When Bryce Harper spoke after winning his second National League MVP award in November, he called Philadelphia Phillies serviceman Brad Miller his “hype man.”
Unfortunately, it looks like Harper will have to find a new guy to take him on in 2022, as Miller is reportedly on his way to Texas.
Late Tuesday evening, @MLBDrops on Twitter, an account with about 500 followers at the time, tweeted that the Rangers had signed Miller to a contract, their sources said.
Although seemingly unreliable, it turns out MLB Drops was correct, as MLB Insider Hector Gomez and Athleticismit’s Ken RosenthaI later confirmed the case. The account that broke the news gained about 1,200 followers within an hour.
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The loss of Miller is a blow for the Phillies. The 32-year-old was huge on the bench for Philadelphia and replaced the team as they faced a series of injuries to their starters in 2021.
Overall, Miller hit .227/.321/.453 with 20 home runs and 49 RBIs. In 297 plate appearances against right-handers, he cut an even more impressive .244/.354/.488. Miller doesn’t hit for average, but he can definitely hit for power.
He even broke a 13-season record in July 2021, when he became the first Phillie since Jayson Werth in 2008 to hit three home runs in one game.
Philadelphia now has another need to add to its list: a left-handed bat from the bench. While the details of Miller’s contract are currently unknown, it’s hard to believe the Phillies couldn’t match the deal to bring back a fan favorite and their MVP’s fashion man.
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