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Bryce Harper 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

Friday, November 01, 2019

And now a word about Bryce Harper

Jumping ahead, unless you really like the Detroit Pistons:

Which makes me think, the morning after the Nationals won the World Series, about Bryce Harper.

To be clear: no, I don’t feel sorry for Bryce Harper. Not one iota. We’ve talked for a year about how and why he left Washington and the time for either (a) blaming him for taking the money and running to a division rival; or (b) blaming the Nats for not matching or beating the offer the Phillies gave him should be well behind us. I’m largely uninterested in revisiting any of that stuff or wondering if the Nationals could’ve or would’ve done as well this year with him as they did without him. The past is the past and, in the present, Bryce Harper plays for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals are World Champions. Adam Eaton is their right fielder and he was there to spray the champagne last night.

Nats fans, I presume, are largely past it too thanks to last night’s win. To be sure, if they’re still wanting to have some fun with Harper — and based on social media, there is a segment that still does — hey, they’re entitled to. I think — and would hope – that that impulse will soon pass, but fans of the World Series winners can celebrate however they wanna, even if it involves dunking on Bryce Harper. Go crazy, folks.

But I am still thinking about Adrian Dantley this morning and I am wondering if, on some level, it should be a bit harder to separate the Bryce Harper years and the World Series Champion 2019 Washington Nationals than everyone wants to make it out to be.

Some thoughts on what it means when a team wins a championship immediately after a notable player leaves.

QLE Posted: November 01, 2019 at 12:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, world series

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Bryce Harper opens up about Nationals making first World Series without him

The Washington Nationals are headed to their first World Series in franchise history, a much-needed development for a team that had never won a playoff series entering the season.

It’s been a long time coming since the Nationals have had little to show despite winning the second-most games in baseball since 2012 and having a bevy of stars from Max Scherzer to Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg to Anthony Rendon.

Plenty of ink has been spilled on the subject, but the Nationals were only able to break through after they opted to let Harper go in free agency. Just don’t think he’s sore over missing out on a deep October run.

“I made my decision, and that was my decision,” Harper said, via The Athletic. “You know, jealousy isn’t good. For me, it’s about having the gratitude to go out and do what I do each day and not having an attitude towards anybody else.”

 

QLE Posted: October 19, 2019 at 12:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals, world series

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Are the World Series-bound Nationals throwing shade at Bryce Harper?

You know this narrative by now: The Washington Nationals have made it further in the postseason without Bryce Harper than they ever did with Bryce Harper. This is particularly true now that they’re World Series bound for the first time in franchise history.

And while there are plenty of baseball reasons to explain why the Nats are a better team this season than in the past, the meme era really isn’t as into logic as it is LOLs.

The past couple weeks have seen plenty of people on social media making Bryce Harper jokes — including us here at Yahoo Sports. But something happened Tuesday to make us wonder if even the Washington Nationals are getting their Bryce jokes off.

Behold this tweet and video that the Nats released before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. It seems like a harmless hype video that a team would release before a game that could lead to a World Series berth for the first time in Expos/Nationals history.

Mind you, it’s not like he’s not a really tempting target for this sort of thing for numerous reasons…..

 

 

QLE Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, nationals

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Here are most popular MLB player jerseys of ‘19

For the third season in a row, Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge reigns as the most popular jersey in the game, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced on Friday. Judge topped fan favorites like Bryce Harper, Cody Bellinger, Javier Báez and Christian Yelich, who rounded out the top five.

A trio of National League MVP contenders made the biggest jumps on the list in 2019. Yelich, the 2018 NL MVP, was unranked during his MVP season, but he jumped to No. 5 on this year’s list. Bellinger went from No. 15 on last year’s list to No. 3, and Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr. rose from No. 20 in 2018 to No. 6 in ‘19.

On the American League side, Astros MVP hopeful Alex Bregman made his first appearance on the list, checking in at No. 13. He came in just behind perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout, who ranked ninth this year. It’s the first time since MLB player jersey rankings have been released that the nine most popular players are all under the age of 30.

The sound you are hearing now is Barry Halper’s ghost, trying to figure out how he can claim that some of these jerseys were game-used…..

QLE Posted: September 28, 2019 at 12:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, bryce harper, christian yelich, cody bellinger, javier baez, jerseys

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Harper: Nationals fans crossed the line heckling

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper called out some Washington Nationals fans, saying they crossed the line heckling him in the eighth inning.

The former Nationals star didn’t get specific or repeat what the hecklers were saying, but he wasn’t happy following a 5-2 loss Wednesday night, the team’s fifth straight setback.

“They were fine all game, talking about myself and things like that,” Harper said. “I get it everywhere I go. That’s nothing new. But the last two innings, it’s just not right. It’s not right.”

