Bryce Harper Biography
Bryce Harper, born Bryce Aron Max Harper is a professional baseball player from the United States. He is currently a free agent expected to join the Philadelphia Phillies.
Previously, he played for the Washington Nationals of the Major League Baseball(MLB). He was the National’s first overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He has been lauded as a five-tool player, excelling at five or more abilities during play. In 2012, he won the NL Rookie of the Year Award. He was voted the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 2015. He became the youngest player to win the award as he was just 23 years of age.
Bryce Harper Age
He was born on the 16th of November in 1992. He was 26 years old as of 2018.
Bryce Harper Family|Wife
He was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born to Ron and Sheri Harper. His father is an ironwork in Vegas. He has two siblings, an older brother named Bryan and a sister named Brittany. His brother played for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs as a pitcher. The Syracuse Chiefs are an organization within the Washington Nationals.
He got engaged to long-time girlfriend, Kayla Varner in 2014. They split up for a while before reconciling and getting re-engaged. The couple married in December of 2016 at the San Diego California Temple.
Bryce Harper Career
He started playing baseball at an early age. He attended Las Vegas High School. He earned his General Education Development(GED) in October of 2009 after his sophomore year. This made him eligible for the June 2010 amateur draft, making him start his pro baseball career earlier. He enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada at the age of 17 for the 2010 college season. He played as a catcher. His school participated in the Scenic West Athletic Conference(SWAC). He hit 31 home runs in 66 games. This broke the school’s previous record of 12 home runs. He was the 2010 SWAC Player of the Year. He was ejected for the second time in his career on the 2nd of June in 2010. This was during a National Junior College World Series game after disputing a called third strike with umpire Don Gilmore. The ejection resulted in a two-game suspension. He won the 2010 Golden Spikes Award.
He was selected in the first overall selection of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft by the Washington Nationals. He had played catcher for most of his career but was drafted as an outfielder. This was in a bid to accelerate his growth as a player in addition to extending his career. He signed on to a 5 year, $9.9 million contract that included a $6.25 million signing bonus and college tuition for eight semesters. The contract was signed with just 26 seconds left to the end of the deadline. He was introduced to the Nationals on the 26th of August in 2010. He was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League as a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions taxi-squad. This was after he batted .319 with a .407 on-base percentage. He became the second youngest player to participate in the league. He was instrumental in leading the Scorpions to victory as they won the 2010 Arizona Fall League on the 20th of November. He represented the US in the 2011 All-Star Futures Game at the 2011 All-Star Game Weekend. On the 4th of July, he was promoted to the Double-A Harrisburg Senators. He sustained a hamstring injury on the 18th of August in 2011. This ruled him out for the rest of the season.
On the 27th of April in 2012, he was called up to the Nationals. His MLB debut came on the next day in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He became the first teenager to steal home plate since 1964 on the 6th of May in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. This was after he was hit in the first inning of the game by a Cole Harris pitch. Harris later admitted to hitting Harper on purpose and was given a five-match suspension by the MLB. He hit his first Major League home run on the 14th of May 2012, in a game against the San Diego Padres. He became the youngest player since 1998 to homer in the major leagues. He was National League Rookie of the Month for the month of May. On the 5th of June, he earned his first walk-off hit in a game against the New York Mets. On the 12th of June, in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays, he hit a deep home run that struck an advertising banner next to the restaurant in the second tier seats at the Rogers Centre. The ball was estimated to travel a distance of 438 feet. He became the youngest position player and third youngest player to make an All-Star roster. Following the All-Star break, he dipped in form and struggled in games. This made him a bench warmer for part of the season. In late August, his form began to improve. On the 29th of August, he hit two home runs in a game against the Miami Marlins. This was his first career multi-homer game. In addition, he also recorded his first major league ejection in the same game after he threw down his helmet in the ninth inning. On the 5th of September, in a game against the Chicago Cubs, he recorded his second multi-homer game. He was named September Rookie of the Month. Following the end of the season, he was named National League Rookie of the Year.
On the opening day of the 2013 season in a game against the Miami Marlins, he hit two home runs. He became the youngest player to do this as he was 20 years old. He got his second All-Star selection when he was drafted as a starter for the MLB All-Star Game. He was selected to participate in the 2013 Home Run Derby after hitting 13 home runs in 58 games. He became the second youngest player to participate in the Home Run Derby. He is the youngest player to make it through to the final round. On the 6th of August, he hit his 17th homer of the season bringing his total tally to 39. This broke the record for most home runs by a player under 21. He underwent left knee surgery to remove a bursa sac.
On the 25th of April in 2014, in a game against the San Diego Padres, he suffered a left thumb injury while sliding into third base. He was placed on the injury list. On the 28th of April, it was announced that he would require surgery as an MRI revealed that he had torn an ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb. He traveled to Japan for the 2014 Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series but he later withdrew from participation.
On the 18th of April in 2015, he hit his longest MLB career home run, with the ball traveling a distance of 461 feet. On the 6th of May, he hit three home runs, a career first in a win against the Miami Marlins. He became the youngest player to do so since 1969. He was awarded the May Player of the Month, a career first. He became the youngest player to reach 40 home runs and 120 walks in one season, surpassing legend Babe Ruth. He was named 2015 player of the year by Baseball America. He won the 2015 Hank Aaron Award on the 31st of October. Via unanimous decision, he was named 2015 National League Most Valuable Player on the 19th of November. He became the youngest player to win the MVP at just 23. He became the first player in Nationals/Expos history to win the award. He became the first player from a Washington team to win the award. He was chosen by ESPN as their 2015 MLB Person of the Year.
He hit his first career grand slam for his 100th career home run on the 14th of April in 2016 in a game against the Atlanta Braves. He hit a home run for the fourth straight game three days later, this set a record for most consecutive games with a home run. On the 18th of April, he was named National League Player of the Week after driving 12 runs. He became the eighth youngest player to hit 100 home runs in major league history. He tied the record for most walks in a game after recording 12 on the 8th of May in a game against the Chicago Cubs. He walked 13 times in the four-game series and set a new MLB record for most walks. He finished the season with a .243 batting average, 24 home runs and 86 RBI.
On the 3rd of April in 2017, he hit a solo home run on the Opening Day in a match against the Miami Marlins. This marked his fifth career opening day home run. This is the most by a player under 25 years. He hit a home run in all 15 National League ballparks when he hit a home run at PNC Park on the 16th of May in 2017. On the 29 of May, in a game against the San Francisco Giants, he was hit by a pitch from Hunter Strickland. This ensued in a brawl that left both men ejected from the game. On the next day, he was handed a four-game suspension. Upon appeal, his suspension was reduced to three games. He was the top vote-getter for the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He hit his 150th home run on the 7th of August. He was 24 years and 295 days old when he accomplished this. He suffered a game-leaving hyperextended left knee on the 12th of August. He was reactivated off the DL against the Philadelphia Phillies on the 27th of September. He was named starting outfielder for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game. This was after he batted .219 with 21 home runs.
On the 1st of March in 2019, he agreed to a record-breaking $330 million free agent deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Bryce Harper Measurements
He stands at 6 feet and 2 inches. This is the equivalent of 1.91 meters.
He weighs in at 229 pounds. This is the equivalent of 104 kilograms.
Bryce Harper Salary|Net Worth
He currently has an estimated net worth of $15 million.
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