The defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies will begin the 2023 season without their star in Bryce Harper, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Fortunately, the team has plenty of resources in their starting lineup, including slugger Kyle Schwarber, who led the National League in home runs last season.
The eight-year MLB veteran hit just .218, but crushed 46 home runs and drove in 94 runs during the regular season.
Schwarber is known for hitting the ball very far when he makes contact.
When that happens, fans like to call it a “Schwar-BOMB.”
On Twitter, MLB posted a video of Schwarber taking a big hack at the Phillies spring camp in Clearwater, Florida.
Come for the SCHWAR💣, stay for the celebration. 😂
📹: @ToddZolecki pic.twitter.com/Nu8SoWncFo
— MLB (@MLB) February 22, 2023
That certainly was a Schwar-BOMB.
The veteran slugger hit it out to deep right field and ultimately left no doubt over whether or not it would be gone.
Following the home run, Schwarber did a nice little celebration, basking in the glory of the moment as he flipped the bat and cheered, keeping things loose at Phillies camp.
The Phillies added Schwarber on a five-year deal after the lockout last season.
He’ll share a lineup with stars such as Nick Castellanos, J.T. Realmuto, Rhys Hoskins, Alec Bohm, and new acquisition Trea Turner.
So while Harper recovers, the Phillies will still have plenty of sluggers in their lineup who are capable of doing damage, including Schwarber.
And if Schwarber can do more of what he did in the video during the regular season, then the Phillies are going to be in good shape as they seek a return to the World Series.NEXT: The Phillies Have Assembled A Must-See Bullpen