San Diego Padres: A Closer, More Advanced Look at Eric Hosmer

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Hosmer’s Offensive Advanced Stats

Eric Hosmer’s WAR over his time there was 14.2. Divide that by seven seasons and you get a 2.0-or-so WAR per season player. The San Diego Padres would be happy simply with that, I’m sure.

While that’s not super-extraordinary, while keeping mind that WAR most definitely has its shortcomings as a full spectrum of player analysis, it’s an impressive stat nonetheless.

Truth is, though, Hosmer wasn’t a consistent, 2 WAR per-year, player. Since 2011 he hasn’t had less than 547 at-bats in a season so, needless to say, he’s been in the lineup consistently, which is definitely a plus.

His WAR, per season from 2011-2017 is as follows: 1.4, -0.5, 3.5, 0.8, 3.6, 1.2, 4.1. Like I said, he has not been a consistent 2 WAR guy, to say the least. But, again, besides his 2012 and 2014 seasons, he’s had very productive seasons otherwise.

A WAR oddity

While his two off-years were likely not up to his personal standards, (as 3.6 and 4.1 WAR-per-season years are likely more what he’s looking for, being the competitor he most obviously is) but Eric Hosmer has been a darn good ballplayer, overall.

While he most certainly hasn’t been the 8.32 WAR player that Jose Altuve was last season, they’re two completely different players who play two completely different games.

To make that point even clearer, Aaron Judge, another totally different type of ballplayer, had an 8.08 WAR last year. Wild statistic.

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