I heard several reports about how he was the next ‘it’ player in the league. A couple weeks later his name almost went away – nationally. Not because he wasn’t playing well, it;s just that the Royals weren’t playing in games that meant anything.
Always in last or next to last place. So little national attention, right?
Wrong. This guy’s the real thing.
Hosmer has helped inspire this ball club to HIT. All of a sudden we are seeing decent power from this former boring group. Five guys are all at or near 20 homers including the rookie Hosmer with 16 and climbing. Remember Eric has only been up just over a half season. The other hot hitter, Alex Gordon already has his 20 and for the first time is a kind of scary hitter with a .300 batting average.
Now let’s look at our boy compared to the best player/hitter, in baseball, Albert Pujois of the St. Louis Cards. Albert is truly a monster hitter. In his rookie season he hit .329 with 37 home runs and 130 RBIs. Unreal.
George Brett, our hero and all time best player hit .282 with just 2 homers and 47 RBIs his first full season. However that changed because in the next few years Brett was almost always over .300. In fact the next season he hit 21 homers, batted .308 and drove in 90 runs. Pretty good. And we all know George won three batting titles over three decades, the 70’s,80’s and 90’s. Never been done before or since.
So while Hosmer’s numbers don’t look like Albert’s, the guy’s had timely important hits like nobody else.
Lets look at Homer’s first season. He’s got a .285 batting average, 16 homers and 66 RBIs. Like Brett, Eric gets timely hits and drives in runs. As you can see his numbers are much higher than George’s were in his first season. It’s likely Eric Hosmer will be the first Royal to hit over 40 home runs. Maybe next year. He will likely hit over .300 and drive in more than 100 runs.
Eric will contend for batting titles all over the place. He is surely a big star.
So will Hosmer lead the Royals to a division title? The answer: He sure could. He’s that good and it’s catchy.
Gordon, Butler, Francoeur and even Cabrera are all kinda hot since Eric showed up. The bad news is our pitching is still miserable. Timely hitting is still a question, but getting better as the season is ending. In fact, this team now is about a .500 ball club.
Now it’s up to owners – the Glass Family – to go out and buy two or three expensive starters and another bull pen ace.
They’re out there somewhere.
This team could, because of the hitting and attitude of these young guys, go on a heat streak and contend even next season. But we’ve got to get some pitching first. Yes, we have a couple maybes hanging around, but nobody is a for sure good starter.
Hey this was my first nice story on the Royals in a long time.
Not since the Brett Era has there been a ray of hope. With Eric Hosmer today there just might be a silver lining.
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