Bryce Harper is a name that a lot of people know in baseball. He became famous when he was in high school, and he has lived up to the hype since. So far, Harper’s had an impressive career. He has played in multiple all-star games and had numerous clutch performances throughout his career.
Recently Harper signed a big contract with the Philadelphia Phillies that made him one of the highest-paid players in baseball.
Harper’s career in the MLB
The Washington Nationals selected Harper in the 2010 draft with the first overall pick. Many people believed that Harper would be the first pick in the draft. He had a lot of talent coming into the draft, and he was expected to come in and play at a high level. Harper spent most of his playing career as a catcher, but the Nationals wanted him to play in the outfield.
He made his MLB debut in 2012 with the Nationals, and in his first MLB season, he was named to the all-star team. Harper was a fan favorite across the league. He became the youngest position player to be named to an all-star team. That season Harper stole home during a game against the Phillies, becoming the first player to steal home since 1964. At the end of his first season, Harper was named the NL Rookie of the Year. He batted .270 with 22 home runs, 59 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
Harper went on to make the all-star team again in his second season. He had a breakout season in 2015 with the Nationals. He batted .330, which was a career-high, and he hit 42 home runs and scored 118 runs, which led the league. Harper also won a Silver Slugger Award and made the all-star team for the third time in his career. In the next three seasons, Harper was named to the all-star team.
The end of Harper in Washington D.C.
Harper spent his first seven seasons playing with the Nationals. The Nationals had big plans to make a deep postseason run with Harper on the team, but that never happened. When he came into the league, he was the future of baseball, and he got off to a hot start.
During his time with the Nationals, Harper helped the team to the postseason four times. The team never made it past the Divisional Series. Harper has a .211 batting average during the postseason with five home runs and 10 RBIs.
Harper’s big move to Philadelphia
On March 2, 2019, Harper created a lot of activity on social media and throughout the sports world when he signed a 13-year $330 million contract with the Phillies. When Harper signed the deal, it set the record for the largest MLB contract in history, until Trout signed his massive $430 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
Harper’s time with the Nationals was over, and now Philadelphia is a new home. Now $330 million dollars is a lot of money. During the 2019 season, Harper batted .260 with 35 home runs and 114 RBIs. In his first season with the Phillies, he was making around $45,000 every time he stepped to the plate, according to Darren Rovell, who’s a Sports Business Reporter. He was making that much alone off of one plate appearance. According to Data USA, Philadelphia’s annual median household income was last reported at $41,449. That massive contract that Harper signed allows you to see how much money he’s making when you break it down.