Bryce Harper Newsbeat
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Friday, January 02, 2015
Which executives, managers and players will drive the MLB narrative in the coming season? Here’s a look at the 15 most interesting people in baseball heading into 2015:
1. Rob Manfred
After an extended run as Bud Selig’s most trusted aide, Manfred takes center stage in late January as baseball’s 10th commissioner. He’ll try to maintain the momentum that has made baseball a $9 billion industry while setting an agenda on pace of play, changes in the draft and free-agent compensation system, and MLB’s efforts to reach out to a younger fan base. Manfred also needs to connect with Tony Clark and the players’ association while navigating the usual array of ownership labor hawks and doves in negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement in 2016.
2. Alex Rodriguez
Where do we start? A-Rod, who missed the entire 2014 season with a drug suspension, turns 40 in July. He’s six homers shy of tying Willie Mays’ total of 660 and collecting a $6 million bonus on top of the $61 million the Yankees already owe him. But the Yankees just signed third baseman Chase Headley to a four-year deal—yet another sign that they want Rodriguez to go away. Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter were universally revered at the end of their runs in the Bronx. The reception won’t be quite as fawning when the most polarizing figure in baseball reports to Steinbrenner Field for duty in February.
They don’t always drink beer. But when they do, its Dos Equis. Wait, is that a centaur joke?
Posted: January 02, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
Monday, December 15, 2014
Outfielder Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals will avoid a grievance hearing over his 2015 salary after the sides reached a settlement Sunday evening with a two-year, $7.5 million contract, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Harper and the Nationals had been at odds over how his salary would be determined because of a rare dispute over the contract he signed as a first-round draft pick in 2010. If the sides had not settled, the Nationals and their most recognizable player would have engaged in a potentially contentious hearing Tuesday.
Posted: December 15, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 60 comment(s)
Saturday, December 13, 2014
D.J. Short - Dec 12, 2014
After FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reminded us about the situation a couple of weeks ago, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Bryce Harper‘s grievance hearing against the Nationals is scheduled for Tuesday in New York.
For those unfamiliar with the situation, here’s a quick recap: After Harper was drafted in 2010, he reached an oral agreement on a five-year major league contract with the Nationals just minutes before the signing deadline. The Nationals were adamant that the contract wouldn’t include an opt-out if Harper qualified for arbitration during the deal, but Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, was under the impression that the opt-out would be included in the contract. When Boras eventually received the formal contract from the Nationals, the opt-out was not included in the deal and Harper refused to sign it. The MLBPA soon stepped in with a compromise, stating that if Harper qualified for arbitration during the deal, there would be a grievance hearing regarding the opt-out clause.
To be clear, this opt-out is strictly about arbitration. He’s still under team control through 2018 no matter what. Anyway, Harper has logged enough service time to qualify for arbitration as a Super Two player. He’s currently under contract for $1.5 million next season, but MLB Trade Rumors projects that he could make $2.5 million through arbitration. This isn’t just about 2015 though, as there could be millions more at stake if he goes through the process four times as opposed to three.
There’s still a chance that the Nationals and Harper will settle their differences before Tuesday, but if not, each side will make their case in front of a three-person panel of arbitrators. That’s far from ideal, as it risks the possibility of bad blood between the player and the team. Ultimately, the Nationals will have to ask themselves if being stingy about a few million is worth it with one of their most important players.
Posted: December 13, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 36 comment(s)
Monday, December 01, 2014
Would YOU want to go to the mat against Bryce Harper?
At issue: Whether Harper is allowed to opt out of his deal and enter baseball’s arbitration system, enabling him to start negotiating higher salaries.
Either way, Harper is under the Nationals’ control for four more seasons. But millions hang in the balance, which is why both sides are bracing for a legal battle.
A battle that the Nationals, in particular, should do everything possible to avoid. Even if they hold the winning argument, they stand little to gain by antagonizing a potential franchise player.
