Now that Bryce Harper is a bonafide member of the Philadelphia Phillies, expectations on his productions are already sky high. One baseball legend thinks that Harper is destined to consistently provide huge numbers to the team.
Speaking to USA Today MLB reporter Bob Nightengale, former Phillies shortstop and manager Larry Bowa made a big prediction about Harper’s potential. He expects that the Phillies’ new signing will hit 40 home runs or more in his “hitter-friendly surroundings.”
“I chopped up singles. He chops up seats,” Bowa told Nightengale.
Bowa was a five-time MLB All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner. He was never a power hitter, though, totaling just 15 home runs during his career.
Philadelphia #Phillies legend Larry Bowa predicts Bryce Harper will hit 40 HRs in his hitter-friendly surroundings, later saying, "I chopped up singles. He chops up seats.''
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 3, 2019
Harper has eclipsed the 40 home run threshold just once in his seven-year MLB career. He smashed 42 en route to NL MVP honors in 2015.
A Phillies player has only hit 40 or more home runs 13 times in the franchise’s history. The most recent was Ryan Howard, who knocked out 45 back in 2009.
Howard also holds the Phillies’ single-season home run record with 58 back in 2006.
Last week the Phillies signed Harper to a 13-year contract worth $330 million, the largest in MLB history.
This past year, Harper led Major League Baseball in walks with a career-high 130.