Ed Barkowitz has played in a variety of fantasy sports leagues, but draws the line at fantasy NASCAR. He is a lifelong South Philadelphian, reared about a mile from the sports complex. He attended St. Joseph's Prep high school, and Villanova and Widener universities. Among his most prized possessions is the scorebook he used during the 1980 World Series when he was 10 years old.
ATLANTIC CITY — Bryce Harper is favored to win the Home Run Derby, but Rhys Hoskins is getting some major respect from the oddsmakers.
The William Hill company, which operates the sportsbook at the Ocean Resort in Atlantic City, opened its Derby odds on Sunday morning. Harper is at +$280. Hoskins is next at +$500, followed by Jesus Aguilar and Kyle Schwarber at +$550 each.
Hoskins isn't old enough to remember Bonds-McGwire HR derby duel in '96, but growing up a Giants fan, he watched replays of it. What advice would his younger self give him in advance of being in the Derby? "I would probably tell myself, 'Make sure you don't swing and miss.'"