Eric Hosmer is a popular baseball player of American heritage who serves as a first baseman with the San Diego Padres of the Major League Baseball (MLB). Before his streak of awards and titles in the course of his career, he had been described by top scouts as a “left-handed hitter with raw power” and this was when he was still in high school. In the 2011 season, he was named Rookie of the Year after he had 19 home runs and .293 hits in a total of 128 games. Also, from 2013 to 2015, he consecutively won the Gold Awards and had another win in 2017. More details below.
Eric Hosmer- Bio
Eric Hosmer was born In the Southern part of Miami on the 24th of October 1989. He was practically raised in the Coopper City and was encouraged a lot by his family ever since he showed interest in baseball. To develop his skills, he took practice swings by making use of the Tony Gwynn tee-ball hitter. He also learned extensively by watching games of the Florida Marlins team, with a focus on the team’s hitting techniques. By the time he started high school at the American Heritage School, located in Plantation, Florida, Eric Hosmer had to work out for up to seven hours daily.
To further aid his future career, his family engaged the expertise of a hitting instructor, Badimir Marero who helped fine-tune his skills. Eric soon joined a good number of Little League baseball squads with whom he won a few state championships. He became a powerful prep prospect in his sophomore year due to his growth sprout by eight inches in height. When he got to his senior year, he had recorded a total of 11 home runs and hit .470. His accomplishment right from high school got him loads of views on YouTube whenever his games were uploaded. Before graduating from high school in 2008, the Miami Herald named him Florida’s Baseball Player of the Year twice and he also received the American Amateur Baseball Congress Connie Mack MVP award.
His incredible feat got the attention of twenty MLB scouts and subsequently got him a scholarship to play collegiate baseball at the Arizona State University. However, he planned to accept Arizona’s offer only if his hopes of getting an MLB draft failed but luckily for him, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals on the 15th of August 2008 to a deal worth $6 million, a record-breaking deal for any pick signed to the Royals at the time.
In 2012, during his spring training, Eric Hosmer recorded a slugging performance of .714, leading all players with a total of 29 RBIs. This feat led to praises from, George Brett, a Royals Hall of fame player. Eric was further hyped by Kansas City’s media as the “face of the franchise”, the city’s “next future sports star.” In his game against the L.A. Angels during the first base on opening day, he hit a home run to record a 6-3 victory. However, the next day saw him struggle as he hit below .200 within the first couple of weeks that followed. This led to a painful 11-game loss for the Royals in the 2012 season.
By the end of the season, Eris Hosmer had 14 home runs, a slash line of .232/.304/.359, and 60 RBIs. He would later sign an eight-year record-breaking contract with the San Diego Padres worth $144 million on the 19th of February 2018. Due to the demise of a former Royal’s teammate of his, Yordano Ventura, the same year, he decided to change the number of his jersey to No. 30 in honor of his memory. Eric then kicked off his first season with the San Diego Padres with a total of 18 home runs, .253 hits and 69 RBIs.
Personal Life – Wife, Dating, Girlfriend
Apart from his incredible skills on the pitch, Eric Hosmer is no doubt a sight for sore eyes and thus the crush of many adoring fans especially the ladies. Due to his apparent success, many have sought to inquire about the relationship status of the champ as to whether he is single dating or married. To satisfy this curiosity, he actually is in a relationship with one of the most gorgeous women on screen today. Her name is Kacie McDonnell, and she works with the New England Sports Network as a sports anchor. Though they began dating in June 2015 when she was still a traffic reporter at Kansas, there has been no news of an impending nuptials yet.
Family- Parents And Siblings
Eric Hosmer comes from a close-knit family. He was born to parents, Mike Hosmer and Illeana Hosmer. His father Mike is one of his biggest supporters and he used to be a firefighter when he was much younger. His mother Illeana on the other was a staff at Gables Hospital located in the Coral Gables Florida. Eric also disclosed that his parents dated for a period of four years before they proceded to tie the knot. In terms of siblings, he has just one older brother named Mike Jr., he lives in Miami and works there as a stockbroker.
Most sports require athletes to be of a certain height, weight or body frame. Though height is not such a major requirement in baseball as a sport, having a good mass, on the other hand, would help players gain good balance and the strength needed to deliver in whatever position they play. Therefore, standing tall at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93m) paired with a body mass of 102kg (226lbs) Eric Hosmer is well equipped to go all the way and perform at a peak form.