Bryce Harper gave a homeless woman jar of money

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From May 5 to May 8, the Washington Nationals played the Chicago Cubs. During the Cubs' four game sweep of the Nationals, outfielder Bryce Harper was walked an unheard of 13 times (including six times on Sunday) during the four game series. While Harper didn't have the weekend that he desired at the plate, he made sure that at least one person could be happy when he gave a huge jar of money to a homeless woman before leaving Chicago.

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Harper is a rare baseball player. He could go down as the greatest left-handed hitter since Barry Bonds. Harper might even go down as better than Bonds when it's all said and done. What's important is that Harper appears to be as great of a person off the field as he is on the field. Considering Harper has already won an NL MVP and is the likely favorite to win it again this season, that's saying something.

He talks about wanting to "make baseball great again". It's apparent that he's applying that philosophy to life in general. Harper's taking a hands-on approach to it as well. Athletes should not be championed because so many of them fail to be the role models that fans expect them to be. Harper could be the exception to that rule. We could all learn something from him — be the change that you want to see.

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Honorable Mentions:

Craig Biggio, Roy Halladay, Trevor Hoffman, Mike Mussina, Joe Mauer, Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, Jeff Bagwell, Eric Gagne, CC Sabathia, Tim Hudson, Chase Utley, Nomar Garciaparra, Miguel Tejada, Juan Gonzalez, Mark Buehrle, Roy Oswalt, Andy Pettitle, Curt Schilling, Bobby Abreu, Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Beltran, Edgar Martinez, Johan Santana, Jason Giambi, Raphael Palmiero, Barry Larkin, Fred McGriff.

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25. Mike Trout

Rookie of the Year, MVP, 4-time All-Star

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24. Jim Thome

600+ home runs, 5-time All-Star, 72.9 bWAR

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23. John Smoltz

200+ wins, 150+ saves, 8-time All-Star

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22. Frank Thomas

2-time MVP, 4-time All-Star, 500+ home runs

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21. Mike PIazza

All-time catching home run leader (400+ home runs), 12-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year

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20. David Ortiz

9-time All-Star, 3-time World Series champion, 400+ home runs

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19. Vladimir Guerrero

9-time All-Star, MVP, 400+ home runs, .318 batting average, 126 outfield assists

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18. Tom Glavine

2-time Cy Young, 10-time All-Star, 300+ wins

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17. Randy Johnson

10-time All-Star, 5-time Cy Young winner, World Series champion

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16. Manny Ramirez

12-time All-Star, 9-time Silver Slugger winner, 2-time World Series champion, 2,500+ hits, 555 home runs

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15. Greg Maddux

4 consecutive Cy Youngs, 8-time All-Star, 18-time Gold Glove

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14. Miguel Cabrera

10-time All-Star, 2-time MVP, 400+ home runs

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13. Ivan Rodriguez

14-time All-Star, World Series champion, MVP, 13-time Gold Glove award, 7-time Silver Slugger winner, 300+ home runs

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12. Albert Pujols

3-time MVP, 10-time All-Star, 500+ home runs, 2-time Gold Glove

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11. Sammy Sosa

600+ home runs, 7-time All-Star, 6-time Silver Slugger

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10. Mark McGwire

12-time All-Star, 583 home runs, 2-time World Series champion

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9. Ken Griffey Jr.

13-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove winner, MVP, 4-time home run champion

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8. Derek Jeter

14-time All-Star, 5-time World Series champion, 3,000 hits, 5-time Gold Glove

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7. Cal Ripken Jr.

19-time All-Star, 2-time MVP, 8-time Silver Slugger, MLB record for consecutive games played (2,632), 400+ home runs

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6. Alex Rodriguez

14-time All-Star, 3-time MVP, 40-40 season, 600+ home runs, 3,000+ hits

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5. Mariano Rivera

13-time All-Star, 5-time World Series winner, All-time saves leader (652), World Series MVP

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4. Pedro Martinez

8-time All-Star, 3-time Cy Young, 3,000+ career strikeouts

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3. Tony Gwynn

15-time All-Star, 7-time Silver Slugger winner, 8-time batting champion, 3,000+ hits

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2. Roger Clemens

7-time Cy Young winner, 357 wins, 11-time All-Star Game, 2-time World Series champion, MVP

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1. Barry Bonds

Home run king (762), 14-time All-Star, 7-time MVP

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