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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Bryce Harper, the clutch god

- Harper with runners on base in 2019 had a pre-Thursday slash line of .345/.439/.645.

- With runners in scoring position this season, he batted .378/.484/.653.

- With runners in scoring position and two outs, he batted .410/.540/.744.


I admit I was wary when the Phils signed Harper, but if he keeps the momentum flowing he’ll wind up with a fine first campaign in the City of Brotherly Love.

Lest we forget Posted: August 17, 2019 at 03:53 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, clutch, god

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Bryce Harper changes batting stance

In an effort to boost his offense, Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper changed his batting stance in his first at-bat Monday night in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.

In his first-inning at-bat on Sunday, Harper’s bat was just above his left shoulder.

What, no efforts to emulate John B. Wockenfuss?

 

QLE Posted: August 07, 2019 at 03:52 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: batting stance, bryce harper

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have boosted local TV ratings for Phillies and Padres

Turns out, fans like it when baseball teams spend money on elite players. The Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres have seen strong television rating increases this season after signing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado during the offseason, according to Sports Business Journal.

The Padres have seen a massive boost in viewers during the first half of the season. Ratings are up 81 percent compared to last year. Though the team is just 47-52, Padres fans have a lot to be excited about. On top of Machado, the team also has young stars like Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack putting up breakout seasons.

Harper and the Phillies are seeing a 20 percent boost in the ratings thus far. The Phillies started the season hot, posting a 33-24 record through May. The team has gone 19-24 since, which could spell lower second-half ratings if they can’t turn things around.

The way things are going with Harper, I’m starting to regret suggesting that Eric Hosmer was the Steve Garvey of our times….

QLE Posted: July 23, 2019 at 04:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, television ratings

Friday, June 28, 2019

Phillies are overpriced as long as Bryce Harper is a shell of himself

“It’s possible baseball observers will have to accept that his fantastic 2015 season was a fluke.”

Harper fans can say, “Hey, it’s only half a season.”

Lest we forget Posted: June 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, buyer's regret, fantasy, judd nelson, phillies

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has no issue with fans booing Bryce Harper

Philadelphia sports fans are certainly no strangers to booing, as they’re passionate about their teams, during both wins and losses.

Sometimes it translates to to cheering, but other times it translates to boos. Eagles fans even once booed Santa Claus.

And even with all that, it’s been a bit surprising to see fans booing $330 million man Bryce Harper. He will, after all, be playing for the team for the next 13 seasons.

Alternatively, one could argue that that would encourage the fans to boo all the more….

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, gabe kapler, philadephia

Friday, May 03, 2019

Smash Mouth calls Phillies’ Bryce Harper a ‘jackass’ for spurning Giants

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper is a money-hungry “jackass” who deserves the boos he received at Citizens Bank Park the other night, according to 90s rock band Smash Mouth.

The Giants’ offer was shunned. Bryce might as well be walkin’ on the sun.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 03, 2019 at 06:14 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants, phillies, smash mouth

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Slumping Bryce Harper hears boos as Phillies end April with 4 hits and a loss

Bryce Harper almost made it through the month of April without getting booed.

Almost.

Harper heard the salty sounds of disappointment as he walked back to the dugout after striking out in the bottom of the eighth inning in the Phillies’ 3-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.

The strikeout, Harper’s second of the night, capped a tough inning for the Phillies’ $330-million man. He dropped a ball in right field in the top half of the frame.

Given certain aspects of Harper’s character combined with certain aspects of his play over his career, how long before he winds up deeply regretting signing a long-term contract with Philadelphia?

 

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, phillies

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jake Arrieta upset with Bryce Harper for ejection, sounds off on ‘flat’ Phillies

NEW YORK — Jake Arrieta slammed the shelf above his locker at Citi Field, still peeved moments after speaking with reporters.

Arrieta pitched relatively well in the Phillies’ 5-1 loss to the Mets (see observations). The source of his anger was an untimely ejection of the Phillies’ best player, Bryce Harper, in the top of the fourth inning, combined with an overall “flat” performance from the Phillies’ offense.

The 33-year-old former Cy Young winner didn’t mince words. He didn’t rush to defend Harper or belabor the quick hook of home plate umpire Mark Carlson, who tossed Harper for arguing balls and strikes in the Phillies’ dugout.

 

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jake arrieta, phillies

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

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