“It was a lot fun playing these last three weeks,” Realmuto said, adding: “This might be the closest group of fellows I’ve ever played with. And I feel it shows after we’re on the market.”
His comments echoed across the clubhouse.
“At first of the yr when you asked a bunch of individuals, or baseball specialists, in the event that they thought we could be within the World Series, they probably would have said no,” Castellanos said. “So the proven fact that we were capable of do that collectively as a bunch and get this close, we were two wins away from being the very best team in North America. It’s only a constructing block. And now you have a look at all of the young kids here and likewise veterans, too, that now have this postseason experience and it’s only thing moving forward.”
All the Phillies’ key pieces will return in 2022. The team holds a club option on right-handed ace Aaron Nola, who threw 205 innings this season. It’s a provided that the team will pick that up. Less certain is the club option on second baseman Jean Segura. The team could move this yr’s shortstop, Bryson Stott, over to second base and take a run at one in every of the marquee free agent shortstops expected to be available on the market corresponding to Xander Bogaerts (Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was in Boston with Bogaerts after they won the 2018 World Series together) or Trea Turner.
Harper noted now “it’s going to be the identical team next yr with a few pieces added, I’d imagine. Dave Dombrowski is our guy.” He also added that owner John Middleton, who has said a few times this autumn that Harper at $330 million is underpaid, “understands that we would like to win and he desires to win at once, too. So I imagine we’re going to be the identical team with some pieces added to make us higher.”
Until then, the bitterness of losing the World Series might be assuaged by the nice and cozy memories of a singular team that went further than anybody would have imagined.
Hoskins, for one, said he’ll remember “how much fun we had with one another, man. I don’t know. There’s loads of talent on this room, but I don’t know that that is necessarily essentially the most talented team anybody’s ever seen. But I feel we found ways to come back together as a team when we would have liked to essentially the most throughout the season, and within the postseason, time and time again. I feel that’s what all of us ought to be most proud if, just determining what an actual team appears like and the way powerful that may be in a few of these big moments.”
“And it’s only the start, right?” Castellanos added. “I do know all of us are really excited. I can stand here today and say I’m really excited for spring training.”
Tyler Kepner contributed reporting.