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Bryce Harper's spectacular Las Vegas home and why he may not move to Philadelphia

Bryce Harper's spectacular Las Vegas home and why he may not move to Philadelphia

Bryce Harper will work in the city of Philadelphia for the next 13 years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will live in the city of Philadelphia, or even in Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

Harper could save a lot of money by keeping his beautiful home just outside Las Vegas, Nev. 

About the house, Harper dropped $2.7 million in 2016 on the mansion situated in Henderson, Nev., which is about 15 miles away from Caesars Palace. The five bedroom, six bathroom, 7,395 square-foot property is located right off a golf course and features some tremendous amenities. 

As many homes in the Las Vegas area, Harper’s house has a beautiful pool and outdoor entertainment area for those steamy Vegas days, the master bathroom has an incredible mid-room bathtub and his wine cellar is stuff of dreams.

You may think that after signing a 13-year deal worth $330 million, that Harper might be considering moving to the Philadelphia area, that may not be the case. The state of Nevada does not have a personal income tax, so, while the Harper family may seek a place to live in the area, he would be wise to keep his primary residence in Nevada where he’d save a significant amount of money over the length of his contract.

Interestingly, Harper did speak at length during his introductory press conference about the importance of building a family, and staying in one place for a very long time. So, it would not surprise me if Harper decided to forgo the millions he would save in taxes to make things easier for himself and his wife to truly dig their roots.

Whether or not Harper decides to live in the area, if he plays the way we hope he will, he’ll be a Philadelphia legend.

Here’s a few photos of his current residence in Las Vegas (via Zillow).

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Phillies manager update: Dusty Baker has second interview, Buck Showalter on tap Friday, Joe Girardi still to come

Phillies manager update: Dusty Baker has second interview, Buck Showalter on tap Friday, Joe Girardi still to come

Interviews continued Thursday for the Phillies’ vacant manager’s job.

According to multiple sources, Dusty Baker spent a second straight day in Philadelphia meeting with club officials. Baker went through a first round of interviews on Wednesday.

Buck Showater and Joe Girardi met with Phillies officials on Monday in the New York metropolitan area, according to multiple sources.

Showalter has been working as an analyst for the YES Network in New York during the postseason. Sources say he pulled out of his scheduled assignments for Thursday and Friday nights because he will be in Philadelphia for a second round of interviews on Friday.

Girardi is expected to have a second round of interviews early next week.

Though it’s possible more candidates could emerge, the Phillies are currently focused on just these three candidates.

“They want major-league experience,” a person with knowledge of the Phillies’ thinking said earlier this week.

Baker, Showalter and Girardi have a combined 53 years of big-league managing experience and they have won a combined seven manager of the year awards and 13 division titles. Girardi led the New York Yankees to the World Series title in 2009. His club beat the Phillies in six games.

Girardi may very well be the Phillies’ preferred candidate because of his experience working with a front office that values the use of analytics in building a roster and running a game. The Yankees are one of baseball’s analytic powerhouses. Girardi, however, is a former catcher who also relies on instinct and feel in running a game. That balance would be attractive to the Phillies.

Girardi is also being pursued by the New York Mets and they have geography going for them as Girardi lives outside the city.

With the second round of interviews underway, it's possible the Phils could name a manager as early as next Thursday, between Games 2 and 3 of the World Series.



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Another sign that Joe Girardi will be hired to manage somewhere soon

Another sign that Joe Girardi will be hired to manage somewhere soon

In another sign that he's likely to return to managing in the majors in 2020, Joe Girardi stepped down as the manager of USA Baseball, the organization announced Wednesday.

Girardi, who is believed to have met with Phillies officials Monday, is a strong candidate for multiple open manager jobs. The Phillies are interested, and the Cubs and Mets appear to be hot after him as well.

Girardi is the overwhelming fan choice to manage the Phillies. It's hard not to see the appeal of his combination of experience, blend of new school and old school and track record of winning. Phillies fans seem to prefer Girardi to Buck Showalter, whose teams haven't advanced as far in the postseason.

Girardi has played things differently this year than last. He had two interviews for the Reds job last fall but pulled himself out of the process, saying it wasn't the right time.

Now, he wants to manage. And the openings this time around are more appealing — three major market clubs in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. The Mets do not spend to their market size but the Phillies and Cubs have done so in win-now periods.

It is much more likely that the Phillies would be forced into a bidding war for Girardi than for Showalter because of the number of interested teams.



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