Bryce Harper is considering a “September” return to the Phillies.
This probably means anywhere from the last week of August to the first week of September. But the Phillies never put Harper on the 60-day disabled list. If they had, it could not have been activated until August 25. So, they at least considered the possibility that he could return before then.
Harper keeps busy in the meantime. He spent five innings in the Phillies TV booth on Thursday. It was an entertaining and insightful listen, especially when Harper was talking about knocking.
The first pitch of the game exploded in the radio booth and sounded from the hands of Scott Franzke. John Kruk remarked that everyone would be fired if the bullet sailed into the TV booth and hit Harper’s left thumb.
“Who approved of my presence here?” Harper joked.
“He’s so good when he stays in baseball,” Harper said. “It’s so impressive at bat when he stays through the ball and goes to the center right. Then it happens accidentally.
Harper and Kruk discussed the responsibilities of a hitting coach. Many players arrive at the stadium several hours before the first pitch to hit. The hitting coaches are there all the time.
“I don’t take BP on the field much because of that reason,” Harper said. “I think you can dive into a crisis as much as you can just walk into a crisis. I think guys just have to be part of the game. You can’t lose the feel part of your game because of the video and things like that. You can dig as deep a hole as you can and not get out until next year. I know guys who have played in the league who like to hit after games for two hours because they think they can get out of it. I’m not one of those guys who can do that, ’cause I just don’t [want] to do this. I don’t want to hurt my hands. There are some things guys can do to help, but don’t try to do too much. [helps]as well.”
Alec Bohm has hit .400 since late June.
“It was huge for him,” Harper said. “It’s so smooth. … Alec is one of the guys he wants to be so good at. I love that mentality about him. But he will struggle. It’s OK to fight. I think you have to learn it too. It’s OK to fight. All the guys in this league are struggling. Its good.”
Harper later remarked on how much Bohm reminded her of Jayson Werth. It’s been said before, but Harper gave his reasons.
“The thing about J is that J could get the base to hit right – and he’d shoot the ball to left center over that Toyota sign. [for a home run]”, said Harper. “And then go to the center right of the LifeBrand [sign hanging over the second deck]. He did such a good job of doing it. I see that swing in [Bohm] so many. So controlled, close to his body.
“If I’m going to teach my son to swing, it’s going to be a very similar swing to J-Dub and Bohmer, because he’s so close to their [bodies]. It’s so compact. Everything they do is so compact. It’s so easy. There are not many steps.
Kruk asked Harper if he would use a two-step approach when he returned, as he hadn’t seen a live pitch in months. This means extending his stance and giving up his kick.
“I don’t like going into the two-prong approach unless I really, really have to,” Harper said. “I went a little more than I wanted to this year, just because I was riding it a little bit. I just don’t want to lose my 0-2 home runs or my 1-2 home runs or whatever. gender.
Kruk told a story of when he was a Padres and how a first-round pick looked terrible flying balls in the outfield. Kruk asked the player if he was the bat boy and wondered how the Padres general manager hadn’t yet been fired for drafting him.
“Hey, how was your first day?” laughed Harper. “Well, John Kruk told me I was the worst player in the country.”
Harper spoke about young athletes and the pressures they face.
“You’re constantly trying to be like that other person,” he said. “You’re constantly trying to be better, trying to live up to what this kid is doing – instead of worrying about what you’re doing, trying to be yourself and be great. in what you do. Kids lose that sometimes. Also, parents and coaches lose that because “Oh, you have to be like that guy” or “I want to swing like that,” instead of letting your natural ability take over as a kid. You grow up. You play the game and try to play the game you love because you love it. Kids are constantly trying to look like someone else or be someone else. someone else, instead of just trying to be themselves and love what they do and be great at what they do with their abilities – not someone else’s. ‘other.
He talked about how kids are obsessed with local and national rankings and getting a Division I scholarship.
“If you’re good, you’ll be seen,” he said.
“Oh my God!” he told the show.
“I remember, Krukkie,” Harper said. “My dad texted me. What did you say? Oh my God? That was so cool.
“I was glad that’s what came out,” Kruk said.