Posts Tagged ‘Bryce Harper’

Phillies sign Bryce, That’s Nice

March 1st, 2019 by Leo | Comments Off on Phillies sign Bryce, That’s Nice | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies

After months and months of talk here in the Philly area about signing Bryce Harper, finally the Phillies and Bryce signed a contract! The contract is for 13 years and $330 million dollars and Harper, 26, will be 39 when this contract runs out.  But the $25 million AAV of the deal means Harper could possibly be traded at some point in his career. After the announcement of the signing the Phillies sold over 100,000 tickets already for the upcoming season.

Harper has dominated the NL East throughout his career. He’s hit 96 home runs in his career vs. NL East opponents, with an OPS of .909.  In Harper’s 50 career games at Citizen’s Bank Park, he has a .930 OPS with 14 home runs.  With the most home runs being hit in Citizen’s Bank Park, that should mean the Phillies and the fans will have a lot to cheer about in the upcoming years. One thing that seems odd is a no opt-out in the contract, the Boras deal doesn’t have any opt-outs for the player or the Phillies.  Considering Boras typically adds that into the deals, you begin to wonder what actually happened behind closed doors while negotiating the contract.

Why did it take so long? Not really sure other than he was holding out for a better deal even though a lot of people felt deals of this magnitude as “stupid money”.  There are some concerns with Harper’s career so far, he has missed time with injuries, he’s amounted to fewer than 2.0 bWAR in three of his seven big-league seasons. Harper has had inconsistent defense and he struck out a career-high 169 times in 2018.

It should be interesting to see how Harper is received in Washington this year and what other moves the Phillies will make in their bid to win the NL East.  If you would like to check out Harper’s stats you can see them on the Baseball Reference site.  By signing the biggest contract ever you know he made some kind of history, Harper surpasses Giancarlo Stanton for total contract value.  Stanton signed a $325 million extension with the Miami Marlins but Harper will probably hold this title for quite some time.

Some other notable links to brush up on your Harper stats and information, here is a list:

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Was it Werth It?

May 11th, 2012 by Craig C. | Comments Off on Was it Werth It? | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Cole Hamels plunking Bryce Harper might have sent a message and to be honest, I have no problems with what happened. My question is why did he tell the media? He knew why is threw at Harper. The coaching staff probably told him to throw at Harper. Phillies fans might have suspected that he threw at Harper. Let’s leave it at that. A 5 game suspension is not going to be that big of a deal as he will not miss a turn but look at all the other hoopla this has created.

This is not helping the Phillies win games. When Manuel gets ejected, sometimes it creates a new found energy and the team thrives off of it but so far it has created a media frenzy, a couple of fines and now a fued with the Nationals. Come on, do you think a fued with the Nationals is that exciting? If the fact that the team is only 2 hours away and our long lost friend Jayson Werth left did not create a huge rivarly, this will probably not.

Hamels is smart enough to know that he should not have said anything. The reprecussions of this could have been much worse. Going further, I think the Phillies needs should be fixing problems on their team (offense, bullpen,) instead of worrying about “Nattitudes” or about a possible phenom getting welcomed into the big leagues. Maybe Manuel is starting to lose control of this team? That’s another story though.

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Something Out Of Nothing

May 10th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Something Out Of Nothing | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

I was hit directly in the buttocks.

It appears that the media is trying to blow yet another incident out of proportion. People in the D.C. area are still going on about the whole Cole Hamels-Bryce Harper incident this past Sunday.

If you don’t know by now, Hamels plunked Harper on the ass as scene in the picture. Harper, who had maturity issues in the minors, trotted down to first and eventually stole home in the inning. Hamels was later plunked by Zimmermann and the balance in the universe was restored, or so we thought.

I don’t condone the unnecessary plunking of Harper. Intentionally hitting an opposing player only puts your teammates at risk. God forbid, the opposing pitcher has a pitch “get away from him” and one of the Phillies gets hit in the head or the hand or injured in general. It was a stupid move followed by further stupidity by both the local media and Hamels himself. In fact, I don’t who was stupider in the post-game Q&A, the beat reporter who asked if it was intentional or Hamels for admitting his intent.

Stupid is as stupid does

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A+ for Cole

May 9th, 2012 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McGinnis

I would be lying through my teeth if I said I didn’t love the Cole Hamels – Bryce Harper incident and its aftermath (the first one to call this “Cole-Gate”  will need a swift kick in the ass).  That one pitch – one fastball to the back – has spawned national attention.  Everyone has his/her own opinion (you’d better believe I have one) and, just like that, people in this city are getting fired up.  Well played, Cole.  Well played.

For anyone who has no clue what happened the other night in Washington, allow me to welcome you back from your winter hibernation.  For my friends who aren’t interested in baseball, I’m going to make a video re-enactment.  We don’t have enough Ken dolls in my house, though, so I’ll probably have to use Barbies for Harper and Rizzo.  In any event, Cole’s intentional plunk served a few purposes: it welcomed little Brycey-poo to the bigs while also knocking him down a few pegs, it sent a message that Cole has no problem exerting authority, and it got people riled up.

Somewhere, Kim Myers is saying, “See? See what Cole does? He takes it out on the batter. ”

Obviously, I support Hamels and his actions.  I’m not sure I understand some of the thought process behind the opposing argument, though.  Are they more offended by the intentional hit, or by Cole’s admission?  I have no patience for excuses, so it’s nice when I see athletes being candidly honest.  There are some people saying that it was a punk move.  The way I see it, he manned up and told the press – in a pretty lengthy answer, I might add – that he meant to do it.  A punk move would be to turn on the wide-eyed, innocent, and clueless bullshit (sort of like when I get pulled over … “I did what?”).  Cole didn’t do that.  He drilled a douchey 19-year-old kid on purpose and doesn’t care who knows it.  You hover over the strike zone, and Cole is going to take the inside of the plate back.  Period.

Cole has been fined and suspended for the plunk, Mike Rizzo has been fined for his whiny name-calling, and Hamels gets a ton of media coverage.  I’d say the $400k is worth it.  Let’s say it spawns retaliation and we end up with a bench-clearing brawl on our hands (fingers crossed).  Maybe it’s about damned time this team got rowdy and lost their shit.  Maybe that’s what we need to spark some momentum. 

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I Like It

May 9th, 2012 by Christian | Comments Off on I Like It | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Cole Hamels hit Bryce Harper with a pitch on purpose.
When asked about it, he said “I was trying to hit him.”

Gotta love the honesty.  I like it.  Good for you Cole.

"I did it on purpose."

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Brown, Singleton named to Top 50.

January 25th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Brown, Singleton named to Top 50. | Filed in Phillies

Will Domonic Brown start the season in AAA?

On Tuesday night, in a prime time special on MLB Network, MLB unveiled their top 50 prospects for 2011. Representing the Phillies were OF Domonic Brown (4th) and  1B/OF Jonathan Singleton (30th). Brown is listed as having a chance at making the club out of spring training. While I do think the young man has the tools to play now, I’d love for him to spend a couple of weeks in AAA Lehigh Valley to refine them. I just don’t see the point in calling up your top positional player prospect if he is not going to play regularly.

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