Astute Phelps learning his way with Jays

Blue Jays DH Josh Phelps, with a passion for math and books, is not your typical slugger.

Originally Published: April 17, 2003
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

As much as baseball people like Josh Phelps' numbers -- 18 homers and 58 RBI in just 74 games last year after his July 2 callup -- the Toronto DH might like numbers even more. How many guys in the big leagues dug calculus their senior year?

Phelps isn't your average big league power prodigy. Born in Alaska and raised in tiny Rathdrum, Idaho, he reads books -- real books! -- forsaking the standard clubhouse fare of "American Pie" and "Bonzo Goes to the Big Leagues." He graduated fourth in ...

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