Bryce Harper RUMORS & NEWS

  • Bryce Harper: Mood depends on how good hair looks

    Sportsnaut "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wants to make baseball fun again, but his willingness to put forth the effort might vary from day to day. Why is this, you ask? Harper — perhaps with tongue in cheek, perhaps not — sent out a message to his Instagram followers that suggests a bad..." July 17

  • Bryce Harper won’t compete in Home Run Derby: ‘I just don’t care for it’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper may have made it his quest to “Make Baseball Fun Again,” but that will have to be accomplished without him competing in the Home Run Derby. The Washington Nationals slugger announced he would not take part in the power-hitting showcase at the upcoming All-Star Game at Petco Park in..." July 06

  • Failing when ahead in the count a source of Bryce Harper's struggles

    ESPN "Bryce Harper’s start to the 2016 season had many questioning if he was getting ready to repeat his MVP campaign from a year ago. But those thoughts have long since subsided, as Harper has been held hitless in 25 of his past 52 games and is looking up at the league with a .252 batting average in 71..." June 25

  • Pieces Yankees should trade to build for Bryce Harper, Machado

    New York Post "The Yankees need a LeBron. That is just a start. To get their LeBron James, they need to get younger and more talented quickly so that when the star-studded free-agent class after the 2018 season is available, they can pounce. Bryce Harper, who is only 23, and Manny Machado, who is 23 as..." June 21

  • Bryce Harper wants to have fun and get paid

    Sportsnet "hen Bryce Harper launched a scoreboard-shattering home run into the right-field stands during a game at Nationals Park in mid-April, something peculiar happened: Partway through his home-run trot, Harper abruptly stopped and reversed course. “Harper missed first base!” yelled Charlie Slowes, the..." June 12

  • Harper and Machado long shots to stay?

    Today's Knuckleball "Beltway baseball is thriving, but how long will it last? Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, who rank among the very top players in the game, may well turn out to be too pricey to remain long-term with the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles, respectively. The Nats pulled a major coup in..." June 03

  • Dusty Baker asks banged-up Bryce Harper if he's 'limpin' or pimpin' '

    Fox Sports "Bryce Harper got a night off Tuesday to rest his sore right knee, which was hit by a pitch in Monday's game. Turns out, the Washington Nationals didn't need him in a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Not surprisingly, however, the reigning NL MVP tried to talk his way into the lineup..." June 01

  • Harper sidelined after taking fastball to knee

    The Score "Bryce Harper is out of the Washington Nationals' lineup Tuesday after taking a fastball off his right knee Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Following the game, manager Dusty Baker said his slugger is considered day to day with a right knee contusion." May 31

  • Bryce Harper leaves game against Phillies after pitch hits knee

    Sporting News "Nationals slugger Bryce Harper left Monday night's game against the Phillies after getting hit on the right knee by a pitch from Philadelphia's Jeremy Hellickson and was later diagnosed with a contusion. Harper, the reigning NL MVP, was hit in the top of the seventh inning. Though in pain and..." May 31

  • Jersey from Bryce Harper-Jonathan Papelbon scuffle for sale at auction

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "You can now own a unique piece of Washington Nationals history, as the jersey Bryce Harper wore during his dugout fight with Jonathan Papelbon last September is now up for auction. Harper even signed it. The game-worn, dirt-stained uniform is now available to the highest bidder through..." May 21

  • Nationals star Bryce Harper ‘feels bad’ for Mets’ Matt Harvey

    New York Daily News "Bryce Harper began Thursday’s game 0-for-20 for his career against Matt Harvey, before extending that personal futility string by flying out in his first bat. But the reigning NL MVP wasn’t in any mood to gloat about breaking that schneid with a single in his next at-bat, nor especially for..." May 20

  • Barry Bonds advises Nationals’ Harper to steal more bases

    Today's Knuckleball "Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press quotes Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds, who advises Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper to steal more bases as long as teams are going to decide to intentionally walk him. Bonds’ comments were incredibly encouraging towards the..." May 17

