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Bryce Harper – new Marvel superhero?

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Bryce Harper – new Marvel superhero?

BY JEFF SLADE 

Forget Iron Man and Captain America, Marvel Studios has a new superhero to add to the list, and his name is Bryce Harper. 

Marvel, the juggernaut film studio behind “The Avengers” franchise, released on Monday the premier of their “Origins” series in collaboration with ESPN films, with Harper as their first featured “hero.”  Watch the video here

The brief documentary tells the story of Bryce’s early childhood and his first ever experiences with baseball. Among other things, he describes hitting beans and bottle caps with a broomstick in order to improve his hand-eye coordination. He also talks about the first time he played tee ball, and his first-ever home run. 

The 22 year-old Harper finds himself batting third in the All-Star game on Tuesday, after a blistering first half of the season has found him atop the National League in on base percentage, slugging percentage, and wins above replacement, as well as being near the top in pretty much every other batting category. 

Marvel is also making short films about the 'origins' of other elite athletes, such as Russell Wilson, Carmelo Anthony, and Alex Morgan. Few would deny Harper belongs as one of these 'heroes', displaying astonishing ability at such a young age. 

Now – could he take on The Hulk in a fistfight? It might be the first battle in 2015 he’d lose. 

MORE NATIONALS: HARPER AND SCHERZER ENJOY ALL-STAR MEDIA DAY 

 

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.