Harper told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that by the time the Giants made a last-ditch effort to sign him, he and his wife already decided on the Phillies.
Bryce Harper explains why he chose Phillies over Giants https://t.co/jvzCXl6wLX— Mercury News (@mercnews) March 22, 2019
“We sat there and talked for a little bit,” Harper told Rosenthal after receiving Philly’s offer. “And I remember standing there, me hugging her and saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to Philly.’ That was before we even heard from San Fran. San Fran called back, offered whatever it was. By that point, it was kind of like, ‘I’m already a Philadelphia Phillie.’
“In my heart, I was already a Philadelphia Phillie. It was nothing against San Francisco. They’re a great organization. It’s a great city. It just came down to what I felt. And by that point, it was Philly.”
"It was nothing against San Francisco. They’re a great organization. It’s a great city. It just came down to what I felt. And by that point, it was Philly.”— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) March 22, 2019
Harper reveals his decision was down to the Giants and Phillies. (via @KleinschmidtJD)https://t.co/5WM24fLX3O pic.twitter.com/ItoGPu8Xzo
Harper might not admit that it was a driving force, but the taxes are much higher living in California than in Pennsylvania.
San Francisco wasn't the highest bidder, as they reportedly offered a 12-year, $310 million contract, so he'd be making much less playing in the Bay Area, and it's not like he has great numbers at cavernous Oracle Park, possessing a slash line of .164/.305/.284 with 2 home runs in 19 games.
It appears he made the right decision both on and off the field, as the Phillies are much closer to contention than the Giants.