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Bryce Harper hints he wants to play with Kris Bryant, sign with Cubs?

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper has heard the rumblings that he wants to sign with the Chicago Cubs when he becomes a free agent following the 2018 season, and he has downplayed them anytime the subject comes up. However, he did nothing to cool the speculation with a social media post on Tuesday.

With the Cubs visiting the Nationals this week, Harper shared a photo on Instagram of himself with Kris Bryant and the two star players’ better halves. Harper and Bryant both grew up in Las Vegas and were on the same Little League Team. Check out the hashtag:

“Just two Vegas boys living out our dream with the ones we love! This is what it’s all about..What a time to be alive #MLB #702 #Back2BackOneDay,” Harper wrote.

Harper is smart enough to know that the hashtag #Back2BackOneDay is going to get people talking. Granted, that doesn’t necessarily mean Harper wants to sign with the Cubs. He could just be hoping that he and Bryant, who are 24 and 25 respectively, end up on the same team at some point in what should be two very lengthy and successful MLB careers.

It’s human nature for Harper to want to play with his buddy, but even he probably doesn’t know where he’ll end up playing in 2019. With the kind of money he is expected to make if he hits the free agent market, there are only a few teams that could afford signing him. Bryant is under team control with the Cubs through 2021, but he could actually end up being one of the reasons Chicago can’t afford to sign Harper.

H/T Hardball Talk

Kris Bryant reportedly not interested in talking contract extension with Cubs

Kris Bryant

The Chicago Cubs have Kris Bryant under team control through 2021, which is a good amount of time. But they would like to lock up their cornerstone third baseman for even longer. The question is whether Bryant’s side is open to such discussions. The early indications are that the answer is no.

Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs made a contract offer to Bryant, but his representatives did not counter. That appears to mean they are not interested in engaging in long-term extension talks.

This does not mean that Bryant won’t sign with the Cubs long-term, it just likely means that he is in no hurry to sacrifice some free agent years for the sake of financial security.

Some players sign long-term deals early because that locks them into big-money guaranteed contracts. They get some security in case they get injured or their play declines, while the team gets a few more years out of the player when they otherwise could leave as free agents, typically at a slightly discounted rate.

Bryant’s agent is Scott Boras, who is notorious for seeking megadeals for his players. So it’s no surprise they wouldn’t be rushing to sign a long-term deal for a 25-year-old who is coming off an MVP season. It also doesn’t help that the there still might be some bitterness from Bryant’s side towards the Cubs for the way they handled him two years ago.

Kris Bryant has hilarious explanation for not bat flipping

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant has a hilarious explanation for why he doesn’t do bat flips as a player.

Player celebrations has become a divisive issue recently, especially with some Latin players such as Yasiel Puig in the league and doing well because it presents a culture clash. Many American players don’t do it because they’re taught it’s a sign of disrespect to pitchers and the game in general. Other countries such as Korea and Cuba like their players to celebrate with bat flips because it makes the game more fun.

Here’s why Bryant says he doesn’t do it.

“If it’s halfway up the video board, that’s it, that’s enough of a disgrace for the pitcher that you don’t need to add anything to it,” Bryant told 670 The Score’s Dan Bernstein and Jason Goff during an interview on Tuesday. “You crushed a home run, you felt good about it. He felt bad about it. And it’s good.”

Though Bryant doesn’t bat flip, he doesn’t have a problem with others doing it.

“If you’re watching a home run for a little bit, I don’t know if that’s necessarily showing up the other team, but certain guys play that way and certain pitchers are going to be upset seeing that,” Bryant said. “But I think if you add more of that fun to the game, let guys be themselves — I’ll never do it, I’ll be the same boring Kris that I’ve always been — but if guys are going to do that, I think sometimes we’re a little too sensitive with certain things.

“I’ll never do it because I don’t want to be the guy that thinks it’s gone and it doesn’t go out. Because once you’re that guy, you’re always that guy.”

So if Bryant is quiet and humble and boring, when does he actually talk trash? Only in a few situations.

Purists have to love those comments from the Chicago Cubs slugger. Not only is Bryant a brilliant young player, but he’s also quite humble. The only disappointment from him is that despite having 67 home runs in his brief career, Bryant says he doesn’t have much interest in participating in the Home Run Derby. That’s OK, because he shows his power off enough to fans in games that matter as is.