He said he was eager to get back to Philadelphia and the great fans there.

Wonder how long that tune will last, given what we know of Philadelphia sports fans…..

 

QLE Posted: September 26, 2019 at 12:57 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, hecklers

Quit slamming superstars for their teams’ failures

Fans have long loved to criticize players who sign big contracts. The media has long encouraged and aided this effort to greater or lesser degrees. Players who rake in the big bucks have long had a target on their back and probably always will.

Which is not totally unfair, of course. They’re supposed to be good. They’re supposed to help the team win. That, as the old saying goes, is why they’re paid the big bucks.

But there are limits to that right? A baseball team has 25 guys on it, not just one, and any one baseball player has way less power to carry one’s team to victory himself than, say, the quarterback of a football team or any single basketball player, each of which can make a huge difference. As such, while it’s fair to hold star players to a higher standard, it’s less fair to blame them when their teams fare poorly through no fault of their own.

 

QLE Posted: September 26, 2019 at 12:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, mike trout, nolan arenado, superstars

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

After flopping in Bryce Harper’s first year, what’s next for the Phillies?

WASHINGTON — For $455 million, the Philadelphia Phillies bought themselves nothing more than one more day, one more game of playoff contention.

Now, manager Gabe Kapler and the rest of the organization can only wait to see if such middling progress after the mass expenditure will bring significant consequences.

The Phillies were eliminated from postseason contention Tuesday afternoon when they were beaten, 4-1, by the Washington Nationals in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

The Nationals went on to clinch a postseason spot with a win the nightcap, while the Phillies are left playing out the string, even though Philly lured Bryce Harper away from Washington with a $330 million contract as part of the “stupid” money principal owner John Middleton laid out last winter.

It turns out that spending all that money on someone less than two wins above the average player (and he’s had three years worse than that out of the previous five) won’t make your team dominant- who knew?

 

QLE Posted: September 25, 2019 at 12:11 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, phillies

Sunday, September 08, 2019

LEADING OFF: Braves streaking, Harper hurting, Arizona rolls

HOME OF THE BRAVES

Josh Donaldson and the Atlanta Braves have won nine in a row, their best string since 2014. The NL East leaders also have taken 13 straight at SunTrust Park.

Donaldson hit his 36th home run in a 5-4 win over Washington on Saturday night. He has 28 homers since June 11. The Nationals have lost four in a row and lead the NL wild-card race by two games over the Cubs.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer (9-5, 2.60 ERA) tries to end Atlanta’s streaks. He makes his fourth straight start since returning from back trouble — the three-time Cy Young Award winner has no decisions and a 4.66 ERA in his last four outings.

Well, here’s as good a place as any to discuss the current shape of the playoff hunt- how do we expect it will shake out?

QLE Posted: September 08, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bryce harper, diamondbacks, gerrit cole, rays, streaks, yadier molina

Monday, August 26, 2019

LEADING OFF: Harper returns to Phillies, Ramírez has surgery

DADDY’S HOME

Bryce Harper is expected to return from paternity leave as the Phillies open a home series against struggling Pittsburgh. Philadelphia dropped two of three at last-place Miami without him, managing only four hits and never batting with a runner in scoring position during Sunday’s defeat. Harper had been on a tear before taking a few days to be with his wife, Kayla, and their newborn son — the couple’s first child. Harper has nine homers in his past 17 games, batting .290 with a 1.139 OPS.

BAD BREAK

Cleveland third baseman José Ramírez is set to have surgery on his broken right hand. It’s a potentially devastating injury for the Indians’ playoff chances as they try to catch first-place Minnesota in the AL Central or capture a wild card. Ramírez went on the injured list Sunday with a fractured hamate bone, an injury that typically takes more than a month to heal. There is no clear timetable for his return, but it’s safe to assume Ramirez — who has been on a tear at the plate — won’t be around down the stretch in September.

The circle of life, in two short squibs.

 

 

QLE Posted: August 26, 2019 at 04:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals, didi gregorius, homer bailey, injury, jose ramirez, josh donaldson

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Why Bryce Harper is rooting for Mookie Betts to beat his $330 million deal

For three weeks during spring training, Bryce Harper was the owner of Major League Baseball’s richest contract ever.

Now the 26-year-old outfielder is hoping he’ll be third on that list come opening day 2021 after offering a ringing endorsement for soon-to-be free agent Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox.

Speaking to NBC Sports Boston this week, Harper made it clear that he includes Betts among the league’s elite class of players. He’s hopeful the 2018 American League MVP will be recognized and paid as such when or even before he’s slated to hit free agency.

The answer seems obvious to me- but, then again, I am not one to court popularity….

 

QLE Posted: August 22, 2019 at 06:22 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, contracts, dollah dollah bills, y'all, mookie betts

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

 

 

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