PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — J.T. Realmuto is known in Philadelphia as the “BCIB” — best catcher in baseball. On Tuesday night, in Denver, Colorado, Realmuto did something no Phillie has done since 1981.
Homer in an All-Star Game.
Realmuto, in the bottom of the fifth inning, got the National League on the scoreboard with a solo home run to right-center field in his second at-bat of the game.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 14, 2021
The catcher became the first Phillie to slug a homer in the All-Star game since Mike Schmidt in 1981.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) July 14, 2021
The 30-year-old Realmuto started at catcher and went 1 for 2 with a homer and a strikeout. He caught five innings and was replaced by Milwaukee catcher Omar Narvaez.
Realmuto joins Zack Wheeler as the Phillies two All-Stars. As of the sixth inning, Wheeler has yet to make an appearance.