Full name is Eric John Hosmer...participated in the 2011 and 2013 Royals FanFest and 2013 Caravan...Named prior to the 2012 season 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...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, he 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 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.