Bryce Harper wonders if Robinson Cano will wear Ken Griffey Jr.’s No. 24

Robinson CanoRobinson Cano has worn No. 24 throughout his last nine seasons of smashing the cover off the ball with the New York Yankees. On Friday, Cano signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. Now, it will be interesting to see if the slugger wears No. 24 in 2014. Why? Because some guy named Ken Griffey Jr. wore it for 11 incredible seasons in the 1990s with Seattle.

Shortly after Cano reportedly signed his massive deal with the Mariners, Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper was one of the first people to address the No. 24 issue. He deleted his first tweet, but not before it was retweeted:

I agree with Harper. If Cano wants to arrive in Seattle with class, he won’t even allow there to be a debate. He should just pick another number and start a new legacy with his new team.

Bryce Harper accidentally tweets picture wearing Nike shorts, replaces it with Under Armour


Bryce Harper is a proud endorser of Under Armour. The Washington Nationals phenom is one of the most important athletes the sports apparel company has on its roster. Earlier this week, Harper accidentally betrayed them.

On Thursday, Harper posted a photo on Twitter to show his followers that he has successful undergone knee surgery to repair a bursa sac and is back to exercising. He originally posted the photo you see above of himself riding an exercise bike, but then deleted it. Fortunately, DC Sports Bog was able to capture the tweet first. Can anyone guess why Harper deleted it?

The Under Armour man accidentally showed his 350,000-plus followers that he was working out in Nike shorts. Tisk, tisk. Harper later posted another photo of him on the exercise bike, this time proudly wearing Under Armour shorts and a hoodie.

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Bryce Harper on his religious beliefs: ‘I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow’

Bryce Harper NationalsWe all know that Tim Tebow is a very, very religious man. He has always gone out of his way to spread the Christian faith and thank God for all the good that has happened in his life. Less people know about Bryce Harper’s religious faith, although he takes it just as seriously.

Harper is a devout Mormon. He writes “Luke 1:37″ on every autograph he signs, which is a bible verse that reads, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” According to The Washington Times, Harper also attended seminary classes at 5 a.m. every weekday during high school. However, he said he tries not to share his religious beliefs with anyone unless they ask.

“If somebody asks me about it, I’ll tell them about it, but I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow,” he said, noting that he meant no offense toward Tebow.

Other religious NFL players have accused Tebow of talking about his faith too much. Unlike other Mormons, Harper decided not to go on a Mormon mission but instead pursue a career in professional baseball. He said that decision was driven by his mother’s advice.

“My mom always told me, ‘You can touch a lot more lives playing baseball and doing good things than you would on a mission,'” Harper said. “It’s very true. Shoot, I’ll tweet about God and get 1,500 retweets and it’s like, that just went to 1,500 people or more.

“I’m going to try to be the best person I can off the field [and promote my faith that way]. What I say is, ‘I try to be the best walking Book of Mormon as I can.'”

Instead of preaching, Harper simply turns reporters into a punchline if they ask a “clown” question about him doing something that would go against his religious beliefs. As they say, to each his own.

Bryce Harper admits body has hurt since slamming into wall

Bryce Harper wallBryce Harper has been battling injuries for most of the season and even said he might need knee surgery in the coming months. He missed about five weeks with a knee injury, and he’s missed some time lately with a hip injury. Harper told CSN Washington in an interview that he traces a lot of his health problems back to when he slammed into the right field wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13.

“Ever since I hit the wall, pretty much every day I feel something different,” Harper told CSN Washington. “When something else feels better, the next thing hurts. It’s pretty much just the left side of my whole body. That’s the only thing that hurts me, really. Everything on the right side of my body feels great. If the right side of my body felt like the left side of my body, I’d probably be screwed.”

There was a huge debate about the way Harper plays the game following that play. Harper left the game after bloodying his face, but no major injuries were reported. He missed the Nationals’ next game and pinch hit in the following game before returning to the lineup regularly.

