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Bryce Harper plans to get “as big as a house” this offseason

Sep 30, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper has his eye on joining the annual Best Shape Of His Life list, telling Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he plans to lift tons of weights this offseason and get “as big as a house” by the time spring training rolls around.

Harper also told Kilgore that the nagging knee and hip injuries he dealt with for much of the season won’t require surgery and “it’s more trying to take the time off and let everything settle down.”

Harper got off to an incredible start to his sophomore season at age 20, hitting .373 with nine homers through 23 games, but then he started crashing into walls and playing through injuries and ended up hitting just .249 with 11 homers in his final 95 games. Or as Harper put it: “Body-wise, I felt pretty good except for when I did run into the walls.”

Overall he still finished with a strong .854 OPS, which was a 37-point increase from his rookie season, and Best Shape Of His Life or not a healthy Harper should have a huge 2014.

  1. theroc5156 - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    In other words, he just got a sh!tload of PED’s delivered and he’s ready to go.

  2. sophiethegreatdane - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    I never plan to get as big as a house in the offseason, but curling those 16 oz Guinness drafts really helps me bulk up.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      According to my f-i-l, guinness is actually really low on calories compared to other beers. Then again, he has a keg of it in his house so maybe he’s fudging the numbers a bit.

  3. chiadam - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    He’ll have to up his dosage to Trout levels.

  4. percychuggs - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    It’s funny how sports “fans” will rip players for not trying hard or not playing through injuries. And then they will find an excuse to rip Bryce Harper for trying TOO hard, and playing through injuries. Just goes to show that most sports fans are complete idiots.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      or how if you don’t lift and get in better shape, you’re lazy, but if you do work out and get in better shape, you’re using steroids.

  5. phil954 - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Better be careful. It didn’t help Uggla at all.

    • mybrunoblog - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Great point. I don’t know if bulk is the answer for Harper. Strength, flexibility and speed seem like what a baseball player needs. Moderate weight lifting is fine but I’d be worried if he pumps up 20 or so pounds. I doubt Harper would use PEDs but Uggla is a great example of what can go wrong with bulking up.

  6. tomtravis76 - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    If Cano gets his 300 million, by the time Harper is a free agent in 2018 his agent is going to be asking for 500 million.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Well, Harper IS a great young player, but if he asks for that, WHAT is Trout going to ask for?

      Trout (in 336 games) 167 OPS+
      Harper (in 257 games) 125 OPS+

      Trout .316 career batting average
      Harper .272 career batting average

      Trout .404 career on base percentage
      Harper .353 career on base percentage

      Trout .544 career slugging percentage
      Harper .481 career slugging percentage

      Trout 86 career stolen bases
      Harper 28 career stolen bases

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Trout’s going to ask for the Yankees. Not to be a part of them, ownership…

      • thomas844 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        I always hate when people constantly use Trout and Harper in the same sentence. Harper is a good ballplayer but he doesn’t even compare to Trout right now.

      • brianjoates - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        Machado, Trout and Harper amongst other great young players are going to be fah-q rich.

      • jwbiii - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:05 AM

        Bryce Harper’s comp list to date is pretty sweet,

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/scomp_bat.cgi?I=harpebr03:Bryce%20Harper&st=int&compage=20&age=20

        but Mike Trout is just on another plane

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/scomp_bat.cgi?I=troutmi01:Mike%20Trout&st=int&compage=21&age=21

        Look how far ahead he is of people like FRobinson, Mantle, TWilliams and Aaron, both in terms of OPS+ and bWAR.

      • jwbiii - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Mel Ott’s (thinking of players who were really good when they were really young) age 21 list is the same as Trout’s except Ott has Trout instead of Pinson and Cobb instead of Aaron. And Trout is the best player on that list, too.

        Alex Rodriguez’s list isn’t as impressive. He gets matched up with a lot of the same players, but also a couple great shortstops (Arky Vaughan, Travis Jackson) and a couple of not so great shortstops (Garry Templeton, Starlin Castro).

        I never thought of Templeton and Castro as being similar, but that kind of works. I wonder if Hoyer can find an Ozzie Smith type somewhere and trade Castro for him.

  7. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    most times the softmore slumps hurt a lot of young guys but this guy did pretty good. So I’m expecting a big year at 21 and crazy thing is when his contract is up at 25 I believe whatever he will get, he would probally be worth it.

    • mpzz - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Yeah, batted .249! Like Tony the Tiger says; HEEEE’s GREAT!!!!

      • David Proctor - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        He batted .273, with an .380 OBP and an .850 OPS. The company for 20 year olds with those numbers consists of a whole lot of Hall of Famers.

  8. heyblueyoustink - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Here’s a tip: pair this idea with some yoga. Increase your flexibility as well, so you’re not all brittle and relegated to first base or the DH.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    They’d better reinforce the OF walls in Washington.

  10. daveeproc - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Well Harper did this last offseason too. He showed up to spring training absolutely jacked. You tend to lose some of that muscle mass throughout the year.

  11. thomas844 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Like the ESPN reporters need any more of a reason to swoon over him.

  12. aceshigh11 - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Oh please.

    The best shape of his life means simply being as young as he is.

    Talk to me about BSOHL when he’s 30+.

    • moogro - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Or it would me that BSOHL had simply shifted to the future.

  13. cordellgc - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    just shout up an play ball, know one whats to here about what you are going to do. let the numbers talk

    • bob72745 - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Where did you learn English, you fockin’ dunce?!!!

  14. moogro - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    For a modest investment, they could really make outfield walls safer. The league throws away a lot of money on injuries that could be prevented.

  15. fearthehoody - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    “You work out bro?” ” You lift bro?”

  16. djpostl - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Yeah, because “getting big as a house” will help with those knees and hips that are already bothering him.

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