Found January 26, 2012 on Fox Sports Kansas City:
It is the mantra of nearly every new pitching coach in Kansas City over the years: Trust your stuff, pound the strike zone, get ahead in the count, etc. Once again, it will be the mantra of new Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland. And, quite frankly, it has to be. The Royals walked more hitters (557) than any other team in the American League. "Talk is cheap," Eiland told me by phone from his home in Florida. "I am aware that the guy before me was probably talking about the same things, so I mean no disrespect. "But we have to find a way to get these young arms to more consistently attack the strike zone. We just have to. That simple." Eiland, hired to replace Bob McClure in October, said his approach in getting that message across will vary from pitcher to pitcher. He has spent the better part of the last two months poring over video of the Royals' staff. "Only about 100 hours or so of viewing," Eiland said, laughing. And what did he lear...

Royals Minors: Number One No Longer

Just as quickly as the Kansas City Royals’ minor league system was the best in all of baseball, it wasn’t. That sort of ranking isn’t meant to last, and it really isn’t something you can repeat, nor would you want to. Photo Courtesy of Minda Haas The farm system sent a treasure trove of talent Kansas City’s way in 2011, but that meant that the number one ranking from Baseball...

Royals Invite 16 To Major League Camp

ROYALS INVITE 16 TO MAJOR LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING KANSAS CITY, MO (January 25, 2012) — The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has invited 16 players to Major League Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz.  The Royals have invited seven pitchers, three catchers, three infielders and three outfielders. Pitchers (7): Francisley Bueno, 30, made 15 starts last season for...

Future Royals Game Night Promotions… Or Should Be

Last week, the Kansas City Royals announced their schedule of promotions and giveaways for 2012. Items like a George Brett Mini Pine Tar Bat, a Royals All-Star Garden Gnome and a Buck O’Neil bobblehead are fantastic giveaways. What Royals fan doesn’t want a Royals Garden Gnome? However, I can’t help but think the Royals are missing out on some great promotions for their long...

Video: LoMo and Hosmer audition for the MLB Fan Cave

While most of LoMo’s video spots on the MLB Network generally have been pretty stupid, this one is actually pretty funny.  Plus, he incorporates Eric Hosmer into his act to pull off the Step Brothers-like dual interview. However, I’ll be pretty disappointed if LoMo-ing suddenly takes America by storm. Subscribe to The Golden Sombrero by Email window.dctile = Number...

Royals 2012 Outlook

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Royals Caravan Photo Gallery

Our friend Minda Haas was able to catch up with the Kansas City Royals Caravan in Omaha last week. Minda took some great photos and wanted to share them with the fans of i70baseball. Alex Gordon ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 37 All images are copyrighted by Minda Haas You can reach Minda via email at minda.haas@gmail...

Jeff Francis, Reds Caravan Kicks Off

Several media outlets reported yesterday that the Reds reached a minor league deal with left-handed starting pitcher Jeff Francis, to add options to their rotation. The 30 year old is 61-66 with a 4.78 ERA in his career, and won 17 games in 2007 with the Rockies. He spent last season with the Royals, making 31 starts, going 6-16, with a 4.82 ERA. It's unlikely that...

Jeff Francis to the Reds

Jeff Francis signed a minor league deal with the Reds last night. I have more to say about this, but I'm really, really busy right now. I'll post more this evening. 

Reds sign Jeff Francis

The Reds have signed free-agent LHP Jeff Francis to a minor league deal, Jon Heyman of CBSSports reported on Twitter. Last week, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN said the Mets, Reds, Blue Jays and Mariners had been “keeping tabs” on Francis. Francis, 31, went 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 183 innings during 31 starts for the Royals last season. Although he gave up 224 hits, he allowed just...

Reds said to have deal with lefty Francis

Looking to supplement their rotation with extra depth, the Reds reached a Minor League deal late Wednesday with left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis.

Reds agree to minor league deal with lefthander Jeff Francis

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Reds sign SP Jeff Francis to Minor League deal

The Reds addressed their need for starting pitching depth tonight, as John Hayman reports that the Reds have signed starting pitcher Jeff Francis to a minor league deal.  Zack Links at MLBTR provides some basic info about Francis’ 2011 season. Francis spent 2011 with the Royals, posting a 4.82 ERA with 4.5 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 across 31 starts.  His 183 innings of work was his highest...

A Plea To Joe Posnanski: Stop Writing Mealy-Mouthed Nonsense About Joe Paterno

Sports Illustrated's Joe Posnanski is in a tough spot. He's a gifted writer and by all appearances a decent guy. His decency is his defining characteristic; he grew up rooting for doomed Cleveland teams and covered the worthless Kansas City Royals, but he never gave in to the urge to be a hatchet man. If Posnanski sometimes scores his work...
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