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Bryce Harper home run tracker

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Bryce Harper home run tracker

Chicks dig the long ball, and so does Bryce Harper.

There are few things in life as violent, and simultaneously majestic, as a Harper moonshot. The Nationals slugger has always had prodigious power, even going back to his Sports Illustrated-cover days as a high schooler. That power has seamlessly translated to the pros, where a healthy Bryce is as good a bet as any to lead the National League in round-trippers. Over a week into the season, he still had more home runs than 5 full MLB teams.

It's hard finding the time to watch every pitch in a single season, so we've made it easy to find, watch, and re-watch several times every single Bryce Harper home run in 2018. Enjoy.


Home Run #1 - April 1st

Harper launches his 1st home run of the season against Reds pitcher Sal Romano, a solo shot in the 6th inning to give the Nats a 3-0 lead.

Distance: 397 ft
Exit velocity: 108 mph
Angle: 34°

Home Run #2 - April 1st

Harper doubles down with his 2nd solo homer in the game, this time off Raisel Iglesias, extending the Nats lead to 6-3 in the 9th.  Oh, and this bomb came after a fan chanted "overrated."

Distance: 425 ft
Exit velocity: 109 mph
Angle: 28°

Home Run #3 - April 2nd

The Nats took it to Braves starter Sean Newcomb, and Harper got in on the party with a 3-run shot to give the team an early 5-0 lead. 

Distance: 425 ft
Exit velocity: 108 mph
Angle: 30°

Home Run #4 - April 3rd

The Nats lost for the first time, but it wasn't for lack of a Harper home run. The slugger cranked a solo shot to right to cut the Braves lead to 8-5 in the 3rd inning off frequent victim Julio Teheran. 

Distance: 367ft
Exit velocity: 95mph
Angle: 32°

Home Run #5 - April 7th

Few players in baseball can match Harper's raw power, which allows him to drive balls out to the opposite field with ease. He gave the Nats a 6-inning lead with this beauty, while becoming the first player to reach 5 home runs in 2018.

Distance: 405 ft
Exit velocity: 108 mph
Angle: 23°

Home Run #6 - April 8th

Harper wasted no time blasting his 6th homer of the season, taking Matt Harvey deep in the 1st inning on Sunday Night Baseball. This bomb extending his league-leading home run count, as no one else in baseball has more than 4 at this point.

Distance: 368 ft
Exit velocity: 102 mph
Angle: 35°

Home Run #7 - April 15th

Mike Trout tied him for the MLB lead in home runs on April 14th at 6 apiece, so Harper promptly clobbered another one the next afternoon in his first at-bat. This was an absolute moonshot.
Distance: 418 ft
Exit velocity: 109 mph
Angle: 28°

Home Run #8 - April 16th

Harper stunned everyone by shattering his bat while hitting a home run to right center field. This thing was pure strength, and the sluggler took off to first base still holding what was left of his bat — which wasn't much. Also, the majority of his bat went flying.

Distance: 406 ft
Exit velocity: 99 mph
Angle: 30°

Home Run #9 - May 1st

Harper came into this game hitting leadoff for the first time since 2013. It worked! 

Distance: 416 ft.
Exit Velocity: 110.5 mph
Launch Angle: 33°

Home Run #10 - May 2nd

The Harper leadoff experiment has been a raging success through two days. Here's Harper hitting the first leadoff homer of his career:

Distance: 416 ft
Exit Velocity: 109.1 mph 
Launch Angle: 32°

Home Run #11 - May 4th

The leadoff experiment for Bryce is working, here is the second one of his handful of starts from the top spot. 

Distance: 367 ft
Exit Velocity: 104.0 mph 
Launch Angle: 25°

Home Run #12 - May 4th

The second one in a game? Yessir. And this one was crushed for the longest one of Harper's career.

Distance: 473 ft
Exit Velocity: 112.1 mph 
Launch Angle: 23°

Home Run #13 - May 13th

Harper hits his 13th homer on May 13th, which is kind of cool? A tiny bit cool? Not totally uncool? It's something. 

Distance: 449 ft
Exit Velocity: 115 mph 
Launch Angle: 25°

Home Run #14 - May 21st

On a night where Juan Soto took the spotlight, Harper made everyone remember that he can play a little too. 

Distance: 449 ft
Exit Velocity: 98.6 mph 
Launch Angle: 37°

Home Run #15 - May 22nd

And for the second straight night, Bryce Harper takes one out. 

