The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

Bryce Harper’s 98 mph throw from right field has Nats fans begging him to close

Bryce Harper has a pretty great arm. (Nick Wass/Associated Press)

The Washington Nationals blew it in extra innings against the Texas Rangers on Saturday, but not because of star Bryce Harper. He did his part and more to try to stave off the team’s 6-3 loss, lasering in a 98 mph throw from right field to stop Texas’s Pete Kozma from scoring the go-ahead run in the ninth inning.

Yes, you read that correctly. Harper threw a 98.2 mph fastball with little wind-up, according to MLB researcher Daren Willman, after running to catch a flyball in the sun.

The Internet was impressed, with some fans calling on him to be the team’s new closer.

The Nats, of course, have had a problem with their bullpen this year. In total, the team’s bullpen has nine blown saves, including Saturday’s against the Rangers by closer Koda Glover.

Harper, obviously, won’t be able to fix that problem, if for no other reason than the team needs him to keep doing great things on offense, like hitting the cover off a baseball.

Bryce Harper hit the cover off a baseball — literally

Harper did that on Thursday during his second at-bat against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning.

No mercy.