Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies hit yet another home run last night. It was his 17th of the season in just 33 games. The number 17 isn’t exactly round, but that’s a record all the same.
Hoskins is now fastest player in baseball history to hit 17 career homers, reaching the mark in just 33 games. The old record — 42 games — which was held by Boston Braves outfielder Wally Berger, set in 1930. What’s more, Hoskins leads all of baseball in homers since he was called up on August 10.
On the year, Hoskins has a batting line of .310/.434/.784, those 17 homers and 37 driven in. That’s obviously not sustainable, but it sure has given Phillies fans without a lot of other reasons to watch their team this year tune in.
Tom Schuba of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler has filed suit against the White Sox for negligence. Fowler sustained a season-ending injury during a collision at Guaranteed Rate Field last June and is also bringing the lawsuit against the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority agency, as neither party took measures to secure the ballpark’s unpadded electrical box that exacerbated his injuries.
The 22-year-old outfielder was just two outs into his major league debut with the Yankees when the incident occurred. Fowler tracked a Jose Abreu foul ball down the first base line and flipped over the short railing. He was noticeably limping after colliding with a knee-high electrical box at the wall and collapsed to the ground within seconds before being carted off the field.
The official diagnosis: a ruptured patellar tendon and season-ending surgery on his right knee. Per Schuba’s report, which can be read here in full, Fowler has claimed “‘severe and permanent’ external and internal injuries, as well as mental pain and anguish” following the collision.
No specific demands have been publicized yet. Fowler is said to be seeking money from both the White Sox and the Sports Facilities Authority, likely enough to cover the “large sums” he spent on medical care for the surgery and related treatments.