Forever Royal: Remembering Yordano Ventura
Feb03

Forever Royal: Remembering Yordano Ventura

At first we were in shock. Then when we mourned. Together. That’s what this city does, and that’s what the Chiefs and Royals do for this city – it brings us together. It’s what makes Kansas City so special. It’s not some transient population who only cares about their teams if they’re winning. The teams actually matter to this city. And, we care. As Danny Duffy, who recently signed a 5-year, $65...

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The lights went out on 2016 Royals, but the Party is NOT over
Oct08

The lights went out on 2016 Royals, but the Party is NOT over

      Its been nine days since we saw the Kansas City Royals eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since September 26, 2013. What a ride it’s been. Eliminated from the playoffs right as Wade Davis closed out the Minnesota Twins, as the Orioles rallied to beat the Jays, went on to lose their final four games, and finish 81-81 – their second ever .500 season – and their first non-winning...

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Danny Duffy: From Bullpen to Ace to…..Cy Young?
Aug16

Danny Duffy: From Bullpen to Ace to…..Cy Young?

Despite posting a 3.80 ERA (24-30 record) in his first five years as a starting pitcher (2015 was his “worst” year as a starter, posting a 4.35 ERA with 90 strikeouts and 51 walks in 24 starts, coming off a 2014 season filled with lack of run support – 2.53 ERA, 1.112 WHIP, 9-12 record), Duffy’s inconsistency with the strike zone, resulting in high pitch counts, he landed in the bullpen to start the season for...

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Now that Chris Young is out of the rotation, what (or who) are the Royals options going forward?
Jul12

Now that Chris Young is out of the rotation, what (or who) are the Royals options going forward?

Despite a lack of options as the No. 5 starter, Royals manager Ned Yost removed Chris Young from that role for the second time – and hopefully last time. The decision came after Young allowed four home runs and six runs while getting just five outs in Tuesday’s 8-3 loss at Toronto, and he's now served up 26 long balls this season. That's the most homers any pitcher has allowed in his first 15 games of a season in...

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Royals Mid-Season Report Card
Jul04

Royals Mid-Season Report Card

After losing the series rubber match in Philly, the Royals reached the midway point of the season. At 43-38, they’re currently pacing at 86-76 – the same record from 2013 when they finished 3.5 games shy of the postseason and just once game off of 2014, when the Royals went from the Wild Card game to the World Series. On the road, they’re 16-27 – better than just three other teams (Twins, Reds, Brewers) –...

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Cuthbert will be the starting 3B in 2018; will he even be on the roster in 2017?
Jun28

Cuthbert will be the starting 3B in 2018; will he even be on the roster in 2017?

Yesterday, after losing consecutive home games for the first time all season while being outscored 26-9, the Royals snapped a four-game skid with a 6-1 win over the red-hot Astros behind seven strong innings from Ian Kennedy, while striking out 11 and allowing just three hits and one run (a HR), two Kendrys Morales solo HR (10) and a 5-run seventh inning, which also featured a Cheslor Cuthbert 2-run HR (7). The start came at the right...

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HAWT take galore, courtesy of Royals Facebook
Jun23

HAWT take galore, courtesy of Royals Facebook

  Royals Facebook, more so than Royals Twitter – which also has its own moments – has always been a place full of HAWT take treasures. But, over the last few weeks, its been an absolute HAWT take Heaven (or Hell). There is some good discussion there. Even great, at times. SOME high baseball IQ. But, as interesting as that place is, sometimes, it is simply too much. The idiocracy that I see there simply amazes me. And,...

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Eibner’s back, but for how long?
Jun16

Eibner’s back, but for how long?

Rookie outfielder Brett Eibner, just four games into his first big league stint, went down with an ankle injury running down a ball in the left-center gap, which looked much worse than it was (sprained ankle), with some speculation initially that it was a possible Achilles injury. He hit the DL, but the Royals really dodged the bullet, as he started a rehab stint just eight days later and spent the minimum 15 days on the disabled...

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