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Smashing Debuts

Yet another rookie masher emerges
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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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PLAYER

TEAM

YEAR

HRs

Wally Joyner

Angels

1986

13

Mike Jacobs

Mets/Marlins

2005-06

13

Kevin Maas

Yankees

1990

13

Gary Sanchez

Yankees

2015-16

12

Dave Hostetler

Expos/Rangers

1981-82

12

Wally Berger

Red Sox

1930

12

Jose Abreu

White Sox

2014

12

Chris Davis

Rangers

2008

11

Albert Pujols

Cardinals

2001

11

Willie McCovey

Giants

1959

11

Sam Horn

Red Sox

1987

11

Trevor Story

Rockies

2016

11

Shane Spencer

Yankees

1988-89

11

George Scott

Red Sox

1966

11