Bryce Harper to play first base full-time for Phillies as franchise moves on from Rhys Hoskins

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According to Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, the Philadelphia Phillies have made a pivotal decision regarding their first baseman, signaling a profound shift in the team’s dynamics by moving on from slugger Rhys Hoskins.

Dombrowski made it clear that the franchise sees two-time Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper as the future at first base after the 31-year-old made 36 starts there following a season-ending ACL injury to Hoskins during spring training. “We think he projects to be an outstanding first baseman,” Dombrowski said. “He’s willing to do whatever for the organization, and we just think for us, it makes us a better club now and as we go forward.”

Harper, an outfielder previously, made a successful transition to first base, contributing significantly with a .293 batting average, 21 homers, and 72 RBIs in 126 games this season. The move is seen as a strategic step to solidify the Phillies’ infield and strengthen the team’s defense for years to come.

The decision also involved informing Rhys Hoskins, who is now a free agent, about the team’s plan. Dombrowski stated that the inclusion of slugger Kyle Schwarber, who frequently assumes the designated hitter role, made it challenging to accommodate Hoskins in the lineup.

Looking ahead to the next season, the Phillies are expected to boast a talented infield lineup with Harper at first, Bryson Stott at second, Trea Turner at shortstop, and Alec Bohm at third base, indicating a promising outlook for the team.

During the recent playoffs, Harper credited Phillies infield coach Bobby Dickerson for assisting in his smooth transition to the infield, stating, “I feel good at first base. Working with Bobby every single day and getting me out there every day has been huge. Just trying to be really good over there for the guys in the infield.”


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