Posted: December 01, 2014 at 11:48 AM | 45 comment(s)
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
At least one Braves fan didn’t get to enjoy the postgame concert or boo the Nationals as they celebrated their National League East title on Tuesday at Turner Field because he was ejected by the home plate umpire for shouting obscenities at Bryce Harper earlier in the game. Good job, guy.
The incident occurred in the sixth inning, when Harper came to the plate after Ian Desmond’s two-run homer to the moon gave the Nationals the lead. Harper paid no mind as a fan near the Braves dugout stood and shouted obscenities at him. You can hear the fan in this video.
With an 0-1 count on Harper, home plate umpire Tim Welke had heard enough.
“Hey, hey, hey, get rid of that guy,” Welke yelled to an usher as he pointed at the fan. “Get rid of him now. Get rid of him.”
“Wow, we had a fan, an unruly fan hollering at Bryce Harper, and the home plate umpire, Tim Welke, is having that fan ejected,” Braves broadcaster Chip Caray said. “I think [longtime Turner Field usher ] Walter Banks is escorting that man up the aisle.”
Posted: September 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM | 71 comment(s)
Monday, August 25, 2014
On Thursday, cameras caught the unusual sight of Bryce Harper hitting with a bat that had Yasiel Puig’s name etched into the barrel. For Harper, it turned out, it was not unusual at all.
Puig had given Harper the bat, joining a long list of players Harper has borrowed lumber from. Harper said he has used bats given to him by, among others: Chase Utley, Michael Morse, Troy Tulowitzki, David Wright, Buster Posey, Todd Helton, Melky Cabrera and Miguel Cabrera.
“I mean, I swing everybody’s model,” Harper said.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper can’t take a step these days without someone watching him. And apparently people — several thousands of them, in fact — were watching very closely on Saturday night, as he caught the attention and drew the ire of Atlanta Braves fans for repeatedly and seemingly intentionally scuffing the “A” logo that sits behind home plate at Turner Field.
Harper, of course, denies it being intentional, which is actually more pathetic.
Saturday, August 09, 2014
I deduce that Poz started off writing about Strasburg and couldn’t find a new angle, but I dunno, you tell me.
the Washington Nationals are in first place. It is easy to miss that when you’re inside the beltway. More than that, at this moment the Nationals are in first place by 4 ½ games, which is the biggest lead in the National League. More than that, the Nationals have the best run differential in the National League… The Nationals have the best record in baseball when scoring four or more runs – 53-6. But they have one of the worst records in baseball when failing to score four runs (9-45). This schizophrenic tendency drives Washington’s most extreme impulses…
[Stephen] Strasburg… leads the National League in starts and strikeouts and his 177-to-33 strikeout-to-walk ratio is fantastic. But he also is posting the highest ERA of his career so far (3.39) and the Nationals are just 12-12 in games he starts. He has honed his change-up into one of the most devastating pitches in the game, but his velocity slowly comes down and hitters have teed off on his fastball for much of the season. Even teammates have commented on how aggressively hitters attack his fastball. He could get to 200 innings for the first time this year, but he does not have a complete game and has only twice even started the eighth inning…
If he was any 26-year-old pitcher leading the league in strikeouts … but he’s not. He’s Stephen Strasburg. This is Washington. The pontificating never ends.
There’s only one player who feels it even more.
So, here’s what seems to have happened in Harpergate. Nationals manager Matt Williams went on a radio show Tuesday morning and the hot topic was Bryce Harper because Bryce Harper is always the hot topic…
You can’t go on the radio as the manager of the Washington Nationals, tell someone that sending Bryce Harper to the minors is NOT a stupid idea, and then expect Washington to sit still. It’s WASHINGTON for crying out loud…
Thursday afternoon, in the 13th inning against the Mets, Bryce Harper mashed a long walk-off home run to extend the Nationals lead.
“I haven’t felt like that in a long time,” he said afterward, and for a few hours all was all right in our nation’s capital.
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