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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34), runs to the field from the dug out at the start of the Nationals last home game of the season during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

If you imagine the news Philadelphia Phillies fans are hoping to get to be a hittable, belt-high fastball, the info they keep getting via Twitter is a wicked curveball.

Though Major League Baseball All-Star Bryce Harper could very well sign with Philly any day now, the coveted free agent has not inked a deal with the Phillies yet despite circulated rumors.

Some Phillies fans have fallen for fake news like an anxious hitter whiffing at a slower-than-expected pitch.

A tweet by someone pretending to be a contributor to an ESPN radio station in the City of Brotherly Love duped thousands of Phillies fans. The fake account — @JeffEvansMLB, which is now suspended — claimed that the Phillies had agreed to a deal that would be finalized this week.

“He does not work here, never did. I have no knowledge of who he is,” 97.3 ESPN program director Mike Gill told The Philadelphia Inquirer of Evans. “We are aware and have contacted Twitter, and the Phillies have been in contact.”

The post was retweeted more than 730 times and had racked up more than 80,000 impressions — not counting how widespread it likely went off the Internet — before it was taken down by Twitter on Tuesday morning, the Inquirer reported.

Harper and Manny Manchado, both 26-year-old baseball superstars, are two of the biggest names still available in MLB.

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Harper could make an announcement about his future on Tuesday, according to MLB The Show.

Harper, a six-time All-Star and the 2015 NL MVP, played for the Washington Nationals from 2012-18.

The Las Vegas native is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He wrote about meeting President Russell M. Nelson and Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, on his Instagram account in October after attending the church’s 188th Semiannual General Conference.

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As I sit here in the Salt Lake City airport I’ve been pondering about the last couple days I was able to spend in Utah with all my family. Of course you all know my season came to an end this year quite early & that was very unfortunate, but with that being said I was sitting back & thinking this will be the first year me and my wife will be able to attend General Conference and hear from the amazing leaders of our Church. As we were flying in on Thursday, I was so excited & anxious to get to Utah to enjoy this great weekend with everybody. So many smiling and energetic faces ready to do the same as me. We had some free time on Friday so we were able to do a session in the beautiful Salt Lake Temple. This was my first session in this temple and what an experience we had. The spirit was on my mind so strongly & the craziness that this offseason will bring. But when I am feeling such things or in a frame of mind like that nothing feeds my soul more than learning & being more in tune with my Lord & Savior in His house upon the earth! Later in the day we had an incredible opportunity to meet with President Nelson & the “German Shepard” Elder Uchtdorf. I can’t begin to describe to any of you how much wisdom and knowledge these men have. President Nelson had me in shock. He had an overwhelming feeling around him of the spirit. He walked into the room and I immediately teared up and began to think if it was even appropriate for me to be in the same room as this man because of how incredible he is. He came over and shook my hand, my wife’s hand, and family’s hands and we talked for a couple minutes. By the end I couldn’t help but think when this man talks it is the truth. It is the word of God & everything that I want to be part of. My mind was racing & I didn’t really have much time to catch my breathe or really sit back and think about what I had just heard or what had just happened because up the elevator & down the hallway stood one of my biggest hero’s and the biggest spiritual gangster’s that I’ve seen, Elder Uchtdorf. When I walked into his office he greeted me with the biggest smile & just the most friendly vibe I’ve ever seen or felt. He was so personable ➡️

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