Glazer: Eric Hosmer Could be the Answer & the Royals Could Contend Next Season

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer got tons of ink nationally when he joined the team this season…

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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13 Responses to Glazer: Eric Hosmer Could be the Answer & the Royals Could Contend Next Season

  1. Craig Glazer says:

    Playing around 500 right now
    Before you all got wack, I know we are a million games under .500 I mean as of late we are winning and losing at about a .500 clip. Thats all, nothing to brag about, but better, and we lose most games close, so it is an improvement.

  2. Gerald Bostock says:

    Make up your mind. First you write Hosmer was a surefire superstar to be, a definite all-star this year. Then he tailed off a bit and you were whining that he was a disappointment, more Alex Gordon than Derek Jeter (the irony is that right now, Alex Gordon is a much better player than Derek Jeter). Then, As Hosmer continues on with a productive though not remarkable rookies season, you say Hosmer is merely decent, nothing to write home about. Now, Hosmer is on a hot streak, and you have elevated him back to Superstar and Franchise Savior.
    Glazer, you have the attention span of a fruit fly. Plus you’re using your short-term football mentality to make judgments about baseball, about which you clearly know very little.

  3. HARLEY says:

    THANKS GLAZE…NOW STFU
    early this season i mentioned that i saw a new attitude on the royals bench. I felt that this year could
    be different. I still early on believed that yost was not the guy to lead this team…i still believe it
    and its been shown that he is not the guy to take this team to the next level.
    Indeed this team has taken on a new attitude. I predicted this early on. These young players arenot
    used to losing…they were stars in the minors and they want and are hungry for the same on the
    majorleague level.
    They are tough players…but yost doesn’t have a clue how to handle this talent. He doesn’t know
    where to putthe players so they get the most out of them.
    Heres what glass must do…
    Go get 2 starters….pay them 12 million each a year if needed….lock them in.
    then pray that 2 of your starters from this year recover (chen and possibly hochevar)…
    and hopefully duffy and another pitcher can get into the mix. You need 2 proven starters….
    because if you can keep your young nucleus…bring in another power hitter for 20-25
    home runs…and you get two starters/possibly three to add to the team…this
    team can contend.
    Royals stadium has the all star game in 2012…huge! but you don’t want to be the worst team
    in baseball hosting the game. so glass might just take a one time chance and up the
    salaries for a one year shot to $65-$70 million….if he does…he saves face….if he and
    dayton can do this they have a real chane at a breakout season.
    They won’t fire yost this quickly and will give him another chance…but its a waste…go out
    and pick up a real winning coach and you have potentially a division crown….with yost
    you’re walking in quicksand…and you’ll never have this team reach its potential.
    I don’t know who is available but a new coach with a solid winning record can turn
    this club around quicklyt. Yost is a long range loser…and he’s just not the guy to lead
    this young group of players while they are still under contract to the royals.
    If they don’t do this…look for another bad bad season.
    Glaze…you’re an idiot when it comes to sports. You pretend to know things that you
    don’t knw and all the readers have caught on. Saying a player should would do something
    next year is bullshit….and trying to pass that on a knowledge shows how shallow you
    are when it comes to sports.
    Stop the charade…get back to hookers/hos/and hotties….that is your expertise…don’t
    ever forget it.

  4. Cowboy says:

    Tough To Always Be Right
    When you listen to Petro or Nick or even KK, they make as many or more mistakes than our boy, Glazer. All of them have “proof” of their position, but sometimes it just doesn’t go their way. I should know, I have been SURE BEFORE and was wrong. It’s not about knowing who will win or lose, its about making sense or it all. It’s also about getting people to respond to you. Glazer is a champ on that one. I know you guys think I am a homer with the GLAZE or that I am Glazer, but I always liked the man, he is a walking TV reality show on roids, just great. That’s why Dare loves him and has him on all the time. His train never stops.

  5. smartman says:

    If Hosmer’s The Answer
    What’s the question?

    Whenever I see Eric Hosmer on TV my gaydar goes off like I’m driving by Buddie’s on Main at 2:00 AM.

    Garry Lezak recently talked about hanging out with him.

    So the real questions seem to be What team does he play for?
    Is he a pitcher or catcher?

    David “Alligator Arms” Glass will never pony up 60 to 80 million dollars to make this team competitive. He’s happy with the vig he gets from MLB. Meanwhile, Royals fans get cum in their mouths and the check never shows up in the mail.

  6. Jim says:

    Same ‘Ol Same ‘Ol
    67 wins 2010. On pace for 67 wins this year. That “new attitude” that Harley saw translated into exactly ZERO wins. When are you chumps going to admit that as long as Glass owns this team, they are going NOWHERE?! They suck! Still! Nothing has changed in 25 freaking years!

  7. Craig Glazer says:

    SMARTMAN IS THAT FOR REAL ARE THERE GAY RUMORS?
    Are you serious?

  8. smartman says:

    @Craig
    Yes there are RUMORS about whether Eric likes boys or girls. I’ve heard it from straight and gay people. Again RUMORS ONLY.

    You’d think a stud like Hosmer would be running with a HOTTIE, or two or three. You can do that and still be squeaky clean in the public eye as long as your not knockin’ ‘em up or giving them STD’s.

    Place a call to Toby Cook with the Royals and ask him if he can confirm Eric’s sexual preference.

    As KCC Sports Director you’re entitled to an answer or a non-answer that would actually be an answer.

  9. Craig Glazer says:

    Where there is smoke
    Heard this on Tony G and some other guys, but could be some truth to all that…good point, wheres the hotties, that included Tony, who had the one “girl/buddy/life friend, hmmmmm.

  10. Who cares? says:

    What year is this?
    Why does anyone care about Hosmer’s sexual preference? Seriously?! George ‘Shit Myself’ Brett was rumored to be gay for a long time too. Does anyone give a shit?

  11. Jim says:

    Entitled?
    What kind of fucking cave do you live in, Smartman? Who the HELL is “entitled” to know someone’s sexual orientation?

  12. theKCeye says:

    Straight as an arrow (not that it matters)
    I was with some friends (mid-20s, handful of men/women) after a Royals game a couple months back. We were parked in lot M (whichever one is between the stadiums) because one of the girls had a pass

  13. JimmyD says:

    Smartman is only upset…
    because Hosmer has cost him $100. Do you paypal?

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