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Bryce Harper Hits 406-Foot, Broken Bat Home Run

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If you want to see what pure strength looks like, look no further.

On Monday against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper hit his Major League leading eighth home run of the year off Jacob deGrom. And it was by far his most impressive:

Power vs power. Harper vs deGrom. Advantage, Harper. Even while shattering his bat and still going 400+ feet. Insane.

Very Barry Bonds-esque.

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As of Thursday, Harper’s hitting .288/.471/.712 in 19 games with his eight dingers and 18 RBIs (second most in baseball). Not bad for a contract year. Hitting the cover off the ball even while shattering bats. Nothing short of impressive.

That $400 million contract that many are speculating is looking more realistic each day. Should be a fun summer watching Harper mash as he tries to win his second National League MVP before likely signing the richest deal in baseball history.

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Mets Sign Ervin Santana

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The New York Mets have announced that they have come to terms with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana on a minor league contract.

The deal, which is pending a physical, will see Santana head to Port St. Lucie to being working towards his return to the majors.

Santana, 36, missed the majority of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his right middle finger prior to the start of Spring Training, and leading the Minnesota Twins, his then-team, to decline a $14 million option on him back in November of 2018.

Prior to last season, Santana was a solid fixture in the Twins starting rotation for three seasons.

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Pirates’ Corey Dickerson To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Corey Dickerson

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the team’s Triple A affiliate on Friday, according to an official team announcement.

Dickerson has been out of action with a shoulder strain since April 4th, leading to the team signing veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who has played well during his stint with the team.

The Pirates have seen strong play from their outfielders, both defensively and at the plate, so the pending return of Dickerson will further bolster what has become a strength of the team.

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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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Kevin Cron

The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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