Bryce Harper RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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 "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

  • Harper, Rizzo bash qualifying offer system

    The Score "Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper voiced his displeasure with the league's current qualifying offer system as his former teammate and friend Ian Desmond remains without a club heading into the season. "I think it's that draft-pick compensation. That's something baseball definitely needs..." February 22

  • Jonathan Papelbon apologizes for dugout incident with Bryce Harper

    ESPN "Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon apologized Friday for last season's dugout incident when he choked star outfielder Bryce Harper. "Me and Bryce, we're good," Papelbon said. "I've apologized to him. I've apologized to my teammates. I want to apologize to the fans and the coaches and everyone..." February 20

  • Bryce Harper Comments on Potential of Receiving $400 Million Contract

    Bleacher Report "At 23 years old, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper is becoming the face of Major League Baseball. He's a three-time All-Star in just four seasons in the majors and is the reigning National League MVP after a campaign in which he hit .330 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI. Although he won't be a..." February 12

  • Bryce Harper's free agency is hard to ignore, even if it is three years away

    CBS Sports "It's already happening. People are already talking about the upcoming free agency of Nationals wunderkind Bryce Harper. And by people I mean fans, members of the media, and surely folks working inside the game for the 30 MLB clubs. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports wrote about Harper's free agency..." February 11

  • Everyone will be interested in Bryce Harper

    SB Nation "Is it too early to start talking about the idea of Bryce Harper on the open market, breaking free agency and getting enough money to build an underground lair? According to the Internet, it is not. Jeff Passan suggests the Yankees might have Harper in their long-term plans. Jonah Keri wrote back..." February 08

  • Suddenly frugal Yankees playing long game with eye on Bryce Harper

    Yahoo! Sports "Here is the list of major league free agents signed this offseason by the New York Yankees: This is not a terribly overwhelming list. It is very pale. On the bright side, it has cost the Yankees exactly $0. No other team in Major League Baseball this offseason has spent the winter not even..." February 05

  • Nats believe Harper-Papelbon feud no longer an issue

    The Score "The last time Washington Nationals teammates Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper shared the dugout, they were involved in a heated exchange that resulted in the closer choking the reigning National League MVP. Fast forward four months and other Washington players don't believe any animosity has..." January 30

  • Bryce Harper gives emotional acceptance speech for MVP award

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Bryce Harper accepted his 2015 NL MVP award at a ceremony in New York City on Saturday night and got emotional as he thanked his parents. has part of his speech online. Here are some highlights from what he said: "I want to thank my pops. First, he sacrificed everything to help me..." January 25

  • Bryce Harper adds another big company to endorsements list

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Bryce Harper has added another big-time company to his list of endorsements. The 2015 NL MVP is now a brand ambassador for New Era, which makes the official on-field hats for Major League Baseball. Harper has signed a deal with an option to run through 2018. “We felt that Bryce was a..." January 13

  • Bryce Harper poised to be first $500 million man

    Hardball Talk "wo years ago, a friend who gets paid (at least in part) to predict future trends told me this: “Bryce Harper will get the first $500 million contract in American sports history.” Now, this was two years ago — up to that point the biggest contract in baseball history was Alex Rodriguez’s..." December 15

  • Harper aims to build on MVP campaign "Even though he won the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player Award, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper wants to improve in all aspects of his game going forward. With Davey Lopes as the first-base coach, Harper wants to get better when it comes to running the bases. Harper would like to..." December 14

  • Boras puts onus on Nats to initiate Harper, Strasburg talks

    Nats Insider "If the Nationals harbor any hopes of keeping Bryce Harper in D.C. long-term, the onus will be on them to initiate negotiations, agent Scott Boras said Wednesday. “I think those are club dynamics,” Boras said during his customary gaggle with reporters on the third day of the Winter Meetings...." December 10

  • 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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    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

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