Where does Bryce Harper rank among all-time Philadelphia Phillies players, as of today?
Joe Giglio has him on the Phillies' Mount Rushmore as a top four Phillie of all-time along with Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, and Chase Utley.
"I am ready to put him on my all-time Phillies Mount Rushmore," Giglio said on Thursday's 94WIP Midday Show.
"He's surpassed Ryan Howard for me. He has surpassed Jimmy Rollins. And he has surpassed Cole Hamels. Bryce Harper has reached that level. The clutch factor is there, the connection to the city is there. He has won an MVP, so obviously on the field it has been outstanding performance...But man, he came back earlier than anyone ever from Tommy John surgery to hit. Look at his number nows...Bryce Harper this season now is hitting .308 with a .503 slugging off of Tommy John!"
Giglio's co-host Hugh Douglas disagrees.
"No, because you haven't won anything yet," Douglas said. "Those guys on the Mount Rushmore they have one thing in common, they're all champions."
Harper, 30, hit his 300th career home-run on Wednesday in dramatic fashion at Citizens Bank Park, capping an incredible month of August where hit 10 home runs as the Phillies broke the team's franchise record for home runs in a month with 59.
The historic month of August for Harper comes just nine months after he had Tommy John surgery, forcing him to miss the 30 games of the 2023 season.
This is Harper's fifth season in Philadelphia after signing a 13-year, $330 million with the club in March of 2019.
As a Phillie, Harper is slashing .287/.395/.538 with 116 home runs and 351 RBIs in 554 games.
In 2021, Harper slashed .309/.429/.615 with a 1.044 OPS, a career-high 42 doubles, 35 home runs, and 84 RBIs en route to his second-career NL MVP award.
And then of course, there was the 2022 postseason where Harper did unimaginable things in the biggest of moments, leading the Phillies to a World Series appearance. In 17 playoff games last year, Harper slashed .273/.358/.604 with a ridiculous 11 home runs and 23 RBIs and was named NLCS MVP.