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Kris Bryant Newsbeat

Monday, October 05, 2015

Cubs’ Kris Bryant has top-selling MLB jersey

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant had the best-selling jersey in all of Major League Baseball during the regular season, according to sales on the league’s official website.

The 23-year-old Bryant is the youngest player to lead the top-20 list, though youth is a theme among those that come off the racks the quickest.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who is 26, is No. 2, followed by his catcher Buster Posey (28), Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (27), Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (24) and Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (22).

Thanks to Bryant—and the team’s first postseason berth since 2008—the sales of Cubs merchandise this season are up 80 percent year versus a year ago. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo joins Bryant in the top 10, coming in at No. 8.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 05, 2015 at 11:47 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, merchandise

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Monday, September 07, 2015

WATCH: Kris Bryant hits one off Wrigley video board

If not for running into the video board, MLB statcast estimates that the homer was going 495 feet. That makes Bryant’s shot the longest of the 2015 season for anyone in the majors. Here’s the top 10:

1. Bryant on Sunday, 495 feet
2. Michael Taylor, 8/20, 492.8
3. Jonathan Schoop, 8/26, 484.5
4. Nelson Cruz, 4/29, 482.7
5. Josh Donaldson, 4/23, 481.2
6. Hanley Ramirez, 6/21, 480.5
7. Giancarlo Stanton, 6/23, 478.6
8. Giancarlo Stanton, 5/16, 478.4
9. Giancarlo Stanton, 6/5, 478.4
10. Kris Bryant, 6/5, 477.4 [/em}

Meatwad stole 3rd base on Lester Posted: September 07, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona diamondbacks, crushed, cubs, home run, kris bryant

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bryant Homer Lifts Cubs to 2-1 Win Over Indians - The New York Times

Bryant appears locked in.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Giants’ Madison Bumgarner leads jersey sales at halfway point

No RE2PECT, smh.

Three Giants—Bumgarner, Buster Posey (No. 3) and Hunter Pence (No. 6)—have their jerseys ranked in the top 10.

In less than three months in the league, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant ranks second. In fact, since making his debut, 15 signed cards of Bryant, who signed a memorabilia deal with Fanatics last week, have sold for more than $5,000 each.
1. Madison Bumgarner Giants
2. Kris Bryant Cubs
3. Buster Posey Giants
4. Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
5. Bryce Harper Nationals
6. Hunter Pence Giants
7. Mike Trout Angels
8. Matt Harvey Mets
9. David Ortiz Red Sox
10. Anthony Rizzo Cubsv

Youth continues to be a theme as six of the top 10-selling jerseys belong to players who are 26 or younger: Bumgarner (25), Bryant (23), No. 5 Bryce Harper (22), No. 7 Mike Trout (23), No. 8 Matt Harvey (26) and No. 10 Anthony Rizzo (25).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2015 at 01:56 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, kris bryant, madison bumgarner, merchandise

Friday, June 26, 2015

Before Bryant and Joc: The Five Best Rookie of the Year Races in MLB History «

Pederson vs. Bryant, with a little history thrown in.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2015 at 12:03 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: joc pederson, kris bryant, rookie of the year

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Video: Must C: Bryant rips two homers |

Kershaw doesn’t get the call on strike three then Bryant crushes his first homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, cubs, kris bryant

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Video: Statcast: Bryant’s 477-foot shot |

This is a home run.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Video: Bryant homers into new bleachers |

He’s been waiting for the bleacher fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Deadspin: Starlin Castro Mimics Kris Bryant’s Throw, Confuses Anthony Rizzo

Teamwork, Starlin Style…

Starlin Castro messed around with teammate Kris Bryant on a routine grounder in last night’s game. The shortstop pretended to field the ground ball behind Bryant, who actually fielded it. Aw, they’re in perfect harmony. Castro actually confused first baseman Anthony Rizzo for a second, there.

JE (Jason) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 02:27 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, crazy video, cubs, goofy, kris bryant, silly, starlin castro

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kris Bryant is starting in center field for the Cubs

A weird, but not necessarily wussy, decision.

No. 1 prospect Kris Bryant, who played exclusively third base in the minors and made his long-awaited big-league debut at third base last week, is starting in center field for the Cubs today.

Bryant got his feet wet in center field Wednesday night, shifting to the outfield from third base when Dexter Fowler left the game with a groin injury.

Fowler remains out of the lineup this afternoon against the Pirates, so manager Joe Maddon has Kris Bryant starting in center field and 30-year-old journeyman Jonathan Herrera playing third base.

The District Attorney Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:50 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Kris Bryant’s height is a perk, not a problem | FOX Sports

It also helps him reach stuff on the top of his locker.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:29 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Friday, April 17, 2015

Statcast breaks down Jones’ homer off CC |

Bryant went hitless with three k’s in his first game. He did make some nice plays in the field and cured cancer during infield warm-ups in the 5th inning.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 07:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Kris Bryant and Floor Versus Ceiling | FanGraphs Baseball

Here are some realistic expectations.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 11:29 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

The future is now: Bryant gets callup to big leagues |

I will surely watch the game. Just so I don’t miss it, which inning will he walk on water?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cubs To Promote Kris Bryant

Even bigger than the Addison Russell news!

The Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant to the Major Leagues for tomorrow’s game against the Padres, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago (on Twitter)...

the Cubs opted to delay Bryant’s promotion by 12 days in order to extend their control over the phenom for an additional season.

The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 09:45 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, minor leagues

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rise to top a family affair for Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant, Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo |

Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo have more in common than their prodigious power.

“The biggest piece of advice, especially as a kid, is just to enjoy it,” Gallo said. “I know it’s cliché, but just to have fun. Growing up—when you start getting that pressure that you’re going to get drafted and colleges—you kind of lose the fun in the game and why you played it in the first place. I’ve gotten it back now and I really enjoy playing it. But in high school, it was tough having scouts at every game. I think that’s one of the main things that I’d even tell young kids that are growing up right now—just have fun. Enjoy it and never take it for granted. I wish I could go back and play with some of my friends from high school again and play with Bryce Harper on the same team. We never really knew how special it was until it was over, until right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2015 at 02:13 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joey gallo, kris bryant, rangers



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