By Sam Bush
Among Joe Girardi’s biggest challenges as new Phillies manager will be to resurrect Rhys Hoskins at the plate.
With a new manager, a new hitting coach and some different tutelage, the Phillies hope he can come closer to the Hoskins of 2018 who slugged 42 points higher.
Hoskins was asked Monday about what kind of impact the switch to Girardi can make.
“I think, and this has nothing to do with who Gabe (Kapler) is as a person or what he did as a manager, but it’s the experience,” Hoskins said. “He’s done ‘it.’ And ‘it’ is what we’re all trying to do: win.
“One way to establish respect, obviously, is your credibility, your track record. He has one of the best out there, and we’re excited to be a part of that. … Gabe was a first-time manager when he got here. Unfortunately, he didn’t have experience. He will have experience. He’ll have a long managerial career.”