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2020 Player Reviews: Phil Gosselin

The Goose was loose...and then he wasn’t.

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The numbers:

102 PA, .250 BA, 3 HR, 12 RBI, .324 OBP, .402 SLG, .726 OPS

The good:

Phil “Goose” Gosselin impressed in Phillies summer camp which eventually earned him a spot on the roster. The Goose started the 2020 season off loose from his season debut on July 25 through August 19. During this stretch, Gosselin dazzled; He appeared in 12 games and had 13 hits, three homeruns, and nine RBIs, good for a .406 BA and 1.253 OPS. Goose was producing more than Rhys Hoskins was at the time. He consistently came up clutch for the team and was a solid utility player during this period.

The bad:

The special magic that Goose possessed during the first 12 games of the season eventually wore off, which his final 2020 numbers reflect. In the remaining 27 games he appeared in, Gosselin had 10 hits, zero homeruns, three RBI, and 19 strikeouts in 66 PA. It appeared the Goose was no longer loose, which was a sad day for Phillies fans, but ultimately, the reality check we needed about Gosselin as a player. RIP Goose Magic (July 25, 2020-August 19, 2020)

The future:

On Oct. 30, Gosselin was outrighted off the Phillies’ 40-man roster and elected free agency. It appears that Gosselin, a Bryn Mawr native, wouldn’t mind returning to the Phillies in 2021, his third season with his hometown team. The Goose is also in support of the #SignJT crowd, stating that, “If I’m back in Philly, I’m hoping he’s there too, because I’d rather play with J.T. Realmuto than against him.” We agree, Phil. We agree.

I am not sure what Gosselin’s future with the Phillies will hold, if there is one at all. Gosselin is not offensively consistent and is an average hitter at best. The small sample size from the beginning of the 2020 season does not accurately reflect the player he is. Although Gosselin’s versatility on the playing field is admirable, starting at every position besides centerfield and catcher during his tenure with the team, it would be wise for the Phillies to officially move on from the eight-year veteran. Obviously, there are much more important areas for the team to address.