Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An appreciation of Rhys Hoskins

Forget the Eagles.

At least for a few days. Unless, of course, you're a kicker. In that case, stand by. They might nee you. Instead, let's talk about Rhys Hoskins.

The legend continues to grow.

Hoskins hit two more home runs last night, a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh that kickstarted the Phils' comeback from a 7-3 deficit, and a monster blast to dead center that evened the game again in the bottom of the 10th after the Marlins had taken the lead in the top half of the frame.

Hoskins now has 16 home runs in 112 at-bats since he broke into the Phillies lineup on Aug. 10.

How sizzling has Hoskins been.

Consider Ryan Howard's National League Rookie of the Year season in 2005. The slugger took over for Jim Thome after a season-ending injury. Howard took over first base duties and slammed 22 home runs in just 312 at bats, hitting at a .288 average and knocked in 63 runs.

Hoskins already has 16 dingers in a lot fewer at-bats.

He's easily hit more homers in his first 31 games than any other Phillie. Dick Allen, Pat Burrell and Ricky Jordan all had 6. Tommy Joseph hit 8 and some guys named Buzz Arlett and Don hurst both hit 9, in 1931 and 1928, respectively.

Hoskins could wind up leading the team in homers. Joseph has 21 and Maikel Franco has hit 20.

Think Hoskins can kick field goals?

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