Bryce Harper RUMORS & NEWS

  • Nationals' Bryce Harper unanimous choice for NL MVP

    USA Today "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the majors in on-base percentage and slugging at age 22, was named Thursday the winner of the National League MVP award unanimously. The vote: Harper received 30 of the 30 first-place votes and totaled 420 points to win handily over Arizona..." November 19

  • Bryce Harper Is Already the Best in the Game, but We've Seen Nothing Yet

    Bleacher Report "That headline sounds absurd, doesn't it? The guy already has three All-Star appearances, two postseason appearances, 97 major league home runs and a DVR full of knock-your-breath-away highlight clips. Seriously, you need more Bryce Harper hype right now probably only slightly more than you need..." November 19

  • Mike Rizzo on Bryce Harper: ‘Would love for him to be a National for life’

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper’s historic 2015 season, at age 22, has prompted worry by Washington fans. Will he choose to remain a National when he is eligible for free agency after the the 2018 season? Will he be too expensive? Will the team be willing to open the vault to keep their superstar and (presumptive)..." November 14

  • Top hitters honored with Silver Slugger Awards "The best hitters in the American League and the National League were commemorated for their 2015 campaigns on Thursday, as the Silver Slugger Awards were announced during an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Awards, presented by Louisville Slugger, are handed out annually to..." November 13

  • Bryce Harper on Dusty Baker, coaches: "We finally have an all-star staff"

    Masn "With the Nationals playoff chances hanging by a thread and rumors swirling about Matt Williams' job security in mid-September, Bryce Harper was the lone player offering a vote of confidence for his now former skipper. Harper's award season continued Monday night when his peers recognized the..." November 10

  • Donaldson takes top prize from peers at Players Choice Awards

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson continues to collect the accolades coming off the best season of his five-year career. After being named the American League Hank Aaron Award winner last month, Donaldson was named the 2015 Player of the Year at the Players Choice Awards on Monday..." November 10

  • Beef squashed? Bryce Harper, Papelbon are reportedly 'fine'

    Washington Post "When Dusty Baker is introduced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals on Thursday, he may have one fewer problem to worry about than most assume. Since the end of the season, Bryce Harper has reached out to Jonathan Papelbon to make sure their relationship as teammates is functional next..." November 04

  • Bryce Harper skipped Hank Aaron Award ceremony because he didn’t want to get booed

    Hardball Talk "Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson brought his mother to Citi Field on Saturday night to accept his Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the top offensive player in each league. The winner of the Hank Aaron Award in the National League — Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper — decided to send along..." November 01

  • Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson beats Bryce Harper for Sporting News MLB Player of the Year

    Sporting News "The end of the American League Championship Series was one of those thrilling moments that baseball provides every now and then, a showdown of dominance against dominance. Wade Davis was on the mound for the Royals, the go-ahead runs in scoring position, facing the best performer in baseball all..." October 30

  • Bryce Harper wants to finish strong, has eye on batting title and 100 RBI

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals season, in a practical sense, is over. Five games remain and, then, the Nationals will go their separate ways. Sure, they still want to win as many games as possible before it’s officially over. And to ensure a winning season, the Nationals need to win two more..." September 30

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    Bryce Harper is being kept out of lineup today for his role in Papelbon fight, #Nats manager Matt Williams announces

  • Matt Williams didn’t know about the severity of the Harper-Papelbon altercation

    Hardball Talk "Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon and outfielder Bryce Harper were in an altercation during the bottom of the eighth inning during Sunday’s loss to the Phillies. It involved Papelbon lunging at Harper and wrapping a hand around his throat. Despite the incident, Papelbon took the hill in the..." September 28

  • Jonathan Papelbon apologizes for dugout altercation with Bryce Harper

    Sporting News "Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon apologized Sunday for his altercation with Bryce Harper in the team's dugout during a 12-5 loss to the Phillies. "First of all, let me say, I'm in the wrong there," Papelbon said, via . "I've got to leave that up to our manager. "I've talked to..." September 28

  • Bryce Harper, Jonathan Papelbon brawl in dugout

    SB Nation "The season has not gone according to plan for the Nationals, and tempers are starting to flare. Harper hit a soft pop up, put his head down and jogged to first. This did not make Papelbon happy, and he began shouting at Harper as he returned to the dugout. Never one to shy away from..." September 27

  • Nationals' Bryce Harper gives Matt Williams vote of confidence

    ESPN "Slugger Bryce Harper has voiced his support for Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams amid rumblings the field boss could be on the hot seat as the season draws to a close. Harper keyed a Stephen Strasburg gem Tuesday night at Philadelphia with a solo homer to center field in the first..." September 16

  • Bryce Harper is in the Nationals’ lineup today

    NBC Sports "Bryce Harper was pulled from yesterday’s game against the Marlins after a colliding with Miami second baseman Derek Dietrich, and afterward he said he was dizzy. He took the concussion tests, however, and has gotten the all-clear and will be in the starting lineup, batting third against the..." September 14

  • Harper exits game for precautionary reasons "National League MVP frontrunner Bryce Harper exited Sunday's game against the Marlins for precautionary reasons in the first after colliding with second baseman Derek Dietrich while rounding second base. On Jayson Werth's groundout to short at the end of the inning, Harper raced from first and..." September 13

  • Can we talk about how awesome of a season Bryce Harper is having?

