Who “wins” the Royals final roster spot(s)?

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The Royals made three more roster moves yesterday in efforts to trim down their roster to 25, and will likely make a few more in the next 24 hours after they conclude their Cactus League schedule today and head north to face Omaha on Monday Night (glad they're bringing this game back)! The Royals, despite releasing OF Michael Sanders (who declined a request to go to Omaha) and P Ricky Nolasco before their Spring Training 4-4 tie yesterday, and sending down RP Kevin McCarthy after, by our count, still have 35 players in camp. We’re now just days away from Opening Day. Who wins the final roster spot battles? There’s 12 position players that are virtually locks – catchers Salvador Perez and Drew Butera, Lucas Duda, wHIT Merrifield, Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar as well as Cheslor Cuthbert and Ryan Goins and outfielders Alex Gordon, Jon Jay and Jorge Soler in addition to Paulo Orlando. Goins is a non-roster invite, so he will have to be added to the 40-man roster. He beat out Ramon [Read more...]

The Royals all-time 25-man roster

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The Royals are set to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Part of that process is releasing the 50 greatest Royals, as voted on by the fans. This is perfect timing for an update to our All-time 25-man roster. Originally published in 2014, here's what it looks like as the franchise turns 50. First, a look at the ground rules: to qualify, a player had to play a minimum of four seasons in Kansas City. Enjoy. C Salvador Perez (2011-current) Perez, in seven seasons, is already a five-time All-Star (five straight appearances) and became the first position player to start the Mid-Summer Classic since Jermaine Dye in 2000 in 2014. He joined three other Royals (two which are on this roster) – Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain – as the first players to get voted in by the fans since Dye (who was the first since Bo Jackson) in 2015. He is the best defensive catcher to ever wear a Royals uniform, hands down. He already owns four Gold Gloves and the Royals catcher record with 23 [Read more...]

Remembering the Eric Hosmer legacy

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Spring Training games started today down in Arizona (Royals beat the Dodgers 8-4) and it’s really settling in that Eric Hosmer wont be in a Royals uniform. It’s been a week since the details emerged on Eric Hosmer selecting the San Diego Padres as his next team. Leaving Kansas City was expected, but San Diego? Hosmer will earn $105 million over the first five years of the contract, and $39 over the final three years, if he does not opt out after year 5. That’s an average of $18M per year over eight years. Did the Royals get outbid by the Dads? A rumor surfaced last month that the Royals had offered Hosmer $140 million over seven years. While I don’t believe that was a real offer, and probably more of someone in the Hosmer camp “leaking it,” DM Dayton Moore did say they offered him more money than any other player in franchise history. While vague, a rumor today indicated it was a 5-year deal worth $100M. Drafted No. 3 overall in 2008, Hosmer represented a new wave of talent when he [Read more...]

As the Chiefs move on from DJ, let us remember his legacy

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13 seasons 1,262 tackles 182 games 40 quarterback pressures 27.5 sacks 23 forced fumbles 14 interceptions pic.twitter.com/AGc8QgZeQV — Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 13, 2018 As Free Agency looms for the NFL’s 32 teams, some are already making decisions about their roster. The Raiders are cutting Sebastian Janakowksi, who’s been with the team since they drafted him in 2001. The 49ers resigned center Daniel Kilgore to a three-year extension. Kansas City is also one of those teams. Already moving on from Alex Smith, and there's a good chance Tamba Hali's day in KC are also over, Derrick Johnson, the leader of the defense since he took the field in 2005, will become a free agent on March 14. The linebacker has embodied everything that has made up a long line of excellent Kansas City linebackers. The 1,154 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 14 interceptions – four of which were returned for touchdowns, 40 QB pressures, 23 forced fumbles and 8 fumble recoveries in 182 games hardly [Read more...]

All Aboard the LoCain Memory Train

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We all knew it was coming – the break-up of the core – was coming. We knew Lorenzo Cain was going to play in a different uniform. Thursday, it became a reality when Cain inked a 5-year, $80 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, just hours after they traded four minor leaguers for Christian Yelich. I’m glad he’s getting paid. I’m also glad it’s not the Royals doing it. On the wrong side of 30, Cain is a late bloomer that still has a lot left in the tank after slashing .300/.363/.440 with 15 HR and 26 SB (28 attempts) in 2017 while playing a career-best 155 games. He’s a career .290/.342/.421 hitter, including .289/.342/.421 in Kansas City. He was an All-Star starter in 2015 in his only All-Star appearance, where he finished third in the AL MVP voting while posting career-high’s with a .307/.361/.477 line, in HR (16), RBI (72), doubles (34), triples (6), SB (28) and OPS (.838). He criminally never won a Gold Glove, despite being an elite in the field. Cain, like Mike Moustakas [Read more...]

