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Bryce Harper hit his first homer last night … and his second homer this afternoon

May 15, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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It took 15 games for Bryce Harper to hit his first homer and less than 24 hours to go deep again, as the 19-year-old phenom homered off Padres starter Anthony Bass this afternoon.

Harper now has two homers and six doubles in 58 at-bats, which is a pretty remarkable pace for extra-base hits. That works out to about 80 total extra-base hits per 160 games and to put that in some context last season only Jacoby Ellsbury (83) and Robinson Cano (81) topped that mark among all MLB batters.

Obviously he’s unlikely to maintain that pace for an entire season as a teenager and Harper is only hitting .241 with a .318 on-base percentage, but the jaw-dropping power potential that everyone raved about in the minors is already here.

UPDATE: According to Jayson Stark of the last teenager to homer on back-to-back days was Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - May 15, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Are we going to do this after every HR? I get the first one, but after the second as well?

    • pbsenerchia - May 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      If he hits another one tomorrow? Yes. And another one the day after that? Yes.

    • heyblueyoustink - May 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      C’mon, you know the drill Doc……’s a minimum one Harper post per day mandate. It’s almost Tebowian.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - May 15, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      If he’d hadn’t hit it less than 24 hours after his first, you wouldn’t have heard about it, except maybe in “And That Happened…”

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        What are you basing your premise on?

      • myopinionisrighterthanyours - May 15, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        A little thing called common sense. Do you really think if he had hit it 6 days down the road, it’d get it’s own post? Come on, now.

      • paperlions - May 15, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        I am looking forward to tomorrow’s post. Either “Harper fails to homer on 3rd straight day” or “Harper homers on 3rd straight day”….and honestly, the more people bitch about free content and a free forum to discuss baseball and pie, the more I hope that post appears.

    • kkolchak - May 15, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Nobody forced you to click on the link.

    • tomnickle - May 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Yeah a 19 year old homers on back to back days and gets 8 extra base hits in his first 58 at bats and it isn’t news worthy? On a baseball site, that’s news champ. Enjoy it.

  2. mybrunoblog - May 15, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    The only thing that can stop Bryce Harper is Bryce Harper. This kid is electric.

    • dirtfrompeedysuniform - May 15, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      That is deep and insightful.

  3. dowhatifeellike - May 15, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    who care

    • dirtfrompeedysuniform - May 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      do you feel like about putting “s” at the end of care?

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 15, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        Do you feel like not correcting peoples typos or minor grammatical errors?

      • dowhatifeellike - May 15, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        It was left off intentionally. Know your memes.

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 15, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        No I don

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 15, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        What’s a memes

      • dirtfrompeedysuniform - May 15, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        Memes: an idea, behavior, style or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. Now what that has to do with leaving an s of care escapes me an my Colorado State University education.

    • natstowngreg - May 15, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      I care. But then, he plays for my favorite team, so I have an excuse.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 15, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    If you’re doing something that hasn’t been done since the Kid, you have a good chance to have one remarkable career. But I’m taking Bryce one day at a time, as exciting as he is.

  5. sdelmonte - May 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Big story today is that Strasburg had a bad outing against the rather underwhelming Padres. Just one outing, but still surprising.

  6. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - May 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    While Al Pujols gently weeps…

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 15, 2012 at 4:09 PM


      • mybrunoblog - May 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Not relevant to the Harper or Nats stuff but still fun in a demented kind of way to watch Pujols and his $250 million flounder like a bad triple A September call up.

    • natstowngreg - May 15, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      So it’s not relevant. Still, thumbs up for the George Harrison reference.

  7. micker716 - May 15, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Never mind that Strasburg got knocked out after 4 innings by one of the worst hitting teams in baseball and that Harper’s HR was the Nat’s only run and his only hit (he also struck out to end the game) on the way to a 6-1 loss. It’s all about Bryce.

    • dowhatifeellike - May 15, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      Who needs to win when you have the best 19y/o player in the world?

    • icanspeel - May 15, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      Strasburg is old news to the media now, it’s Harper this and Harper that.

    • someguyinva - May 15, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      Strasburg’s 1st inning included:
      – Bernadina and Ankiel playing “I got it, you take it” on a fly ball
      – Trying to pitch through a brief downpour that popped up after the game started, giving him no command on his fastball, and leading to
      – An eight minute rain delay that happened with a 3-2 count, one run in, and two outs, followed by
      – Only the home plate ump being on the field when play was first signaled to resume, and time called before Strasburg could throw his next pitch
      – A two-run hit after the other three men in blue ambled back to their positions

      Just seemed like he didn’t find his focus in the first, but after that, he only gave up a solo shot to someone named James Darnell for Darnell’s first MLB homer.

      • someguyinva - May 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        And he might’ve been pitching with his jock on fire…

  8. caps247 - May 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    I can’t wait for Bryce Harper to go on some miraculous home run steak. NBC would be pissing their pants.

  9. notsofast10 - May 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    He just caught Mike Trout in the HR department! Both called up on the same day but different media I guess.

    • addictedzone - May 15, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Except Trout played in 40 games last season so your point is a bit meaningless.

  10. AlohaMrHand - May 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    So in about 6 years will we be subjected to Jim Gray interviewing him on a one hour ESPN special announcing he’s taking his talents too the Bronx?We get it he’s going to be a great player but baby steps man!!!

  11. jimwexler - May 15, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    will middlebrooks is having a once-in-cemtury rookie callup and not a peep in harperville

  12. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - May 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    yes, let’s pay no attention to the fact the padres have their own phenom in anthony bass. guy is young and having a pretty solid start to the year after a hell of a call-up run to close out 2011.

  13. dawglb - May 15, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Let’s make sure Pete Rose gets in the HOF before Bryce “Batman” Harper does.

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