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Harper already does the right thing on introduction

Bryce Harper’s number 34 was synonymous with his own brand for many years, when the possibility existed of him joining the Phillies, a guy who wasn’t a Phillie for too long but had left an endearing mark with the team just happened to share that number jersey.

The late Roy Halladay swooped into Phillies history with astounding performances and a tremendous work ethic that lasts and has a special place in the hearts of Phillies fans forever. Halladay’s tragic passing in a plane crash was a real shame, Roy’s work after he retired from the game, was just starting when it came to baseball after his career.

Roy Halladay’s numbers career:

Standard Pitching

Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA GS IP Awards
1998 21 TOR 1 0 1.000 1.93 2 14.0
1999 22 TOR 8 7 .533 3.92 18 149.1
2000 23 TOR 4 7 .364 10.64 13 67.2
2001 24 TOR 5 3 .625 3.16 16 105.1
2002 25 TOR 19 7 .731 2.93 34 239.1 AS
2003 26 TOR 22 7 .759 3.25 36 266.0 AS,CYA-1
2004 27 TOR 8 8 .500 4.20 21 133.0
2005 28 TOR 12 4 .750 2.41 19 141.2 AS
2006 29 TOR 16 5 .762 3.19 32 220.0 AS,CYA-3
2007 30 TOR 16 7 .696 3.71 31 225.1 CYA-5
2008 31 TOR 20 11 .645 2.78 33 246.0 AS,CYA-2
2009 32 TOR 17 10 .630 2.79 32 239.0 AS,CYA-5
2010 33 PHI 21 10 .677 2.44 33 250.2 AS,CYA-1,MVP-6
2011 34 PHI 19 6 .760 2.35 32 233.2 AS,CYA-2,MVP-9
2012 35 PHI 11 8 .579 4.49 25 156.1
2013 36 PHI 4 5 .444 6.82 13 62.0
16 Y 16 Y 16 Y 203 105 .659 3.38 390 2749.1
162 162 162 17 9 .659 3.38 33 232
TOR TOR TOR 148 76 .661 3.43 287 2046.2
PHI PHI PHI 55 29 .655 3.25 103 702.2
AL ( AL ( AL ( 148 76 .661 3.43 287 2046.2
NL ( NL ( NL ( 55 29 .655 3.25 103 702.2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/3/2019.

When Bryce Harper was introduced officially yesterday, he acknowledged Roy in a way that really touched the hearts of Phillies fans and helped pull him closer into the section reserved for other Phillie players that will be loved forever by the fans. A classy move by him in taking the number 3 jersey for his first year as a Phillies player went a long way to fans who were on the fence about what they perceive to think about Harper.

Harper’s signing went down to the wire, many teams were in the running for him, but the Phillies ended up signing him for the rest of his career. Where does Harper sit though among the superstars of baseball? Yes, he’s a very good player but let’s take a look at his stats so far in his career:

Standard Batting

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Awards
2012 19 WSN 139 533 98 144 26 9 22 59 AS,MVP-30,RoY-1
2013 20 WSN 118 424 71 116 24 3 20 58 AS
2014 21 WSN 100 352 41 96 10 2 13 32
2015 22 WSN 153 521 118 172 38 1 42 99 AS,MVP-1,SS
2016 23 WSN 147 506 84 123 24 2 24 86 AS
2017 24 WSN 111 420 95 134 27 1 29 87 AS,MVP-12
2018 25 WSN 159 550 103 137 34 0 34 100 AS
7 Yr 7 Yr 7 Yr 927 3306 610 922 183 18 184 521
162 162 162 162 578 107 161 32 3 32 91
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/3/2019.

The next few years of Harper’s career should even better what we’ve seen from him so far, and the Phillies plunked down $330M for 13 years based upon that assumption. Yes, Harper is one of the top tier players in the game, but looking at his numbers, they don’t overwhelm you with out of the stratosphere type of play like Mike Trout’s would. It will be interesting to see what happens in the 2019 season, the forecast is for 27 HR and 87 RBI this year – but some other things that the Phillies needed was a bona fide leader in the club house, maybe Harper will be that guy. He’s got plenty of experience and he’s got a strong will to win.

Ticket sales jumped upon the signing of Harper, the cash register has already started to ring for the Phillies. They’ve made some important moves this off-season and if starting pitching holds up, there is no reason to believe they will ascend to first place in the league as they did last year. It’s an exciting time for Phillies fans no doubt, the season is a few weeks away from starting but the excitement is starting to build. 

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