Spring Training games started today down in Arizona (Royals beat the Dodgers 8-4) and it’s really settling in that Eric Hosmer wont be in a Royals uniform. It’s been a week since the details emerged on Eric Hosmer selecting the San Diego Padres as his next team. Leaving Kansas City was expected, but San Diego?
Hosmer will earn $105 million over the first five years of the contract, and $39 over the final three years, if he does not opt out after year 5. That’s an average of $18M per year over eight years.
Did the Royals get outbid by the Dads? A rumor surfaced last month that the Royals had offered Hosmer $140 million over seven years. While I don’t believe that was a real offer, and probably more of someone in the Hosmer camp “leaking it,” DM Dayton Moore did say they offered him more money than any other player in franchise history. While vague, a rumor today indicated it was a 5-year deal worth $100M.
Drafted No. 3 overall in 2008, Hosmer represented a new wave of talent when he debuted in 2011, and part of a core, along with the likes of Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez, Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon (and others), that brought the city a championship and so many lifelong memories. Hitting .284/.342/.439 with 127 HR, 566 RBI over seven seasons with four Gold Gloves and one All-Star appearance, where he started and won MVP – was the face of the Golden Era.
Now, he is gone, as the core walks out of our lives forever.
There are several memorable Eric Hosmer moments, and most include the postseason, where he was at his best – holding a franchise record 29 RBI in 31 postseason games. Let’s take a look:
10. October 6, 2014: Hosmer picks up open bar tab at McFadden’s for fans in downtown KC
Just 24 years old at the time, Hosmer tweeted out an open invitation to the entire Royals fan base to join the team at McFadden’s in downtown Kansas City following the ALDS sweep of the Angels.
— Eric Hosmer (@TheRealHos35) October 6, 2014
The memorable gesture marked the start of what would be quite a unique relationship between Hosmer, the Royals and their fans over the next few years.
9. October 31, 2015: The Daniel Murphy error. Hosmer was the one who put the ball in play, so we’ll allow it. Daniel Murphy’s All Hallows Eve error led to a nightmare for the Mets, as the Royals did what they did best and immediately took advantage:
8. August 23, 2017: Old friend Greg Holland and the Rockies were in town, and Eric Hosmer had a rude welcome for his good friend, mashing a 3-run walk-off HR:
7. November 1, 2015: Eric Hosmer slices a doubles to left field to break up the shutout as the Royals rally in Game 5 of the World Series:
6. October 1, 2017: In what would be Eric Hosmer’s last game as a Royal, he received a huge ovation from the home crowd, and then homered.
Of course he did. It matched his career-high (25) from the year before.
5. October 12, 2015: Hosmer’s “for good measure HR” caps off Wild Card rally Facing elimination in the ALDS in Houston, Royals came back from the dead, piecing together an epic rally to force Game 5. Top of the 8th, down 6-2, the Royals sent 11 to the plate and 40 minutes and 53 pitches later, they’d scored five runs to take the lead. They had tied the game before the Astros had recorded an out. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?
Eric Hosmer added a mammoth homer in the ninth for good measure:
Remember the governor’s tweet?
4. July 12, 2016: All-Star MVP
Salvy and Hosmer became the first teammates to homer in the same All-Star Game since Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz in 2004. The duo drove in two runs each, accounting for all four runs in the AL’s 4-2 win. Hosmer, in his first (and so far only) All-Star Game, was named MVP.
3. October 4, 2014: 9th inning 2-run HR in Game 4 of the 2014 ALDS One game after a Mike Moustakas go-ahead extra-inning DONG, Hosmer followed suit, giving the Royals a 2-0 ALDS lead en route to a sweep of the top-seeded Angels:
Hosmer hit another HR in the Game 3 clincher at the K:
2. September 27, 2014: In the improbable rally and extra-inning win in the Wild Card Game, Eric Hosmer came through clutch, again, with a 12-inning triple with the Royals down 8-7, and scored the game-tying run:
1. November 1, 2015: The Mad Dash home Game 5 of the World Series. Royals, leading the series 3-1, trail 2-1. Top of the ninth, one out. Eric Hosmer on third base…
Unbelievable. What an iconic moment.
Thank you Eric Hosmer. #ForeverRoyal
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