End of Era: Remembering the Lifelong memories

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As we slide into 2018, there’s no better time to look back at the Kansas City Royals Golden Age. “Don’t cry because its over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Suess. Yep. But, there were plenty of tears at the K on October 1, as a core said goodbye and an era ended. Now, to quote Doc Holliday, they’ll walk out of our lives, forever. While it is possible that a guy or two of the departing core (Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Jason Vargas, Alcides Escobar) return, it won’t be the same, and the “window” is shut. Certainly, you can argue it was closed before this season even started. We debated it back in December 2016. But the core made a run at it – overcoming a horrendous April and 10-20 start to peak at 7-games above .500 (55-48) thanks to a 45-28 stretch, heading into the trade deadline on July 31. It was good enough to place them as the No. 2 Wild Card and just two games behind the division-leading Indians. We know how the story unfolded, as they finished the season’s [Read more...]

Mizzou basketball, the Resurrection

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Cuonzo Martin returned to the Midwest to take over what seemed like an impossible task of turning around a program that had seen its darkest days under Kim Anderson: worst win percentage (.284) of any coach in Mizzou history TWO 13-game losing streaks 0-30 in true road games (2-41 away from Mizzou Arena) 8-46 SEC record first SEC program with three straight 20-loss seasons Last year’s 24 losses were the most ever by a SEC program It was a long fall for the Tigers, and we all expected a long, slow, rebuild after Anderson. Instead, the Martin hire brought hope for Missouri fans, and after what we had endured over the last three seasons, it’s all you could ask for. Then, he put together one of the nation’s best recruiting classes with six newcomer scholarship players, including the nation’s top recruit, Michael Porter, Jr. Missouri basketball could dig itself out of the abyss right away. A team that had three guys last year, is all of a sudden a deep team with a lot [Read more...]

Primetime at Arrowhead = time for Chiefs to get back to winning ways

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A week after losing a heartbreaking, last-second thriller in Oakland, the Chiefs are back home to take on the Denver Broncos. The saying "time heals all wounds" will certainly be put to the test in one of Week Eight's most pivotal games. Kansas City, with a win, can take a three game lead on the Broncos, who have already lost to AFC foes twice this season. The Chiefs have won their last three against Denver, but after their latest loss, it may be best not to consider streaks when determining the outcome of this game. Much has changed about these two teams since they last faced off on Christmas Night of last year. Gone is the ball-control offense that Kansas City has been known for. They are one of just two teams in the entire league to have two players among the top fifteen in receiving yards, and average over thirty points per game. Alex Smith is the only starting quarterback this season who has yet to throw an interception (with 15 TD). In the past, his low pick totals have [Read more...]

Duffy makes his return, but should it be in the bullpen?

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The Royals, one night after blowing a chance to end the Indians historic winning streak, snapped it at 22 games with a 4-3 win Friday Night. They lost again yesterday. The Twins, meanwhile, lost both nights, and the Royals (73-75), trail the Twins for the No. 2 Wild Card by four games with 13 games left. Today, with a chance to split the series against the lava-hot Indians, Ned Yost has his most talented starting pitcher Danny Duffy returning from the DL (his second stint) for the first time since August 26. With his return, Yost will employ a 6-man rotation. Ian Kennedy, who missed his last start (shoulder fatigue) will re-enter. Duffy (8-8), who haw started 21 games, posting a 3.78 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 131 innings, will be on a pitch count of 60-65 pitches to not “aggravate” the injury. Much like 2013, needing a minor miracle to make the playoffs, I have to pose the question…why even put Duffy in the rotation. Or…why even pitch him at all? Duffy, who pitched a second bullpen [Read more...]

2017 Chiefs 53-Man Roster Projection, 2.0

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Ahead of tonight's third preseason game, this is our second preseason installment of projecting the Chiefs 53-man roster. QUARTERBACKS (3): Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes, Tyler Bray In: Bray There is no question up to this point that this is still Smith’s team. With Mahomes now moving up to second team, we think Bray will now make the team as the third teamer, instead of Mahomes as the third teamer and someone not yet on the roster as the backup Practice Squad candidate:  Joel Stave RUNNING BACK/FULL BACK (5): Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware, C.J. Spiller, Charcandrick West, FB Anthony Sherman We were leaning to West as the odd man out if the Chiefs kept just three backs, but he turned out a 100-yard effort on just seven carries in the 30-12 win over the Bengals. Yes, it was against a lot of guys that will get cut. But, it was also behind an OL full of guys that will get cut. With Spiller continuing to turn back the clock, we think both will make it and Andy Reid will break camp with 4 [Read more...]