The San Diego Padres were hoping to make a deep postseason run before they were swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, but Eric Hosmer is not letting the disappointing finish ruin his year.
Hosmer and his longtime Kacie McDonnell got engaged this week. McDonnell announced the news on Instagram and shared a photo of the ring the first baseman gave her.
McDonnell also shared a video of her and Hosmer celebrating:
Hosmer and McDonnell, who is a TV reporter, have been dating since 2015. This is not McDonnell’s first engagement, as she was previously engaged to a former college football star before the two broke things off.
Hosmer played in 38 games for the Padres in the abbreviated 2020 MLB season. He hit .287 with nine home runs and 36 RBI. He went just 4-for-25 in six playoff games.
There is still hope of playing the 2020 MLB season. While players definitely want to get back to action, there are some who may feel they have more to prove than others. Those players had bad seasons in 2019 by their standards, and would love nothing more than to make things right in 2020.
Here are five players who are looking for bounceback seasons after underwhelming 2019 campaigns.
5. Eric Hosmer, 1B, Padres
The second year of Hosmer’s eight-year deal with the Padres wasn’t much better than the first, which is worrisome from San Diego’s perspective. The veteran first baseman hit .265 with 22 home runs, but his .310 OBP simply isn’t good enough, especially for someone making $21 million annually. Hosmer is only 30, and he is still sound defensively, but he doesn’t look like the guy who was once an All-Star for the Kansas City Royals. The Padres need that to change.
4. Edwin Diaz, RP, Mets
Prior to the 2019 season, the Mets gave up a huge sum to get Diaz and Robinson Cano — most notably top prospect Jarred Kelenic. Diaz was a bust. After posting a 1.96 ERA in his final season with the Mariners, Diaz’s ERA ballooned to 5.59 in New York, and he blew seven saves. Whatever the reason for Diaz’s issues — one ex-teammate thought the city was a bad fit for him — the Mets need him to be a lot better to justify the hefty price they paid for him.
3. Miguel Cabrera, DH/1B, Tigers
Cabrera mostly stayed healthy last season, which is an improvement from a lost 2018 season. However, his tally of 12 home runs is unfathomably low for a player who was once one of the most feared sluggers in the game. It may be that age and injury have sapped Cabrera of his power, as his numbers have cratered since the 2016 season. The Tigers have him on the books through 2023, and while he may never be an MVP again, they’d desperately like to get some production out of him.
2. Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
Votto is one of the most intelligent and cerebral hitters in the league, so to see him post his worst season as an MLB player in 2019 is really alarming. Votto hit just .261, with only 15 home runs and 47 RBIs. Those are remarkably bad numbers from one of the most reliable hitters of his generation. Votto turned 36 last September, so this is another instance where age may be catching up to him. The Reds, who have been very aggressive in the offseason, are hoping that is not the case. They need Votto to be himself in order to contend. Based on some of his recent comments, we expect a turnaround.
1. Trevor Bauer, P, Reds
Bauer had a 2.21 ERA in 2018 and looked to be establishing himself as one of the game’s best pitchers. He wasn’t quite as good for the start of 2019, and then his numbers cratered after he was dealt to Cincinnati. Bauer won just twice in 10 starts for the Reds, posting a 6.39 ERA, though he said he was playing through injury. Bauer was acquired to lead the staff, and he’s entering a contract year. For those reasons, he should be motivated to be at his best in 2020. The Reds, who will likely anchor their rotation around him, desperately need that to be the case.
Manny Machado’s new teammates are going to get used to him making the impossible look routine.
During Friday’s game between the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, Carson Kelly hit a ball down the third base line that forced Machado to range to his right and into foul territory. Machado fielded the ball and almost nonchalantly flipped it to first base, showing off his incredible arm strength and accuracy.
The reactions by pitcher Adam Warren and first baseman Hosmer were priceless.
Machado has made plays similar to this one in the past, but seeing them never gets old. It hasn’t for baseball fans and won’t any time soon for Machado’s new teammates.
For most teams, we’re a quarter of the way through the Major League Baseball season, and right about at the point that teams can begin assessing what their prospects are. It’s also a point where we can review performances to date and look at who’s struggling and who’s starring for each team. Here, we’re going to be focusing on the players who have led their teams, no matter how the club is doing in the grand scheme of things.
Here is the best player for each MLB team so far in 2018.
