Sports Tonight: Watching Rhys Hoskins play never gets boring

Rhys Hoskins waits to receive his International League Rookie of the Month award before his game vs. the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

OK, I’m getting bored with reading about Phillies rookie sensation Rhys Hoskins.

Actually, I’m not.

Hoskins is the most exciting thing about the Phillies since they lost the 2010 NLDS and fully embraced their slide from grace. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who will play the Phillies at 7:05 tonight at Citizens Bank Park (TV: CSN; radio: 94 WIP), have kept Hoskins from hitting home runs in the last two games. He’s damaged them in other ways.

On Tuesday, Hoskins ripped a two-out double that drove in three runs.

Run production is the key statistic for a major-league hitter. Through the first 39 games of a career, only Albert Pujols has had more than the 43 RBI that Hoskins has.

Looking at it another way, Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies, who leads MLB in RBI, is averaging .844 RBI per game.

Hoskins is averaging 1.1 RBI per game.

Here’s hoping Hoskins keeps making headlines for the Phillies for the next 15 years.

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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, right, celebrates after scoring on FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt, center left, in second overtime of a U.S. Open Cup soccer semifinal match last month. The Red Bulls won, 3-2. 

As MetroStars or Red Bulls, New York hasn’t won squat

In 1996, when Major League Soccer kicked off its inaugural season, the franchises in New York and Los Angeles were predicted to be the dominant franchises. It took a little time for the LA Galaxy to get to the top, but the franchise has won a record five MLS Cups and added two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups and one CONCACAF Champions League title.

Fans in New York have been more frustrated.

In 21 seasons, the franchise now known as the New York Red Bulls has had four names and two home stadiums but not a single MLS Cup or U.S. Open Cup.

That’s 0 for 42 in the battle for the two major soccer trophies in the United States.

Tonight, the Red Bulls, who also failed to win a title as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, the MetroStars and Red Bull New York, will try again for that first piece of elusive silverware when they play at Sporting Kansas City in the U.S. Open Cup final at 9 on ESPN2.

Sporting KC has had as many names, but unlike New York has won two MLS Cups and three U.S. Open Cups, including one over the Philadelphia Union.

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J.J. Redick makes a celebratory gesture after hitting a 3-pointer for the Clippers against Orlando last season.

What I’m reading

Columnist Bob Ford writes about how former St. Joseph’s star Jameer Nelson and new Sixers guard J.J. Redick developed a close friendship while playing in the NBA.

Apparently, Eagles coach Doug Pederson is the only guy who doesn’t believe he should be a bit leery about the ambitions of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Columnist Mike Sielski discusses the potential dangers.

Staff writer Matt Breen says that Paul Owens Award winners Scott Kingery and Tom Eshelman are just one complicated step away from joining the Phillies.

Whenever they get into trouble, school district officials claim the children are their top priority. Staff writer Valerie Russ writes about the problems with girls’ lacrosse and field hockey teams at Strawberry Mansion and makes you question things.

Not that long ago, Tiger Woods was the biggest attraction on the PGA Tour. Now, the PGA is considering removing Woods’ tournament for charity from the schedule.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News writes that the shaky relationship between Giants coach Ben McAdoo and quarterback Eli Manning could set the stage for the exit of both from New York.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot seems to be in one of those situations where everything is spinning out of control. If it wasn’t bad enough fighting a league suspension, Elliott is now in a controversy of whether he quit on his teammates in a game. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones again defends his star.

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Jay-Z performs on the Rocky stage during Made in America along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sept. 3, 2017.

The riff

I can understand why music mogul Jay-Z has reportedly declined an offer from the NFL to join Justin Timberlake and perform at halftime of Super Bowl LII.

Jay-Z is a vocal supporter of controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick, so to collaborate with the NFL, which has black-balled Kaepernick, would be extremely hypocritical.

Still, the better question is: Why would the NFL even consider Jay-Z as a halftime performer?

The “actual” Shawn Carter might have sold more than 100 million records and received 21 Grammy Awards, but much of his music has glorified drug dealing, gun violence and misogyny, among other things.

An NFL player who did some of the things Jay-Z raps about would find himself with a suspension.

Jay-Z declined the invitation to avoid coming off as a hypocrite. What’s the excuse from the NFL?  Why would it want Jay-Z to highlight its most important event?

As Jay-Z would rap, “Money, Cash” (slang for women of unsavory character).

Tonight’s schedule


Rockies at Giants, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
Dodgers at Phillies, 7 p.m. (CSN; WIP-FM 94.1, WNPV-AM 1440)
Red Sox at Orioles, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Indians at Angels, 10 p.m. (ESPN)

Preseason Hockey
Flyers vs. Islanders in Allentown, 7 p.m. (TCN, WPEN-FM 97.5)
Capitals at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
Canucks at Flames (joined in progress), 9:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

Golf on Golf Channel
European PGA: Portugal Masters, 6:30 a.m. Thursday

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Atlanta United, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
U.S. Open Cup final: New York Red Bulls at Sporting Kansas City, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Local Events

Phillies vs. Dodgers, 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park