Kyle Schwarber, former Indiana baseball player, makes B1G history with Philadelphia Phillies
Former Indiana baseball star and current Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber made B1G history Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. No surprise, it came with the long ball.
Schwarber went 2-for-5 with a 3-run home run and a run in the Phillies’ 18-11 loss to the Blue Jays. The 3-run blast off Toronto reliever Julian Merryweather was Schwarber’s 3rd homer in 5 games and his 40th of the season. With the dinger, Schwarber became the first B1G alum to hit 40 home runs in a single season in over 5 decades.
Kyle Schwarber hit his 4⃣0⃣th HR last night, becoming the first B1G player to reach the mark in 5+ decades. pic.twitter.com/1QxPjfj2ky
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 21, 2022
Currently, Schwarber leads the National League in home runs, holding a 3-run edge over Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley. For the season, Schwarber currently possesses a .215 batting average with 114 hits, 84 RBIs, 89 runs scored, 73 walks, and 7 stolen bases.
A member of the Hoosiers’ baseball team from 2012-14, Schwarber played both catcher and outfield. In 2014, he was a Johnny Bench Award Finalist, along with a 1st Team All-American for both Baseball America and Perfect Game after setting records in Bloomington. Schwarber would finish with a .358 batting average to go along with 14 home runs, 48 RBIs, 44 walks, and 66 runs scored.
Schwarber was drafted 4th overall by the Chicago Cubs in 2014. This offseason, he signed a four-year, $79 million contract with Philadelphia.