Bryce Harper Hit A Broken Bat Home Run

Florence Fletcher
April 17, 2018

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper did something Monday that you will rarely see in a baseball game.

With two down in the top of the first inning against the Mets, Harper took the first pitch of the at-bat and sent it into the stands. After his first-inning home run Monday, the 2015 MVP is hitting.314/.486/.804, while leading the league in OPS (1.290), home runs (eight), walks (20), runs scored (16) and the all-important category of broken-bat dingers.

To make the home run even crazier, according to Statcast it was longer than his season average to this point. As he trotted up the first base line, the Nationals slugger was still holding the shard that remained from when most of the bat flew away on contact. How do you break your dang bat and still hit a ball that hard?

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That ball left Harper's bat - his broken bat, I should say - at 99.2 miles per hour and it traveled 406 feet. The feat amazed observers, including the Nats' announcing team, and caused an understandable commotion on the Internet. Other major leaguers who have done it in recent years include Justin Upton, Nelson Cruz, Mark Teixeira and Mark Reynolds.

April has always been a great month for Harper, but he has never been as locked in as he is right now, as he approaches more home runs than strikeouts on the year.

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