Dwayne Samuel Hosey
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.
- School Pasadena City College
- Debut September 1, 1995
- Final Game June 20, 1996
- Born March 11, 1967 in Sharon, PA USA
In 1994, Hosey was one of the top stars of the American Association. For the Omaha Royals, he hit .333/.424/.628, finishing second in the league in average, OBP and runs, tied for 2nd with 27 homers and first in slugging by 48 points. He drew 67 walks and 27 steals and was named league MVP. Kansas City didn't seem to feel that warranted a shot in the majors (actually he was called up on August 8, 1994 but was not able to get into a game before the MLB players strike and was sent back to Omaha on August 12th) and he returned to AAA in 1995, again finishing in the top 10 in hitting.
A September call up for the Boston Red Sox in 1995, he instantly became the starting center fielder, hitting .338 for the month. He was the leadoff hitter in the playoffs as the Red Sox were swept by the Cleveland Indians three games to none, in the ALDS. Hosey quickly disappeared after 78 at bats in 1996 and then never appeared in the majors again. He finished the year with the Pawtucket Red Sox, batting .297/.366/.501, missing the top 10 in average by one point. He was traded to the Texas Rangers after the season but was released within a few weeks.
Hosey then signed with the Yakult Swallows and helped lead them from fourth to first by hitting .289/.371/.594 with 38 homers in 1997. He made the Best Nine team as an outfielder, having led the league in slugging and homers, finishing 2nd in runs (101), 3rd in doubles and RBI (100). Between the 1997 and 1998 seasons, Hosey altered his swing to reduce his uppercut. It was a bad move - he fell to .233/.320/.401 in 1998 with just 13 homers and Yakult fell back to 4th. The Swallows let Hosey go after that year.
Hosey began a coaching career in 2001, then made a comeback in his playing career with the 2002 Bridgeport Bluefish.