WASHINGTON – Wherever he goes, it seems, J.T. Realmuto’s athletic achievements aren’t so much registered on a stat sheet as they are steeped in folklore.

As a high school quarterback in Oklahoma, his exploits were so staggering – 45 touchdowns on the strength of his right arm and legs his senior season – that a future major league teammate considered him legend as much as peer.

, his athleticism belied his position: He was the club’s best baserunner, manager Don Mattingly mused, even a tick better than future MVP Christian Yelich.

Now, as a Philadelphia Phillie, Realmuto has in just three months imbued in the star-studded club a sense that he can be their

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