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...]

#BreakingBalboni

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The 2017 Kansas City Royals season has had quite a lot of ups and downs, though there has been one constant: third baseman Mike Moustakas’ chase of Steve Balboni’s franchise’s single-season HR record. The elusive 36 HR mark is the lowest total by any franchise’s single-season home run king, and the Royals are the only franchise that has never seen one of their own eclipse 40 DONGS. In fact, no Major League Baseball player calling Kansas City home has ever made 40 trips to DONGTOWN. Bob Cerv of the Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) hit 38 in 1958. His total stands as the best in Kansas City, but, let’s get to Balboni’s number first. His record has stood for over thirty years. Records are meant to be broken and this one needed to go down. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that fans don’t like Balboni. Many of us, that remember him, like him just fine. Baseball is a LONG season – a grind, a marathon and not a sprint. Kansas City Royals fans like to get behind a variety of things happening [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...]

With 6-player trade, Dayton Moore signals the Royals are “going for it” (as they should)

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The Royals won their sixth straight last night, 5-3 in 12 innings, thanks to Salvador Perez (20) and Mike Moustakas (29) back-to-back DONGS – marking the first time in Royals history they’ve had three straight games hitting back-to-back HR. They’ve peaked at four games above .500 (51-47) for the second time year (44-40). In between, the Royals lost seven of eight and were the ongoing “buy or sell” debate – what the Royals SHOULD do, and what they WILL do – raged on; “look at their record!” “But, look at the standings!” But that question was answered by Dayton Moore yesterday, as minutes before the first pitch of the 9-game road trip, news broke that the Royals acquired pitchers Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer from the Padres in exchange for pitchers Matt Strahm, Travis Wood (!!!) and minor-league bat Esteury Ruiz. The Royals also sent $7.2 million to the Padres just to get rid of him. It’s not a flashy deal, but it is meaningful. First, as we recently wrote, the Royals [Read more...]