Harper’s 24 years old, with five seasons and an MVP award under his belt — and he hasn’t come close to peaking yet. Already, he’s one of five position players to wrack up at least 7 Wins Above Average in his age-22 season. The others aren’t special, just four inner circle Hall of Famers: Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Stan Musial and Eddie Collins.
A decade from now Harper might be one of the greatest players in baseball history. He could also be a broken-down bench player. It’s too early to tell one way or the other, but absolutely everything going his way with the Hall of Fame from here on out seems unlikely.
Miguel Montero and Joe Maddon look like friends again.
The Cubs catcher appears to have ended his beef with his manager. Montero was upset that Maddon didn’t play him much in the 2016 MLB postseason.
Montero was perturbed last year that Maddon didn’t tell him directly he would back up Willson Contreras in October. Montero still contributed to the Cubs’ World Series effort with a pinch-hit grand slam vs. the Dodgers’ Joe Blanton in Game 1 of the NLCS.
Montero is expected to split time with Contreras this season. Kyle Schwarber wants to be the Cubs’ long-term answer behind the plate, but he’s well on his way to becoming a full-time Cheap Jerseys And Jordans outfielder after suffering a severe knee injury last April.