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Harper named NL player of the week

May 11, 2015, 3:20 PM EST

May 10, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) reacts after missing a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

After making history with a barrage of home runs against the Marlins and Braves, Bryce Harper has been named the NL’s Player of the Week.

Harper hit .455 with six home runs, 13 RBI and just one strikeout as the Nationals went 5-1 in six games. He had five homers in a three-game stretch from Thursday through Saturday, including a walk-off home run to beat the Atlanta Braves.

Harper now leads the National League with 11 home runs and tops all MLB hitters with 27 walks. He had three home runs in Thursday’s game alone and became the 10th-youngest player in MLB history to accomplish that feat.

Harper’s walk-off home run on Saturday gave him three for his career. Only five players have done that before turning 23, including Ryan Zimmerman and Frank Robinson.

A Nationals player has won NL Player of the Week 13 times in their history. The last player to win the honor was Jordan Zimmermann for the week of Sept. 22-28 of 2014.

  1. npb99 - May 11, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    This will keep him from going to AAA, at least for another week.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Well deserved. I hope Bryce wins about 20 more of those awards this season!!!!

  3. bowdenball - May 11, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Next time someone tries to tell you that only people who have played the game at a high level understand it, remind them of the time MLB players voted Bryce Harper as most overrated two years in a row.

    At least it’s not just baseball players, though. PGA Tour pros voted Rickie Fowler as most overrated in a poll that came out a week ago, and he won the Players Championship yesterday.

  4. Section 222 - May 11, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Jealousy seems to have clouded their judgment bb.

    I don’t know who chooses the player of the week, but if there’s a vote, this one was probably the biggest landslide ever. And Harp has to have the inside track to player of the month based on this week’s performance alone.

  5. Eric - May 11, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Congrats, Harper!

    Wasn’t it 6 HRs in 3 games?

    • Section 222 - May 11, 2015 at 4:52 PM

      Yup, 6 in 3. Chase seems to have a mental block about that. But we love him anyway.

      • Doc - May 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM

        How could anyone who follows the Nats, least of all a beat reporter, get that wrong. I mean, c’mon!

        For me it’s always about keeping him healthy. Harper could have been doing the same stuff last year.

        Bryce incurs jealousy from the other players in the Bigs, because he plays to win on every play, period. Yeah, I remember the grounder that he didn’t run out last year, and for which MW benched him.

      • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 5:57 PM

        Chase is 0-2 on the stat checker! 😝

  6. natsfan1a - May 11, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Congrats, kid.

  7. Bruxtun - May 11, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Bryce is the player of my heart.

  8. Steady Eddie - May 11, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    And Chase, Bryce no longer (at least for now) “tops all MLB hitters with 27 walks.” He’s now tied with Joc Pederson.

    This only took a few seconds to check on the MLB AtBat app.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 6:06 PM

      Chase and fact-checking … it’s like Danny Espinosa and switch-hitting: we all hope he’ll figure it out someday, but it’s getting late.

      • sec105rowwseat28 - May 11, 2015 at 6:25 PM

        Chase is apparently bucking for a job at the Washington Post, where accuracy in reporting is not part of the job description. Why, just the other day their crack new Yale-educated beat reporter Chelsea Janes reported that Frank Robinson’s name has now been enshrined behind home plate. But anyone who goes to the ballpark can plainly see that his name is out in right field right next to the name of another Robinson, namely Jackie. But despite several comments on her article pointing out this error, neither Chelsea Janes nor her editor have deigned to correct it. This was also the case anytime someone pointed out an error in anything written by her predecessor, Adam Kilgore. Clearly the Post does not give a crap about accuracy in its reporting.

    • natsjackinfl - May 11, 2015 at 6:10 PM

      Saw you sitting in the lower right field section Saturday afternoon. Hope you enjoyed the game as much as we did.

      • natsjackinfl - May 11, 2015 at 6:11 PM

        That was for Steady Eddie.

      • Steady Eddie - May 11, 2015 at 7:16 PM

        Yeah, Thanks, NJ, had a great time at the game with my younger daughter, who’s becoming a decent ball player herself. How could we not? Especially with the way that Bryce is developing quite a rapport with the RF corner crowd.

        We looked for you in the 228-235 sections about 45 minutes before the game started but must have missed you. Hope you had a good drive back to Harper and Rizzo!

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