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Why some fans think Bryce Harper's big announcement is coming Tuesday

Why some fans think Bryce Harper's big announcement is coming Tuesday

Is the never-ending Bryce Harper sweepstakes finally coming to an end this week?

If the official MLB The Show account is to be believed, the answer might be yes. Or at least it's clear that's what the people behind the account would like fans to believe.

But to be clear, we have no idea if the announcement baseball fans have been anticipating for months is actually coming Tuesday.

The account has fully embraced the national interest in Harper’s destination throughout the offseason, with everything from outright telling fans to follow his journey on their page, to projecting his potential stats with every single franchise in baseball.

Harper's also gotten in the fun.

In November, he tweeted "Honored to be selected as the #PlayStationAmbassador for #TheShow19 cover! Follow @MLBTheShow this offseason to see what uniform I will be wearing on the final cover!"

And aside from the  game, he has embraced the mania surrounding his decision as well.

Some of his fun with the announcement has been just that: fun. Earlier this month he joked that he was going to ask Tony Romo, who is known for predicting just about every play in the NFL games he's in the broadcast booth for, to predict where he would end up signing was funny. 

A coordinated effort to drag out his announcement for as long as possible, all while partnering with the premier MLB video game franchise to drop hints along the way, is less fun. It’s preplanned, and it toys with the emotions of his many fans. Not to mention, the delay in his free agency has created a stir among baseball fans about baseball’s financial problems. Some have even suggested MLB needs a free agency deadline.

Will it all mercifully come to an end Tuesday? Nats fans are certainly hoping The Show isn’t just pulling all of our legs. 

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Gerardo Parra brings back 'Baby Shark' gesture to celebrate base hits in Japan

Gerardo Parra brings back 'Baby Shark' gesture to celebrate base hits in Japan

Gerardo Parra may no longer be playing for the Nationals, but that hasn’t stopped him from carrying on the “Baby Shark” legacy.

The veteran outfielder is now a member of the Japanese Nippon Baseball League’s Yomiuri Giants, who kicked off their preseason schedule last weekend. Facing the Chunichi Dragons on Tuesday, Parra roped a single up the middle and celebrated the hit with a finger shark to his teammates in the dugout.

Parra hasn’t ditched his signature walk-up song, either. When he stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat, “Baby Shark” rang through the speakers as fans chomped away. He responded by hitting a double down the leftfield line, which generated some shark claps from his teammates as well.

Of course, a double calls for a two-handed shark from Parra at second base.

Parra then scored on a triple off the bat of teammate Israel Mota, who didn’t hesitate to turn around and go full two-armed shark from third.

This is only the preseason, folks. It appears Parra Shark is here to stay, making this just the beginning of his rise to international fame.

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LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner over Astros cheating scandal

LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner over Astros cheating scandal

The Astros cheating scandal has gotten so big, LeBron James is chiming in with his take on how Major League Baseball has handled the situation. 

In consecutive tweets on Tuesday, James called out MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, telling him to listen to his increasingly frustrated players. 

Following the league's investigation into the Astros' sign-stealing scheme from 2017, the Astros were fined $5 million and stripped of their first and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 draft.

General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were also suspended from baseball for a year and subsequentially fired for their roles in the scheme. However, no Astros players were punished, inciting plenty of frustration and anger around the league. 

Nick Markakis said every Astros player, 'deserves a beating,' Howie Kendrick called out Manfred's handling of the situation and that's just to name the most recent cases. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are some of the biggest names to voice their displeasure with the Astros and Major League's Baseball's shortcomings in the aftermath of the investigation. 

James is one of the most famous players in the world, no matter the sport, and is one of the more pro-player advocates in professional sports today. It's not surprising James is siding with the players on this one, but it shows just how big this Astros mess has become. 

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