Full name is Eric John Hosmer...participated in Royals FanFest, 2011-15 and 2013 Caravan...was the Royals 2014 nominee for the Robert Clemente Award for outstanding community involvement...Prior to the 2012 season, named as a celebrity spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City along with Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry and championship boxer Victor Ortiz...hosted Step Up to the Plate with Eric Hosmer in 2013 and 2014 to help recruit "bigs" for Big Brothers, Big Sisters...Also participated in calendar shoots for Braden's Hope for childhood cancer research...In 2014, hosted Uncork for a Cause to raise money for the Greater Kansas City Fire Fighters Local 42 Community Assistance fund...Graduated from American Heritage High in Plantation, Fla., 2008...batted .470 with 11 home runs, 27 RBI, 49 runs and 14 stolen bases as a senior to earn Player of the Year honors from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel...Played in the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic in 2007...Prior to the 2008 draft, was rated as the high school player with the best power and the prep talent that is closest to the Majors by Baseball America.
Eric was one of the Royals most consistent performers, setting career bests in runs scored, triples, RBI, walks and onbase percentage...Earned a Rawlings Gold Glove for the third time in as many seasons...he became the first A.L. first baseman to win three straight since Rafael Palmeiro (1997-99)...He tied for eighth in the league in runs scored and hits (178) and tied for 12th in RBI…also tied for seventh with Seattle's Robinson Cano in multi-hit games (51)…over the past three seasons, his 148 multi-hit games are tied for 10th in the Major Leagues...Hit .311 (89-for-286) at Kauffman Stadium with a .510 slugging percentage (19 doubles, four triples, 10 homers) at home...home average ranked 12th in the American League. in 2014, he batted just .219 at 'The K' with a .347 SLG...Ranked fourth in the A.L. with 28 go-ahead RBI…37 of his 93 RBI either tied the score or gave KC the lead...He also batted .310 with a .501 slugging percentage vs. right-handed pitching…hit .315 (52-for-165) in day games...Tied with teammate Lorenzo Cain for fourth in the league with 67 two-out hits…he also ranked second in the Junior Circuit, scoring 46 runs after two were down, trailing only Toronto's Jose Bautista (47)...Recorded a season-best 14-game hitting streak between July 18 and August 1, batting .500 (28-for-56) with three doubles, two triples, three homers and 13 RBI during that span…he also had a 10-game hitting streak, August 9-19...Led the American League with a .385 batting average (40-for-104) during the month of July…he also hit .310 in the month of April...Also enjoyed a streak of 10 straight games with an RBI, from August 7-16, which was the longest streak of its kind in the Major Leagues in 2015 and third-longest in Royals history…his 22 RBI during the month of August tied for fifth in the American League...Recorded his third career walk-off hit, doubling home the winning run in the ninth to beat Minnesota, 3-2, July 5...Had two game-winning hits in extra-innings at U.S. Cellular Field…doubled home the go-ahead run in the 13th inning on April 23 in a 3-2 KC win…also hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning for the margin of victory in a 5-3 triumph September 30...Went 4-for-4 with a double in KC's 3-0 triumph over Toronto on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium…it marked his eighth career game with four hits or more...Recorded four RBI in a game twice, both times vs. Cleveland, May 5 at home and July 27 at Progressive Field…his 21 RBI vs. the Tribe were tied for the second-most by any one player against an opponent, trailing only Colorado's Nolan Arenado's 24 RBI vs. San Francisco...Tied for the American League lead among first basemen with a .997 fielding percentage...Set a Royals' postseason record with 17 RBI in his 16 games…he finished four RBI shy of the Major League record, which was set by St. Louis' David Freese (21) in 2011...He also scored 10 runs in postseason play, which tied for fifth among all participants in 2015...His 29 career postseason RBI are the most in Royals' history, passing George Brett (23) during the World Series… his career total is also tied for eighth all-time by a first baseman with Bill Skowron (1955-63)...Batted just .212 with two doubles and a homer during postseason play…however, he hit .333 (12-for-36) with runners on base and .320 (8-for-25) with runners in scoring position…had at least one RBI in 11 of his last 13 postseason games, including six straight from Game 4 of the ALDS to Game 4 of the ALCS...Recorded a postseason high with three RBI in Game 4 of the ALDS at Houston, which included a two-run homer in the ninth inning of the 9-6 win...Had three game-winning RBI: a go-ahead single in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the ALCS vs. Toronto…also plated the winning run in the 14th inning in Game 1 of the World Series, collecting a sac fly...Scored the tying run in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, coming in from third on a Salvador Perez ground out.
