$79M Phillies Star Breaks Reggie Jackson’s Iconic Postseason Record, Standing Out Amidst Stunning NLCS Game 4 Loss

Published 10/21/2023, 3:54 PM EDT

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The sport of baseball has a great way of throwing up surprises. Until a few days ago, the Philadelphia Phillies were on a roll, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 in the National League Championship Series. The D-Backs seemed to be lost on all fronts, even with their most loyal supporters losing hope. But how the tides have turned! Following a win in Game 3, the D-backs have prevailed again in the all-important Game 4 at the Chase Field in Phoenix, edging out the Phillies 6-5 in a close encounter. The win saw the Championship Series levelled at 2-2 but there is no prize for guessing who has the momentum.

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Rob Thomson’s team must have a lot of thinking on their hands. They seemed to be on the edge of victory, but lost on both occasions. However, in the midst of disappointment, one Phillies star managed to get his name etched into the record books.

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Kyle Schwarber has established himself as a formidable force owing to his powerful and reliable play over the course of his career. The 30-year-old hit a monster home run off of Kyle Nelson in the fourth inning of the match. The home run was his 19th overall in postseasons, the most ever by a left-handed batter. He broke the record formerly held by one of the game’s all-time greats, Reggie Jackson.

In the wake of his record-breaking performance, Schwarber thanked his luck. According to MLB.com, he said I’ve always been very lucky to be on really good teams, I got kind of spoiled when I was young coming up in the big leagues and made the postseason. I’ve missed the postseason once. It’s a special brand of baseball, and it’s a brand of baseball that you want to play every single year.

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While Schwarber has achieved the record, it should come as no surprise as the Phillies star has been consistent for quite a while now.

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Kyle Schwarber and his consistency

In a game with massive upheavals, Schwarber has been one of the more consistent ones, be it playoff or regular season. Making his playoff debut, he hit six playoff home runs from 2015 to 2017 for the Chicago Cubs. The trend continued in 2021 as Schwarber added three more to his record on behalf of the Boston Red Sox and the remaining for the Phillies in the past two years.

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In addition, Schwarber has scored 47 regular-season home runs this year. He has also scored over 40 home runs in five of his nine MLB Seasons. In a season that is slowly turning from a dream into a nightmare for the Phillies, he is one of the very few rays of hope the Phillies have in order to reach the World Series for the second time in a row. Irrespective of the outcome, Schwarber is sure to end up as one of the greats of the game. Who are your favorite left-handed hitters? Let us know!

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Paaritosh Dutt is an author for Major League Baseball at EssentiallySports. He had always been intrigued by American culture, particularly its television shows. As the years went by, his interest in American culture only grew, and he began to follow American sports more closely.
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