Bryce Harper is a famous American baseball star who plays right fielder as a free agent as of April 2019. He has played in Major league Baseball (MLB) for D.C’s based Washington Nationals.
After being selected in the first overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, Bryce Harper proved he is baseball worth by winning that year’s Golden Spikes Award that is given annually to the best amateur player.
Among his accolades, besides being ranked as a top-3 prospect for the 2012 season, Harper became the youngest position player to perform in an All-Star Game; won the 2012 National League (NL) Rookie of the Year Award and was named the NL Most Valuable Player in 2015.
In 2018, Harper won the All-Star Home Run Derby Baseball in front of his hometown crowd. It’s no wonder he is regarded as the first player in MLB history to hit five round-trippers in opening games before the age of 25.
With all that said, let’s find out what makes Bryce Harper such a unique athlete – his workout routines, body measurements, strict diet and his history contract.
Bryce Harper Biography
Born on October 16, 1992, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Harper attended Las Vegas High School where he earned his GED. His father Ron is an ironworker in the city and he has an older brother Bryan who is also a baseball player in the Washington Nationals organization as a pitcher for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.
Harper started out in the game as an amateur when he enrolled in the College of Southern Nevada at age 17 in 2010. That year, he won the Golden Spikes Award.
His transition into a professional career was attributed to the fact that Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC), the sports association for junior colleges, uses wooden bats in conference play, just like MLB.
The Nevada native is credited for hitting 31 home runs with 98 runs batted in (RBIs) and hitting .443/.526/.987 (AVG/OBP/SLG) in 66 games. This earned him the 2010 SWAC Player of the Year as he broke the school’s record.
As a pro since 2012 season, Harper has won several awards and honors including MLB National League All-Star (2017) and ESPN MLB Person of the Year. He participated in the 2018 Home Run Derby and won the contest with an astounding nine home runs in 47 seconds.
When it comes to diet, Harper has spoken publicly about his decisions pertaining to what he can or can’t eat or drink. One of his remarkable diet habits is that he vouched off alcohol and energy drinks like Red Bull and Five-Hour Energy, due to their high sugar and caffeine content.
However, he lives off foods and drinks such as homemade organic juice, glutamine powder in yogurt ‘n’ fruit. He would succumb to a craving of a carbonated drink like Mountain Dew but not more than one sip during offseasons.
Besides enjoying homemade meals – from ranch dress to spaghetti, thanks to his mother whom he said is unbelievable when it comes to food, Harper indulges Klondike Bars, Double Stuff Oreos and Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes.
For a late night snack, Harper would grab some bits of avocado and cucumber sandwich. If it comes down to making his own juice, cucumber, kale, green tomato and apple is the first choice.
According to the baseball champion, visiting McDonald’s after a workout is not an option since his body is all he’s got. Bryce Harper believes in keeping his body strong and in good shape by working hard every single day.
The MLB star has been swinging so hard that his hands were full of cuts and blisters as he shared on social media. Just like all pro athletes, Harper is heating it off in the gym, during offseasons, with intense heavyweight lifts – trap bar deadlift, pause squat set and heavy-duty trap bar deadlift.
He would drive up to the training facilities around 5:0 am to join a group of league players for a workout, 4 times in a week, for between 90 minutes and two hours or more on leg days. About 10 minutes of cardiovascular exercise usually stationary biking or running gets him warmed up for the main deal (bar lifting).
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Harper’s height is measured at 6 feet 3 inches (190 cm) but his weight fluctuates. He was listed at 205 lb at 16 years old and weighed 215 lb in 2012. His weight as of 2019 is measured at 230 lbs (97 kg), but in all, he never lacked for speed.
His other body measurement:
Hair Color: Fair
Eye color: Grey
With all those athletic prowess, Bryce Harper is definitely not shy about going nude in front of a camera.
Bryce Harper’s Contract
Bryce Harper’s contract deal made several local and international headlines which reported that he could be making up to $10.4 million in bonuses across the 13-year, $330 million deal with The Philadelphia Phillies.
The deal marked the end of the 26-year old’s free agent spree and is regarded as the biggest contract in baseball history. A breakdown of his annual salary through 2031, according to CBS Sports is as follows:
Annual salary for 2019: $10 million, including $20 million signing bonus paid in two installments.
Annual salary for 2020 – 2028: $26 million
Annual salary for 2029 – 2031: $22 million.
It is reported that the contract has no opt-out clause and presence of a full no-trade clause to it. The contract signing was made official upon the completion of a physical on Friday, March 1, 2019, making Harper one of the highest-paid team-sports athlete in history who gets to play only 81 games a year in a stadium perfectly suited for him.