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Nationals star Bryce Harper dead lifts 505 pounds, fans immediately freak out

Nationals star Bryce Harper dead lifts 505 pounds, fans immediately freak out

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is a big, strong dude. He's also a polarizing figure who could be worth upwards of $400 million to either the Nationals or the Yankess, or pretty much any MLB team.

So when he posts Instagram videos of himself lifting weights, folks like to comment ... a lot. 

Here's Harper deadlifting 505 pounds, admittedly without the best form. He also shared a video of his squatting routine. 

A sampling of the fan comments:

"squid_castillo: So how long until you have to sit out with a back injury"

"drewjohnston22: @dboss923 pumbeling his back. Dodgers, all aboard the 'ship ship"

"miredsoxpride: No this isn't how you make an MVP... This is how you get an elite talent hurt. B. Harper has tremendous potential because of his unique skill set not because he can deadlift 505 pounds. 1st rule of strength and conditioning coach, "do no harm!""

"jdeese11475: Obviously no National's trainer around. Bryce longevity, not ego bro! Go for form! Would hate to see another promising career fade into obscurity."

"maisor: Keep that back straight and neutral. You need to earn another MVP not a bulged disc for a Instagram video."

"3rdbaserocks: @bharper3407 , dude,. Please save your knees so I can come watch you when the Nats visit Seattle. Heavy squatting is not necessary. Your knees will thank you for it later."

"mrkcrss: Herniated disk will cost you $200 million"

So, are fans right to be freaked out by Harper's weighlifting? And which one of you wants to step up and say you could do it better?

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What to make of the Strasburg-Scherzer shouting match in the Nationals' dugout

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What to make of the Strasburg-Scherzer shouting match in the Nationals' dugout

Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer had a heated exchange in the Nationals dugout Friday night.

It was another not-so-great moment in an otherwise unspectacular season for the Nats so far.

Things like this often appear worse than they are based on what we can see, not hear, on television. In any case, it has fans and pundits talking about a perceived off-the-field issue instead of the actual game. There's nothing "good" about this, but there are important factors that are "bad" and ones that are "not bad."

Davey Martinez, Strasburg and Scherzer already said this has been settled and wasn't a big deal in the first place, but for a manager who's already faced some scrutiny this year for how he manages his pitchers, having two of them go at it in the dugout isn't ideal.

It also doesn't present the best optics for a team that came out of the All-Star Break 5.5 games back of the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals need to build some momentum heading into the dog days of summer, and after a lackluster first half, this isn't how anybody would want to start the second half.

This was also Strasburg's first start back from a month-long stint on the disabled list. Ryan Zimmerman just rejoined the club as well. Things are shaping up to make for a solid second-half run, but all this does is detract from that.

The Nationals also just hosted the first All-Star Game in Washington since 1969. Having something like this happen in the dugout where everybody can see it takes away from some of that good publicity.

But there are also positives, or at least non-negatives, to take from this. Scherzer has always been ultracompetitive, and as the best pitcher on the staff, he needs to harness that into leadership. With Strasburg coming off a rough inning, Scherzer may have thought he needed a little tough love from a veteran. There's nothing wrong with that. Strasburg, to his credit, has never been one to focus too much on himself, so if there's anyone who can take something like this constructively, it'd be him.

This isn't Jonathan Paplebon fighting Bryce Harper for not running out a pop fly the day after the Nats were eliminated from playoff contention. These are two veteran guys who play the same position who are both competitive and want to win. It's akin to an older brother pushing his younger brother to do better. Strasburg even hinted at the family aspect after the game.

In the end, there's really nothing to see here. Frustration is part of the game. Talking it out is a part of remedying the frustration.

What really matters is tracking down the Braves and the Phillies. The Nationals can get started on that Sunday in the second game of a rain-shortened two-game series against the Braves.

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Saturday's Nationals game rained out, to be postponed

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Saturday's Nationals game rained out, to be postponed

Following a dicey matchup between the Nats and Braves Friday night which featured a heated argument between Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals are getting a much-needed opportunity to regroup.

The Washington Nationals' official Twitter account announced that Saturday evening's matchup will be postponed due to inclement weather just after 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The Nationals had planned to host "JMU Night" at the ballpark as a part of their "College Day" series, and due to more forecasted inclement weather Sunday, the Nationals decided to call the game off sooner rather than later.

The Nationals have yet to announce when the game will be made up.

If Sunday's game is played as scheduled, Max Scherzer will start.

This post will be updated when more information regarding a makeup date has been announced.

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