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Video: Bryce Harper hits broken-bat home run off of Jacob deGrom

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As if we needed any more evidence that Bryce Harper is an unreal baseball player, the 25-year-old hit a broken-bat solo home run 406 feet out to right field off of a 99 MPH Jacob deGrom fastball in the first inning of Monday night’s game in New York.

That’s Harper’s MLB-leading eighth home run. He’s also now in a six-way tie for the MLB lead in RBI with 15. Free agency is going to be fun for him.

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.