Bryce Harper hit his 300th career home run on Wednesday as the Phillies dropped the series finale to the Los Angeles Angels. Of course, the milestone home run came in a huge spot as the Phillies trailed 7-6 heading into the eighth inning. Kyle Schwarber singled two batters prior to Harper knocking his 300th to right center field as the ball landed in section 102 at Citizen's Bank Park. The home run came as Harper and the Phillies finished off a torrent month of August in which they hit 59 home runs.
Harper may only be 30 years old, but he has already put in almost 12 full seasons as a Major League player. As the first overall pick of the Washington Nationals in the 2010 draft, the hype that followed Harper was warranted. He was a phenom high school player and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old.
Harper cracked the first home run of his career on May 14, 2012. It took him 14 games after he made his Major League debut to notch his first big league bomb. Since then, Harper has not looked back. As a member of the Nationals, he went on to hit 184 home runs.
The Harper signed with the Phillies prior to the 2019 season for 13 years. During that long of a span Phillies fans expected their new right fielder to do some incredible things for his new club. What he has brought to Philadelphia has been even more than anyone could have anticipated.
On July 3, 2019, Harper hit his 200th career home run. The following month, he hit a walk off grand slam against the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia officially saw the passion with which Harper plays with everyday.
During his time in a Phillies uniform, he has come up clutch more times than one can count. Perhaps his biggest home run as a Phillie came in game five of the 2022 NLCS as he hit a two-run home run to give the Phillies the lead that would eventually send them to the World Series.
Harper has already endeared himself to Philadelphia by playing hard and saying the right things. He still has quite a few more years in a Phillies uniform and it would not be unreasonable to think that he may hit a few more career milestones during that time. Barring injury, it is possible that Harper reaches 400 career home runs in the next 3-4 seasons. He would have to stay healthy and productive to hit number 500 before the end of his 13-year contract, but if anyone could make it happen, it is Bryce Harper.