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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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Andy Reid on the challenges of developing a young QB behind an established starter

At the NFL's annual meetings, Chiefs coach Andy Reid talked about the challenges of developing a young QB behind an established starter.
Terez Paylor The Kansas City Star
Andy Reid on the challenges of developing a young QB behind an established starter 1:01

Andy Reid on the challenges of developing a young QB behind an established starter

Chiefs coach Andy Reid on the Raiders' decision to leave Oakland 0:44

Chiefs coach Andy Reid on the Raiders' decision to leave Oakland

Chiefs coach Andy Reid on why he's sticking with Alex Smith 0:49

Chiefs coach Andy Reid on why he's sticking with Alex Smith

Ned Yost on deciding between Christian Colon, Whit Merrifield for last roster spot 1:16

Ned Yost on deciding between Christian Colon, Whit Merrifield for last roster spot