For a fan, here’s the cool thing about a baseball player signing a two-year contract: He can’t leave his team after the first season because he feels like it.
As Lionel Hutz wisely noted on “The Simpsons:” But I ask you, what is a contract? Webster’s defines it as “an agreement under the law, which is unbreakable.” Which is unbreakable!”
So that’s what makes a tweet such as this so funny (and I’d encourage you not to click the link):
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Kansas City Star
This being something found on the Internet, it was treated by some as being absolutely true, even though Hosmer is under contract with the Royals for 2016:
OK, everyone can settle down. Take a deep breath. Hosmer did not leave the Royals as some people have noted on Twitter:
In February, Andy McCullough (the Royals beat writer for The Star) wrote about Hosmer receiving a two-year contract from the Royals. He will be paid $8.25 million in 2016 to play for the Royals.
After agreeing to the deal, general manager Dayton Moore told MLB.com what Hosmer meant to the Royals.
“(Hosmer) is a very integral part of our team,” Moore said. “He can impact the team in a lot of ways, whether it’s at the plate or at first base defensively or running the bases. He can hit with power, he can hit the other way — there’s just a lot of talent in his game.
“And he plays with a huge heart. He’s just very important to us.”
So, see, Hosmer is not going anywhere. Heck, he won’t be a free agent until after the 2017 season. So, this was just a hoax, kind of like the fake Andy McCullough twitter account that got started (yeah, that apparently happened).