Now that Eric Hosmer is a Padres player, Ned Yost said in an interview a few days ago that he wanted Hosmer to stay to "cement his legacy as a Royals player". Now with the slugger gone to California, he will still have the sympathy of Royals fans, as he will honor the late pitcher and former teammate Yordano Ventura by wearing his number in San Diego.
As the Hosmer signing was made official this Monday, he still remembers his friend and according to various reports, he will use the no. 30 as an homage to Ventura's memory. Both won the 2015 World Series together and shared 4 years as teammates with the Royals.
Ventura died in a tragic car accident on January 22 last year in his native Dominican Republic at the early age of 25. He was playing with the Aguilas Cibaeñas of the Dominican Republic Winter League at the time, as the authorities say that he lost control of his car while driving.
Ventura played four seasons in the MLB, all with the Kansas City Royals, as he had a career record of 38-31, with a 3.89 ERA and 470 K's and won the World Series in 2015. During the 2017 season, the Royals honored him by wearing patches that read "ACE 30".