    Hardball Talk "After seeing a column today suggesting, of all things, that Yoenis Cespedes should be the NL MVP, it occurred to me that some might not realize just how outstanding Bryce Harper has been this year. Let’s recap a little bit. – Harper is currently in line for the sabermetric triple crown, leading..." September 09

  • Bryce Harper walks in all four of his plate appearances, scores four runs

    Hardball Talk "Bryce Harper didn’t have an official at-bat tonight, but he still made a major impact in the Nationals’ 15-1 blowout victory over the Braves. Harper walked in all four of his plate appearances and scored four runs. One of the walks came with the bases loaded, so he was also credited with an..." September 04

  • Bryce Harper is the National League MVP, playoffs or not

    Sporting News "The case for Bryce Harper to be the National League MVP is as clear as his name at the top of so many leaderboards. The Nationals’ 22-year-old superstar is tops in the National League in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+, runs created, isolated power, wOBA,..." September 04

  • Harper says fading Nationals trying to 'shock the world'

    The Score "From bravado to hyperbole, Bryce Harper and the reeling Washington Nationals know time is running out on their once-promising season. Following Tuesday's walk-off loss, their 25th defeat in their last 42 games, the preseason-favorite Nationals sit 6 1/2 games back of the division lead and nine..." September 02

  • Bryce Harper joins elite club with 30th home run in age-22 season

    CBS Sports "Harper's three-run shot against the Giants wasn't enough in an 8-5 loss that dropped the Nats to 10-18 since the All-Star break. They're 4 1/2 games behind the Mets in the NL East and 8 1/2 off the wild-card pace thanks to the Cubs most recent surge. The Nats have 47 games to play, but if their..." August 15

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    Chris Johnson @masnCJ

    #Nats say Bryce Harper was scratched from tonight's game with left knee soreness.

  • Nationals manager: Bryce Harper needs to avoid getting ejected

    Masn "In a tie game with postseason implications in a playoff-type atmosphere, Bryce Harper, arguably the MVP of the National League, got himself ejected after striking out in the 11th inning. "He needs to stay in the baseball game," manager Matt Williams repeated three times, after the Nationals..." August 02

  • Harper on Greinke's historic stretch: 'I don't think he was very tough'

    CSN Washington "Dodgers starter Zack Greinke continued a historic stretch on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals by extending his consecutive scoreless streak to 43 2/3 innings. That's the fourth-longest such streak since 1961 and the best since Orel Hershiser's 59 straight in 1988. He is just the third..." July 20

  • Harper won’t participate in Home Run Derby

    Nats Insider "Bryce Harper won’t participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, not wanting to compete in the annual All-Star Game event with his father injured and unavailable to pitch to him. Harper, who finished runner-up in the 2013 derby at Citi Field with father Ron as his pitcher, said he couldn’t imagine..." July 07

  • Bryce Harper to skip home run derby

    ESPN "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is taking the night off before he plays in the All-Star Game, telling reporters Monday that he will skip the home run derby. Harper had been invited to participate in the derby for the second time. One reason Harper passed on the event is his..." July 06

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    #Nats still checking on Harper and Span, but Williams says Escobar is "no-go" for today.

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Harper's R leg cramped up as he went into 2B in 11th. Told Williams he could score on a hit. Getting treatment now, re-evaluate tomorrow.

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    Dan Kolko @masnKolko

    Bryce Harper is back in the Nats' lineup after missing just one game with his hamstring injury.

