December 2, 2023

No. 3 hits No. 300 — Bryce Harper makes history vs. Angels


Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper reacts after hitting a two-run home run against Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Moore during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

History was made on Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park in front of 34,655.

In the midst of a historic month for his Phillies, Bryce Harper hit the Phillies’ franchise’s best 59th home run of the month, and it was the 300th of his career.

And it was yet another clutch Harper homer in his 1,481st Major League game.

The 105.7 mph home run hit on an 85 mph knuckle curve from Matt Moore sailed 381 feet, just sneaking over the right field wall to give the Phillies an 8-7 lead over the Phillies. Moore is the 224th pitcher he has gone deep against.

The 30-year-old Harper is just the 158th player in baseball history to reach 300 homers, and the third in Phillies history — joining Mike Schmidt (548) and Ryan Howard (382). 

Harper is the 12th active player to reach 300, joining Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout, Joey Votto, Evan Longoria, Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Freddie Freeman, Manny Machado, and J.D. Martinez. 

He also became the 28th player in baseball history to reach 300 or more home runs by his age 30 season. Others in this club include legends such as Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, Ken Griffey Jr., Eddie Mathews, Frank Robinson, Albert Pujols, and Alex Rodriguez. 

Unfortunately, the Phillies lost the game, 10-8.

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