Distance: 433 ft
Exit Velocity: 110.1 mph 
Launch Angle: 31°

Home Run #16 - May 27th

Distance: 398 ft
Exit Velocity: 108 mph 
Launch Angle: 30°

Home Run #17 - May 29th

Harper got right back at it during the Beltway Series, taking Orioles ace out to right-center field in the top of the 1st inning.

Distance: 299 ft
Exit Velocity: 101 mph
Launch Angle: 33°

HOME RUN #18 - MAY 30th

Harper continues to crush the O's, kind of like he continues to crush every other major league team. 

Distance: 376
Exit Velocity: 100 mph
Launch Angle: 31°


Harper put on a show for the visiting Washington Capitals absolutely crushing a 437-footer to right center. 

Distance: 437
Exit Velocity: 109.1 mph
Launch Angle: 25°


Harper's first home run in nearly three weeks was a 402-foot dinger to put the Nats up 10-0. Sounds good. 

Distance: 402
Exit Velocity: 105.5 mph
Launch Angle: 34°


Harper clobbered his 21st homerun of the year into the upper deck in right field to pull the Nats within one of the Red Sox.

Distance: 439
Exit Velocity: 112.1 mph
Launch Angle: 32°


Harper got the Nats within three runs, crushing this one over the bushes in center field. 

Distance: 443
Exit Velocity: 109 mph
Launch Angle: 24°


Harper gave the Nats much-needed insurance runs, crushing a two-run bomb to right field in the seventh inning. 

Distance: 382 
Exit Velocity: 105 mph
Launch Angle: 35°

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Washington Nationals announce the addition of a bullpen cart


Washington Nationals announce the addition of a bullpen cart

Sean Doolittle has gotten his wish - the Washington Nationals will now have a bullpen cart for the remainder of the 2018 season. 

In a release on Thursday, the Nationals announced that they will unveil a the WGL Energy Bullpen Cart on their upcoming Friday night game against the Miami Marlins. The cart will be at all remaining home games at Nationals Park.

Both the Nationals’ pitchers and opponents will be able to utilize the cart to enter a game as a reliever. The cart will transport the relief pitcher from the bullpen to their dugout instead of the traditional long trout out to the mound. 

Players are not required to use the vehicle if they do not want to. 

Earlier this season, Doolittle was the first National ever to use the bullpen cart at Chase Field, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Afterward, he noted that although he had less time, he was not out of breath and “loved it.”

In addition to the Diamondbacks and the Detroit Tigers, the Nationals are the third active team to have a bullpen cart. Per the release, this is the first season that the bullpen cart has been used in MLB since 1995.


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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Gomber tossed six shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

St. Louis has won a season-high eight straight. The Cardinals, who are 18-9 since the All-Star break, captured their sixth successive series after taking the first three of the four-game set.

Daniel Murphy homered in the ninth for Washington, which has lost four in a row and seven of nine to fall below .500 and nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The current skid began with a loss to the Cubs on a two-out, walk-off grand slam.

Ozuna homered in the second inning, his 14th of the season and his first since July 30.

Gomber (3-0), in his fourth start of the year, gave up three hits, struck out six and walked four.

Bud Norris pitched the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

Harrison Bader and Yadier Molina added run-scoring hits for St. Louis, which improved to 19-9 since Mike Matheny was fired and replaced by interim manager Mike Shildt.

St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter extended his on-base streak to 33 games with a walk in the fifth. It's the longest current streak in the majors. Carpenter left the game in the seventh after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Matt Grace, but X-rays were negative.

Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) left in the fifth inning after colliding with Bader on a play at the plate following a wild pitch. Hellickson gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Bader, who had three hits, also made a diving catch of a liner off the bat of Bryce Harper in the fourth.

The Cardinals, who have an NL-best 12-2 mark in August, remain one game behind Philadelphia for the second wild card spot. They are four games behind Chicago in the NL Central.


Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg threw a simulated game on Wednesday. He threw around 70 pitches and could be ready to return early next week, manager Dave Martinez said.

Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Cecil, who had been sidelined with inflammation in his right foot, pitched four scoreless innings in four appearances with Triple-A Memphis. LHP Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis.


RHP Tanner Roark (7-12, 4.12) will face RHP Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday. Roark has won his last four decision, Weaver is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine career games against NL East foes.