Will Bryce Harper break these franchise records by the end of his Phillies contract?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 29: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park on August 29, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 29: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park on August 29, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Phillies walks leader: Mike Schmidt (1,507)

In 2021, Harper and Juan Soto were the only batters to draw 100+ walks, which would be even better for the Phillies if they had more hitters to bring Harper home when he got on base.

But I digress.

Harper would need to walk 126 times per season in order to take the top spot from Schmidt. It’s not entirely unrealistic.

Phillies strikeout leader: Mike Schmidt (1,883)

This is somewhat eerie. The Phillies’ first season was 1883, and Schmidt holds the franchise strikeout with exactly 1,883 strikeouts.

Over the first 10 years of his career, Harper has averaged 150 strikeouts per 162 games. So far with the Phillies, he’s struck out 355 times, meaning he’d have to strike out 1529 more times to break Schmidt’s record, or 152.9 times per season. Aside from 2018 and 2019, Harper hasn’t exceeded 134 strikeouts in any season of his career.

Hopefully, this is the one record Harper doesn’t break. Aside from the symbolism of Schmidt’s total, the fewer strikeouts, the better.

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