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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Royals’ Eric Hosmer hit a ball twice with one swing during an at-bat

A favorite nickname given by Royals fans to second baseman/outfielder Whit Merrifield is “Two-hit Whit.”

But first baseman Eric Hosmer did something during the Royals’ loss to the Cardinals on Monday night that not even “Two-hit Whit” has done this season. Hosmer hit a ball twice with one swing of the bat.

Zach Posted: August 08, 2017 at 01:40 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, oddities, royals

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Eric Hosmer crushing with fewer ground balls | MLB.com

Interestingly enough, Hosmer has done all this by hitting the ball with less authority. That 43 percent hard-hit rate has dropped to 40 percent since April 26, and just 33 percent over the past month. While hitting the ball hard is the most important thing a hitter can do, Hosmer appears to have found a nice middle ground, trading some exit velocity for elevation and location. Since hard-hit balls on the ground don’t help him, this is better.

Now whether or not this is a hot streak or “the new Hosmer” remains to be seen. After all, we saw Daniel Murphy have his breakout late in the 2015 season, and no one really believed it, since he received just a three-year, $33 million deal from the Nationals. Hosmer still has to keep this up for two more months, and even then questions will remain. But we always knew the talent was there. Now, finally, we’re seeing the high-level production follow.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, royals, statcast

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Royals manager Ned Yost on retaliatory pitches and unwritten rules: ‘Let boys be boys’

As he sat inside his office on Tuesday, Yost was asked if he ever got nervous about a standout player such as Eric Hosmer potentially getting hurt because of an arbitrarily applied written rule — whether it be an errant pitch in the hands or arm or an injury during a brawl. Yost shrugged off the inquiry.

“I’m nervous every time Eric Hosmer crosses the street,” Yost said. “He could get hit by a car. A bird could poop in his eye, and we’d lose him for a week. C’mon, you can get hurt in a bunch of different ways. I’m not going to sit here and worry about a guy getting hurt in a fight.

 

Zach Posted: May 31, 2017 at 11:51 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bird law, eric hosmer, fights, royals, unwritten rules

Friday, February 24, 2017

Inside Baseball with Jon Heyman: Final offseason grades

Lots to unpack here.

Jake Arrieta and the Cubs were supposed to speak about a potential contract in January, but if they did, there is no sign of optimism. Cubs management weighs age heavily in their calculations, and there’s no indication they were willing to go more than four years, if that. Arrieta is expected to be one of the biggest free agents in a strong market this winter, and he will undoubtedly cite the Max Scherzer $210-million deal as a comp…..


The Royals and Eric Hosmer are expected to have negotiations, and word is, he’s the top free agent on their “keep” list (Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain also are free agents after the year). The team has conceded he’s worth more than Brandon Belt, who got a $75-million deal with the Giants, and the number would almost certainly hit nine figures. But it is believed he might at least look at something in the range of the Mark Teixeira deal ($180 million, eight years), or perhaps even more years considering his relative youth (Hosmer was quoted recently saying he never said anything about 10 years). Agent Scott Boras isn’t commenting on the coming talks or the asking price, but word he is he views Teixeira as “old money,” considering skyrocketing MLB revenues in the eight years since.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2017 at 11:23 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, jake arrieta, jon heyman, michael brantley

 

 

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