Harper was unapologetic for knocking himself out of the game on the play, while the world’s most notorious hustler said Harper played the game “recklessly.

Harper later admitted he was scared to crash into a wall again. After hearing his recent comments, maybe now we know that he is scared of that because he wants to preserve his long-term health.

Harper is batting .275/.378/.507 this season. He’s played in 100 games this season and will end up seeing less action this year than last despite not opening the season with the club.

via DC Sports Bog

Bryce Harper loses track of outs, starts jogging toward dugout (Video)

Denard-Span-laughingWashington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had a brain fart on Tuesday night that his teammates won’t soon let him forget. In the bottom of the eighth with the Nats leading 8-6, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. flew out to left for the second out of the inning. And Harper started jogging toward the dugout.

Harper clearly thought he had secured the third out before quickly realizing no one else was moving and trying to play it off. Unfortunately for him, everyone from the fans in attendance to his teammates noticed. Fellow outfielders Denard Span and Jayson Werth covered their mouths with their gloves and burst out laughing.

The good news is there were no runners on base, so Harper’s mental lapse didn’t cost the team. Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro probably wishes he could have said the same a few weeks back.

Bryce Harper on media criticism: ‘Screw what people think’

Bryce Harper NationalsBryce Harper has had an up-and-down season with the Washington Nationals, during which he has battled injuries and watched his team drift further behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Despite that, he has maintained decent numbers with a .278 batting average to go along with 19 home runs and 49 RBIs.

The Nationals are 7.5 games behind in the wild card and are likely going to miss the playoffs. After salvaging the final game of a three-game series against the New York Mets on Sunday, Harper was asked about dealing with criticism from the media and fans.

“I could care less what people think,” he said, per CSNWashington.com’s Chase Hughes. “Screw what people think. Everybody talks about us all year long saying we’re not going to make this or do that. I could care less what they think. It’s all what we think. I could really care less what the media thinks or anybody else. It’s nice to get that W tonight and like I said, I could care less what people think.”

This is the same Harper who has yet to even reach the legal drinking age and loves when opposing fans boo him, so a quote like this isn’t exactly a surprise. The Nationals came into the season with incredibly high expectations and they have not been able to fulfill them. That is something that is going to happen on more than one occasion during Harper’s lengthy career, so he’s wise to get used to it.

Even when Washington wins, Harper is going to hear plenty of criticism if he struggles at the plate or keeps getting injured. If the team loses, it will be worse. Tuning out the criticism is the best approach.

H/T Hardball Talk

Scott Boras reportedly eyeing 12-year contract for Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper NationalsThe Washington Nationals have Bryce Harper under control through the 2018 season. Harper is only 20 years old, so ideally he will still be at the very beginning of his prime when that time rolls around. However, the team may try to work out a long-term extension with the centerpiece of their franchise sooner.

If the Nationals want to lock Harper up, they’ll have to deal with Scott Boras. Any team in the league could tell you how difficult that can be, and Boras is already showing us why. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the super agent is already aiming high.

While few teams would ever agree to a 12-year contract with any player, you can’t blame Boras for starting there. Harper is already a serviceable MLB player with big-time power and a great glove. Again, he’s only 20.

Washington could sign Harper to a 12-year deal today and he would only be 32 when it expired, so we’re not talking about an Alex Rodriguez situation here. Health is always a concern with any contract of that magnitude, but unless Harper breaks down he would probably be looking for another huge contract after that one expired. It would also save the team the trouble of having to go through three years of arbitration, during which Harper would be making a ton of money anyway.

Chances are, the Nationals will stay put for a while. Thinking about a 12-year, $250 million deal (or however much Boras would be seeking) is alarming for any team. At the moment, Harper’s stock could not be any higher. Waiting a couple more years to see how it plays out should not cost the Nats all that much in the long run.

H/T Eye on Baseball