Bryce Harper hits broken bat home run

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These are just some of the reactions to the phenomenal swing by baseball's home run leader. With AP Photos.This was shear power by Bryce Harper. Jacob deGrom tried to jam him inside and was able to break Harper's bat around the handle, but Harper still got enough of the pitch to send it into the bullpen for a dinger. So far, 2018 is shaping up to be the Year of Bryce, and that's excellent news for baseball.

Harper's bat shattered just above his hands, and the barrel helicoptered into the high, protective netting behind home plate on the first base side.

Seriously. Harper crushed this ball while breaking his bat in two.

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The home run was Harper's eighth of the young season. And in most cases, the ball ekes over the fence in a short part of the ballpark instead of soaring 406 feet to right-center.

Coming into Monday night, the Washington outfielder and former MVP was batting an even.300 with seven homers, 14 RBI and and OPS of 1.219.