Padres’ Eric Hosmer looks to make even more of his changes

PEORIA, Ariz. — It was an almost imperceptible delay and only a slightly more evident slowdown. But it made quite a bit of difference for 38 games in a season like no other, one that gave promise to the idea Eric Hosmer can be as significant to the Padres on the field as he is in the clubhouse. “Tempo,” Hosmer said Wednesday, smiling wide, as if the word were magic. It sort of was for him. It helped turn one of the game’s most prolific groundball hitters into a guy who sprayed line drives and fly balls all over the yard. Slowing down allowed him to stay back, see the ball longer and had the si…

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