Rhys Hoskins talks about the impact of his mother, his life motto, and his constant goals on the baseball field
Professional athletes across the world tend to get caught up in the bright lights, Instagram followers, sponsorships, and everything else that comes with the lifestyle. But Phillies 1st basemen Rhys Hoskins lives his life remembering tomorrow is never guaranteed.
Hoskins sat down with @MLBPlayersMedia at the start of Spring Training and talked all about his mother, his motto on and off the field, and how he always makes the most of his life, no matter the circumstance.
Just keep livin’ – Rhys Hoskins
Those three words make up Hoskins’ life motto, which he got from his mother who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009. Rhys Hoskins keeps that motto in the back of his mind on the field, in the community, or at home. Hoskins is a two-time nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, an award that honors “sportsmanship, community involvement, and the individual’s contribution to his team”.
Hoskins dealt with an abdominal injury throughout the second half of the 2021 season, that held him out for multiple games in August. He was placed on the IL, came back, and was then placed right back on the injured list, this time with a groin strain. It would later be announced that Hoskins would be getting season-ending surgery to repair a tear in his lower abdomen.
Although Hoskins’ injury killed the end of his season, his numbers prior to the surgery were head-turning. He finished the 2021 season hitting .247/.334/.530 in 107 games, with 27 HRs, 71 RBIs, and a .864 OPS. Rhys tallied an OPS+ of 129, 29 doubles, 96 hits, and a 2.0 WAR as well.
Rhys Hoskins is set up for the best season of his career in 2022
With the Phillies’ newest additions of Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins is set up for an elite season. He will be going into his sixth year with the Phillies, and have the best supporting cast around him since he joined the team.
This Top-6 gives Rhys Hoskins everything he needs. Hitting in the fifth spot will take a ton of pressure off of Hoskins. With Harper and Castellanos in front of him, Hoskins is going to see a high percentage of fastballs. His average exit velocity sat at 91.2 in 2021, with a 46.3 hard-hit ball %.
Hoskins is going to see pitches, and will consistently have RBI chances throughout the season. Nick Castellanos posted the highest OBP of his career in 2021, and now could be hitting right before Hoskins, who would’ve crushed 35 HRs last season if he never got injured.
Hoskins is going into the 2022 season remembering that “no time is wasted.” After all the first baseman has been through throughout his life, he’s remained humble. Hoskins leaves no regrets on the field, and he’ll continue to do that in 2022. Rhys Hoskins will take the field at Citizens Bank Park this year looking to continue his dominance from the 2021 season.
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