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Crime Horse = Crime Dog?

Crime Horse may not quite have the same ring as Crime Dog, so who knows if it will stick (especially with so many potential options).  But it did get me thinking that Hosmer and McGriff are comparable in playing style, not just nicknames. (What do you mean you're tired of hearing about Hosmer over and over and over again?)

A slender, 6'3", left-handed-hitting firstbaseman from Florida, McGriff debuted with 107 games and 356 PA in 1987, posting a line of .247 / .376 / .505 with an OPS+ of 130.  Not so far off from the community projection for the 6'4" Hosmer, with a lower average and more slugging, though 20 HR by the Crime Dog is still very much in play for Crime Horse's debut season. I think fans would be more than happy with McGriff's career line, .284 / .377 / .509, for Hosmer.

I remember McGriff being somewhat fast for a big guy, but that may just be a foggy memory considering that he only had 3 SB (2 CS) his rookie year, and a max of 8 SB in any season; Hosmer has some speed, but we have yet to see how that really translates for him at the ML level - it actually might just fall right in line with McGriff.

One major difference is that McGriff debuted at 23/24 while Hosmer is just 21/22.  McGriff got MVP votes in his second season, and while we hope that Crime Horse is far along in his development, that's quite a tall order for the would-be 22-year-old.  Also, McGriff's fielding was pretty standard - not good but not bad, at least until his older years - while Hosmer is expected to be a very good fielder at first base. 

No pressure, Crime Horse, all you have to do is be about as good as one of the all-time top-25 firstbasemen.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcgrifr01.shtml

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hosmeer01.shtml

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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