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Rhys Hoskins out of running for 2018 Rookie of the Year — and that's OK with him

Rhys Hoskins out of running for 2018 Rookie of the Year — and that's OK with him

Rhys Hoskins won the Eastern League Rookie of the Year award in 2016.
 
He won the International League Rookie of the Year award — he was also the league's Most Valuable Player — this season.
 
Hoskins will not make it three straight rookie of the year awards next year.
 
His eligibility for rookie status in 2018 quietly expired Monday night when he collected his 131st at-bat since joining the Phillies on Aug. 10. Once a player exceeds 130 at-bats (or 50 innings for a pitcher) he is not considered a rookie for the next season.
 
Hoskins is not disappointed that he won't be in the running to be the National League's top rookie next season.
 
He'd much rather have come to the big leagues when he did.
 
"There's too much valuable information being learned up here," he said.
 
Hoskins is eligible for this year's NL Rookie of the Year award, though he won't catch Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger, who is the favorite to win the award. Bellinger, in town this week with the Dodgers, has 38 homers and 88 RBIs.
 
At the time of his recall from Triple A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 10, Hoskins was leading the International League with 29 homers, 91 RBIs and a .966 OPS. He ended up third in the league in homers and retained his RBI and OPS leads.
 
Hoskins has had a dynamic arrival in the majors. He entered Monday night's game against the Dodgers leading the majors in homers (18), RBIs (38) and OPS (1.244) since Aug. 14.
 
And he was the NL Rookie of the Month for August.
 
So he can live without the chance to win one more rookie honor.
 
The Phillies have had four rookies of the year in their history — Jack Sanford (1957), Dick Allen (1964), Scott Rolen (1997) and Ryan Howard (2005).
 
Rolen, interesting enough, was on his way to exhausting his rookie status when his season in 1996 ended at 130 at-bats. He was hit by a pitch from Chicago Cubs pitcher Steve Trachsel on Sept. 7 and suffered a broken wrist. The injury ended his season but preserved his rookie status for 1997 and he won the Rookie of the Year award.
 
"At the time, I wasn't really happy with [Trachsel]," Rolen said on the day he was announced as the award winner in November 1997. "Now, I might give him a call and thank him."
 
Rolen hit .283 with 21 homers and 92 RBIs that season. He made $150,000 that year, then the major-league minimum, but earned a $25,000 bonus for winning the Rookie of the Year award. So a little pain equaled a nice gain.
 
Rolen's winning the award in 1997 snapped a string of five straight Dodgers' rookies of the year — Eric Karros (1992), Mike Piazza (1993), Raul Mondesi (1994), Hideo Nomo (1995) and Todd Hollandsworth (1996).

10 years ago today: Unheralded Ryan Madson key to Phillies' World Series run

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10 years ago today: Unheralded Ryan Madson key to Phillies' World Series run

Ten years ago this month, the Phillies won their second World Series title in franchise history. Over the next few weeks, Jim Salisbury will look back at the team's run through the NLCS and World Series.

Baseball is an everyday game of rhythm and momentum and when a team is riding a good wave the last thing it wants is a day off. The Phillies got six of them between their NLCS clincher in Los Angeles and Game 1 of the World Series in St. Petersburg.

The Tampa Bay Rays had advanced to the World Series by beating the favored Boston Red Sox in the ALCS and they were a majors-best 57-24 at home.

So heading into Tropicana Field, the Phillies needed a quick start for a lot of reasons, mostly to knock off any rust that had accumulated after a weeklong layoff. They got it from two of the offensive forces of their team. Jayson Werth drew a one-out walk against Scott Kazmir in the first inning and Chase Utley followed with a two-run homer to give the Phillies the quick lead they needed. The Phils manufactured a run in the fourth to go up, 3-0, and pitching and defense made it all stand up for a 3-2 win. (The pitching and defense had to be good because Phillies' hitters were 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 men.)

The starting pitching matchup featured two exciting, young lefties. Kazmir had been the 15th overall pick in the 2002 draft. Cole Hamels was the 17th overall pick. Hamels continued his breakout month with seven innings of two-run ball to improve to 4-0 in that postseason. In 29 innings, he'd struck out 27 and allowed just five runs to that point.

Hamels got some assists in this one. Manager Charlie Manuel liked to use slick-fielding Pedro Feliz at third base behind lefties Hamels and Jamie Moyer. The move paid off when Feliz made a big play to start a clutch 5-4-3 double play to get Hamels out of a bases-loaded jam in the third.

Brad Lidge wrapped it up with his sixth save of the postseason but before that Ryan Madson logged a scoreless eighth inning. To that point in the postseason, he'd pitched 10 innings and given up just one run.

Late in the season, Madson became a demon out of the bullpen for 2008 Phillies. Something clicked for him. His shoulder, which had bothered him a year earlier, got healthy and he became more serious about his craft. He gained confidence and attacked hitters with a high-90s fastball and a knee-buckling changeup. So many things came together for that championship team. Madson's emergence might have been overshadowed at times, but it was huge.

"Ryan's confidence is like a closer's right now," Lidge said after the Game 1 win. "He's learned how to dominate guys."

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Reds name former Phillies third baseman David Bell manager

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Reds name former Phillies third baseman David Bell manager

A former Phillies third baseman has landed his first MLB managing job in Cincinnati, and no, it's not Scott Rolen.

The Reds on Sunday morning named David Bell their next manager and will introduce the former Phillie on Monday afternoon. It's a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth.

Bell was the Giants' vice president of player development in 2018 and previously managed the Reds' minor-league system. He managed Cincinnati's Double A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats, from 2009-11 and then its Triple Affiliate, the Louisville Bats, in 2011. Bell, a Cincinnati native, was reportedly up for the  Blue Jays and Rangers manager jobs.

Phillies fans will remember Bell from his four-year, $17 million contract he signed with the team in the winter of 2002. Bell never duplicated the success he had with San Francisco here. He had an abysmal first season here, hitting just .195 in 85 games. He bounced back the next year for a respectable .291/.363/.458 slash line with 18 homers and 77 RBIs, but that was as good as it got.

The Phillies were able to move on from Bell in 2006, trading the third baseman to the Brewers.

But now the 46-year-old has worked his way up the coaching ranks and has a chance to manage the team he grew up rooting for. That doesn't happen too often.

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