Bryce Harper shatters bat, powers Nationals past Mets

Carrie Guzman
April 17, 2018

Harper is used to giving fans something to cheer about, with over 150 home runs in his career, but his latest was certainly one to remember.

On the first pitch of his at-bat, Harper smacked the ball 406 feet to rightfield to get the scoring started in the game despite his bat shattering upon contact. It was a solo drive in the first inning off Jacob deGrom.

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.

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"There are a lot of hidden things that go into hitting but, for me, it's just trying to keep consistent, especially in my cage work, my pregame work", Story said. It cracked into two pieces, but the ball still flew an estimated 123.7 meters to right-center field.

Harper hit his major league-high eighth homer, and his 33 1/2-inch, 31 1/2-ounce Marucci bat paid the price. "I heard the bat break and then I looked, I saw [Mets right fielder Brandon] Nimmo, he just kept going so I was like, 'Oh, well, I guess that's out of here'". Harper held what was left of his bat as he made his way up the first-base line. I said, yeah, you're strong, ' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.

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