J.T. Realmuto is among the best backstops in Major League Baseball. Gregory Soto of the Detroit Tigers found that out first-hand in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game at Coors Field in Colorado.
With the American League up 4-0, Realmuto took a Soto pitch deep with a 430-foot blast over the right field fence to put the National League on the board.
In a surprising piece of information, Realmuto is the first Philadelphia Phillies player to hit a homer in the All-Star Game since Mike Schmidt back in 1981. That’s 40 years without a long ball from this organization in the Midsummer Classic.
A three-time All-Star, Realmuto entered the break hitting .269 with eight homers and 34 RBI for a Phillies team that sits at 44-44 and in second place in the National League East.