Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hit the 150th home run of his six-year career, drilling a first pitch breaking ball from Odrisamer Despaigne out to right field for a solo shot.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, Harper is the 14th player to hit 150 home runs before his 25th birthday. He joins Eddie Mathews, Alex Rodriguez, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mike Trout, Frank Robinson, Albert Pujols, Orlando Cepeda, Giancarlo Stanton, Johnny Bench, and Andruw Jones.
Harper entered Monday’s action batting .326/.422/.615 with 28 home runs and 81 RBI in 453 plate appearances. Pretty good.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: