Phillies news: A-Rod drops big blunder with Rhys Hoskins

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 28: Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, currently with ESPN for Sunday Night Baseball, looks on during batting practice before the game Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 28: Former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, currently with ESPN for Sunday Night Baseball, looks on during batting practice before the game Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Alex Rodriguez hasn’t been keeping up with his Phillies news

The Phillies are playing on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in Atlanta with Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez on the call. Just two and a half innings in, the former Yankee Rodriguez dropped a big factual error during the broadcast.

With the Phillies up 1-0 after Alec Bohm’s first career home run, Rhys Hoskins stepped up and delivered a solo home run of his own.

That home run was the second of the year for Hoskins, and A-Rod came in with some very incorrect analysis on the Phillies first baseman.

Rodriguez declared that Hoskins had hit his second home run in a week, which is true, but said that he’s doing it in a contract year.

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Alex Rodriguez needs to study up more on the Phillies

That’s a big blunder on the part of Alex Rodriguez, a guy many enjoy listening to on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

Playing in his fourth big league season (third full year) Hoskins has three years of arbitration eligibility until he becomes a free agent. Hoskins won’t be in a “contract year” until the 2023 season when he stands to be a free agent for the 2024 season.

It’s quite possible Rodriguez mixed up Hoskins with J.T. Realmuto or his former teammate Didi Gregorius, who are both free agents after this year. But to drop that kind of blunder on a nationally televised game is a tough one for A-Rod.

Mistakes happen and A-Rod is (we think) human, but broadcasters can’t have a factual error that all Phillies fans know is wrong, especially when you’re the national broadcast and fans don’t have any other place to go.

I’ve never been a fan of A-Rod on TV. His cadence when talking sounds too much like a video game recording and he has a lot of those factual errors during games.

If he does end up buying the Mets, he’ll thankfully be off the air and continue to run the Mets into the ground.