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Bryce Harper, wife Kayla announce they're expecting a daughter

Bryce Harper, wife Kayla announce they're expecting a daughter

Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper and his wife Kayla announced Monday that the couple has a second child on the way—this time a daughter.

Kayla wrote on Instagram that the baby girl is expected to be born in December. Her older brother, Krew Aron, will have his first birthday in August.

The Harpers moved from D.C. to Philadelphia in 2019, when Bryce left the Nationals via free agency and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies.

RELATED: DENARD SPAN SAYS NATS' GROUP TEXT WAS AWKWARD AFTER PAPELBON, HARPER FIGHT

In his first season with his new team, Harper hit .260 with 35 home runs and as career-high 114 RBIs. However, he failed to make the All-Star team for the first time since 2014 and the Phillies struggled in the second half before missing the playoffs with an 81-81 record.

Despite losing Harper, the Nationals made the playoffs as a Wild Card team on their way to winning their first World Series in franchise history and D.C.’s first since 1924.

But even without a playoff run for Harper, this past year has been an exciting one for him and his family. Now that another baby is on the way, that excitement is certain to continue.

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Denard Span on what the Nats' group text was like after Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper's fight

Denard Span on what the Nats' group text was like after Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper's fight

In the final days of Denard Span's time with the Washington Nationals, before he left in free agency following the 2015 season, the infamous Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper dugout incident occurred. If you recall, Papelbon took issue with Harper not hustling on the basepaths and assaulted him by grabbing his neck, all while cameras were watching.

Span wasn't in D.C. at the time, he was in Florida rehabbing after having surgery on his hip. So, just like the rest of us, he saw it play out on television.

Span recalled that night on the latest episode of the 'Nationals Talk' podcast and said he could still feel the awkwardness from his teammates hundreds of miles away.

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"When you're hurt, you're kind of on your own island a bit. You're in your own feelings and kind of just off in your own little world and in your own little corner," Span said. "I can't really say I saw that coming. I wasn't there day-to-day with Pap and also with Harper as well. I didn't know if they had some sort of back history of them getting into it. 

"But watching it from my house, I was like 'what is going on? The team is falling apart.' The funny thing about that situation is, that year we had a group text, like a team group text or whatever. After the game, I texted a joke and nobody responded to me. I think I said something like 'we need to stop this white-on-white crime' or something like that. And it was crickets. I was like 'okay, okay.'"

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At the time, all the players mostly said the same thing to the media, that it was normal clubhouse stuff, that 'brothers fight.' But clearly it wasn't just a run-of-the-mill teammate disagreement, not if they couldn't even joke about it with each other.

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Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo blasts Bryce Harper for his 'when and where' tweet

Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo blasts Bryce Harper for his 'when and where' tweet

Recently, as negotiations between Major League Baseball and the Players Association spiraled, numerous athletes took to Twitter to let the league know that they were done with the back-and-forth. Rather, they just wanted to know "when and where" baseball will be played.

Numerous players took to social media to tweet the phrase, including Max Scherzer, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.

The action seemed to have angered radio personality Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, who exploded into a fiery rant on Tuesday night about how players who have underperformed in the past shouldn't be speaking out at this time. Specifically, Harper got the majority of the attack.

"Bryce Harper's getting paid $336 million," Russo said. "He's not Gerrit Cole. He got paid $336 million. If you don't live up to money and you stink, as he did, I can't listen to you tell me, 'I'm raring to go.'"

Russo claimed that Harper was "awful" in 2019 after signing a record contract with Philadelphia. His main point of defense was that the outfielder didn't make the All-Star team. Harper's first season as a member of the Phillies was viewed as lackluster due to the money he commanded in free agency and his MVP potential. However, Harper batted .260 with a .372 on-base percentage, 35 home runs and 114 RBI, which doesn't really warrant the label of "stinking."

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Nonetheless, Harper wasn't the only one to feel Russo's wrath. He also laid into Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, who is very active on social media.

"Stop tweeting when you stunk," he said.

Russo defended the likes of Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who also made comments on Twitter, stating they earned the right to tweet their frustration at the league due to Trout's consistent dominance and Rizzo's World Series title. 

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Russo's words immediately caught the attention of many players who weren't too happy with what he had to say. 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich responded to Russo on Twitter saying that if Russo is going to dictate who can say what based on baseball success, he should probably stay quiet.

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