Carhartt offers to donate $1,000 per Madison Bumgarner homer if he’s allowed in the Home Run Derby

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You may recall from the beginning of the season that Carhartt, the workwear apparel company, and Giants starter Madison Bumgarner were partnered up with Helmets to Hardhats, a national nonprofit that helps military service members find civilian jobs. Bumgarner and Carhartt are donating $500 for every strikeout he gets this year to the effort.

Lately a lot of folks have been talking about Madison Bumgarner, baseball’s best power hitting pitcher, entering the Home Run Derby. Including Madison Bumgarner. I suspect Major League Baseball is lukewarm at best with respect to that and that it won’t happen, but today Carhartt sweetened the pot: they just announced that they have offered to donate $1,000 per Bumgarner home run in the Derby to Helmets to Hardhats.

But first he’d have to be let into the Home Run Debry. The ball is in your court, Major League Baseball.

 

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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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.