Bat breaks as Bryce Harper's swing sends ball flying for home run

Bryce Harper home run

Harper is used to giving fans something to cheer about, with over 150 home runs in his career, but his latest was certainly one to remember. Statcast projected the homer at 406 feet. Jacob deGrom tried to jam him inside and was able to break Harper's bat around the handle, but Harper still got enough of the pitch to send it into the bullpen for a dinger. Between that time of that and the cameras cutting to the outfield, the expected result would be the right fielder tracking down a fly ball. On Monday night he hit his MLB-leading eighth home run of the season, despite breaking his bat.

The lumber shattered just above his hands, and the barrel helicoptered into the high, protective netting behind home plate on the first base side.

Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo headed toward the wall and quickly ran out of room. Kurt Suzuki's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie.


"Yeah, that was pretty shocking", deGrom said, with a slight grin.

I've never seen a broken bat home run quite like this before though.

As Harper rounded the bases, first base coach Tim Bogar picked up the sawed-off piece of wood and handed it to a bat boy. I said, yeah, you're strong, ' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. This was the 2015 NL MVP's second homer in as many games.

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