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Bryce Harper's 100th career homer comes on grand slam

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Bryce Harper's 100th career homer comes on grand slam

Bryce Harper sat on 99 career homers for exactly one week, having fun with his quest along the way by putting '100' emoji stickers on the bottom of his bat, but on Thursday he finally got there, hitting the century mark against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park.

The milestone just happened to come on his first career grand slam, as Harper put the Nats up 4-1 in the bottom of the third inning against the Braves. 

And at exactly 23 years and 181 days old, Harper became the eighth-youngest player in MLB history to reach 100 homers, barely edging out legends Albert Pujols, Hank Aaron and Ken Griffey, Jr. The youngest ever was Mel Ott of the Giants, who hit No. 100 at 22 years and 132 years old.

Tony Conigliaro, Eddie Mathews, Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones, Miguel Cabrera and Johnny Bench were the others to get there at a younger age than Harper.

Harper's big swing came on a 91 mile per hour fastball from Braves starter Julio Teheran. Harper launched the ball to right field and busted a panel in the screen lining the facade above the out-of-town scoreboard. Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and Chris Heisey came around to score.

After returning to the dugout, Harper emerged to a curtain call from Nationals fans. He clinched his fist and pumped it into the air to a loud applause.

Harper now has three homers in eight games this season for the Nationals. He clubbed 42 homers in 2015 at the age of 22.

Check out the homer right here:

 

 

 

And here's a closer look at the scoreboard panel that he broke:

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Nationals players visit local little league baseball teams

Nationals players visit local little league baseball teams

The Nationals visited several Washington D.C.-area little league baseball teams on Saturday before their afternoon game against the Padres.

The Nats’ Youth Baseball Uniform Program enables the team to get involved in their community. In addition to visiting local youth teams, the Nationals give all each player a jersey, a hat and the opportunity to come to a game at Nats Park.

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The goal of the program is to “breakdown and minimize financial barriers that can prevent kids from playing baseball.”

Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Max Scherzer were among the 10 Nats who went on the community visits.

Harper at one point encouraged kids not to settle for losing, saying “as much as they might tell you it’s okay you lost - no.”

Giving back to the community has always been important for the Washington Nationals, and all the players - from little leaguers to major leaguers - seem to enjoy it. 

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Bryce Harper launches mammoth home run into third deck at National Park

Bryce Harper launches mammoth home run into third deck at National Park

Bryce Harper had been in a little bit of a slump heading into Friday's game against the Padres, but in the seventh inning, he got back to what he does best. 

With a full count and a runner aboard, Harper launched an absolute bomb that landed in the third deck down the right field line at Nationals Park. That means a new seat will be painted red where the ball landed. 

Check out the blast for yourself: 

It was the 15th homer of the year for Harper, which leads the National League. 

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