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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper shares thoughts on potential Kris Bryant trade to Phillies

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The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the teams that have been mentioned as a possible suitor if the Chicago Cubs trade star third baseman Kris Bryant, but Bryce Harper does not seem as giddy about the idea as you might expect him to be.

Harper and Bryant both grew up in Las Vegas and played with and against each other as kids. They’ve been friends for a long time, so naturally Harper was asked what he thinks about the rumors that Bryant may be traded to Philly. Harper expressed some concerns about the financial ramifications of it and spoke highly of Phillies third base prospect Alec Bohm.

Harper is right, and his rationale explains why a Bryant trade to Philly is very unlikely. Bryant will make more than $18 million this season and likely much more than that in his final year of arbitration eligibility in 2021, then he’ll be in line for a massive free agent contract. The Phillies are already paying Harper $26 million per year, and there are only so many of those contracts a team can carry.

If Bohm is as good as advertised, it doesn’t make much sense for the Phillies to acquire Bryant. There are other teams interested in the Cubs star that are probably more likely to land him.

Marlins troll Bryce Harper on Twitter after strikeout with Instagram reference

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The Miami Marlins used the final game of the regular season as an opportunity to get in one last troll job.

The Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 to finish 57-105 on the year, while the Phillies finished 81-81. Bryce Harper went 2-for-5 in the game with a strikeout in the seventh.

Here’s the tweet they sent:

The tweet seems innocent, right? Think again.

The “how we longed to see these things” was a reference to a March 23 Instagram post by Harper in which he said “How I longed to see these things; how I longed to see the Liberty Bell and party on the streets where Bobby Clarke, Nick “BD” Foles, and Chase Utley had partied!”

The Marlins continue to crush on Twitter with some truly funny stuff. Their social media team has racked up many more wins than the baseball club this season, that’s for sure.

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Bryce Harper has no hard feelings about Nationals clinching without him

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Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals in free agency earlier this year to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, and his hope was to beat out his former team within the NL East every season. So far, the plan worked out completely the opposite way.

Not only did the Nationals clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday, but they did so by beating the Phillies 4-1, eliminating Philly from the playoff race in the process. Adding insult to the matter, the Nationals won the second game of the doubleheader 6-5.

After the doubleheader was completed, Harper spoke with reporters and said he had no hard feelings towards his former team.

That’s a nice thing for Harper to say, and maybe fine to say publicly, but Philly fans won’t like it. They want Harper to be a dedicated Phillie, one who only wants his team winning and at the expense of the Nats.

Harper is batting .258 with 34 home runs this season. He’s had an OK year, but did not produce nearly the way he or the Phillies want him to. They need him to deliver like an MVP candidate. He does that, and the Phillies are closer to being a playoff team rather than a .500 squad.

X-rays on Bryce Harper’s hand negative after hit-by-pitch

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Bryce Harper avoided a serious injury despite being hit by a pitch on the hand Friday night.

Harper was hit by a Steven Matz pitch in the top of the third inning of his Philadelphia Phillies’ 5-4 loss to the New York Mets. He went down in pain but remained in the game for the rest of the half inning before being replaced in the field.

X-rays on Harper’s hand were negative, but according to Phillies reporter Matt Breen, Harper is unsure if he will be able to play on Saturday.

Harper is batting .254 with an .869 OPS this season, his first with the Phillies. He’s on pace for his most strikeouts in a single season.

Bryce Harper honored newborn son Krew Aron with name on bat knob

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Bryce Harper became a father for the first time when his son was born last week.

Harper and his wife Kayla introduced Krew Aron to the world via an Instagram post.

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Harper went on the paternity list and was present for his son’s birth on Aug. 22. He then missed the Philadelphia Phillies’ next three games before returning on Monday.

Not only did Harper homer in his first game back, but he also honored his son in another way. Harper had “KREW” written on the knob of his bat.

That’s a pretty cool tribute to his son.

Harper is batting .255 with an .869 OPS this season, his first with the Phillies. Philly is 69-63 and looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Bryce Harper leaves Sunday’s game with dehydration

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Philadelphia Phillies fans panicked a bit when outfielder Bryce Harper was removed from Sunday’s game after the fifth inning without explanation, but the ailment is minor.

Harper was removed from the game with dehydration, according to the team, which signifies no real concern.

Sunday’s temperature hovered around 90 degrees in Philadelphia, which was probably a factor in what happened. The Phillies don’t play again until Tuesday, so there’s no reason to believe he’ll miss any further time as a result.

Harper has been heating up lately, hitting .292 with seven home runs in his last 12 games. Maybe it’s because he’s gotten a bit of his swagger back in recent weeks.

Watch: Bryce Harper told fan to ‘shut the f— up’ not long before walk-off homer

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Philadelphia Phillies fans have been frustrated with Bryce Harper this season, but the slugger made them forget about that when he launched a walk-off grand slam on Thursday night. The exchange Harper had with a heckler behind the dugout not long before belting the homer had to have made it feel even better.

After Harper grounded out with the Phillies trailing the Chicago Cubs 5-0 in the eighth inning, a fan sitting behind the home dugout shouted “$330 million, 0-for-3” at him. Rather than ignore it, Harper told the fan to “shut the f— up.”

At the time, it looked like that might be Harper’s last at-bat of yet another disappointing night. But the Phillies rallied back, and Harper had his best moment of the season with a walk-off grand slam the following inning.

Harper is hitting just .253 this season and has not lived up to expectations, so being able to silence one of his critics had to have felt great. He recently stuck it to a fan on the road after belting a home run, and you know he feeds off of being doubted. Fans in Philly might want to keep that in mind as the team makes a playoff push.