Rhys Hoskins Has Interesting Aspirations For His Return To Philadelphia

Phillies fans give themselves a responsibility to welcome former players back to The Bank properly. How will it play out for Rhys Hoskins?
Feb 22, 2024; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers infielder Rhys Hoskins poses for a portrait during
Feb 22, 2024; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers infielder Rhys Hoskins poses for a portrait during / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

At the beginning of his career, it looked like Rhys Hoskins would play first base for the Philadelphia Phillies for a long time to come. Unfortunately, fate's winds shifted and had other plans for him and the Phillies.

After an improbable World Series run in 2022, the Phillies looked to make a return to the Fall Classic with their core of stars, including Hoskins. But Hoskins tore his ACL in spring training of 2023 and missed the entire season. To add to the drama, 2023 was going to be Hoskins' contract year to prove himself worthy of a long-term deal.

Hoskins still was a candidate to return to Philadelphia. However, after former MVP Bryce Harper's injury led to a position change, he took over first base duties for their postseason run. It was then announced that Harper would take over first base full-time, meaning Hoskins' days in Philly were done.

Hoskins is now in Milwaukee with the Brewers on a two-year deal worth $34 million guaranteed. He hasn't found the heat yet, batting just .204 in 29 at-bats. But he has plenty of time to find his stride.

The Phillies will welcome Hoskins and his Brewers back to The Bank from June 3 to 5 before they take off for their London Series with the New York Mets. And while it's all love for Philly from Hoskins, he has an interesting hope for his return.

Rhys Hoskins Wants To Get Booed In Philly Return

Rhys Hoskins was asked on Foul Territory if he thinks he will get booed in his return to Philadelphia to play the Phillies. He said that "hope" probably isn't the right word, but if the Phillies fans are booing him it probably means the Brewers are doing something right.

Fans have just under two months to devise a plan of attack for Hoskins' return. Do you give him what he wants? Do you swerve altogether? Is he just playing mind games, or is he genuine? Who's to say? But we all know what happens when former players return, anyway.

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