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2017 MLB Power Rankings: Bryce Harper had himself a nice Mother's Day

2017 MLB Power Rankings: Bryce Harper had himself a nice Mother's Day

Signing a one-year contract for $21 million and then hitting a walkoff homerun isn't a terrible way to spend 24 hours. 

That's how Bryce Harpers weekend went, and despite the Nationals' bullpen blowing a few games to the Phillies, the Nationals continue to be one of the best teams in baseball. Outside of DC, the Yankees continue to be both shockingly young and good, the Cubs are feeling the World Series hangover, and the Twins might actually be good? It's been a weird two months. 

How'd your team do this week? To the rankings! 

2017 MLB POWER RANKINGS

30. ATLANTA BRAVES

2017 Record: 13-21
Previous Ranking: 27
Last 10 Games: 3-7
Notable Performance: Freddy Freeman (.316/.409/.632 over last week)

It's safe to say that Freeman is no longer slumping. Swanson, though, isn't looking any better. 

29. SAN DIEGO PADRES

2017 Record: 14-25
Previous Ranking: 24
Last 10 Games: 2-8
Notable Performance: Manuel Margot (.316/.364/.526 over the last week)

They're 2-8 in their last 10 and have lost six of their last seven. The bullpen, usually one of their strengths, has been awful this year. 

28. OAKLAND ATHLETICS

2017 Record: 16-21
Previous Ranking: 23
Last 10 Games: 5-5
Notable Performance: Yonder Alonso (.250/.400/.813 with 3 HRs last week)

They're five games under .500, last in the AL West, yet two games out of second place. The AL West is underwhelming this year. with four home runs last week)

27. KANSAS CITY ROYALS

2017 Record: 16-21
Previous Ranking: 28
Last 10 Games: 7-3
Notable Performance: Eric Hosmer (.375/.444/.458 over the last week)

Maybe they're not dead after all. 7-3 in their last 10 g

26. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

2017 Record: 15-24
Previous Ranking: 30
Last 10 Games: 4-6
Notable Performance: Buster Posey (.412/.524/.941 with 3 HRs last week)

They only went 4-6 last week, but they're out of the NL West cellar, they got a fun walkoff homer in the 17th inning from Buster Posey and their first three-game sweep this week. Not bad for a bad week. 

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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

It's been a week since the air was sucked out of D.C. in the Nationals Game 5, 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs. 

And now that we've had a few days to decompress from another early D.C. playoff exit, Nats right fielder Bryce Harper decided to take some time to thank fans for their support this season.

Harper posted an Instagram video Wednesday afternoon, with a fresh cut, and thanked fans for continuing to pack Nats Park. In the video he says he looks forward to "chasing that championship" again next spring. 

The 2017 season could be described as a rough one for Harper after missing the last few weeks of the season with a bone bruise in his left knee. 

Harper had a .319 average during the 2017 season, along with 29 home runs, 97 RBI's, 95 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. He is entering the final year of his contract.

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National Fans. Thank you!💯 #RedLightRecording

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Nationals Game 5 meltdown yet another reminder why D.C. can't have nice things

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Nationals Game 5 meltdown yet another reminder why D.C. can't have nice things

On Thursday night, a Washington, D.C. pro sports team did something Washington, D.C. pro sports teams are very good at doing: fall short of making a league or championship game.

The Nationals' disastrous fifth inning against the Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series was the beginning of the end, not to mention yet another in a long line of disappointing playoff results for Washington, D.C. sports teams.

You see, Washington, D.C. is the only city with at least three major pro sports teams to not have a single one make a conference or league championship game since 2000.

To make matters worse, Washington, D.C. sports teams have now lost 16 consecutive playoff games in which a win would've advanced the team to the conference or league championship. 

Think about that for a second. Four teams. Zero conference championship appearances since 1998. 

Here's the list.

Washington, D.C. sports fans are not greedy. We can't be. We've had some very good teams recently, with the type of talent, coaching and intangibles needed to win a championship. 

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The last time a major Washington, D.C. pro sports team won a world championship was in 1992 when the Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI.  The last time a major Washington, D.C. pro sports team even made a conference championship game was in 1998, when the Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, defeating the Sabres to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Washington, D.C. isn't allowed to have nice sports things.

Sure, we have great players and great teams, but when the playoffs roll around, all the nice things go away. We aren't privy to plucky upstarts who run the table and we aren't privy to dominant teams that make long postseason runs.

Washington, D.C. will have its day, eventually. Sure it may only be a conference championship appearance, but for us, that's fine. We don't expect world championships. We just want something to get invested in.

Early playoff exits are rarely worth the investment.