If you asked me who my favorite current player is, the finalists would all be triple-threat guys. Guys who can hit, field and run at elite levels are just who I’m into today. That gives us Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen at the top. A notch down from them is Puig. If Michael Brantley strings together a couple more years like last year he’s up there too. I have a type these days.
Because of time zones I see McCutchen play more than the other guys, so I’d guess he’d be the one I’d have to say is my favorite current player. But if there was any doubt about that before, his answers to these random questions over at The Players’ Tribune may end it.
His least favorite song at the ballpark is “Centerfield.” He calls it “Put me in Coach,” but he clearly means “Centerfield.” It’s horrifying. And it’s played almost every single baseball game you go to, spring or regular season. The guy is subjected to that song pushing 200 times a year, I imagine, and it has to be the worst thing in the world.
Also: I like his favorite sandwich. And his choice of Bugs Bunny as the best cartoon character of all time is objectively correct.
This is why he is an MVP, people.
PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.
The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.
The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.
Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.
Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.
In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.
Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.
With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.