  • Nationals' Harper diagnosed with mild left hamstring strain, will be re-evaluated Friday

    The Score "Bryce Harper understands that things could have been much worse. The Washington Nationals outfielder departed Thursday's game in the sixth inning after a scary looking incident that resulted in him laying on the grass in pain grabbing his left knee. Harper was able to walk off the field..." June 19

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    MLB Communications @MLB_PR

    The first NL #ASG Balloting Update is in:

  • Bryce Harper: Mike Trout is the best player in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "No player in baseball has come out of the gate hotter than Bryce Harper this season. The Washington Nationals outfielder is hitting .333 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI. He leads the major leagues with 39 runs, 26 extra-base hits, 40 walks and an OPS of 1.198. Could Harper soon overtake Mike Trout as..." May 26

  • Bryce Harper fully engaged and showing off his many talents

    ESPN "The month of May is big for graduations and life passages, so this is as suitable a time as any to look beyond the eye black and Natitude and take stock of where Washington right fielder Bryce Harper stands in his educational timeline. With each authoritative swing -- or decision to lay off a..." May 26

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Bryce Harper on Kris Bryant: "When we were younger, we used to call him ‘Silk,’ because he was so smooth with everything he did." #Cubs

  • Bryce Harper on Marvin Hudson ejection: “I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump”

    CSN Washington "Hours after they were tossed from Wednesday night's win over the Yankees by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, both Nationals manager Matt Williams and right fielder Bryce Harper remained fired up about their third inning ejections. Harper and Williams were still confused as to why they were..." May 21

  • Yankees' Alex Rodriguez relates to Nationals' Bryce Harper on and off the field

    New York Daily News "It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to be Bryce Harper. Sports Illustrated cover boy at 16, No. 1 overall pick at 17, Rookie of the Year at 19. Whirlwind probably doesn’t begin to describe what Harper has experienced during the past five or six years. Alex Rodriguez understands. The..." May 19

  • Bryce Harper is still the National League’s youngest player

    Hardball Talk "J.J. Cooper of Baseball America put together a list of the youngest player at each minor-league level, which is always useful when evaluating the performance of a prospect relative to his competition. He also included the youngest players in the majors and what stood out to me is this: Bryce..." April 10

  • Players again vote Bryce Harper MLB’s most overrated player

    Washington Post "ESPN The Magazine’s baseball preview issue declares it’s the Nationals’ time — now and in the coming years. The magazine projects the Nationals to win a major league-best 91 games, which is 10 more than their projected closest competitor in the National League East, the Miami Marlins...." March 20

  • Harper says he has to 'step up' for Nationals "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wants to improve his numbers from last year. He made it clear Sunday that he wants to stay injury-free and he would like to get better at the plate. Although he missed 62 games because of a thumb injury, Harper put up respectable numbers, hitting .273 with 13..." March 02

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    On need for Harper to carry more load, Williams: "It's safe to say he'll most likely hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup."

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    Bryce Harper receives 2 year, $7.5 million deal, avoiding grievance w #Nats

  • Will Giancarlo Stanton’s historic contract ever impact Bryce Harper?

    Washington Post "Baseball salaries are determined very much like real estate prices, using a thorough perusal of the surrounding properties in the neighborhood – the “comps.” Who else around here has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths and was built in, say, 1990? Who else, after their first six years in the..." November 20

  • Bryce Harper to marry Kayla Varner in January

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and Ohio State soccer player Kayla Varner are planning two weddings for Jan. 2-3 in southern California. They will be married in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ceremony on Jan. 2 and follow with a traditional wedding on Jan. 3. Harper,..." October 14

  • Bryce Harper reminds baseball he's still fantastic

    SB Nation "Bryce Harper had a rough 2014 in a lot of ways. Before the season even began, he was labeled the most overrated player in the game by other baseball players. He missed some time with injuries and had to go on a rehab assignment in the minors, and had to listen to segments of the media swear on..." October 08

  • Harper latest to come down with illness

    Nats Insider "The illness that plagued Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rendon and others on the Nationals’ roster the last two weeks apparently has now taken down Bryce Harper as well. Harper had to come out of Monday night’s game against the Braves in the top of the fourth inning after feeling lightheaded and..." September 16

  • Bryce Harper rediscovers his hitting stroke

    CSN Washington "Throughout Bryce Harper's early, frustrating days back from the disabled list, manager Matt Williams insisted the young slugger's hitting stroke would return at some point. He just needed time and at-bats to find it. Sure enough, it has come together over the last two weeks. In 11 games since..." July 30

  • Harper set to return tonight

    Masn "Finally. For the first time since the seventh inning on opening day, the Nationals will have their full roster in place today, when Bryce Harper is activated from the disabled list. Harper played in just 22 games this season before tearing a ligament in his left thumb when sliding into third..." June 30

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    Washington Nationals @Nationals

    Bryce Harper's rehab assignment will continue tomorrow with Double-A Harrisburg in Akron, OH, #Nats Manager Matt Williams said.

  • Harper to start rehab assignment "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was scheduled to begin his rehab assignment on Monday with Class A Potomac. The 21-year-old Harper will play at least two games for Potomac and then be re-evaluated. He will be playing all three outfield positions during his rehab assignment. The..." June 24

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