We’re sure it’s probably happened before... maybe, but we’ve never seen it happen. Bryce Harper hit a 96 mph fastball from Jacob deGrom 406 ft. out to right field in Citi Field for a solo home run... off a broken bat. deGrom sawed Harper off, but the Washington Nationals’ 25-year-old slugger, who was left with just a handle in his hands, powered it out anyway for his eighth home run of the season.
“That was pretty shocking,” deGrom told reporters, as quoted by New York Daily News’ writer Daniel Popper, after what ended up an 8-6 Nationals’ win.
“I had barreled it pretty well,” Harper said. “It just broke and kept going.”
And going, and going...
“It was impressive,” Trea Turner said.
406 feet … with a broken bat!@Bharper3407 won’t let some shattered lumber stop him from going yard. pic.twitter.com/GVmVPhNdaw— #Statcast (@statcast) April 16, 2018
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“There’s rumors that [the bat] was already broken beforehand, and so I’m curious to see the tape and if he hit it on the barrel or off the end of the bat or whatever maybe, but nonetheless, impressive.”
“It doesn’t surprise me at all,” Wilmer Difo added.
“He’s got a lot of strength behind his swing, and when he hits the ball right it’s going to go anyway, so he definitely has the power for it, so that didn’t surprise me at all.”
Details on Bryce Harper's broken bat home run.... pic.twitter.com/QGD5eBhjgn— Daren Willman (@darenw) April 16, 2018
Had Harper’s manager, Davey Martinez, a 16-year veteran in the majors, and a bench coach for ten years before he got the gig in D.C., ever seen someone do that?
“No, I haven’t,” Martinez said. “He started flexing there when he came in, I said, ‘Yeah, you’re strong.”
Through 17 games, Harper, who added a two-run single in the eighth and went 2 for 4 with a walk and three RBIs in what ended up an 8-6 win, now has a .315/.487/.778 line, one double, the eight home runs, 17 runs scored, 21 walks, and just 11 Ks in 78 plate appearances, and he has another t-shirt from our friends at Breaking T...