Shear Power! Bryce Harper breaks bat in two on long home run

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper trots the bases after hitting a solo home run off New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, April 16, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

This was shear power by Bryce Harper

NEW YORK — This was shear power by Bryce Harper.

In a startling display, the Washington Nationals slugger shattered his bat into two pieces, yet still hit a long home run Monday night in an 8-6 win over the New York Mets.

"Barreled it pretty good," Harper said. "It just broke and kept going."

Harper hit his major league-high eighth homer, and his 33 1/2-inch, 31 1/2-ounce Marucci bat paid the price. It cleanly cracked, but the ball flew an estimated 406 feet to right-center at Citi Field.

The lumber split just above his hands, and the barrel helicoptered into the high, protective netting behind home plate on the first base side. The five-time All-Star trotted most of the way to first holding the few inches of the handle that remained after tagging a 95 mph fastball from Jacob deGrom.

Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo headed toward the wall and quickly ran out of room.

"Yeah, that was pretty shocking," deGrom said, with a slight grin. "I heard the bat break and then I looked, I saw Nimmo, he just kept going so I was like, oh, well, I guess that's out of here."

As Harper rounded the bases, first base coach Tim Bogar picked up the sawed-off piece of wood and handed it to a bat boy.

On his way back to the dugout, Harper playfully pulled up his sleeve to show his biceps.

"He started to flex when he came back. I said, yeah, you're strong," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.

The 25-year-old former NL MVP has hit 158 home runs so far in his career, boosting his total with the solo shot in the first inning. But anything like that?

"Uh, no," Harper said.

Trea Turner and his Washington teammates were marveling over how Harper did it.

"It was impressive," Turner said "There's rumors that it was already broken beforehand. So I'm curious to see the tape to see if he hit it on the barrel or off the end of the bat, whatever it maybe. But nonetheless, impressive."

___

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

You may also like these

Olympic officer shot in head after wrong turn...

Aug 11, 2016

A police officer is recovering after he and two others sent to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics were...

Rio's Olympic golf course debuts with cameos of...

Aug 11, 2016

After lawsuits, ownership debate and other issues, Rio's Olympic golf course debuts to high praise...

Obama settling in on Martha's Vineyard with lots...

Aug 11, 2016

Golf has emerged as the president's top vacation activity so far, with the president now into his...

As Rio relies on free labor, IOC execs get $900...

Aug 11, 2016

IOC calls its president and executives 'volunteers'; they just happen to get $900 per diems

A-Rod told he won't play field Friday in final...

Aug 12, 2016

Alex Rodriguez has been turned down in his request to play the field for his final game with the...

Sign up now!