Bryce Harper might be the best player the game has to offer. However, as he readies for a potential contract extension, it’s not too early to look forward to the 2018 offseason, when Harper will be poised to become the highest-paid player in the history of Major League Baseball. Harper is having another monster year at the dish, adding to an array of accomplishments and accolades that seems to grow every season. Oh, and he’s only 24. Put that all together, and the perfect storm is in place for an unprecedented contract extension. However, don’t rest assured that Harper is stuck in D.C. The Yankees remain the most visible suitor for the stud. Here’s what else is happening around the National League:
Frustration of the season boiling over, or just a really silly complaint? It's only one of those two when it comes to Marlins manager Don Mattingly and his complaint after Friday's game against the Dodgers (LAD 7, MIA 2), the team he previously managed. Let's set the scene. The Marlins are in the running for the worst record in baseball. They entered Friday with four straight losses and had lost 18 of their last 22. With a 5-0 Dodgers lead in the bottom of the seventh, Corey Seager swung at a 3-0 pitch, fouling it off. That might not have seemed to matter much at the time, but file it away. After a Cody Bellinger home run in the bottom of the eighth made it 7-0 Dodgers, Marlins reliever A.J.
1. NBA: Nothing can stop a LeBron-Steph rematch Finals: OK, well, yes, technically, I suppose the Boston Celtics or San Antonio Spurs could. But LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers and Steph Curry's Golden State Warriors entered the weekend ahead and looking unstoppable. 2. HORSE RACING: Did the shot at Triple Crown survive Saturday?: Kentucky Derby champ Always Dreaming (owned by Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola) entered Saturday's 142nd Preakness Stakes favored to make it two in a row.The dream died when Always Dreaming faded down the stretch after dueling Derby runner-up Classic Empire for much of the race. 3. MARLINS: Little smells worse than stinking, rotting Fish: After a wretched 1-8