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Bryce Harper not the ‘villain’ he’s portrayed to be: J.T. Realmuto

When the Washington Nationals won their first World Series right after losing Bryce Harper in free agency, it sparked debate that it was the star slugger who was holding the team back. But first-year Phillies teammate J.T. Realmuto vouched for Harper while appearing on MLB Network Tuesday. When the Phillies catcher was asked about the idea that Washington needed to be rid of Harper – whom the Nationals drafted No. 1 overall in 2010 – to win a championship, he gave insight into his personal experience with the six-time All-Star. “I’m not sure why he’s the villain in baseball because really, his personality doesn’t portray that in the clubhouse,” Realmuto said. “Harper gets a little bit of a bad rap.” The Nationals di ...