Bill Maher thinks Bryce Harper is a D-bag

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Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”, has tossed his hat into the anti-Bryce Harper ring. In an appearance on WOR 710, Maher called the Nationals outfielder a “d-bag,” among other things. He criticized Harper’s use of hair gel and his confidence, but admitted that if Harper were a Met, he would learn to love the defending NL MVP.

In a feature for ESPN, Harper called baseball “a tired sport because you can’t express yourself,” referring to the controversy over players flipping their bats in celebration of home runs. On Monday, Harper wore a funny trucker hat that read “Make Baseball Fun Again”, referencing both his comment and the tagline for the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Harper’s recent outspoken critics have included Brent Honeywell [link] and Sergio Romo [link]. His own teammate, Jonathan Papelbon, choked him in the Nationals’ dugout at the end of last season. Eventually, once enough people express their dislike of Harper, it will become cool to like him, right?

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.