Rhys Hoskins gets into argument with fan, apologizes

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In the bottom of the sixth inning of Monday’s game against the Yankees, Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins struck out on a 2-2 David Robertson curve that bounced in the dirt. Hoskins didn’t appear to be totally aware of the situation, as he didn’t immediately run to first base. Catcher Austin Romine retrieved the ball and threw to first base to complete the strikeout.

On his way back to the dugout, Hoskins received some criticism from the fans behind the Phillies’ dugout. The NBC Sports Philadelphia cameras captured Hoskins jawing back before descending down the dugout steps. After placing his helmet down, Hoskins came back up the steps to continue arguing with a fan. He appeared to say, “You go hit.”

The Phillies went on to lose 4-2 to the Yankees. After the game, Hoskins apologized for his conduct with the fan, saying he was frustrated in the moment. Per Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic, Hoskins said, “It shouldn’t happen, it can’t happen.” He added, “I was in the wrong.” Hoskins also said he couldn’t remember what words were said between him and the fan.

Hoskins, who went 0-for-4 on the night, is batting .252/.373/.470 with 11 home runs, 43 RBI, and 41 runs scored in 285 plate appearances this season.

Phillies, RHP Taijuan Walker reportedly agree to 4-year deal

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SAN DIEGO – The active Philadelphia Phillies added Taijuan Walker to their rotation on Tuesday, agreeing to a $72 million, four-year contract with the right-hander.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

It was the second major free-agent score for the Phillies at the winter meetings after they reeled in shortstop Trea Turner on Monday with a $300 million, 11-year deal. Walker and Turner join a Phillies team that made it to the World Series this year before losing to the Houston Astros.

The 30-year-old Walker went 12-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 29 starts this season for the New York Mets, one of Philadelphia’s biggest NL East rivals. He slots into a rotation fronted by Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola.

The Phillies recently lost pitcher Zach Eflin in free agency to Tampa Bay.

Asked about the market for Walker earlier in the day, agent Scott Boras said it was robust.

“As you can see in the marketplace, there’s a whole number of pitchers that are throwing 60 and 70 innings that have been pursued, probably with the exception of (Jacob) deGrom, at the lower end of threshold around $13-15 million a year because the demand for quality pitching is so great,” Boras said.

“So, Tai … is one of the younger ones, one of the more durable ones and we expect him to be pursued greatly as his market unfolds.”

Walker was selected by Seattle with the No. 43 pick in the 2010 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Mariners in 2013.

Walker signed with New York as a free agent in February 2021. He turned down a $7.5 million player option last month in favor of a $3 million buyout, making his deal worth $17 million over two seasons.

The 6-foot-4 Walker made the All-Star team for the first time in 2021, putting together a fast start before fading to a 7-11 record with a 4.47 ERA in 30 games, 29 starts.