Eric Hosmer conference call notes
Eric Hosmer’s 2013 season started slowly. He did not panic, knowing that he could turn it around by continuing to grind away. Hosmer did just that, leading the Majors in hits from May 19 on. He finished the season with a .302 average, his first Rawlings Gold Glove and his first Les Milgram Royals Player of the Year award.
An early hand injury slowed Hosmer, though he fought through it with help from the Royals training staff. Hosmer’s resurgence also coincided with the additions of George Brett and Pedro Grifol to the coaching staff. Hosmer cited Brett’s presence and mentality, which rubbed off on the team. He also mentioned learning the importance of a daily routine from Brett and Grifol. He is excited to work with Grifol again next season, saying that KC’s hitting coach shares great insight about opposing pitchers while helping the Royals build on their strengths.
Hosmer mentioned the strong work ethic of the Royals, which starts with Alex Gordon leading by example. Eric is currently working out three times a week to stay in shape. He will ramp up his offseason routine soon. Eric’s brother Mike worked with him on drills last offseason, which he believes was a big factor in his 2013 success.