brouhaha, the intergenerational conflicts that transcend any individual sport, and the joy of the game.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
“If a guy pumps his fist at me on the mound, I’m going to go, ‘Yeah, you got me. Good for you. Hopefully I get you next time.’ That’s what makes the game fun.
Fun? This is baseball we’re talking about. You’re not supposed to look like you’re having fun.
Posted: March 10, 2016 at 12:12 PM | 54 comment(s)
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