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jpgordo
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posted May 13, 2011 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
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Agent puts kibosh on Royals locking up Hosmer
Jeff Passan

By Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports May 12, 11:16 pm EDT
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Agent Scott Boras on Thursday shot down any hopes the Kansas City Royals had of signing burgeoning star Eric Hosmer(notes) to a long-term extension, telling Yahoo! Sports he expects massive increases in television revenue to change the landscape of salaries in baseball.

“Athletes have to know that you have to look at the market you’re in,” Boras said. “You can’t look at the markets of the past. For players like Hosmer, as you go back and look, as [Mark] Teixeira had his own market and [Prince] Fielder had his own market, Hosmer will have his own. And something tells me it’s going to be a rather eventful one.”

Hosmer, the 21-year-old first baseman called up by the Royals less than a week ago, is not due to become a free agent until after the 2017 season.
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Eric Hosmer introduced himself to New York with homers in consecutive games.
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In his six days with Kansas City, however, he has smashed two home runs at Yankee Stadium, batted third in the Royals’ lineup and impressed players, scouts and executives alike. Hosmer is the first in a wave of Royals prospects expected to change the fortunes of the woebegone franchise.

Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger on Thursday suggested the Royals try to lock up Hosmer to a deal that would buy out his arbitration years and include options for his first three free-agent seasons – a deal similar to the one Evan Longoria(notes) signed with Tampa Bay upon his arrival and slightly less than the one Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez(notes), a Boras client, signed last offseason.

Gonzalez was the rare exception for Boras, whose proclivity for taking clients into free agency as soon as possible has landed him some of the biggest deals in the game’s history. He scored Teixeira the largest contract for a first baseman (eight years, $180 million), could eclipse it this offseason with the 27-year-old Fielder and expects Hosmer to reach free agency in the middle of a ripe financial era brought about by new local television contracts in large markets and a new national TV deal come 2013.

“The arbitration markets and free-agent markets are going to be vastly different,” Boras said.

Considering networks happily funneled out a 12-year, $3 billion deal (or $250 million a year) for the Pac-12 TV rights and the NHL was given a 10-year, $2 billion contract ($200 million per annum), MLB’s next deal should dwarf the seven-year, $3 billion contract it signed in 2006.

“Sports are not DVR’d,” Boras said. “People stay and watch it. They don’t flip channels. There’s a broader way of understanding the market. There’s huge values in sports broadcasting rights.”

Boras expects that money to trickle down to lower-revenue teams such as Kansas City. But whether enough comes in that the Royals consider themselves capable of retaining Hosmer – or if Hosmer himself prefers Gonzalez’s tack and asks Boras to negotiate a long-term deal with them – is too far off to consider.

Still, Hosmermania in Kansas City is palpable after his second-deck shot Wednesday and line-drive homer Thursday led the Royals to their first series win in New York since 1999. And it’s just the start. The next position-playing prospect to come up for the Royals, third baseman Mike Moustakas(notes), is another left-handed, power-hitting star in the making. Oh, and they have one more thing in common.

Scott Boras is his agent, too.

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Indians light up Mazzaro for 14 runs, rout KC 19-1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Pounding out 20 hits and walking eight times, the well rested Cleveland Indians belted Kansas City and put Vin Mazzaro in the record book as pitching the worst game in Royals history.

Mazzaro gave up 10 runs in the fourth inning and became the third pitcher since 1947 to allow 14 runs in a game, according to STATS LLC. He also became the newest addition to the Triple-A staff in Omaha, where he was demoted to immediately following the 19-1 loss by the Royals on Monday night.
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano , left, is congratulated by catcher Lou Marson , right, following a Major League Baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, May 16, 2011. The Indians defeated the Royals 19-1.
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“It’s tough. It was a tough game,” said Mazzaro, whose ERA skied to 22.74. “Some of the plays didn’t go my way. It’s a funny game. You’ve just got to keep battling and attack the zone.”

After the brutal fourth inning, Mazzaro allowed four more in the fifth before he was removed.

“We do have a few guys who see a lot of pitches,” said Cleveland manager Manny Acta. “On those days when the pitchers are not on top of their game, these guys can really work a number on them.”

Mazzaro was definitely not on top. The 25-year-old right-hander was charged with 14 runs on 11 hits in 2 1-3 innings and erased the Royals’ record of 11 runs allowed in a game, which had been done three times.

Michael Brantley and Matt LaPorta each had four RBIs in the Indians’ biggest offensive outburst since scoring 22 runs at New York on April 18, 2009. Hafner and Orlando Cabrera each had three RBIs.

LaPorta reached base five times with a walk and four hits.

“I definitely think it’s contagious,” said LaPorta. “You see a couple of guys in front of you get a hit and you want to be right there, you want to be able to drive them in. And I think it’s the same way, guys behind you want to drive you in.”

At least Mazzaro didn’t get the loss. That went to starter Kyle Davies (1-6), who left after walking the bases full in the first inning and retiring only one batter. The Royals said later that he would have an MRI for soreness in the front of his right shoulder. He was charged with two runs after Nate Adcock gave up a two-run single to Orlando Cabrera.

The Indians added another run in the second on an RBI single by Brantley, who set a career high with his four RBIs.

Asdrubal Cabrera’s RBI single got the Indians rolling in the fourth. Mazzaro then issued Carlos Santana’s third walk of the game, and walk No. 7 on the night for the Indians, which loaded the bases.

Hafner then hammered a three-run double into left-center. Orlando Cabrera followed with an RBI single, then Travis Buck singled and LaPorta hit a two-run double that made it 10-0. After Jack Hannahan singled, Brantley hit a 1-1 pitch for a three-run home run and a 13-0 Cleveland lead.

“I personally didn’t even know we had that many runs,” said LaPorta. “We were just going up there. Everybody was trying to get on base and do their job. I was just trying to see the ball well and put a good swing on it.”

The Indians, who were coming off back-to-back rainouts, sent 13 men to the plate in the fourth. For the game, they had a season-high 20 hits, including seven doubles, and drew eight walks.

In the fifth, Buck had an RBI single, LaPorta added a second two-run double and Hannahan brought in a run with an infield out.

Josh Tomlin (5-1) got the win, going six innings and giving up five hits and one run, on Billy Butler’s infield out in the fourth.

Tomlin tried not to think he was working with a gigantic lead.

“I was up there still trying to take the same approach and pitch like it was a tie ballgame,” he said. “Sometimes you can lose focus a little bit. But for the most part, it puts you at ease a little bit and you can go after them.”

According to STATS LLC, the last pitcher to give up 10 runs in an inning was Texas’ Scott Feldman against the Red Sox on Aug. 12, 2008, although not all the runs were earned. Before Mazzaro, the only pitchers since 1947 to get clobbered for 14 runs were Milwaukee’s Bill Travers against Cleveland on Aug. 14, 1977, and Oakland’s Mike Oquist on Aug. 3, 1998 against the Yankees.

Mazzaro was clearly not happy about being sent down.

“It’s kind of a tough call,”he said. “You’ve just go to keep battling. Things will work out.”

NOTES: The Indians are in the unusual position of playing a pair of two-game series on a four-game road trip. After two in KC, they’ll fly to Chicago for two with the White Sox before returning home. … It was LaPorta’s second four-hit game. The other was Aug. 29, 2009 at Baltimore. … The last Royals pitcher to give up 11 runs was Brian Bannister on June 12, 2010 against Cincinnati. … The Indians also scored 10 runs in the fourth inning on April 8 at Seattle.

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posted June 05, 2011 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
Well, it was nice while it lasted. Always good in April, crappy the rest of the year.

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