Hosmer raised the right way, continues to give back

Hosmer raised the right way, continues to give back

Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals
Hometown: South Miami

Instead of a family line stocked with athletes, Hosmer was born the son of a firefighter and a nurse.

Mike Sr. and Ileana raised Hosmer in South Florida, where he became a star first baseman for American Heritage High School. He excelled to the point where the Royals used the third overall pick of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft on him.

Hosmer, now a staple in Kansas City's lineup and future, gives back to the community and honors his father's profession. He recently hosted a charity event called "Uncork For a Cause," which benefited the Greater Kansas City Firefighters Local 42 Community Assistance organization.

Hosmer was a high school classmate of Adrian Nieto, the White Sox catcher who went in the fifth round of the 2008 Draft.

Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.