Arizona Diamondbacks — A.J. Pollock, OF
A couple of pitchers have a case here, but in a year where the Arizona offense has been surprisingly underwhelming, Pollock has carried them. The outfielder is hitting .293 with 11 home runs and 10 doubles, easily pacing the team in OPS. Unfortunately he is expected to miss 4-8 weeks with a thumb injury, because he was working on a potential MVP season before that.
The San Diego Padres are going to be seeing this play in their nightmares.
The Padres lost an extra innings game with the Houston Astros on Saturday when they let a popup drop in the infield, allowing Derek Fisher to score from second.
There were two outs in the inning, which is why Fisher was running and able to score on the play. That’s also why the inning should have ended, which would have extended the game to the 11th inning.
Eric Hosmer is not going to live that one down for a long time. The Padres did not pay him $144 million for plays like that. Yeesh.
It was clearly very difficult for Eric Hosmer to leave the Kansas City Royals.
Hosmer, now with the San Diego Padres, took out a full-page ad in both Saturday and Sunday’s Kansas City Star thanking Royals fans for their support over the years.
Up to this point, Hosmer had spent his entire career with the Royals. He became a star there and was a major part of the team’s first World Series winner in 30 years, so this is a bittersweet parting of ways.
That said, Hosmer is already doing well to endear himself to his new teammates. Life goes on, as they say.
Eric Hosmer will be wearing a different jersey number in the upcoming season, and his new one includes a tribute.
Hosmer has worn No. 35 throughout his MLB career with the Kansas City Royals. But that jersey is retired by his new team, the San Diego Padres, in honor of former Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones.
According to MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell, Hosmer will wear jersey No. 30 with the Padres as a tribute to his late teammate, Yordano Ventura.
That’s pretty cool. Ventura died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic last January. The two players were teammates on the 2014 Royals that reached the World Series and the 2015 team that won it all.
Hosmer’s contract with the Padres was officially announced on Monday night. It’s an 8-year, $144 million deal that includes an opt-out after five years.
Hosmer, 28, is a career .282 hitter and has smacked 25 homers each of the last two seasons. He’s a four-time Gold Glove winner.
The Kansas City Royals wanted Eric Hosmer back, but it’s quite clear why he ended up leaving the organization.
According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, the Royals’ front office was serious about bringing Hosmer back, but ownership was less so. Subsequently, the team’s offer to Hosmer was for five years and around $100 million.
It’s easy to see why this didn’t get it done, particularly with the San Diego Padres willing to guarantee Hosmer eight years for more money.
Hosmer reportedly had very specific demands about his contract length from his new team. The Padres ended up fulfilling them, but it doesn’t sound like the Royals came particularly close. That probably sealed their fate, no matter how much warmth Hosmer felt toward the organization.
The free agent market is coming along slowly but surely, and Eric Hosmer is the latest big domino to fall.
Hosmer agreed to an eight-year deal with the San Diego Padres, the Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee reported on Saturday night. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says the deal calls for an opt out after the fifth year. Scott Miller later reported Hosmer is set to make $20 million per season for the first five years, then $13 million per season after that.
The Padres were said to be targeting Hosmer the entire offseason. The first baseman reportedly had seven-year contract offers from both the Padres and his former team, the Royals. He reportedly was seeking an eighth year on his contract, and it appears that the Padres were the ones who gave it to him.
San Diego now gets the 28-year-old, who has hit 25 homers in back-to-back seasons. Opinions were mixed on Hosmer, as some do not view him as a big difference-maker at a major offensive position, while others see him as a high average, high character leader who is great for a clubhouse.
The Padres will look to Hosmer to be a cornerstone for the team over the next several years. They are currently rebuilding and have one of the higher-ranked farm systems in the game. They’re probably figuring that by having Hosmer and Wil Myers locked up long term, they’ll have some nice building blocks in place by the time guys like Fernando Tatis Jr, Mackenzie Gore and Luis Urias are ready to make an impact in the big leagues.
The San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals have not given up their reported pursuit of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.
According to Dennis Lin of the Athletic, both the Royals and Padres have kept in contact with Hosmer’s agent Scott Boras recently. The Padres have reportedly stepped up their interest in the last few days.
The Padres have an offer on the table to Hosmer, but it is said to be for less than $140 million. Padres team officials believe the Royals may have submitted a higher bid, but are comfortable with their own offer. The fact that Hosmer hasn’t signed with either yet, however, indicates that, at least for the moment, neither proposal is satisfactory.
Reports have indicated that Hosmer is seeking a very lengthy deal. That, more than money, may be a sticking point, though we don’t know a lot about what’s on the table for him at the moment.