Eric Hosmer ready for leadership role with Padres, will wear No. 30 to honor Yordano Ventura


We’re not looking for Eric to come in here and be Knute Rockne and deliver speeches from day one, general manager A.J. Preller said. It’s the things he shows daily: the passion for the game, the love for the game, the competitiveness, the intellect, the curious mind, wanting to get better. Those are the things that kept coming back from guys who played with him or against him. That’s why we were so convicted that he was the guy for us at this time.

In 2017, scores were slightly down with Eric Gordon beating a field that included Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Kyle Lowry, and previous champion Thompson with a score of 25 in the first round, 20 in the second and 21 in an overtime win.

Hodges still holds two records — most made shots (21) in a round and most consecutive shots made (19). Those records may have staying power beyond the new format.

Here’s the thinking behind all five spots on the floor, and why an NBA player might choose it over another spot.

You see these guys bouncing around and playing, you want to participate and be playing with your teammates, said Murphy, who was the only position player not to participate in team drills Tuesday, one day before the Nats’ first official full-squad workout. But I think it’s the understanding of when they loose me, when the training staff lets me go and it’s time to play, you only want to come off the DL once. I don’t want to start playing games and then have to stop. So that’s kind of the mindset we’re taking right now.

The Diamondbacks say they’ll use the spring to decide between Archie Bradley, Brad Boxberger and Yoshihisa Hirano. Bradley has the best skills, but he also has proved effective in the ever-popular multiple-inning role. With the humidor, Boxberger’s control and gopheritis might not be as much of a problem while Hirano’s low strikeout rate won’t matter as much. It’s still anyone’s guess, but those expecting Bradley to be the closer should be less confident.

With nine or 10 desert games, the other teams in the NL West will be affected. Keeping in mind a strong offense will still score runs in pitchers’ parks, it appears only Coors Field will be off-limits for streaming. This makes the back-end starters on the Dodgers, Rockies, Padres and Giants more palatable, especially in leagues with daily moves. On the flip side, lower-end hitters from these clubs are less attractive, since there’ll be many road trips with all neutral or pitchers’ parks.royals_010