100 grand: Harper slugs slam for milestone

Nationals right fielder becomes eighth-youngest to reach mark

April 14th, 2016

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper loves big-stage situations. It happened to be Harper's mother's birthday Thursday, and he hit home run No. 100, a grand slam off Julio Teheran in a 6-2 win over the Braves at Nationals Park.

At 23 years and 181 days old, Harper is the eighth-youngest player in Major League history to reach the mark. Mel Ott, Tony Conigliaro, Eddie Mathews, Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones, Miguel Cabrera and Johnny Bench were younger than Harper when they hit their 100th homer.

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"It was awesome. It was my mom's birthday, so I was able to hit her a homer," Harper said of his blast, tracked by Statcast™ at 425 feet. "Today was definitely huge. I love these fans, I love this organization. It's a thrill to do it in front of the home crowd. I was glad I was able to do it here."

With the Nationals trailing, 1-0, in the third inning, Harper hit a 1-0 pitch over the right-field wall for his third homer of the season. The ball ended up breaking part of the ribbon board in right field. As he was rounding the bases, it looked as if Harper didn't touch first base. But he went back and touched first.

"I didn't want to be called out," Harper said. "I hit [the base] with the back end of my heel. But you never know with replay. I wanted to make sure that I get past it and get home."

Everything was cool after that as Harper received a curtain call. Harper became the third player in Nationals history -- Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman are the others -- with 100 homers.

Harper said a little girl caught the special ball in right field. Harper gave the girl a bat and took photos with her in exchange for the ball.

"Everybody contributed today," Harper said. "Teheran is tough. I was able to get a pitch over the plate and do some damage with it. I was very fortunate to get [us] ahead 4-1 and Stras [Stephen Strasburg] threw well."

Youngest players at the time of their 100th home runs

Year, Player, Age (in years-days)

  1. 1931, Mel Ott, 22-132

  2. 1967, Tony Conigliaro, 22-197

  3. 1954, Eddie Mathews, 22-293

  4. 1998, Alex Rodriguez, 23-16

  5. 2000, Andruw Jones, 23-62

  6. 2006, Miguel Cabrera, 23-127

  7. 1971, Johnny Bench, 23-161

  8. 2016, Bryce Harper, 23-181

  9. 2003, Albert Pujols, 23-185

  10. 1957, Hank Aaron, 23-191

  11. 1993, Ken Griffey Jr., 23-206

  12. 2013, Giancarlo Stanton, 23-221

  13. 1959, Frank Robinson, 23-230

  14. 1955, Mickey Mantle, 23-242

  15. 1931, Jimmie Foxx, 23-250

  16. 2015, Mike Trout, 23-253

  17. 1942, Ted Williams, 23-264

  18. 1993, Juan Gonzalez, 23-269

  19. 1938, Joe DiMaggio, 23-273

  20. 1961, Orlando Cepeda, 23-295