The Super Bowl is over which means one thing – Major League Baseball is just around the corner!

In fact, catchers and pitchers are set to report any day now and teams are making some adjustments as they prepare for some spring ball.

One player, in particular, got a pleasant surprise when he got a call from a team he is all too familiar with.

There is no denying that the Philadelphia Phillies need some help this year.

Last year, the Phillies finished with an unremarkable 82-80 record after a promising start to the season.

And one of the first places they need to look at improving is their hitting.

And so far the Phillies have done just that.

Just the other day, the Phillies signed first baseman Josh Ockimey to a minor league contract.

A young power hitting first baseman is just what they needed.

The cool thing is, if Ockimey gets called up to the majors, then he will not be needing directions to Citizens Bank Park any time soon.

That is because Ockimey actually grew up just down the road from this legendary stadium.

Ockimey was born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, and he is very familiar with their organization and its impact on the city of Philadelphia.

Having said that, Ockimey has a long way to go if he hopes to play at his hometown stadium.

Ockimey was drafted all the way back in 2014 by the Boston Red Sox and has yet to make a name for himself.

So far, he has been sent around the minor leagues, and has yet to make his major league debut.

Last year, Ockimey spent the 2021 season with the Worcester Red Sox, and batted .225 with 15 home runs and 45 RBIs in 98 games he played.

.225 is not exactly what you call Big League material, but 15 home runs and 45 RBIs isn’t bad in 98 games.

But after last year, the Phillies will need more than a power hitting first baseman.

In order to take down the defending World Champion Atlanta Braves, the Phillies need Brice Harper to keep playing at a high level.

They also need their pitchers to stand up.

The Phillies blew way too many games last year and even an average pitching squad could punch their tickets to the playoffs.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.