  • ESPN Radio host calls Bryce Harper a selfish player and a jerk

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper’s ejection and one-game suspension last week prompted another minor outbreak of “people complaining about Bryce Harper.” Among those people: ESPN Radio host Danny Kanell, who has had just about enough of Harper’s attitude. “I’m finding myself more and more not liking Bryce Harper,..." May 16

  • Harper using 'make baseball fun again' bat decal

    The Score "Bryce Harper is back to having fun. Again. The Washington Nationals superstar snapped his modest power drought Friday with a go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh inning against the Marlins, and on Saturday, he resumed his role as baseball's fun ambassador with a bat decal celebrating his new..." May 14

  • Bryce Harper drops appeal of one-game suspension, will serve it tonight

    Federal Baseball "Dusty Baker hinted before the day half of today's split doubleheader that a resolution might be forthcoming in Bryce Harper's appeal of the one-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball this past week. Harper was suspended and fined for his actions after he was ejected from Monday..." May 14

  • Harper, Nats haven't discussed extension

    The Score "Stephen Strasburg's extension made one thing clear: The Washington Nationals aren't afraid to pay up. The right-hander joined Max Scherzer as the second starter in as many years to sign a lucrative seven-year deal with Washington, which raises the question: What will the Nats do with Bryce..." May 12

  • MLB suspends Harper 1 game for altercation with umpire

    The Score "Major League Baseball has suspended Bryce Harper one game for an altercation with an umpire Monday. Harper is also expected to receive a fine for the incident." May 11

  • Report: Harper facing league discipline after F-bomb

    The Score "Bryce Harper said he didn't care if camera's caught him yelling "f*** you" to home plate umpire Brian Knight, adding "Let him hear it again." The league heard it again, and they'll likely have something to say back. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Harper is facing a fine or..." May 10

  • Bryce Harper will not apologize for F-bomb on umpire Brian Knight

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryce Harper was ejected during the 9th inning of his team’s walk-off win over the Detroit Tigers Monday night, but he managed to get the last word in while celebrating the victory with his teammates. Harper was unhappy with a called third strike on teammate Danny Espinosa to lead off the..." May 10

  • Bryce Harper gave a jar of money to a homeless woman on Sunday

    CBS Sports "The weekend did not go well for the Nationals. They were swept in a four-game series by the Cubs, dropping them below the Mets in the standings and into second place in the NL West. The four losses did not stop Bryce Harper from helping someone in need in Chicago, however. According to a..." May 09

  • Puig talks new mindset, why he's joining Harper's campaign

    ESPN "Yasiel Puig has been called many things during his four seasons with the Dodgers: a star, absolutely, but also a slacker, a reckless outfielder and even an awful teammate. This year, he says, he just wants to be a good guy. Here, he shares the 10 motivations that most define his new, true..." May 09

  • Bryce Harper's controversial, frustrating, record-setting day versus the Cubs

    Fox Sports "This weekend, in a hotly anticipated matchup against the teams with the two best records in the National League, the Chicago Cubs wanted no part of reigning MVP Bryce Harper. Despite being in a recent cold slump (but still having 10 home runs so early in the season), Harper was pitched around like..." May 09

  • Harper reaches base seven times without an official at-bat

    The Sports Daily "The anticipated battle between baseball’s best pitcher and the game’s best hitter didn’t register much in the way of excitement. Bryce Harper came away the slight victor by drawing two walks off the seemingly unhittable Cubs right-hander, Jake Arrieta — one in the top of the first and the other..." May 09

  • Harper: 'I'm not going to run into the wall' anymore

    Masn "There was the slicing soft liner by Ryan Kalish that just barely got past a lunging Danny Espinosa and brought home two runs to give the Cubs a temporary lead over the Nationals in the bottom of the sixth. Then there was the double down the left field line by Anthony Rizzo that narrowly landed..." May 08

  • Joey Votto following Bryce Harper’s advice to make baseball fun again

    Larry Brown Sports "When Bryce Harper said he wanted to make baseball fun again, his statement had far-reaching effects. In fact, Joey Votto says he has taken Harper’s advice. Votto homered in the first inning of the Reds’ victory over the Brewers on Friday and did a jump celebration with teammate Brandon..." May 08

