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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.
The Royals announced today that first baseman Eric Hosmer has been named the 2013 Les Milgram Royals Player of the Year. The award was voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).
Hosmer, 24, earned his first Les Milgram Player of the Year award after leading the team with a .302 batting average with a career-high 34 doubles, 17 homers and 79 RBI. He paced the American League with 60 multi-hit games, which were tied for the fifth-most in Royals history. Kansas City’s first-round selection in 2008, Hosmer ranked seventh in the league in hits (188), ninth in overall batting average (.302) and sixth in batting average vs. left-handed pitching (.323). On May 18, he was batting .244 with 4 doubles, a homer and 11 RBI, but from May 19 on, he hit .317 with a Major League-leading 156 hits, 30 doubles, 16 homers, 68 RBI and a .484 slugging percentage. He was selected as the Majestic Royals Player of the Month three times (June, July and August) during the season, while he hit over .300 in each of the last four months of the year, including .324 in July and September. Hosmer earned his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2013.
The Royals announced yesterday that closer Greg Holland has been named the 2013 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year, while starting pitcher James Shields was honored with the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award last week.
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., and ESPN2 announced tonight that a club record three Kansas City Royals ¬– left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have won American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. The three Rawlings Gold Glove winners mark the first time since 1989 that Kansas City has had multiple honorees. The Royals’ three Rawlings Gold Glove winners tied Baltimore for the Major League lead.
The awards were voted on by American League managers and coaches and honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American and National Leagues. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar were also named finalists for the award.
Gordon became the first Royal to win three-straight Rawlings Gold Glove Awards since second baseman Frank White won six-straight, from 1977-82. Alex joins Amos Otis (1971, 1973-74) as the only Royals outfielders to win three awards. Gordon tied for the Major League lead with 17 outfield assists, after finishing second in 2012 and leading MLB with 20 assists in 2011. His 54 assists since the start of 2011 are the most in the Majors, 16 more than the next-closest active outfielder (Torii Hunter). He led American League left fielders in games (160), innings (1364.1), total chances (341) and putouts (323), while committing just one error for a .997 fielding percentage. Gordon, a former third baseman, earned his first career Rawlings Gold Glove in 2011, his first full season in the outfield.
Hosmer became the first Kansas City first baseman to be honored with a Rawlings Gold Glove, and first Royals infielder to be honored since Mark Grudzielanek (2B) in 2006. A finalist for a Gold Glove in 2012, Hosmer earned the award after leading American League first sackers in games played (158) and assists (122), while finishing second in innings (1372.1), total chances (1,335) and putouts (1,205). His .994 fielding percentage ranked fourth among the league’s first basemen with at least 1,200 chances.
Perez is just the second Royals’ catcher to be honored with a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, joining Bob Boone in 1989. Named an All-Star for the first time in his career, Perez led American League catchers with a Royals’ record 71 assists as well as 23 base runners caught stealing, while his 35.2 caught stealing percentage ranked second among qualifying catchers. Perez also ranked second among A.L. backstops in games (137), innings (1115.1), total chances (1,008), putouts (930). He was also charged with just three passed balls, the fewest among American League catchers with at least 100 games behind the plate.
Gordon, Hosmer and Perez give the Royals 23 Rawlings Gold Gloves honorees in franchise history, while Hosmer and Perez become the 11th and 12th different players honored. Gordon earned the ninth Gold Glove given to a Kansas City outfielder (fifth different outfielder).
For the first time in its 57-year history, Rawlings added a sabermetric component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process, as part of its new collaboration with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The SABR Defensive Index comprised of approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total, with the managers and coaches’ vote continuing to carry the majority.
Voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ presented by SABR began at the conclusion of the awards show at www.rawlings.com, allowing the general public to weigh in as to who is “The Finest in the Field®” in both the American League and National League. A combination of the international fan vote and the SABR Defensive Index will determine who takes home the honor of each League’s top defensive player. The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners will be unveiled during the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony presented by Gold Sport Collectibles on Friday, November 8, 2013, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Jarden Corportation, announced today that five Royals – center fielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar, left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez – have been named 2013 American League Gold Glove Award finalists. The Royals’ five finalists are second-most in the A.L., behind Baltimore’s six and tied for second-most in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Rawlings also announced that award winners will be revealed on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. CT, during a special edition of “Baseball Tonight/The 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award ® Announcement Show”, which will air on ESPN2. The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League ™ and National League ™, as voted by Major League managers and coaches.
Eric Hosmer won a third straight Royals Majestic Player of the Month honor in August. First-year Royal James Shields went 4-1 to earn his first Royals Pitcher of the Month honor. Royals fan Randy presented them with the honor. You could go on the field for the presentation – just vote for the Majestic Player of the Month at Rally House or the Royals Majestic Team Store. Congrats Eric and James!
Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon prior to KC’s middle game vs. Washington. Yost first discussed the progression of Eric Hosmer this season, and how people around the league are beginning to take notice of his potential. Yost stated that he believes Hosmer is beginning to transition in to the role of a prototypical number three hitter. “When he first came up I always thought he’d be a number three hitter, and the numbers have definitely bared that out, this year especially. I think over the last couple months he’s been one of the best hitters in all of baseball.”
Yost then talked about what new Royal Emilio Bonifacio can bring to the table for the club as they look to make a final run to the postseason. “(He’s) a switch hitter, he can bunt, he can do some things, he can run. When Toronto went on their good run this year, Bonifacio was hitting second in their lineup, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Yost concluded by discussing the club’s tough 11-10 loss last night. While the club’s pitching struggle, the offense came back to life. “As hard as that game was to swallow last night, the one positive was the offense. It felt really good, it felt like here we go we go we’re getting back on track again. We don’t pitch many games like that, we haven’t done it all year long, so the key was getting the offense back. If we get the offense back and going again we could get another good run going.”
The Royals and Nationals wrap up the series tomorrow. KC will host Tampa Bay in a one-game makeup on Monday.
KC won a dramatic 6-5 game last night (which extended into the morning hours), capped by Eric Hosmer’s home run in the seventh.
We’re back at it with a 1:10 start today.
Indians lineup: Bourn – CF, Cabrera – DH, Kipnis – 2B, Brantley – LF, Santana – C, Reynolds – 1B, Aviles – SS, Chisenhall – 3B, Stubbs – RF, Jimenez – RHP
Royals lineup: Lough – LF, Escobar – SS, Hosmer – 1B, Butler – DH, Moustakas – 3B, Cain – RF, Kottaras – C, Giavotella – 2B, Dyson – CF, Shields – RHP
Royals Game Notes (PDF file): Game_82_vs._Cleveland
Royals Trivia Fact: KC is 24-19 on the Fourth of July. The .558 winning percentage is tied with San Diego for fourth-best among all 30 clubs.
Here’s a look at last night’s fireworks display and Hosmer in the dugout after the homer.
Royals skipper Ned Yost addressed the media prior to today’s series finale with the Houston Astros. Yost first discussed the today’s lineup that gave both Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain a day off. “We plan a couple days in advance. We try to pick a good day for them to have off, Escobar has played almost every game and we try to give Cain a day off every seven to ten games to let him get his legs under him. Detroit’s coming in tomorrow and that is a big series and with the day-game turnaround today we made the decision a couple days ago.”
Yost then commented on the recent improved performance of first baseman Eric Hosmer. “He’s improving tremendously…you know when he gets up over .300…over the rest of the season it will be because he can pull the ball more efficiently. That’s the key he has tremendous power to the pull side, he’s got very very good power to the opposite field, but he hasn’t utilized his pull power. He’s starting to get his swing freed up and starting to get the bat head back out, and when he’s able to pull the pull the ball with a little more frequency that’s when he’s going to be back to being the player I think he can be.”
Yost concluded the conference by discussing the play of closer Greg Holland. “He’s throwing the ball great, I feel every time we get to the ninth inning I feel really really good about it. You know that’s your focus once the game starts is how do I get a lead to Greg Holland. We’ve got a lot of confidence in Greg and he’s throwing the ball really well right now.”
Tonight the Royals lineup looks a little different than it has all season. The revised batting order includes Eric Hosmer batting second, Sal Perez third and Alcides Escobar ninth, all for the first time this season. Ned Yost was asked by a reporter if he changed things to try spark the lineup and score some runs. “You answered the question. Right now we are just trying some different stuff. We are trying to get the lineup to a point where we can be productive and score some runs. We are just kind of shuffling our cards a bit. We’re just trying to find a way to get going,” said Yost.
Hosmer was also a hot topic at the press conference. Yost was asked if they are trying to help the young hitter start pulling the ball. “We are trying to get Eric freed up to where he can pull the ball. When he first got here, he was a kid that could really pull ball. He also could get the ball to all fields. Over the course of the last few years he has gotten away from pulling it. We are in the process of doing some things to free him up so he can pull the ball again,” said the manager.
Last night Alex Gordon recorded his sixth outfield assist of the season. The skipper was asked how valuable the two-time Gold Glover is in left field. “He is a huge asset out there. He could be the best throwing outfielder in all of baseball. When you aren’t scoring runs you had better stop the opposing team from scoring and Gordy does that with great frequency,” said Yost.