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Eric Hosmer | First Baseman

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/24/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Royals and 1B Eric Hosmer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $13.9 million contract.
The deal buys out Hosmer's second and third years of arbitration-eligibility; he'll be arbitration-eligible again in 2017 and can become a free agent a year later. The 25-year-old first baseman had a disappointing 2014 regular season, but the hope is that his excellent postseason showing will spur a true breakout in 2015. Talent has never been the issue. Feb 18 - 5:49 PM

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The Royals and Eric Hosmer have an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Hosmer requested $6.7 million and was offered $4.6 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged. There's still a chance the two sides can work out a last-minute agreement, but otherwise the panel of arbitrators will pick one salary or the other for 2015.
Feb 18 - 12:59 PM

Eric Hosmer requested $6.7 million and was offered $4.6 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged.

MLBTradeRumors.com projected Hosmer to earn $5.2 million in his second year of arbitration, which is a bit shy of the halfway point between the figures exchanged. With more than a $2 million gap, there's significant work to be done here.
Jan 16 - 5:26 PM

Eric Hosmer has been named the 2014 American League Gold Glove winner at first base.

Often the biggest criteria for winning a Gold Glove is having won one before, and Hosmer takes his second straight here even though the metrics didn't rate him terribly well. He beat out Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera for the award.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 07:18:00 PM

Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored, but it wasn't enough as the Royals were drubbed by the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

The Royals were able to pound out 12 hits, but scored only the four runs all of which came in the third inning. Hosmer tied the game at 1-1 after beating out an infield single which allowed Alex Gordon to score from third base. He also doubled to lead off the fifth inning but was stranded. Hosmer entered the night with just one hit in 10 at-bats in the World Series. The Royals certainly hope he's able to bring his Game 4 performance into the rest of the series.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 12:19:00 AM

Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 and drove home the eventual game-winning run on Friday as the Royals topped the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series in San Francisco.

Hosmer’s two-out RBI single came off tough opposing southpaw Javier Lopez after an 11-pitch battle in the sixth inning, increasing the Royals advantage to 3-0 at the time. That run would prove to stand tall though after the Giants pushed across a pair in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hosmer has had a tremendous postseason, slashing .359/.479/.564 with a pair of long balls and nine RBI.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 11:36:00 PM

Eric Hosmer will bat cleanup in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Ned Yost isn't making any changes with the Royals on the verge of a trip to the World Series. The full lineup: SS Alcides Escobar, RF Norichika Aoki, CF Lorenzo Cain, 1B Eric Hosmer, DH Billy Butler, LF Alex Gordon, C Salvador Perez, 2B Omar Infante, 3B Mike Moustakas. Jason Vargas will oppose Miguel Gonzalez.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 11:32:00 AM

Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Saturday's ALCS Game 2 win over the Orioles.

With two runners on in the first inning, Hosmer came through with a two-run single to give the Royals an early lead. He has three hits in nine at-bats in his first Championship Series. The Royals head back to Kansas City with a 2-0 series lead.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 08:28:00 PM

Eric Hosmer is crediting a shortened swing for his resurgence at the plate.

While on the disabled list with a broken right hand, Hosmer and hitting coach Dale Sveum watched video of sluggers like Jose Abreu, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. "There would be a lot of times where I would be loading, and my hands wouldn’t be in the launch position," Hosmer said. "You’re trying to generate power, and it just cuts off their whole swing path. But when you see guys like Abreu or guys like Miguel Cabrera, when they load and they’re ready to attack the ball, their hands are fully back in that position, ready to attack the baseball." Hosmer had a .689 OPS prior to going on the DL and an .843 OPS in his final 27 regular season games after returning. He's since gone 7-for-14 with two homers in four playoff games and is the Royals' most dangerous hitter as they head into the ALCS.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 08:50:00 AM

Eric Hosmer belted a two-run home run for the second consecutive game on Sunday, helping to power the Royals to a decisive victory over the Angels in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Hosmer's two-run shot in this one came against opposing southpaw Hector Santiago in the third inning, increasing the Royals advantage to 5-1. He has been on an absolute tear in the playoffs, hitting .500 (7-for-14) with two homers and six RBI in his four contests.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 11:38:00 PM

Eric Hosmer blasted a two-run homer off Kevin Jepsen in the 11th inning on Friday, powering the Royals to a 4-1 victory over the Angels in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

That gives the Royals their third consecutive extra-inning victory in the postseason, a feat which had never been accomplished prior. Hosmer is absolutely locked in at the plate at the moment, finishing the night 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. The Royals now head home up two games to none, looking to advance to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 1985.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 01:36:00 AM

Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in Tuesday's Wild Card Game win over the Athletics.

Hosmer put the Royals ahead with an RBI single in the third, scored a run to pull them within one in the eighth and scored following a leadoff triple in the 12th. Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Billy Butler and Omar Infante also tallied multi-hit efforts, with Cain and Butler driving in a couple runs apiece.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 01:10:00 AM

Eric Hosmer was a big contributor to Thursday's victory over the White Sox, going 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a solo home run.

Hosmer is now on a seven-game hitting streak as he attempts to bat the Royals into the post-season. He singled in the Royals' first run in the first inning, then tied the game up at 3-3 with his sixth-inning solo home run off of Jose Quintana. It's only his ninth home run of the season and he's hitting .276/.323/.406 with 65 RBI.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 11:48:00 PM

Eric Hosmer hit a three-run home run in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

Hosmer hit the home run, his eighth of the season, off Joe Kelly in the second inning. He also walked twice in the game, reaching in three of four plate appearances. Hosmer has two homers in his last three games and is looking to finish strong in what's been largely a lost year for the 24-year-old.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 06:53:00 PM

Eric Hosmer blasted a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

Hosmer took opposing starter Allen Webster deep in the fourth inning, pulling the Royals to within a run at 3-2, but that would be as close as they'd get. The 24-year-old slugger left the yard for just the seventh time this season, and is now hitting .267/.312/.383 with 50 RBI.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 12:20:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Alex Liddi
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3Ryan Jackson
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Christian Colon
3Ryan Roberts
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
3Mitch Maier
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
4Paulo Orlando
5Reymond Fuentes
RF1Alex Rios
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Danny Duffy
5Edinson Volquez
6Kris Medlen
7Yohan Pino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Tim Collins
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Michael Mariot
10Jandel Gustave
11Joe Paterson
12Ryan Madson
13Franklin Morales
14Joe Blanton