Bryce Harper Hits 406-Foot Home Run While Breaking His Bat

Bryce Harper Hits 406-Foot Home Run While Breaking His Bat

Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo headed toward the wall and quickly ran out of room.

Harper's home run was his eighth of the season, which leads the majors, but his 31 ½-ounce, 33 ½-inch bat did not fare well in the process as it split cleaning into two pieces, and the ball flew what was estimated to be 406 feet at Citi Field.

After his first-inning home run Monday, the 2015 MVP is hitting.314/.486/.804, while leading the league in OPS (1.290), home runs (eight), walks (20), runs scored (16) and the all-important category of broken-bat dingers. "It just broke and kept going", said Harper, who homered in his third consecutive game facing the Mets - a team he torments. But typically, the bat simply cracks or splinters instead of breaking at the handle as Harper's did. Harper held what was left of his bat as he made his way up the first-base line.

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On his way back to the dugout, Harper playfully pulled up his sleeve to show his biceps. Per ESPN Stats and Info, he is one short of his career best for April despite having 12 more games to play in the month.

While it's probably easiest for Harper to hit home runs with regulation size baseball bats, he proved tonight that it's not totally necessary.

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