Harper hits broken-bat homer
NEW YORK (AP) — In a startling display, Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper broke his bat into two pieces, yet still hit a long home run Monday night in an 8-6 win over the New York Mets.
Harper’s bat shattered just above his hands, and the barrel helicoptered into the high, protective netting behind home plate on the first base side.
The ball sailed far over the wall in right center at Citi Field. Harper hit his major league-leading eighth home run, a solo shot in the first inning on a 95 mph fastball from Jacob deGrom. Statcast projected the homer at 406 feet.