  • Manfred disagrees with Harper's 'tired' barb

    The Score "Rob Manfred reiterated his support Thursday over Bryce Harper's comments about unwritten rules in today's game, but the commissioner is taking issue with the reigning MVP's assertion that baseball has become "tired." "I bet if he could have that word back maybe he wouldn't agree with it, but..." May 06

  • What the Cubs think of Bryce Harper's fun campaign

    ESPN Chicago "You might be surprised but when it comes to fist pumps and bat flips, 62-year-old Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his mild-mannered NL Rookie of the Year don't have a real problem with it. We know how Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper feels about the concept -- he's outspoken about it --..." May 05

  • Harper’s slump continues, now 1 for his last 23

    Masn "Let’s get this out of the way, because it needs to be said right off the bat: Bryce Harper is going to start hitting again, and most likely sometime soon. He’s going to start hitting like the menace to opposing pitchers he has been for the vast majority of the last two seasons. That said, he sure..." May 04

  • Bryce Harper signs biggest endorsement deal for MLB player

    ESPN "Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper has signed a 10-year extension with Under Armour that is believed to be the largest endorsement deal in history for a baseball player, a source with knowledge of the deal told ESPN. Under Armour announced earlier Tuesday that Harper signed a multiyear..." May 04

  • At long last, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg hitting their stride together

    USA Today "The expectations were ungodly, almost reckless. One was called the greatest pitching prospect in baseball history. The other was baseball’s chosen one, and at the age of 16, was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. If it wasn’t enough, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper happened to be..." May 02

  • Harper, Machado earn Player of the Month honors

    The Score "Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals phenom who smashed nine homers in his first 18 games this year, was named National League Player of the Month for April on Monday. Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado earned the honor in the American League, following a strong start to his 2016..." May 02

  • Bryce Harper says Dee Gordon’s PED suspension is ‘not good for baseball’; Doesn't want his batting title

    Washington Post "The announcement of Dee Gordon’s 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing substances came at 1:18 a.m. Eastern time Friday. So it wasn’t until later that morning that much of the baseball world, including the Nationals, saw the news about the Marlins’ speedy second baseman. The Nationals are..." April 30

  • Bryce Harper misplayed a ball, and Papelbon seemed displeased

    CBS Sports "The Nationals on Thursday fell to the Phillies at home by a score of 3-0 (box score) and as such were swept by the presumed non-contenders. This particular contest was still in doubt in the late innings. In fact, Nats manager Dusty Baker summoned closer Jonathan Papelbon in the road half of the..." April 29

  • Bryce Harper will play in 2017 WBC … on one condition

    Sportress of Blogitude "Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper arguably is the best player in baseball at the moment, so it obviously would be a major coup if those in charge of the U.S. team could convince him to play in next year’s World Baseball Classic. Harper recently indicated he’d love to play for his..." April 28

  • Bryce Harper's mission to make baseball fun again

    ESPN "He leads the league in homers. He leads the league in stop-what-you're-doing-and-turn-on-SportsCenter moments. And, of course, he leads the league in hair. But in other news, Bryce Harper has a war to fight. The culture war. He might not look the part. But baseball's most magnetic player is..." April 28

  • Bryce Harper and Nolan Arenado are early contenders for rare HR feat

    CBS Sports "In the contemporary era, home run power typically requires a "giveback" in the form of strikeouts. This, of course, is a boom economy for strikeouts, and those that manage to hit with authority while running high contact rates qualify as outliers. And then there's what Bryce Harper and Nolan..." April 27

  • Baker compares Harper to Bonds: 'He's ahead of Barry'

    The Score "Bryce Harper is only 23 years old, but his manager, Dusty Baker, worked with seven-time MVP Barry Bonds for close to a decade during his time with the San Francisco Giants and knows a star when he sees one. After Harper hit a game-tying pinch-hit home run during a ninth inning come-from-behind..." April 25

  • Bryce Harper is going to overshadow Mike Trout for the next decade

    SB Nation "Painfully obvious disclaimer: Mike Trout has been the best player in baseball for the last four seasons. He's just 24, so he's probably going to be the best baseball player for the next four seasons, at least. He's a marvel, a wonder, a generational talent that we can't take for granted. It's Mike..." April 21

