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Wednesday, May 04, 2022

After Years of Struggle in San Diego, Eric Hosmer Is Suddenly Red Hot

Statcast-wise, Hosmer’s 87.1 mph average exit velocity is more than three ticks below last year’s average, placing him only in the 25th percentile, while his 6.3% barrel rate is in the 39th percentile; his 44.4% hard-hit rate is good for the 68th percentile. The contrast between those last two placements makes sense, as hard-hit rate includes all balls with exit velocities of 95 mph or more, many of which are routine groundouts with minimal (or even negative) launch angles, while barrel rate includes only balls with the launch angle/exit velo combos that produce an xBA of at least .500 and an xSLG of at least 1.500.

If there’s any surprise regarding Hosmer’s Statcast expected numbers, it’s not that he’s far ahead of them — the leaderboards are full of such hitters — it’s that his .310 xBA and .470 xSLG are still more than respectable even given his groundball-heavy ways. It’s not as though he’s tapping into the new market inefficiency by hitting the ball on the ground so often; major league hitters are batting .231 and slugging .252 on groundballs this year, numbers that are respectively eight and nine points below last year’s marks, and 15 and 16 points below those from 2015-21 combined.

So how is it that Hosmer is so productive given the extent to which he’s wearing out the dirt and the grass? For one thing, he’s pulling the ball more than ever; his 45.3% clip is over 11 points above his career mark and, seven points above his career high, set in 2011. He’s pulling the ball in the air more than ever as well, via fly balls and line drives, and good things tend to happen when you do that:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2022 at 10:03 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Friday, March 18, 2022

Hosmer knows the situation but would love to see it through with Padres

“I’ve never been through a trade deadline where my name was constantly being brought up, so that was a new experience for me last year,” he said Tuesday. “But I feel like after that, I’m kind of numb to it now. I just realize it’s all part of the business. You look at every roster throughout the league, there are one or two guys on each team that are untouchable. Everyone else is available. So I don’t have hard feelings over it. I’m not hurt about it. That’s just part of what we do.”

Hosmer was, according to people close to him, more hurt than he let on when word leaked the Padres were in talks to move him before last year’s deadline. Several teammates said he did not allow his feelings to show even inside the clubhouse, though some of them made it known at the time they thought it was a mistake to trade him. Multiple veterans also were dismayed no one from the front office gave Hosmer, a 10-year veteran, a heads-up his name might surface in trade rumors. Those players said they and other players they knew of had been notified in similar situations while with other teams.

“It’s different wherever you go,” said Hosmer, who spent seven seasons with the Royals before signing with the Padres before the 2018 season. “If my situation was in Kansas City, it would have been handled a little differently. But I’m not in Kansas City. I’m in San Diego. That’s how they operate here. I’m not holding a grudge because no one came up to me and told me what’s going on. I learned that’s part of the business.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 18, 2022 at 12:56 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Monday, December 13, 2021

Cubs, Padres Discussed Eric Hosmer Trade Last Summer

The Padres and Cubs were in talks last summer about a trade that would have sent first baseman Eric Hosmer “and a highly regarded prospect” to Chicago, The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma reports.  The return on the Cubs’ end wasn’t mentioned, yet it likely could have been pretty minimal (i.e. a low-level prospect or a player to be named later), since the chief goal of the trade for San Diego would have been to get Hosmer’s contract off the books.  However, since Anthony Rizzo also reportedly on the Padres’ trade radar, it is possible the two teams might have been discussing a swap of first basemen.

Hosmer was known to be available prior to the trade deadline, as the Padres were exploring ways to both lessen their luxury tax burdens in 2021 and in the future, and also create payroll space for some bigger-ticket additions.  As it turned out, San Diego didn’t find a taker for Hosmer, and they also fell short of landing such targets as Rizzo, Max Scherzer and Jose Berrios prior to the deadline.  While the Padres did acquire the likes of Adam Frazier and Daniel Hudson, that wasn’t enough to hold off a late-season collapse, as the Friars plummeted to a 79-83 record.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 13, 2021 at 12:36 AM | 10 comment(s)
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