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Nats ‘disappointed’ in Byrce Harper no-show at fan event

 (Associated Press)
(Associated Press)

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that the club was “disappointed” that outfielder Bryce Harper did not show up Saturday at the NatsFest fan festival in Washington. In a statement emailed by one of his agent’s employees, Harper said: “I have attended NatsFest each year and always enjoy my experience with the fans, but was unable to attend this year’s event due to matters out of my control.” The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance on Harper’s behalf over whether he should be able to void the 2015 terms in the final season of a $9.9 million, five-year contract he signed when drafted. An arbitrator hearing could happen next week. “We’re disappointed he’s not here, but he chose not to be here because of the grievance,” Rizzo said. – AP

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