Royals Top 50 Moments: No. 30-21

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The Royals are celebrating their 50th season.  We’re going to celebrate with a Top 50 list of the greatest moments in franchise history. No. 50-41 No. 40-31 We're more than a third of the way into the 2018 season and its quite clear that the Royals, on pace for a 55-win season, will not have much else to celebrate this season besides their 50th Anniversary. 30.  Lou Piniella wins 1969 Rookie of the Year On Tuesday, April 8, 1969, the Royals would beat the Minnesota Twins, who would go on to win the American League Western Division title, 4-3 in twelve innings.  The first batter of the game, a rookie by the name of Lou Piniella, whom the Royals had acquired via a trade with the Seattle Pilots just a week prior, led off with a double off Twins pitcher, Tom Hall.  The next batter, Jerry Adair, would single to left field, scoring Piniella and giving the Royals a 1-0 lead. Piniella was responsible for the Kansas City Royals’ first AB, first hit, first run and led the Royals to their [Read more...]

How Bad is the Royals Offense?

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A lot has been said about the much-maligned Royals bullpen, but the offense has been really bad, too. Add the two together, and it's no wonder the team is 7-21 and just endured their worst April (7-19) in franchise history, and matched their worst start in franchise history (5-20). Just how bad has the offense been? While Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler continue to have excellent years, that is about where this feel good story ends. Whit Merrifield and Abraham Almonte are holding their own and deserve a pass from criticism as well, but the rest….well…   LOOK AT THAT! The Royals are actually STACKED with offensive leaders right!!???? Wrong. When sorting by "OFF" according to Fangraphs, the Royals managed to place 3 players inside the top 21 worse offensive players in all of baseball. Alcides Escobar also manages to clock in at No. 37 on today's countdown as well. Want it to look worse? How about if we just do the American League only…. SWEET HEAVEN…..MY EYES! MAKE IT STOP! [Read more...]

From the B-BOAT to this…What the hell happened to the Royals bullpen?

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It was not long ago that the Royals had the best bullpen in baseball, spearheaded by their backend, which was historic, in fact – the B-BOAT. Fast forward three seasons to this one, and the Royals, just three seasons removed from a World Series and one from the End of an Era, are 4-14. The bullpen is the worst in baseball…AND ITS NOT CLOSE. What a long fall it’s been. The bullpen results are not surprising when you see who the dudes are in the pen. But, the construction of the pen is a bit of a surprise when you consider what GM Dayton Moore has been able to do with the bullpen in his tenure. He demonstrated in his early years in Kansas City that he was able to build a bullpen – even on the bad teams. And, he was able to do it finding cheap guys off the scrapheap. The Royals revolutionizing how bullpens were built and used is well known. The league is now mimicking (or trying to) what the Royals did during their Golden Age. The build up started way back in 2012, when they posted the [Read more...]

Royals Top 50 Moments: No. 40-31

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The Royals are celebrating their 50th season.  We’re going to celebrate with a Top 50 list of the greatest moments in franchise history. Previous: No. 50-41 When you bring up the Kansas City Royals to a baseball fan outside of Kansas City the first (probably, only) player they think of is George Brett. Not uncommon for fans to think of Brett.  He is the only Royals player to get to 3,000 career hits and he holds almost every career record in hitting in franchise history.  George is also the only true Royals player (not counting Orlando Cepeda, Harmon Killebrew, or Gaylord Perry) to be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1993, Brett was at the end of his illustrious career.  Injuries and age had finally caught up to the 13-time all-star.  Brett announced that the 1993 season would be his last. After an emotional final home-game against the Cleveland Indians (a game where Brett drove in the tying run in the eighth) the Royals traveled to Arlington to take on the Texas [Read more...]

Royals Top 50 Moments: No. 50-41

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The Royals are celebrating their 50th season.  We're going to celebrate with a Top 50 list of the greatest moments in franchise history. 50.  Eric Hosmer hits game-winning home run in Game 2 of the 2014 American League Division Series The Royals were in extra innings for the third straight game to start the 2014 postseason.  After having won the previous two, the Royals were trying to take control of the ALDS by winning the first two games in Los Angeles against the heavily-favored Angels.  A win would mean the Royals would have two shots to win one game at home and finish the series.  A loss would mean they’d have to win both games and a return trip to Los Angeles would be likely. After a stellar performance from Yordano Ventura and the Royals bullpen, Hosmer stepped to the plate with the game tied at one and Lorenzo Cain on first with one out facing Kevin Jepsen. Hosmer jumped on the first pitch, a 95-mph fastball, and hit it over the wall in right to give the Royals a 3-1 [Read more...]

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...]

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...]