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Hosmer feels a different vibe in 2nd season with Padres

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Hosmer has been able to focus strictly on baseball this offseason and he likes what he sees with the suddenly dynamic San Diego Padres.

Hosmer arrived at spring training last year after signing a $144 million, eight-year contract as a free agent. The buzz generated by his signing didn’t last long as he struggled in his first season with the Padres, who lost 96 games and finished last in the NL West.

Now the first baseman is energized by being around new teammate Manny Machado, who last week signed a $300 million, 10-year contract, and top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who is expected to make his big league debut at some point in 2019.

And, of course, Hosmer will go back to disappointing everyone in 2020, because it’s his nature….

 

QLE Posted: February 28, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: eric hosmer, padres

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   1. Spahn Insane Posted: February 28, 2019 at 09:03 AM (#5818977)
Which has the greater impact on a player's performance: feeling a different vibe, or being in the best shape of his life?
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2019 at 09:08 AM (#5818980)
Feeling the best vibe of his life?
   3. Bote Man Posted: February 28, 2019 at 09:15 AM (#5818988)
Padres declared to be in the best shape of their life!!
   4. JJ1986 Posted: February 28, 2019 at 09:33 AM (#5818997)
I'll bet he feels the same old vibe again in his third season.
   5. jingoist Posted: February 28, 2019 at 10:47 AM (#5819034)
Per bbref he has this “ every odd year I play at an acceptable level; even years....not so much”
12.6 of his 15.6 career WAR has been generated in odd number years, so with that pattern in mind I guess we should brace ourselves for a 3+ WAR year.
Especially since he is feeling the vibe.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 11:05 AM (#5819041)
Per bbref he has this “ every odd year I play at an acceptable level; even years....not so much”

Better known as "Bret Saberhagen Syndrome". Though Bret did it off a much higher overall talent level.
   7. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: February 28, 2019 at 11:22 AM (#5819046)
Hosmer could fall off the face of the Earth and it wouldn't bother me even a little bit.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 28, 2019 at 11:35 AM (#5819055)
Hosmer could fall off the face of the Earth and it wouldn't bother me even a little bit.
Wouldn't the revelation that the Earth is actually flat be at least a little unsettling?
   9. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: February 28, 2019 at 01:21 PM (#5819129)
The vibe is a lot easier when you're not the current high-priced free agent signing.
   10. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: February 28, 2019 at 01:25 PM (#5819131)
Better known as "Bret Saberhagen Syndrome". Though Bret did it off a much higher overall talent level.
Reggie Sanders is always the first guy that comes to mind for me.

Edit: Sanders was also odd-year-dominant. As is Harper. Are there any even-year-dominant examples?
   11. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: February 28, 2019 at 01:30 PM (#5819134)
The San Francisco Giants.
   12. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: February 28, 2019 at 01:37 PM (#5819140)
The San Francisco Giants.
Maybe they just take advantage of all the down even years of other players...
   13. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: February 28, 2019 at 02:15 PM (#5819153)
Derek Lee on the Cubs was also odd year dominant.

WAR in odd years - 7.7, 3.5, 5.4
WAR in even years - 2.7, 0.8, 1.9, 0.6
   14. Hysterical & Useless Posted: February 28, 2019 at 02:38 PM (#5819161)
I believe Willie Davis was even-year dominant. Or at least distinctly better.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: February 28, 2019 at 04:37 PM (#5819262)
Davis -- kinda. 4 of his top 5 seasons, accounting for about 40% of his career WAR, were in even years. But you could also spin it as having 7 4+ WAR years and 3 of those were odd. What might disqualify Davis is that the big even years were 62, 64, 70 and 72; in 66 and 68 he had "just" 2.7 and 2.4 WAR respectively.

So Davis might be weirder in this respect:

20-24: 20 WAR
25-28: 10 WAR
29-33: 25 WAR
   16. SoSH U at work Posted: February 28, 2019 at 05:21 PM (#5819292)
Until his final two seasons, Josh Beckett had one of the best odd-year dominant runs. Odd years - 25.3 WAR, even years - 7.7 WAR.

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