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J.t. Realmuto Newsbeat

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto believes Bryce Harper is misunderstood

Bryce Harper didn’t have a single plate appearance in the month of October. But, he was still a topic of discussion.

That’s because his former team, which he left last offseason, hoisted the World Series trophy not even a year after his departure. Though the focus should primarily be on the current members of the Washington Nationals who put together one of the most miraculous postseasons in recent history, Harper’s narrative was too much to be ignored.

Coming up with the Nationals as a teenager and quickly skyrocketing to a face of Major League Baseball, then leaving in free agency for the NL East rival Phillies didn’t sit well with many in the D.C. area.

On a national level, his vibrant, intense personality, paired with the $330 million he’ll make over 13 seasons doesn’t have many feeling too bad for him when things don’t go his way.

So, is he just a soul whose intentions are good?

 

QLE Posted: November 06, 2019 at 01:14 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, j.t. realmuto

Thursday, September 12, 2019

How J.T. Realmuto is trying to prove he’s the best catcher in MLB

NEW YORK—Phillies manager Gabe Kapler describes any attempts to tell catcher J.T. Realmuto that he won’t be in the lineup as a “fistfight.”

Realmuto loathes off days. He wants to be back behind the plate every day. Once or twice this year, he’s even won an argument with Kapler, forcing his way into the lineup.

“I want to play, I enjoy playing,” Realmuto said. “I think it’s important for your teammates to see you back there every day and not taking days off all the time.”

That drive to play every day has Realmuto, 28, set to accomplish a career goal by leading all catchers in games played and innings caught.

On the one hand, Realmuto seems to be trading hitting for fielding performance- on the other hand, given how reliever-crazy modern baseball has become, catchers who can play almost every day do seem to be a major market inefficiency…..

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 11:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, j.t. realmuto

 

 

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