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Bryce Harper’s 40th Home Run Results in Hostoric Night

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I used to never understand the hype behind Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper. Now, he makes me foolish as each day passes, and I’m proud to say I am wrong.

I always liked him as a player, but he wasn’t living up to expectations in all reality. My opinion has changed dramatically now, and it’s because he has finally hit his stride in baseball, and he is the 2015 National League MVP in my opinion. (Even though Cespedes is tearing it up)

Harper hit his 40th home run of the 2015 season, improving his batting average to .338, leading all of baseball, and in addition to all that, he has 92 runs batted in on the year.

With his 40th home run on the year, Harper became just the 7th player in MLB history to hit 40 home runs in his age 22 season or younger, joining Alex Rodriguez in 1998 as the most recent player to do so.

Teammate Jayson Werth also high praise of Harper:

“I think he’s got a lot to learn and a long way to go, too,” Werth said. “I’ve said it before, but when he’s 30 years old, he’s going to be a hell of a player.”

Harper is projected to hit 45 home runs this year, which is of course five more from his current total on the year, but it peaked my interest into something. In 2007, Prince Fielder during his time with the Milwaukee Brewers became the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to hit 50 home runs doing so at age 23, and 139 days into being 23.

Harper won’t be able to reach the feat, though, as his birthday is during October, which means by the time baseball rolls around he will have an almost impossible chance to beat the record. In the mean time, take a look at his 40th home run, one of the biggest of his career.

What a stud.

 

 

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