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Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto believes Bryce Harper is misunderstood

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto believes Bryce Harper is misunderstood

Bryce Harper didn't have a single plate appearance in the month of October. But, he was still a topic of discussion.

That's because his former team, which he left last offseason, hoisted the World Series trophy not even a year after his departure. Though the focus should primarily be on the current members of the Washington Nationals who put together one of the most miraculous postseasons in recent history, Harper's narrative was too much to be ignored.

Coming up with the Nationals as a teenager and quickly skyrocketing to a face of Major League Baseball, then leaving in free agency for the NL East rival Phillies didn't sit well with many in the D.C. area.

On a national level, his vibrant, intense personality, paired with the $330 million he'll make over 13 seasons doesn't have many feeling too bad for him when things don't go his way.

So, when the Nationals won the Wild Card, pulled off an upset over the Dodgers, punched their ticket to the World Series and then ultimately won it, the trolls for Harper consistently popped up.

For Harper's current teammate J.T. Realmuto, this hasn't sat too well with him. Spending a season with him in the clubhouse, he's seen the real Harper, who he believes is undeserving of the negativity thrown his way.

"I feel like Harper's one of the most misunderstood people in baseball. Coming in, I wasn't sure what kind of teammate he'd be just because of some of the things I'd heard," Realmuto said on MLB Network on Tuesday. "But the guy's an awesome teammate, goes out and plays the game hard as he can every single night. That's the kind of leader you want on your team."

"I'm not sure why he's the villain in baseball because really, his personality doesn't portray that in the clubhouse," Realmuto continued. "Harper gets a little bit of a bad rap."

To Harper's credit, he's handled all the recent events in a positive manner. There's been no ill-will toward the Nationals, and he even noted that he was cheering along through Washington's October journey.

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Trea Turner undergoes surgery to finally fix his broken index finger

Trea Turner undergoes surgery to finally fix his broken index finger

Trea Turner finally found the time to have his finger fixed.

A Saturday Instagram post showed Turner holding up his heavily wrapped right hand and held the caption: "Only took 7 months to get this finger fixed but now my ring will fit better! 🏆 Thank you to Dr. Carlson and all the staff at @hspecialsurgery for taking care of me! World class job by everyone! Forever thankful!"

"Can’t wait to start hitting with 10 fingers..."

Turner did not play from April 3 to May 17 after fracturing a knuckle on his right index finger when he turned to bunt, and a pitch from Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin struck his finger.

Turner's absence was among several enormous blows to the Nationals' health early in the season. His replacements -- Wilmer Difo and prospect Carter Kieboom -- both played poorly. Turner finished his shortened season as a 2.4-WAR player. Difo and Kieboom combined for -2.1 WAR in limited duty. The swing from Turner to his replacements became a massive hole and coincided with the Nationals bumbling through April and May.

When Turner returned, he still was not healed. He swung with nine fingers on the bat. Often, it flew out of his hands at the end of the swing when he first began to play again. He was never able to bend the finger enough so the tip touched the palm of his hand. Turner also went to great length not to discuss his situation through the year.

There was no immediate timeline for Turner's recovery process available Saturday.

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College GameDay sign takes dig at Astros amid sign-stealing scandal

College GameDay sign takes dig at Astros amid sign-stealing scandal

The College GameDay crew is in Waco, Texas, this weekend to set the stage for the highly touted Big 12 matchup between Baylor and Oklahoma that kicks off Saturday night at 7: 30 p.m.

Baylor fans were out in full force for the live broadcast, holding countless signs that took shots at the Sooners. But one fan went outside the college football realm for their inspiration.

The Astros are facing widespread scrutiny as a result of a report that detailed allegations claiming they used high-powered cameras to steal opposing pitchers’ signs during the 2017 season, when they went on to win the World Series.

Houston can’t do much to defend itself until MLB concludes its investigation, so for now it just has to take jabs left and right from all corners of the sports world.

And apparently, even from Waco.

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