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After striking out on a Ricky Nolasco curveball in the fourth inning, Harper slammed his bat on home plate in frustration and snapped it in half. It startled Marlins catcher John Buck, who jumped back. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Harper apologized to Buck when he came back up to hit in the sixth.
What’s the verdict? Love the intensity or just a spoiled brat, jerkoff? I’m not a Harper fan, but I really don’t have issue with this. I wish he just did it like a man and busted that f%cker over his leg. Breaking it over homeplate is for wimps. See Bo Jackson!
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Bryce Harper's sudden ascent in Major League Baseball has been met with a pretty serious falling back to earth over the summer. After being called up by the Nationals just weeks into the regular season, Harper has experienced the travails of a rookie getting used to major league ball. While still hitting, catching and stealing bases with aplomb, his batting average has fallen...
How's the old saying go? "A good craftsman never blames his tools".
It appears that Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper has never heard of that old saying since he destroyed one of his bats during a strike out against the Miami Marlins over the weekend.
Watch as Miami's Rickie Nolasco strikes him out and Harper slams his bat on the ground which causes...
Oh, here's something: Bryce Harper has new camouflage high-top cleats, courtesy of Under Armour. Beats the gold cleats from the All-Star Game, that's for sure.
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So what happened in the sixth inning last night, with Bryce Harper at the plate with the bases loaded, two outs, and a 3-0 count? Just umpire Angel Hernandez being Angel Hernandez, inserting himself into the game yet again by calling three straight balls, strikes, against Harper. Angel's strike zone was all over the place all night long (at one point it was even spotted getting...
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A manager would much rather have a player who cares too much over one who doesn’t care at all, but there is a certain line that cannot be crossed. Bryce Harper flirted with it on Sunday afternoon. After striking out on a Ricky Nolasco curveball in the fourth inning, Harper slammed his bat on home plate in frustration and snapped it in half...
There was a time when a Bryce Harper mini-temper-tantrum like the one he threw in the fourth inning Sunday afternoon would have kicked off a storm of controversy. Nowadays? No big deal. Oh, and Harper apparently apologized to Marlins catcher John Buck for the splinters in his next AB in the sixth, and Buck accepted:
"I saw it hit and that’s why I kind of jumped away...
When we here at TOC did our midseason awards, Bryce Harper of the Nationals won the NL Rookie of the Year award in a shutout. But today, Harper doesn't even look like the presumptive winner, unlike Mike Trout in the American League. Harper's OPS is down to .745, lower than that of Brewers Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki, Reds first/third baseman Todd Frazier, Rockies...
Thanks to the magic of Kristina Akra on MASN last night, we learned that some kids ended up with Gio Gonzalez's first career home run ball, then traded it for a couple of baseballs autographed by Bryce Harper. Of course they did.
And here's the guy who almost threw Gio's HR ball back onto the field; thankfully he gave it to the kids.
(Screen caps via MASN/MLB...
Buster Olney took umpire, Angel Hernandez, to task in Olney's ESPN column (subscription) today. The incident occurred in the game between the Washington Nationals and Astros. Olney quotes from an Adam Kilgore story that Bryce Harper was called out on strikes against Armando Galarraga and was not happy about it. Harper then was, according to Olney, schooled by Hernandez who called...
FP Santangelo is apparently the Andy Martino of baseball broadcasting.
FP, the Gnats ‘color man’ on MASN had this exchange with lead announcer Bob Carpenter.
FP – [The Phillies] sellout streak ended tonight, apparently. 257 games.
Bob – That’s a great run.
FP – They’re gonna have to take back their own ballpark.
Bob – Now that is funny.[pause] We took our’s back...
FP Santangelo is apparently the Andy Martino of baseball broadcasting.FP, the Gnats 'color man' on MASN had this exchange with lead announcer Bob Carpenter.FP - [The Phillies] sellout streak ended tonight, apparently. 257 games.Bob - That's a great run.FP - They're gonna have to take back their own ballpark.Bob - Now that is funny.[pause] We took our's back.Zing...
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Then there is this little small group of people who have stayed focused on the...
We spent a lot of this summer debating when would be the best time to promote Starling Marte, who was in Triple-A and hitting well during the month of June. Can you imagine the discussions that are going on in Baltimore right now?
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MLB.com's Richard Justice joins Fox Sports Tonight to discuss the latest news in Major League Baseball and his newest column on Bryce Harper's diminishing chances of winning National League Rookie of the Year.