Sam Mellinger: Royals offense is grounded until Hosmer can put the ball in the air

When Eric Hosmer hits the ball on the ground, he is batting .125 with no extra base hits. When he hits the ball in the air, he is batting .348 with a .522 slugging percentage — an MVP candidate, essentially. If Hosmer is an anomaly, it’s only as a strong, 6-foot-4, cleanup-hitting first baseman. League wide, ground balls are producing a .237 average and .260 slugging percentage. Balls in the air are producing a .385 average and .849 slugging percentage.

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White Privilege Conference coming to KC

The 18th White Privilege Conference comes to Kansas City for the first time, and leaders hope for a challenging, but inspiring, experience for everyone. The conference is popular with people whose life passion has been advancing inclusion and economic and social equity for all. The conference runs April 27-30.
Tammy Ljungblad The Kansas City Star
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White Privilege Conference coming to KC

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Firefighters contain blaze at apartment complex

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Witness describes standoff and arrest of man accused of killing Casey Eaton

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Man and woman found dead in Wal-Mart parking lot