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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 08/06/2012

Bryce Harper shatters his bat on home plate

Bryce Harper is living up to his “Bamm-Bamm” nickname.

After striking out in the fourth inning of yesterday’s game against the Marlins, Harper slammed his bat on home plate. The bat shattered, sending shards flying.

Marlins catcher John Buck said that a remorseful Harper apologized to him later.

“I saw it hit and that’s why I kind of jumped away,” said Buck, according to the Sun Sentinel. “He told me he was really sorry, it was terrible. I told him, ‘Don’t worry about it. I did the same thing, but when I was your age it was a metal bat and I was in high school.’ It’s a learning experience for him. He’s just having to do it in front of the eyes of the whole country and the world. I bet you he probably won’t do that any more.”

Hey, I’ll take that bet.

This is the third time this season that Harper has, as Dan put it, publicly KO’d a bat. There was the injury caused by bouncing a bat off the wall into his face, the time time he broke an already-splintered bat over his knee, and now this. His history of violence against batting helmets is also worth mentioning.

Taking frustrations out on equipment isn’t unheard of in the major leagues. I’d much rather see Harper break a bat than watch him fight with an umpire or blow kisses to an opposing pitcher.

I’m just saying that the odds are pretty good that Harper victimizes another bat at some point.


(Jonathan Newton - WASHINGTON POST)

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