Bryce Harper reached base in eight consecutive plate appearances

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had quite an afternoon in Sunday’s series finale against the Reds. He went 2-for-4, hitting a pair of solo home runs and drawing a walk in his last three plate appearances. The second homer came immediately after a Reds fan heckled him by yelling “Overrated!”

Harper stayed hot on Monday, at least when the Braves would allow him to swing the bat. Harper drilled a three-run home run in the second inning and drew four walks in his first five plate appearances. He grounded out with the bases loaded to end the top of the ninth, which also ended his streak of reaching base consecutively. He had drawn five walks and hit three home runs over a span of eight trips to the plate. Harper had also homered in three consecutive at-bats prior to the ground out.

Not even Braves fans could resist calling him overrated, as heard in this clip posted by Jake Russell of the Washington Post:

That, by the way, was four innings after Harper hit his three-run jack. Through the first four games, Harper is batting a cool .415/.550/1.167. The Nationals are 4-0 after beating the Braves 8-1 on Monday.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.