Kyle Schwarber speaks to the media for the first time with the Phillies
Newly acquired outfielder Kyle Schwarber spoke to the media this morning for the first time since being signed by the Phillies.
Schwarber signed a 4-year deal worth $79M last week and officially made it to Clearwater yesterday. The star outfielder sat down with Joe Girardi and Dave Dombrowski this morning, thanking his wife, the fans, and more.
Kyle Schwarber’s Opening Phillies Press Conference
“He’s in the prime of his career”- Dave Dombrowski
Schwarber is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. His 2021 season started with the Washington Nationals, where he hit 25 HRs and 53 RBIs in 72 games. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox midway through the year, crushing 7 HRs and a .957 OPS in 41 games. Schwarber is a career .237 hitter in over 2,000 major league at-bats.
The outfielder also said he is excited to play with Nick Castellanos, the newest acquired Phillie. Castellanos and Schwarber will split time in left-field, while the other will DH.
Schwarber’s wife, Paige, gave birth to their son just hours after Schwarber signed.
It was a hectic, but memorable 48 hours for Schwarber and his family. He said Tuesday and Wednesday of last week were “the two best days of his life.”
“I’ve only missed the playoffs one time. It’s an addicting feeling.”
Schwarber believes the Phillies are set up to make a deep run in the playoffs. He said the lineup is going to be strong, the starters are great, and the team is ready to win.
The Phils will compete in a tough division in 2022. The Braves are coming off a World Series Championship, and continue to add to their lineup and pitching staff. The New York Mets added Max Scherzer, who will pair up with Jacob deGrom. The Phillies have the names on paper to compete, it’s the matter of how it translates to the field.
Other Main Points
- Schwarber will wear #12 with the Phillies
- Schwarber’s priority in free agency was the Phillies
- Said this team is currently “built to go deep into the playoffs”
- Confirmed reports that the two sides were talking before the 99-day lockout started
Kyle Schwarber has already taken batting practice in the cage and on the field. He was seen talking with Phillies legendary manager Charlie Manuel in the cage yesterday. Schwarber has officially made it to Clearwater and is ready to get going with the team. Expect his Phillies debut towards the end of this week.
Mandatory Credit: Phillies