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USA Baseball announced today that Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been added to the U.S. roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Hosmer, 23, recorded 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 2012, his second season in the Major Leagues. He batted .389 for Team USA at the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico.
Hosmer joins Royals left-handed reliever Tim Collins on Team USA. The Royals now have a total of nine players on 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters: Hosmer, Collins, left-handed pitcher Atahualpa Severino (Dominican Republic), right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera (Dominican Republic) and Luis Mendoza (Mexico), catcher Salvador Perez (Venezuela), infielders Irving Falu (Puerto Rico) and Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic); and outfielder Paulo Orlando (Brazil).
School visits are a big hit on Royals Caravan and mascot Sluggerrr meets with students throughout the year. However, it isn’t everyday that a player can retrace his roots while on Caravan. Kansas native and Royals pitcher Aaron Crow had that opportunity on Thursday as the Caravan contingent rolled into Auburn, Kan., population 1,227. The assembly at Auburn Elementary included a presentation of stadium seats from The K (and the Caravan participants autographed the seats)! Let’s take a look at photos of Crow along with Eric Hosmer, Everett Teaford, Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson, broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre and Sluggerrr:
A pair of Caravan groups started their two-day treks across Royals Country today with a stop at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. One Caravan is now moving north to Nebraska, with a return stop in St. Joseph, Mo., tomorrow. The second Caravan is traveling west with visits in Kansas today and tomorrow.
For a full list of Caravan stops, visit royals.com/caravan
Above – Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Johnny Giavotella; below – Aaron Crow
Above, Billy Butler and Johnny Giavotella
John Mayberry, Ryan Lefebvre, Everett Teaford, Greg Holland; followed by a group photo
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company announced finalists for the 2012 Gold Glove Awards today. First baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, left fielder Alex Gordon and right fielder Jeff Francoeur are among the three American League nominees at their respective positions!
The Royals have had 19 Gold Glove winners over the years, with Gordon winning last year in left field. Francoeur won a Gold Glove in 2007 while playing for Atlanta.
Hosmer was a part of 132 double plays, most in the American League. His 103 assists were the most by a KC first baseman since 2002.
Moustakas (above) was second among A.L. third basemen in fielding percentage, first in assists, total chances and zone rating. He led all Major League third basemen with 41 double plays. The mark set a new Royals single-season record, breaking Mark Teahen’s total of 34 in 2006.
Francoeur led the Majors with 19 outfield assists, tying his career high from 2007. This was his eighth straight season with double-digit assists.
Gordon finished second to Francoeur with 17 outfield assists.
The award winners will be announced Tuesday night at 8:30 Central on ESPN2.
A complete list of finalists can be viewed at: http://www.rawlings.com/newsdetaillanding.aspx?id=1332
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBS-KC) as a new celebrity ambassador for the organization. Hosmer will become an official celebrity spokesperson for BBBS-KC, will participate in a signature fundraising event and will lead a large scale male recruitment campaign focused on recruiting Bigs for over 300 waiting children. Additionally, he will provide BBBS-KC Bigs and Littles game tickets and meet and greet opportunities. Hosmer will kick off his involvement at BBBS-KC’s Man-2-Man event in April.
“Growing up in Florida I had the good fortune of having an older brother who showed me the ropes,” said Hosmer. “Now that I’m older and in a position to help, I’m excited to be someone that the kids in the Kansas City area can look up to and it’s an honor for me to support such an outstanding organization.”
“Having Eric’s support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program is a huge honor,” said CEO of BBBS-KC Micheal Lawrence. “Eric’s commitment to helping at-risk children succeed through mentoring friendships is a true testament to his character. Not only is Eric a talented athlete but he is an extraordinary person who is passionate about changing children’s lives. We are excited to have him on board”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps vulnerable children beat the odds. The organization depends on donations to help recruit volunteers and reach more children. Funding is used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety; and provide ongoingsupport for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. Learn how you can change how children grow up in America by going to BigBrothersBigSisterskc.org.
Royals Caravan launched yesterday with an awards luncheon and last night, fans flocked to Rally House in Independence for an autograph session. We had a great turnout – the line stretched out the door (and it was a chilly night in the Midwest). Lorenzo Cain, Johnny Giavotella and Eric Hosmer led off, followed by Bruce Chen, Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier. Let’s take a look:
Today, the Royals recognized honorees for exceptional contributions on and off the field in 2011. We’ll start with photos of the media session, which took place before the event.
Top to bottom: General Manager Dayton Moore, Manager Ned Yost, 2011 Les Milgram Player of the Year Alex Gordon, 2011 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year Bruce Chen and 2011 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner Eric Hosmer
Eric Hosmer entered his first Major League spring training last February as a non-roster invitee. There were varying expectations from baseball types and media members. Some pointed to a breakout 2010 season that included Hosmer’s participation in the XM Futures All-Star Game, the Pan Am Qualifying Tournament for Team USA and the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game. Baseball America listed Hosmer as the top prospect in a KC farm system that was ranked first among all 30 across baseball. Others pointed out that Hosmer had played just 50 games above Class-A prior to 2011 and was a year removed from batting a combined .241. The result was a season that beat all expectations, even those of Hosmer.
The first baseman’s goal at the beginning of 2011 was to get a shot at the Major League level at some point. The shot came sooner rather than later as Hosmer batted a sizzling .439 in 26 games for Triple-A Omaha. His fast start resulted in a call to KC, where he made a much-anticipated debut on May 6. Hosmer compiled a .293 average with 19 home runs and 78 RBI in 128 games while making spectacular plays at first base. The performance earned him the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award from members of the Kansas City Baseball Writers Association of America and placed him firmly in the discussion for A.L. Rookie of the Year.
Hosmer has now had a month to reflect on the quick start to his Major League career. He watched the World Series with a different perspective this year as he now knew many of the umpires and players involved. He pointed out today on a conference call with the media that many of his teammates also exceeded personal expectations in 2011. Several top KC prospects were expected to play at Triple-A this year and fight for a Major League job out of spring training in 2012. Instead, those prospects made the Majors in 2011 and became familiar with the opponents and the surroundings.
Chances are that the Joe Burke Award is the first of many individual honors at the Major League level for the just-turned 22-year old (birthday was on October 24). However, his goals are all team-oriented. He wants to reach the playoffs and win as many championships as possible. He mentioned how fans around the city would stop him and say how excited they were about the Royals. Hopefully that excitement is the tip of the iceberg, just as 2011 was for Hosmer’s career.