Did MLB.com just give away one of the most anticipated decisions of the offseason?
Bryce Harper to the Phillies rumors have been swirling for some time now, and have picked up even more steam with the two sides planning to meet face to face in Las Vegas this weekend.
-Bryce Harper is MLB The Show's cover player for 2019— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) January 9, 2019
-The official account tweets out this before the Phillies are set to meet with Harper on Saturday
-It's with a custom link with the words "Bryce Phanatic" https://t.co/APg9ySEaUn
USA Today's Bob Nightengale famously reported earlier this offseason to "bank on the Phillies signing Harper" and even doubled down on Thursday's 'High Hopes' podcast, saying that Harper to Philadelphia is more probable than ever.
Matt Rappa of Sports Talk Philly did some digging on MLB.com and found something interesting regarding the HTML of Harper's biography/statistics page.
He found eight instances of the term "Phillies" in the code, including "Philadelphia Phillies" and "Active Roster" with a link that redirects to a blank, dark page.
Rappa searched other players' bio's HTML code to see if it was merely a fluke, but he only found one player bio that contained the same string of code "Philadelphia%20Phillies%3A%20Roster%3A%20Active%20Roster"
WOAH, WOAH, WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE? pic.twitter.com/Ull8WaXARo— Nick Brown (@NickyBeaster) January 11, 2019