‘ML representative heavy hitter’ Harper, 300 home run notice in total… active duty 12th
- on Aug 31, 2023
Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper, one of the major league’s representative ‘sluggish hitters’, stepped on the 300 home run mark.
Harper started as a third hitter and first baseman in the 2023 Major League (MLB) home game against the Los Angeles Angels held at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on the 31st (Korean time), 4 at-bats, 1 hit (1 home run) 2 scored a hit.
Harper, who had not hit a home run or even a hit until the middle of the game, hit left-hander Matt Moore’s knuckle curve with 2 out and 1 base in the bottom of the 8th inning when the team was trailing 6-7, drawing a come-from-behind two-run arch over the right fence.
Harper, who had hit 299 homers before the game, reached his 300th career home run with this home run, and the home fans who watched his batted ball with bated breath celebrated the record with warm applause and cheers. According to the Associated Press, Harper’s 300 home run is the 158th in big league history and the 12th by an active player.
Harper, who started his big league career with the Washington Nationals in 2012, showed off his presence by hitting double-digit home runs every year. Ahead of the 2019 season, he moved to Philadelphia after signing a 13-year, $330 million (approximately 369 billion won) contract, but, except for 2021, when he hit 35 home runs, injuries and sluggishness did not leave expectations.먹튀검증
Harper, who was unable to make it to the opening entry for the regular season due to elbow surgery this season as well, gradually improved his sense of hitting and hit 10 homers in August alone, showing that he is on the right track.
After the game, Harper said, “Even if there are bigger numbers in my head, 300 home runs is a pretty good number. I’m happy to set a record in front of the fans of Philadelphia, the city I love. I value going out to the field and training and playing every day. It’s in my heart. I just like to play in games wearing the ‘Phillies’,” he said, revealing his pride in Philadelphia.
However, the dramatic two run four did not lead to victory. Philadelphia, who took the lead with Harper’s home run, lost 8-10 to the Angels, conceding three runs only in the top of the ninth.
Meanwhile, Shohei Ohtani of the Angels, who started as designated hitter No. 3, contributed to the team’s victory by recording 1 hit, 1 RBI, 1 walk and 1 run in 4 at-bats. He reached 150 hits for the second consecutive year.