Introducing NBC SportsWorld

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We have a new site around these parts. It’s called NBC SportsWorld. In the parlance of the times you may refer to it as our “longform” site, but really it’s just a place for longer and meatier stories. Things that, unlike so much of our bloggy output, has a shelf life. Joe Posnanski explains the idea here. At the risk of sounding like a company man, allow me to offer that the site looks great and the stuff that we have up over there so far is really, really good.

Of particular note this morning: Posnanski’s story about Ned Yost and how, despite the slings and arrows he’s taken, he has the Royals on the verge of a trip to the World Series. To figure out how that kind of thing happens, Joe notes, you gotta look at the folks who came before him and appreciate how odd a job baseball manager really is.

Of course there is a lot more over at SportsWorld. My “Baseball Isn’t Dying” post has been moved over there and it’s now much more readable and attractive than it was as a blog post. Posnanski’s stories about Tony Gwynn and Pat Neshek can be found there as well.

Go check out SportsWorld. And give it a follow on Twitter. We’re pretty proud of it.

Happy one-year anniversary of the Bryce Harper signing

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Last night Bill talked about how different this past offseason was than the one before as far as free agents go. This year all the big guys signed well before spring training and, Yasiel Puig aside, there aren’t many significant players left out on the market. It’s sort of how the hot stove season is supposed to go.

Last year, of course, was crazy. The two biggest free agents — Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — didn’t sign until February. In fact, Harper didn’t officially sign with Philly until March 2. One year ago today, however — February 28, 2019 — was the day the news of the impeding signing broke.

Over at NBC Sports Philly, they put together a video talking to Harper, Scott Boras, Matt Klentak and others who put the massive deal together. It gives you a sense of how the moving parts move in the runup to the biggest contract in baseball history.

It also gives you a sense of how much trouble Harper might’ve had had he gone with the other team who was in the bidding for him at the last minute: the Giants. Specifically, he keeps calling them “San Fran,” and if you know anyone from the Bay Area, you know just how much they hate it when people say “San Fran.” Don’t do that, folks.

Anyway here — apart from the tendering of a $330 million contract — is how Bryce Harper became a Phillie: