Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer doesn't want to think about it, but he's putting on a late-season kick that should ensure he gets serious consideration when the Baseball Writers' Association of America selects the American League Rookie of the Year.
Hosmer batted .370 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in a 20-games-in-20-days stretch that concluded Sunday with a 2-1 victory at Seattle. He leads all AL rookies in hits and ranks first in average and on-base percentage among those playing at least 100 games.
"I think you can hurt yourself by thinking about that stuff," Hosmer said. "If you're going out and trying to win every day by helping the team, that stuff will come. Once you start worrying about it, you can get selfish. That takes away from the team aspect."
Hosmer says he pays little attention to what the league's other top rookies are doing.
"Most of the guys I track," he said, "are guys who I've played with before – guys I became friends with while playing in the minor leagues. I might look at what some guys are doing when we play them, but that's about it."
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