Max Muncy has done his part to make it clear he did not intentionally spike Rhys Hoskins during a play at first base.
During Thursday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers, Muncy stepped on the heel of Hoskins as he crossed first base. While some called it a dirty play, Muncy said after the game that he immediately apologized for the step. Replays also show Muncy turning around and gesturing as if to apologize immediately after spiking the Phillies first baseman.
While this may have rubbed some Phillies players the wrong way, the Dodgers had their turn to be upset later in the game. After Hector Neris recorded the save, Dodgers players took exception to the Phillies closer staring into their dugout.
The Philadelphia Phillies moved Rhys Hoskins to first base after his disastrous season defensively in left field last season, and the youngster has been an adventure at his new position, too.
Hoskins made his fifth error of the season in the top of the first inning of Philly’s game against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, and it was an embarrassing one. He thought he had scooped up a weak ground ball from Nolan Arenado and applied the tag, only the ball was never in his glove.
Hoskins is hitting .267 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI this season, so it goes without saying that he is a valuable piece of the Phillies’ lineup. It’s unfortunate that they play in the National League, because he has designated hitter written all over him.
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins hit a bomb off Mets reliever Jacob Rhame Wednesday night, and then proceeded to take his sweet time admiring his work with a 34-second home run trot around the bases.
Take a look:
For some context, at the end of Tuesday night’s game, Rhame came in during garbage time with the Mets up by 8, and unleashed a pitch that buzzed Hoskins’ tower, briefly bringing players off both benches. Rhame insisted that there was no intent with the pitch and he was just trying to pitch inside, while Hoskins was not really buying it.
After Hoskins got his revenge and sent a message, reporters in the Mets’ clubhouse were eager to see if this situation might escalate between the division rivals. Rhame was not biting, though.
He responded to a question with “He got me. If I make a better pitch, he doesn’t get to run the bases,” and continued to avoid showing any ill feelings publicly when given several opportunities.
Gabe Kapler had a crow to pluck with the Atlanta Braves after Sunday’s game.
The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Braves 5-1 in a contest that featured a solo home run off the bat of Bryce Harper in the seventh inning. The next batter was Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins, and Braves righty Shane Carle took out his frustration on him with a beanball, promptly earning an ejection.
After the game, Kapler, the Phillies manager, called out Atlanta for throwing at Hoskins. Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal offered the quote.
Kapler’s interesting wording aside, Hoskins was drilled nine times last season, which was among the higher marks in the NL. At the rate 2019 has started, hopefully Hoskins still has his special helmet that Twitter loved so much.
Rhys Hoskins teamed up with Little Leaguer Alfred Delia to film a great video on Sunday.
Hoskins’ Philadelphia Phillies were set to face the New York Mets on Sunday night as part of the Little League Classic. Being in Williamsport, Penn. gave Hoskins and other major leaguers the chance to interact with some Little League players.
This video between Hoskins and “Big Al” stole the show:
Big Al went viral this month thanks to a hilarious player intro he filmed for a Little League World Series regional game. The video with Hoskins was a tribute to that video, where Big Al talked about hitting dingers.
Rhys Hoskins got into it with a fan during Monday’s loss to the New York Yankees, and now he is acknowledging that he probably shouldn’t have.
After striking out in the sixth inning of the 4-2 defeat, the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder was seen jawing with somebody in the stands as he retreated back into the dugout. Ben Harris of The Athletic reported that Hoskins, who went down the dugout steps and then came back out to continue the conversation, appeared to say, “You go hit,” while motioning to home plate.
After the game, Hoskins apologized for the incident and admitted that he was in the wrong, according to The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro.
Hoskins’ sour evening was a rare blemish on what has otherwise been a strong sophomore season so far for him. Granted, he may be an easy target for the fans these days considering his sense of fashion.
Rhys Hoskins is going with the “safety first” look as he makes his return from a recent jaw injury, and it’s leading to quite the reaction from social media.
The Philadelphia Phillies phenom was back in the lineup on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers and sported a helmet with double protective flaps.
Twitter could not get enough of Hoskins’ look, and the memes soon arrived.
Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was not too concerned with the status of Rhys Hoskins, who left Monday night’s 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers after taking a foul ball off his face.
Hoskins fouled a ball off his face on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the top of the ninth while facing Kenley Jansen.
The Phillies youngster was bloodied after being hit and had to be replaced by Pedro Florimon.
After the game, Kapler was not overly concerned about the status of Hoskins, who has a cut on his lower lip, according to MLB.com reporter Todd Zolecki.
For the season, Hoskins is batting .230 with 13 doubles and six homers for a .770 OPS.
Expanded rosters change Major League Baseball in a big way in the month of September. The ability to carry up to 40 players on the big-league team gives clubs the opportunity to do much more than when they are limited to 25 players. They can load their bullpen with every conceivable matchup; pile up potential pinch hitters; and, for clubs out of contention — and even a few teams still in it — expanded rosters offer teams the chance to assess some of their top prospects.
Here’s a list of 12 top prospects who have already been called up to the majors in either August or September that are worth watching when they get opportunities down the stretch.
Lucas Giolito, SP, White Sox
Giolito arrived in August — not for his MLB debut, which he’d already made in 2016 for the Washington Nationals, but for a stint with the White Sox that may well prove permanent. It sure looks that way based on his first five starts. He has a 2.56 ERA, 26 strikeouts in 32.2 innings, and two very strong performances against the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays, the latter featuring 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Giolito doesn’t quite have the same reputation he had when he was a Nationals super-prospect, but he clearly has something to offer at this level. He could prove the Nats foolish for trading him in the Adam Eaton deal.
Jack Flaherty, SP, Cardinals
The likes of Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are rightfully getting all the publicity, but there is another rookie slugger quietly making a name for himself in Philadelphia.
Left fielder Rhys Hoskins was called up by the Phillies and made his MLB debut on Aug. 10. In that short period of time, he’s hit 11 home runs, including a bomb on Sunday that meant he had homered for the fifth consecutive game.
Hoskins has been doing some crazy things since he was called up. He won’t get the publicity of Judge and Bellinger because he’s playing on a team that isn’t anywhere close to contending, but he’s proving to be just as exciting as his counterparts so far.