WHO'S THE most powerful rookie of them all? Yankees rightfielder Aaron Judge, who had clouted 43 dingers through Sunday, or Dodgers first baseman--outfielder Cody Bellinger, who had clobbered 38? Um, neither. The Phillies have a first baseman--outfielder of their own, Rhys Hoskins, who was called up on Aug. 10 and proceeded to plaster 18 taters in his first 34 games. That's an MLB record, on the way to which Hoskins also set records for the fewest games to reach 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 home runs to start a career. His 34-game barrage of long balls was accompanied by a .314 average and 39 RBIs (also a record). His 1.247 OPS over 147 at bats (including Triple A) has been achieved by only three players: Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Barry Bonds. Here are the previous HR leaders through 34 games.
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