KANSAS CITY, Mo. No one is proclaiming that Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is "back."
But there certainly have been signs in the past week that Hosmer is resembling the prospect that everyone in baseball was raving about after his rookie season (.293, 19 homers, 78 RBIs) and not the flop he was last year (.232, 14 homers, 60 RBIs).
Hosmer's resurgence, if it truly is one, started with the day-night doubleheader on the road at Boston when Hosmer went four for nine. And he has continued to inch closer to his former self by going nine for his last 27 (.333).
More important than the numbers, Hosmer looks like the hitter the Royals and their fans dreamed would occupy the No. 3 hole in the order for years to come.
Hosmer appears more selective at the plate, he is using the opposite field, and he has cut back dramatically on the number of roll-over routine grounders to second that plagued his dreadful 2012 season.
"I honestly don't even want to talk about last year," Hosmer told FO...