Monday, March 27, 2023

Is Bryce Harper Already A Phillies All-Time Legend?

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The Philadelphia Phillies would not have made it to the World Series without the play of Bryce Harper.

In the playoffs, Harper hit .349 with six home runs, 13 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.160.

Harper has been everything the Phillies have hoped for since signing him to a 13-year contract before the 2019 season.

The 30-year-old has already won an MVP in Philadelphia and he should continue to play at an elite level for many more years.

But, with what Harper has done in his Phillies career, is he already an all-time legend?

When you take a look at the rich history of the Phillies you see players like Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley.

All of those players had elite stats and were World Series champions.

Schmidt and Carlton are in the Hall of Fame and Rollins and Utley may be headed there someday as well.

Based on just his Phillies stats, Harper is not yet in that category of legends.

But, he is well on his way.


Harper Career Trajectory

Through four seasons with the Phillies, Harper has a WAR of 14.7.

In eleven career seasons, his WAR is 42.5.

That would put him 12th all-time in Phillies history.

Harper will more than likely play fewer years in Philadelphia than their other legends.

But, he can still find himself as an all-time Phillie if he can win a world championship.

The lefty slugger will find himself on many more All-Star teams and possibly even another MVP.

But, winning the World Series is all he is missing.

Harper struggled against the Astros in this past World Series (.200 batting average).

But, he should get another opportunity to bring a title back to Philly before his time is done.

If he can do that, Harper will be forever etched as an all-time Phillies legend.



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