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Los Angeles Angels
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The debate began one year ago Sunday, only we didn't know it at the time.
The Angels were off to a confounding, inconsistent start when Mike Trout ascended from Triple-A Salt Lake for his season debut on the afternoon of April 28, 2012. That night, Bryce Harper made his major league debut at Dodger Stadium amid hype worthy of the Hollywood setting.
They've entertained us thoroughly ever since, providing plenty of fodder for barstool arguments about whom we'd rather have on our favorite team.
Trout is faster than Harper. Harper, now 20, is younger than Trout, 21. Trout is better at chasing down balls in the outfield. Harper has the stronger arm. Trout was statistically superior in 2012. Harper amassed an OPS of 1.043 OPS from Sept. 1 onward while leading the Nationals to the postseason. And Harper ranks third in the National League with a .364 batting average, entering this weekend's series against Cincinnati (Saturday, 1:05 p.m. ET, MLB on FOX).
Each made his All...
BEST OF MAXIM
Well, look at that, the Nats broke out offensively last night against the Reds! Meanwhile, the one guy who has been immune to the early season offensive woes was at it again. Up above, video of Bryce Harper's solo shot Thursday night, which gave the Nats a much-needed 3-0 lead in the third inning and help take the pressure off. Here's a screencap of the poor baseball rolling...
Your browser does not support iframes. Mike Trout has only been in the majors for less than two full seasons, but he has already made more amazing catches than most players will make throughout their entire careers. On Tuesday night, he was at it again as he saved the game for the Los Angeles Angels in the 9th inning against the Texas Rangers. With the score tied 4-4 and a runner...
What do Ralph Kiner, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Jimmie Foxx all have in common? They are in the record books as the youngest players in major league history to dial long distance 50 times in a season. All four players were 24 years of age at the time they accomplished the feat.
So if my math serves me correctly 20-year-old Washington Nationals phenomenon Bryce Harper has four...
.@bharper3407 (20 years, 191 days) has 70 extra-base hits in 160 games. (1/2)
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) April 26, 2013
No player since at least 1916 has collected that many extra-base hitsthat quickly, while also being so young. (2/2)
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) April 26, 2013
Bryce Harper has the second-most HR in MLB with eight. He has the sixth...
With seven dingers in 74 appearances at the plate, Washington Nationals wunderkind Bryce Harper seems destined to honestly challenge Roger Maris’ single-season record of 61 home runs. Technically, Mark McGwire (70) and Sammy Sosa (66) in 1998 and Barry Bonds (73) in 2001 already surpassed Maris’ mark. However, considering the trio of McGwire, Sosa and Bonds used enough performance...
May 7th, 2009:
I tried to be sneaky tonight by taking a prop bet that Bryce Harper would NOT homer off Bronson Arroyo. You figure that Arroyo is a veteran pitcher who should know better than to pitch to the one hitter in the Nationals cold lineup who can hurt you. What resulted was one of the longest home runs that Bryce Harper has ever hit.
After the ball landed on the centerfield...
The Reds' Joey Votto called me over to his locker on Friday. He had something he wanted to say.
"Bryce Harper is pretty good," Votto said, smiling.
Initially, as I reported on the MLB on Fox pre-game show Saturday , I thought Votto was kidding. But he wasn't, not at all.
The quote you're about to read about Harper is not from some media myth-maker, but one...
Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer and scored twice, Dan Haren had his best start of the young season Saturday and the Washington Nationals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3.
Denard Span and Jayson Werth each had two hits for Washington, which has won the first three games of the four-game set. Harper's two RBI gave him 18, a Nationals record for April.
Haren (2-3) didn't quite...
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Alfredo Simon is the guy the Reds toss into the game to eat innings. His stats don’t really matter. When opposing batters are facing him, it’s time to make up for lost time in a hurry. Hitters are going to get pitches to hit, and they’re going to get an opportunity for three or four innings to pad their stats.
Except on this particular pitch...
Unfortunately, Ken Rosenthal was not on the receiving end of a Gatorade shower (à la Julie Alexandria) during his postgame interview with Bryce Harper and Denard Span on Saturday at Nationals Park. Video above. Key takeaways include:
Harper on Denard Span: "Today was his day, he played unbelievable out there and he saved the game for us."Span on rating the degree...
A little over a week ago Mike Scioscia made the impulsive bold and probably correct decision to move Mike Trout down in the order, slotting him in the two-hole and declaring that he would be there to stay. This came on the heels of Angel fans spending a great deal of time wringing their hands for an entire off-season over who Mike Scioscia should have bat in the two-hole, presumably...
In some ways, a sporting event is like an old timey, fun timey melodrama. We have our heros, we have our villains and we, the fans, play our part as the audience by cheering the good guys and booing the bad guys. In true dramatic fashion, sports fans have written a robust history of wacky and off-the-wall traditions. From the Darth Vader Masks of the Oakland Raiders to tossing octopi...
Bronson Arroyo waits for a new ball after Bryce Harper lost one in the seats.It took until the fifth start of the 2013 season, but Bronson Arroyo’s evil, incompetent twin Badrroyo finally made his first appearance. Arroyo pitched six innings, allowing nine hits, six runs–five earned, while striking out two. It was a bad performance that the Reds’ offense had no hope of overcoming...