Kris Bryant wants to wear ripped pants till they are ‘done’

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During Monday’s game between the Cubs and Reds, Kris Bryant put on a show for those at Great American Ballpark. Not surprisingly, the 24-year-old will try to keep the mojo from his historic performance going.

Bryant launched three home runs in Chicago’s 11-8 victory over Cincinnati, becoming the youngest in franchise history to do so. Here’s video of all three.

That in itself is pretty impressive. However, that wasn’t the extent of Bryant’s day. He also added two doubles to become the first player since 1900 to record three home runs and two doubles in a single game.

Monday is a day Bryant surely won’t soon forget and, if he has it his way, he’ll have a constant reminder for the near future. Bryant has decided to keep wearing the pants from that game as long as possible, despite the fact they’re ripped.

“I’m going to wear those until they’re done,” Bryant said, via the Chicago Tribune. “I told the equipment managers ‘don’t touch them.'”

No telling how long it will take till Bryant’s pants are “done” but as long as he continues to swing a hot bat, we can expect to see him in those ripped pants. Beginning Tuesday, the Cubs have six more road games before returning to Wrigley Field. The rip may get larger and they will probably start to smell soon, but I don’t think anyone will complain as long as the results are good.

Kris Bryant went swimming with sharks (Video)

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With spring training rapidly approaching, there isn’t much vacation time left for Major League Baseball players. During one of his last remaining days, a member of the Cubs got up close and personal with a few predators.

On Thursday, Kris Bryant shared some video footage he took while underwater with sharks swimming around the cage he was in.

Swimming with sharks✔️ @redbull @gopro

A video posted by Kris Bryant (@kris_bryant17) on

This is something that has been on my bucket list for a little while now and watching this confirms that I need to make it happen sooner rather than later.

The full squad for the Cubs is due to report for spring training on February. At that point, Bryant will knock the rust off and begin working towards building on a impressive first full season in the majors. Bryant took home the Rookie of the Year Award, earned a spot on the National League all-star team, and helped the Cubs make the playoffs for the first time since 2008. During the regular season, Bryant hit .275 with 26 home runs, 31 doubles, 99 runs batted in, and 13 stolen bases.

H/T Eye On Baseball

Kris Bryant gets engaged to longtime girlfriend Jessica Delp

Kris Bryant girlfriend Jessica Delp

2015 was a big year for Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.

The former No. 2 pick in the MLB draft got his call-up by the club and made his debut this year, and then he went on to win Rookie of the Year. A few months after winning his award, Bryant made an even bigger move by getting engaged.

Bryant proposed to longtime girlfriend Jessica Delp, who was also overjoyed:

Delp and Bryant are high school sweethearts who have been together since their sophomore year at Bonanza High School in Las Vegas. While Bryant starred in baseball, Delp played basketball and softball.

What makes them so well-suited for each other? Delp recently joked that she knew Bryant “in his awkward stage” and has seen him grow into an emerging superstar.

Maybe 2016 will be an even bigger year for the third baseman now that he is engaged.

Kris Bryant’s girlfriend teases him: I knew him in his awkward stage

Kris Bryant girlfriend Jessica Delp

Kris Bryant is a budding MLB superstar with model looks, so it’s natural to wonder how he’s not out there playing the field instead of being committed to just one girl. That very question was asked to his longtime girlfriend, Jessica Delp, during a radio interview, and she gave a great answer.

“How do you operate knowing that this guy looks this way? I’d have to break up with him because he’s too good looking,” Mad Dog Sports Radio host Evan Cohen said to Delp during an in-studio interview with the Chicago Cubs third baseman Thursday.

“Well we’ve been dating since high school, so I’ve seen him in his awkward stages,” Delp responded with a laugh, saying she was kidding.

Cohen and Mike Babchik were loving the ribbing from Delp and even doubted that Bryant ever had a period of being awkward looking growing up.

If you had any doubts about their relationship, just know that Delp and Bryant seem to be attached at the hip. They were together for the interview and have been together for much more over the offseason. Delp was a multi-sport athlete in high school, and the two have been dating since they were high school sophomores. Given that piece of information, it’s easier to understand how Delp has seen Bryant grow up and evolve. We wrote more on their relationship in this profile about them in April.