What Bryce Harper's Insane Contract Means For Other Big Timers In The MLB

What Bryce Harper's Insane Contract Means For Other Big Timers In The MLB

Large sums of money cause large sums of conversation throughout the league.


After finally reaching a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, which is composed of a humble $330 million, Bryce Harper has stirred up a great amount of chatter throughout the MLB.

After seeing the negotiations pan out between the Philadelphia club and the star outfielder, experts started asking what this agreement will mean for the other big names in baseball. Although Harper was not the only one to receive an insane deal, with Manny Machado signing with the San Diego Padres for $300 million after two consecutive World Series appearances with the Dodgers, his stood out the most.

As soon as Harper declared free-agency, all eyes were on him and where he would end up for the 2019 season. The months of speculations and predictions ended abruptly with a shocking sum of money promised to the outfielder from a Phillies team that had a sub-par season in 2018. Soon after, all eyes were on Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels star, who is nearing the end of his time with the Los Angeles club.

Trout had by far the most impressive and successful personal season in all of the MLB in 2018. His power at the plate and speed in the outfield set him apart from nearly everyone in the league. However, the Angels' lack of success held Trout back from being in the spotlight.

As his time comes to an end with the struggling club, Trout is a top prospect for many clubs. There has even been chatter of Harper "recruiting" Trout to Philly for the 2020 season. However, Harper's extreme deal should give hope to Trout. There is no sign of clubs being frugal with their budget on these big-ticket players and that will remain true for the star outfielder.

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7 Struggles Of A Girl Who Understands Sports

Other girls just don't get it.

I love sports. I live for the time of the year when football season and basketball season overlap so I can watch my two favorite sports at the same time. However, as any other girl that likes sports knows, there are a few different struggles that we experience on a day to day basis.

1. People won't believe you.

I’ve gotten very accustomed to the “look” people give you when you tell them you like to watch sports. It’s a look that reeks of disbelief. I'm sorry I don't know the blood type of the former coach's oldest son. You’ll just have to learn to let it go... but yes, I do watch sports.

2. People will try to explain the game to you.

Yes, I know that was a sack. Yes, I see that it’s a fourth down. Yes, I know what foul that was. Yes, they are about to take a free throw. Please stop talking while I watch my team play. Thanks for trying to keep me updated, though.

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3. Guys will think you are trying to impress them.

Dude, stop flirting with me while the game is on. Don’t block the TV. I need to see this. I could care less about you. My team is playing.

4. Your girl friends will never care about sports as much as you do.

You will have to beg and grovel just to get them to watch the game with you. Even then, either they won’t pay attention, or they will ask you what’s going on every couple of minutes.

5. No one finds it acceptable when you yell at the TV.

My dad yelled at the TV during football games when I was growing up. My guy friends do it. But the minute I open my mouth when my team starts losing, people start staring at me and silently begging me to act more like a lady.

6. Women's sports apparel is awful.

I get asked on a regular basis when shopping for team apparel, “Do you need me to show you where the women’s stuff is?” No, no, nope, absolutely not. I would much prefer not to run around with rhinestones on my chest or in a pink football jersey. I’m cringing at the thought.

7. You turn into a child when your team loses.

No, it is not my time of the month. You know good and well my team just lost. Don't speak. I’m going to my room to lie down under my baby blanket and eat chocolate ice cream. It’s just too much.

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Going To Spring Training Games Is The Best Way To Spend Your Spring Break

Choose your Spring Training destination, soak up some sun with your loved ones, and catch a baseball game before the season starts.


Spring Training is a series of practice or exhibition games that are played from the end of February until right before Opening Day in preparation of the regular season. Every major league team is divided into either the Cactus League or the Grapefruit League. Teams in the Cactus League play in Arizona, while teams of the Grapefruit League play in Florida.

Spring Training dates almost as far back as the game of baseball itself. Though the exact origins of the tradition of Spring Training have been lost, one of the earliest recalled stories of Spring Training occurred in 1866 when the Chicago Whitestockings, known today as the Chicago Cubs, traveled to Hot Springs, Arkansas to prepare for the regular season ahead of them.

Today, Spring Training provides an outlet for baseball fans and non-baseball fans alike to have access to their favorite players as well as a unique experience watching a major league level baseball game in a more intimate ballpark than major league stadiums can provide. The beautiful weather in both Arizona and Florida during late February and early to mid-March help to draw fans to both destinations for these exhibition games.

One of the best things about Spring Training is that you get a relaxed environment with pressureless games, yet players are still competitive in preparation for the upcoming season. Many players are competing for starting positions, and minor league players often get a shot of moving up to the big leagues if they prove their skills. You get to see players really shine in the Florida and Arizona sun, and it always makes for some good baseball.

Since I grew up loving baseball and attending as many major league baseball games as I could possibly get myself to, attending Spring Training was always a dream of mine. Last year, I made that dream a reality by visiting three spring training complexes in Florida with my dad and my sister. I was enamored by the calm atmosphere of spring training and how easy it was to get up close and personal with players, coaches, announcers and more.

Because of the great experience, I had my first time down watching Spring Training, I made sure to go back during my spring break this year. This year my dad and I went to about 10 Spring Training games in the span of 8 days. The number of players I had the chance to get close to and the quality of baseball I saw being played is irreplaceable. Each team brings their own character and city into their stadiums and complexes. Visiting every team's Spring Training camp is a unique experience.

Though I have yet to go to Arizona to see a Cactus League game and any of the Cactus League complexes out there, I am sure that the experience is just as amazing in Arizona, and I cannot wait to make Arizona my next Spring Training destination.

Spending my last two spring breaks down watching Spring Training in Florida were two of the best decisions I have ever made and I wouldn't trade them for the world. I truly cannot wait for my next trip. So take my advice: choose your Spring Training destination, soak up some sun with your loved ones and catch a baseball game before the season starts. With a concession item in one hand and a baseball in another, you can sit back, relax and enjoy quality baseball and personal player experiences.

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