Craig Calcaterra

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Rhys Hoskins fastest player to 17 home runs in MLB history


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.