When does old friend Rhys Hoskins return to Citizens Bank Park?

We'll have to wait until June to see Rhys Hoskins back in Philadelphia this season.

Former Philadelphia Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins will return to Citizens Bank Park in June
Former Philadelphia Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins will return to Citizens Bank Park in June / Sarah Stier/GettyImages

Philadelphia Phillies fans had mixed feelings when former first baseman Rhys Hoskins signed a two-year, $34 million deal to play for the Milwaukee Brewers in January. It was a bittersweet moment to see the homegrown slugger depart, but the news wasn't unexpected, with Bryce Harper slated to take over regular first base duties this season. Goodbyes are never easy.

Hoskins, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during spring training in 2023, rallied hard to make it back in time to play in the postseason but physically wasn't quite ready by the time the Phillies faced off against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS last year.

Phillies fans would get one last glimpse of Hoskins in a Phillies uniform. Before Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series versus the Miami Marlins, Hoskins threw out the ceremonial first pitch in front of a packed and raucous Citizens Bank Park.

The author of one of the most iconic home runs in Phillies postseason history, Hoskins, along with starting pitcher Aaron Nola, were two of the young emerging stars that helped the Phillies return to becoming a serious contender in the National League East. Arguably the first pieces on a team that now features a roster full of All-Star caliber talent, Hoskins and Nola were partially responsible for ushering the Phillies out of non-competitive irrelevance during the latter part of the last decade.

When will Rhys Hoskins return to face the Phillies?

For Phillies fans hoping to see Rhys Hoskins' first return to Philadelphia since signing with the Brewers, circle these dates on your calendar. The Phillies and Brewers will square off June 3-5, and it's certain to feature some emotional video tributes and a number of loud standing ovations when the former Phillies slugger steps into the batter's box each night.

The accolades will be well deserved. Over the course of a six-year career in a Phillies uniform, Hoskins hit .242 with 148 home runs, 405 RBI, and 588 hits in 667 games. While Hoskins' performance on the field is worthy of praise, his leadership in the clubhouse is something the team won't easily replace.

And while Phillies fans and former teammates are hoping Rhys Hoskins has a successful run with his new squad, we're all hoping any and all bat spikes take place elsewhere.