Harper breaks bat, muscles out 406-foot HR

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Washington Nationals baseball star Bryce Harper is known for his big swings, but this week he hit a home run with a difference - smashing his bat in the process!

"Barreled it pretty good", Harper said.

With two out in the top of the first inning against the Mets, Harper took the first pitch of the at-bat and sent it into the stands 124 metres away. 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 miles per hour fastball from Jacob deGrom. "I heard the bat break and then I looked, I saw [Mets right fielder Brandon] Nimmo, he just kept going so I was like, 'Oh, well, I guess that's out of here'".

While the player himself made his way round the bases to the crowd's applause. first base coach Tim Boger was picking up the broken bat, handing it to a nearby bat boy.

'He started to flex when he came back. Harper hit his major league-leading eighth home run, a solo shot in the first inning on a 95 miles per hour fastball from Jacob deGrom.

And it was just another thing to add to the already impressive April Harper is having.