Now pitching for Philly: Bryce Harper lobbies for Mike Trout to join him

Published 6:27 pm PST, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Bryce Harper

The new Philadelphia Phillies outfielder again has lobbied for two-time AL MVP Mike Trout to join the franchise in 2021 as a free agent, this time in a radio interview. Is Harper violating Major League Baseball’s tampering rule? MLB has not yet said whether it will look into Harper’s remarks. “If you don’t think I’m gonna call Mike Trout to come to Philly in 2020, you’re crazy,” Harper told SportsRadio 94WIP in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Trout grew up near Philadelphia, attended the Phillies’ victory parade in 2008 as a 17-year-old and has season tickets for the Eagles.

Jessica Mendoza

The former U.S. Olympic softball gold medalist who was an All-American at Stanford was hired as a baseball operations adviser for the New York Mets. Mendoza will remain a broadcaster for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” She will be involved in player evaluation, roster construction, technological advancement and health and performance, the Mets said. In a statement released by the team, Mendoza thanked ESPN and Disney for their “understanding and confidence as I balance both tasks moving forward.” Alex Rodriguez, a member of the Sunday night booth with Mendoza and play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian, has been a Yankees adviser since his retirement.

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