Eric got off to a slow start, but finished strong despite missing a month with a fractured right hand...Batted .321 (53-for-165) with 14 doubles, a triple, five homers and 23 RBI after July 1...His .509 slugging percentage in that span ranked 11th in the American League...Earned his second-straight Rawlings Gold Glove Award…became the first American League first baseman to earn back-to-back honors since Mark Teixeira (2009-10)…he's the only Royals first sacker to win a Gold Glove...Ranked fourth in the American League, hitting .318 (83-for-261) on the road, while he batted just .219 (53-for-242) at 'The K'...Also hit .314 (70-for-223) with runners on base, compared to a .236 average with nobody on...Recorded his 40th career stolen base on June 18 in Detroit to become the Royals' all-time leader in steals by a first baseman, passing George Brett (39)...Had a career-best 16-game hitting streak from June 30-July 20, where he batted .413 (26-for-63) with six doubles, two homers and nine RBI...Streak was the longest by a Royal since Salvador Perez hit safely in 17-straight games in 2012...Suffered a hairline fracture in his right hand and missed 29 games, being placed on the disabled list August 2...Reinstated September 1...Batted .290 (27-for-93) with a .495 slugging percentage after he returned from the D.L....Recorded three games with four hits, including April 22 in Cleveland when he collected a pair of doubles and scored a season high three runs...His 97 multi-hit games over the past two seasons are third among Major League first basemen, trailing only Miguel Cabrera (107) and Freddie Freeman (100)...Hit the game-tying home run in the sixth inning of KC's 6-3 win in Chicago on September 25, reducing KC's Magic Number to one.
Eric enjoyed a breakout season, setting career bests in several categories and earning his first Rawlings Gold Glove award...became the first Royals' first baseman to win the Gold Glove... Named the Les Milgram Royals' Player of the Year by the KC Chapter of the BBWAA... Topped the American League in multi-hit games (60), which also tied for the fifth-highest total in club history, matching Alex Gordon's 2012 total... Ranked seventh in the league in hits (188) and ninth in batting average (.302)...his hit and multi-hit game totals were the most by a Royals' first sacker... Hit .323 (70-for-217) against left-handed pitching, which ranked sixth in the A.L...also ranked ninth in the league with a .305 average (96-for-315) on the road... Collected a Major League-best 156 hits after May 19, batting .317 with 30 doubles, 16 homers and 68 RBI over the final 4 1/2 months...hit over .300 in each of the last four months of the season... Tied with Texas' Adrian Beltre for the MLB lead with 65 hits after the sixth inning...second to Beltre with a .353 batting average from the seventh inning and later, which included seven homers and 29 RBI...recorded a .571 slugging percentage after the sixth, which was second in the A.L. to Baltimore's Chris Davis (.575)... Named Royals' Majestic Player of the Month three times (June, July and August)... Recorded a career-high five RBI vs. Minnesota on August 5, going 3-for-5 with a double and a homer. Registered second career multi-homer game - first since 2011 - on June 28 at Minnesota...also added a pair of round-trippers vs. Baltimore on July 24... Became first Royal since 1998 (Dean Palmer) to homer in both games of a doubleheader on August 16 at Detroit... Collected a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning to beat Detroit, 3-2, on June 12...blasted go-ahead homer in 6-5 win over Cleveland on July 3...hit game-tying homer in the seventh inning the following day in KC's 10-7 come-from- behind triumph over the Indians... Recorded go-ahead two-run double in St. Louis on May 30 for a 4-2 win, which snapped a season-long eight-game losing streak...game was delayed over four hours due to rain following Hosmer's two-run hit.