American professional baseball right fielder Bryce Harper is one of the most successful stars of the sport and currently plays in Major League Baseball for the Washington Nationals.
Somehow he has remained in the public eye, mostly thanks to his games and a few times because of his private life. Here is everything you should know about him.
Bryce Harper Biography
The star of the Washington Nationals was born on October 16, 1992, in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Bryce Aron Max Harper. He grew up in a working-class family and like so many successful people, his first and earliest influence was his hard-working father who is an ironworker.
He grew up alongside his brother, Bryan Harper, who also happened to be a baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals and mentor to the younger Harper as they grew up according to their father. For his education, Bryce Harper went to high school in Las Vegas and from there he went to the College of Southern Nevada. He played baseball in both his high school and college years and won Baseball America High School Player of the Year in 2009.
While he grew up with the love and sports we have all come to know him for, he turned pro in 2010 after being drafted by the Washington Nationals as an outfielder, although he was more popular as a catcher.
From then on, his career continued a rapid ascent when he was later signed to play in the 2011 All-Star Futures Game for the USA. He was to remain with the national teams until 2017 when he was awarded a contract that would earn him over $21 million for the 2018 season.
His career has been highlighted by numerous successes and awards, including the 5 All-Stars, 2015 NL Most Valuable Player, ESPN MLB Person of the Year (2016), SWAC Player of the Year, and many others.
In 2017, there was speculation that the baseball right fielder could reach the half-billion mark or at least $400 million marks for his contract if he becomes a free agent.
There was also speculation that if he is able to get a 15-year contract, considering that he will only be 25 in 2018, in the range of $35 to $40 million per year, he could reach $600 million.
If the contract comes through, it will help him to become the highest-paid player in the history of the MLB. But right now, he has net assets estimated at over $13 million. That’s because, in 2018, he’s going to receive an annual salary of $13.62 million. Apart from his games, he has earned money from other commitments, including his sponsorship contracts.
In 2016 he bought a house in a Nevada community worth $2.7 million. The two-story house is just another of the luxurious properties owned by the outfielder.
Wife or Girlfriend, Is Bryce Married?
The Washington Nationals right fielder is married to Kayla Varner. They were married in 2016, after having been together as high school sweethearts since 2012. Although Varner is the only woman the baseball player has been associated with, their relationship did not seem to develop as planned, as they did not get engaged until 2014, hoping to be man and wife in 2015. However, they broke off the engagement before they got engaged again. This time it resulted in the covenant of marriage being made on December 16, 2016.
Interestingly, Kayla Varner, who like Harper was also born in 1992, is an athlete, just like her husband. She played football both in her school days and at university. Apart from that, she also has many other things in common with Bryce. For example, they are both members of the Mormon Church, and it was at the Mormon Temple in San Diego where they exchanged vows.
Their marriage was classic: Bryce Harper wore a jacket with the photos of Kyla on it. The ceremony was attended by friends and family of the couple, but non-Mormons were not allowed to attend the ceremony.
The young couple will not have children yet.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
In terms of physique, Bryce Harper is a person who not only stands upright but is also well built. With an athletic build, he is 190 cm (6 ft. 3) tall and weighs 97 kg (215 pounds). Further details of his body measurements have yet to be confirmed.