John Kruk: Defender of Bryce Harper

PHOTO CREDIT: RAJ MEHTA-USA TODAY SPORTS

Is Bryce Harper overrated? Tigers fans who were in attendance at Comerica Park last night to watch their 30-66 team play the Phillies seemed to think so.

Harper was greeted throughout the evening with what have become customary “overrated” chants across visiting ballparks this season, including in the 10th inning when he came to the plate. Phillies announcer John Kruk had some thoughts on those jeers. Let’s listen in, after the jump:

:::Pulls up Baseball Reference stats, checks for accuracy:::

Indeed! Tigers fans would like to have him, and he would be the Tigers’ best player. Harper, who has separately been responsible for a game-winning, game-tying, and go-ahead RBI base-hit in the past eight days alone, isn’t having a lights-out year by any measure, but he does have an .848 OPS, which is well above any regular on Detroit’s roster.

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