Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is trying to show the Royals that they can depend on his bat. This season, if Wednesday’s game is any indication, Hosmer is convincing his fans that he’s going to be a clutch hitter in key situations, hopefully for the rest of the season.
Hosmer had two hits with a home run and two runs scored on Wednesday in his team’s 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Hosmer didn’t quite get off to the start he would have preferred this season. He now has eight home runs. The Royals obviously need that type of hitting from him to continue for the rest of the season as they try to contend in the AL Central.
He’s only 23 with plenty of years ahead of him, but Hosmer has been disappointing in some respects early in his career. The Royals are hoping this will be a breakout season and he’s showed some signs of it. In June, Hosmer batted .303 with six home runs. It’s been pointed out that he’s been hitting well since George Brett was named as the hitting coach for the Royals.
No one is making a claim that Brett is responsible for Hosmer’s hitting improvement and that’s hard to determine, but it can’t be sheer coincidence. Brett is obviously an excellent authority on hitting. Sometimes the best hitters in baseball have a hard time showing others how to hit the ball.
In this case, it sounds like Brett is teaching some of his players rather well.