Bryce Harper Newsbeat
Thursday, September 22, 2016
“Bryce said it didn’t come from him. Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report,” Baker said. “The trainer said no.”
According to multiple people familiar with the situation, Rizzo commandeered Baker’s office for an informal deposition after the report came out Tuesday. He brought in Harper and trainer Paul Lessard, hoping to learn whether there was some issue Harper had not told them about. If not, they hoped to identify the source of the information.
Rizzo asked Harper if the reports were true, and Harper said they were not, according to a person familiar with the situation,who also said Lessard told Rizzo and Baker he had treated no shoulder issue since the stiff neck cost Harper five games in August. All of that reinforces, with more detail, what Baker and Rizzo told reporters Tuesday.
Posted: September 22, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
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.
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