Bryce Harper is now a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, as the 26-year-old superstar made his free agent decision official today.
Harper sets a record for the largest contract in the history of professional sports with his new $330 million deal.
Now that we know Harper’s decision, it is clear that his main motivation was topping Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year $325 million contract to set the new record.
Adding Harper caps off a busy offseason for Philadelphia, that has seen them add five former All-Stars to their roster.
Philadelphia could still use some help with their pitching staff, but they have now completely revamped their starting lineup.
Even with Harper in tow, the Phillies are no lock for the postseason, as the National League East has become the most competitive division in baseball.
In fact, based on weighted runs created last season, the Phillies lineup is not even the best in the division.
Based on those stats, the Mets actually feature the best lineup in the NL East, with the Phillies and Nationals just behind them.
Whether the Phillies make it to the post season or not, they now have baseball’s biggest star locked up for the remainder of his career.
MLB Warns Players of Over-the-Counter Sexual Enhancement Pills Which Create Positive PED Tests
Major League Baseball has a strict policy against the use of performance-enhancing drugs, as they don’t want anyone to have an edge on the field.
Now reports are that the MLB is warning players against getting an edge in the bedroom, as over-the-counter sexual enhancement pills have been proven to create positive PED tests.
Essentially the problem with these pills is less about the use of them, but more about where the players are obtaining these products.
If a player suffers from erectile dysfunction and consults a physician to get a prescription for a product that does not contain anything on the banned substance list, they are fine to use it.
The problem lies in players getting over-the-counter pill that are easily contaminated with substances that create the positive PED test. These pills are found readily available at gas stations and other convenience stores.
At the end of the day, the moral the story remains the same when it comes to professional athletes and PEDs.
As long as you consult a licensed physician about every substance that enters your body, then the risk of suspension is minimal.
Fernando Tatis Jr. Campaign for Rookie of the Year Ends Early with Injury
Fernando Tatis Jr. is going to be one incredible ballplayer. In his first season in the big leagues, Tatis was living up to the hype that made him one of the best prospect in the game heading into the year.
Tatis, 20, was hitting .317/.379/.590, with 22 home runs, 16 stolen bases and 53 RBIs, across just 84 games played.
He had come out of nowhere to challenge what was once a runaway Rookie of the Year candidate in Pete Alonso and was already being considered one of the best players in the MLB.
Then disaster struck, as Tatis’ season was just cut short due to a stress reaction injury in his lower back.
The Padres are smart to be cautious with this injury, as they are not heading to the postseason this year and Tatis clearly represents their future.
Still, it is awful for the baseball world to lose Tatis, just as the Rookie of the Year competition was heating up.
Now it appears that Alonso is a shoe-in to win the Rookie of the Year, as he was likely to win the award any way with power numbers that are up there with the best sluggers in the MLB.
Bryce Harper Hits Walk-Off Grand Slam to Finish Improbable Comeback
The Philadelphia Phillies are in the midst of a tight playoff race, where every win counts as there are as many as eight teams vying for a Wild Card spot.
Phildelphia was playing one of those teams on Thursday night, as they squared off against the Chicago Cubs. The Phillies took the first two games of the series, but the sweep looked out of reach after they entered the ninth inning down by four runs.
With the score being 5-1, the Phillies sparked a rally, scoring two runs and loading the bases for Bryce Harper. Then Harper delivered a crowning moment for his new franchise.
Harper’s grand slam completed the improbable comeback, as the Phillies scored six runs in the ninth inning to stun the Cubs.
For Harper, that home run will go a long way in his pursuit to endear himself to the Philadelphia fans.
The expectations were great for Harper coming into this season, after signing a 13-year, $330 million contract in the offseason.
While Harper has hit 25 home runs and 87 RBIs this season, his .253 batting average has been knocked, as people expect more from the slugger. Part of the reason for those unreasonable expectations, is because Harper is often compared to Mike Trout.
Trout is just a flat out better player than Harper, but if he can have more moments like that grand slam Thursday night, no one will care in the City of Brotherly Love.
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