Rob Thomson Hints at Rhys Hoskins Return in NLCS
When Rhys Hoskins tore his ACL on March 23, the world of the Philadelphia Phillies didn’t expect him to play in NLCS.
One of the only homegrown products at the top end of the roster had just helped the team to the World Series in 2022. He wasn’t perfect on the climb, but he deserved another chance to bring a title to Philadelphia in the final year of his contract.
It seemed like an unfair disaster that he wouldn’t get that chance. Did Phillies fans jump the gun?
Rob Thomson Speaks On Rhys Hoskins
Rob Thomson spoke about his slugger. Will Hoskins be active for the NLCS as a designated hitter option?
“I won’t tell you that because that would give away some of our roster. That comes out at 10 o’clock tomorrow, but he’s doing pretty well. He’s getting live at-bats, and he’s getting at-bats off the treject. He’s running bases. He’s sliding. He’s doing pretty much everything except for taking groundballs.” -Thomson
Thomson had a chance to say no. He didn’t say no.
The Red October crowd has provided the most incredible home-field advantage the Phillies could’ve asked for. Their 26-11 record at Citizens Bank Park gives them the best home record among MLB teams who’ve played 20 or more postseason games in their own ballpark.
One of the most famous moments in Citizens Bank Park playoff history happened with Rhys Hoskins at the plate. The bat spike in Game 3 of the NLDS was one of the most electrifying moments of the 2023 MLB postseason.
The 1st baseman made it through the rebuild. The Phillies selected him in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Draft. He is one of the few success stories of a wonky Matt Klentak rebuild. Will he be part of a team that gets over the hump for a World Series in 2023?
To me, this sounds like Rhys Hoskins is about to join the roster. pic.twitter.com/h1HAmIdnSf— John Foley (@2008Philz) October 15, 2023
Rhys Hoskins NLCS Return
Kyle Schwarber set the precedent for Rhys Hoskins in 2016. He tore his ACL in the third game of the 2016 season. He returned after 199 days. Game 1 of the NLCS will take place 206 days after Hoskins’ injury.
Schwarber went 7/17 in the 2016 World Series. He provided an emotional boost to a Chicago Cubs team that won its first title since 1908.
Schwarber is one of the leaders of the 2023 Phillies clubhouse. The two Phillies sluggers have been in the contact all season.
Do the Phillies have a legendary MLB moment like Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series upcoming? It’s not like the Citizens Bank Pak crowd needs another boost, but they might get one.