  • Bryce Harper is named co-NL Player of the Week

    Masn "Bryce Harper’s weekend power surge in Philadelphia earned him his first official honor of 2016 - though he’ll have to share with a fellow All-Star. Harper was named co-National League Player of the Week this afternoon along with Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, the league office unable to..." April 18

  • Baseball has its LeBron James and his name is Bryce Harper

    Yahoo! Sports "The best hitter in the world walloped another home run Sunday. To call Bryce Harper anything less at this point would be hedging out of fear that he’s too young or too green or too whatever-obtuse-excuse-you-wanna-peddle. No need to dream up reasons. Just enjoy the show. Because that’s what it..." April 18

  • Barry Bonds says Bryce Harper 'Doesn't Compare' to him

    Bleacher Report "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is one of the brightest talents in MLB, but it's still too early to begin putting him in the same discussion as the greatest players ever—a point which Barry Bonds will be all too happy to remind you. "He is a beast. [But] he doesn't compare to me..." April 11

  • Comedian and Mets minority owner Bill Maher calls Bryce Harper a D-bag

    CBS Sports "Comedian/political pundit Bill Maher is a Mets minority owner, which probably predisposes him toward some Bryce Harper hostility. The Nationals' star outfielder and the reigning NL MVP recently caused a stir by calling baseball "a tired sport" and then post-game wearing a hat that read "Make..." April 07

  • Manfred sides with Harper in baseball's culture war

    The Score "With Opening Day around the corner, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred weighed in on baseball's culture crisis, and the 57-year-old is siding with Bryce Harper, the 23-year-old phenom who suggested baseball's archaic code of conduct has made the game a "tired sport." On Friday, roughly three weeks..." April 01

  • Hall of Famer Johnny Bench calls out Harper for bat flips

    CBS Sports "Two weeks ago, Hall of Famer Goose Gossage called Jose Bautista a "f---ing disgrace to the game" because of his bat flips and antics on the field. Gossage also ripped "nerds" in the front office, instant replay, and other modern baseball amenities. Another Hall of Famer got in on act of calling..." March 22

  • MLB stars endorse Harper's fun mantra

    MLB.com "Bryce Harper was right. And he was wrong. Really, he was a little hypocritical. In an ESPN The Magazine story making the rounds Thursday, Harper lamented baseball's lack of emotion in one breath. Then, in the next, he celebrated that "there's so many guys in the game now who are so much..." March 11

  • Sergio Romo to Bryce Harper: “I’m sorry, but just shut up.”

    Hardball Talk "On Thursday morning, Tim Keown of ESPN The Magazine published an intriguing feature on Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. The article is great for a number of reasons, but one particular quote from Harper made the rounds, as he called baseball “a tired sport” because “you can’t express yourself”,..." March 11

  • Bryce Harper: “Baseball is a tired sport because you can’t express yourself”

    Hardball Talk "ESPN The Magazine has a lengthy feature story about Bryce Harper and there’s plenty of interesting stuff for people who love or hate the reigning National League MVP, but one particular excerpt figures to draw the most attention. From a section in which Tim Keown writes about how Harper wants..." March 10

  • Harper calls Baker 'Rusty' following name gaffe

    The Score "Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker may have to implement name tags during spring training. The 66-year-old was hired in November to help stabilize an underachieving club, but things got off to a rocky start last week after Baker accidentally called reigning National League MVP Bryce..." March 02

  • Nationals, Bryce Harper talk contract, but 'unique talent' figures to test market

    USA Today "The Washington Nationals are listening to the same things you’re hearing. They are watching with great intrigue everything you’re watching. They’re profoundly aware, just as you are, of what looms in 2018. Bryce Harper, one of the greatest 23-year-olds the sporting world has ever seen,..." February 23

  • Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper: 'I don't think I'm a leader'

    ESPN "Despite coming off a historic season and being named the youngest unanimous MVP in the history of major league baseball, Bryce Harper still doesn't see himself as one of the leaders of the Washington Nationals. "I don't think I'm a leader," said Harper, who addressed media in the Space Coast..." February 22