Ricky Bo- Replacing Hoskins Wont Be Easy, But They Have Options
A routine ground ball to first base, an awkward little turn by Rhys Hoskins, and most likely the end of a season before it began for the “Big Fella”. Hoskins tore his ACL on the play, a rough thing to hear for any ball player. Hoskins was coming up on a big free agent year while having himself a very nice Spring for the Phillies. It may have ended on March 23!
The biggest objective for a ballplayer is trying to stay healthy through Spring Training. Reports are saying it is a torn left ACL. Hoskins will seek a second opinion. But the reality is sinking in that he will miss the entire 2023 season.
In the picture for the Phillies, is Darick Hall. Who most likely will get the majority of time at first base now. Hall has been working on getting better against left-handed pitchers in the offseason and in the Spring. Last season Hall did some damage with (9 homers and 16 rbi’s), but these production numbers were all vs. right-handed pitching. His numbers in 2022 vs.LHP (1-12, .083, 7 k’s), a small sample size but… eh.
Production and trying to make up 30+ homers and sizeable rbi numbers won’t be simple, but besides Hall, what is the answer to 1st base? Well, some may say J.T. Realmuto for some games…maybe, but the Phillies are already thin at the catcher position (Stubbs with knee, and Marchan with hand) I don’t know if this is viable. Realmuto may be plugged in for a few games here and there….to get him out of the squat, fine. Also, what about Kyle Schwarber for a hand full of games, I can buy into that. I guess that guy has some pop! Now, a popular thought is just moving Bohm over to first, I get this, you have Sosa, who can play third, and both have proven they can play the positions respectfully. The bottom line is give Hall a chance. We may be pleasantly surprised!
Moves are moves, I simply believe two things, the Phillies have hit a bit of turbulence, and I believe Dave Dombrowski has built a team that can overcome some injuries, this is why the leadership on this team is extremely important right now. Number 2, Hoskins and his run production is not easily replaced!
12 Options The Phillies Have for Replacing Rhys Hoskins at First Base