Found April 01, 2013 on The Sports Bank:
The Kansas City Royals have been last, or close to last, in the AL Central for as long as most MLB fans can remember. However, they are overwhelmingly first in mascot debauchery. Someone tweeted this picture (again Not Safe For Work) of Sluggerrr, the Kansas City Royals mascot, getting his naked lap dance on. You’ll have more respect for the Kansas City Royals when you see this. Because you probably have very little respect for the Kansas City Royals right now. And this is the most interesting thing to happen, Kansas City Royals related, since 1985.   Royals 2013 slogan: “come to play” slugger the mascot sure is! @theprogramkc @darrenrovell @deadspin… — John OConnor (@johnnyo57) March 21, 2013   Deadspin published an update on this picture: A twitter user has chimed in saying the picture was from a friend’s bachelor party (though he was not at the party) in 2005 and the guy in the costume is no longer Sluggerrr. Will this picture make the Kansas City Roya...

Royals Opening Day Roster Analysis for 2013

by John Viril—Here is a detailed look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Royals Opening Day roster for 2013. Starting Pitching:  James Shields  Ervin Santana  Jeremy Guthrie Wade Davis Luis Mendoza rated Kansas City’s rotation as 22nd best in baseball. (I highly recommend reading their preview series using multiple projection systems to rank position group...

Royals are ready to make their move in '13

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Royals fans have had the same lament for over 20 years: "If only we had some starting pitching." Now the Royals do. With general manager Dayton Moores bold moves during the off-season, the Royals enter the 2013 season with, at least on paper, their best starting rotation since the 1980s. And most baseball experts agree that, combined with an improving...

Royals offense goes silent on Opening Day

For all the talk this off-season about the new and improved Royals starting rotation, there was one area on last years team that was equally as abysmal as the rotation the offense. Royals general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost are banking on the hope that the Royals young hitters will mature and improve dramatically in 2013. But once again, Royals hitters are off to...

Royals Preview:Future is Here Behind the Plate and at the Corners

The fans, players, and front office all are starting to feel the same. We cannot keep building for the future forever. That means that the young, talented prospects who have the bright future that will lead the Kansas City Royals for the first time since 1985 back to the playoffs will be asked to do it sooner rather than later. Sports Illustrated may have been a bit premature on...

Royals Preview: Season Prediction

It is finally here. After another disappointing season, we have survived the six months of the off-season. We have seen the Kansas City Royals respond to fans by making some real roster changes. Pitching has been at as a premium. Rightfully so and we have recounted this topic extensively. The rest of the roster looks pretty similar but will be asked to do much more than the performances...

White Sox, Royals eyeing division run

As the Kansas City Royals added to their roster during the offseason, Billy Butler was glad the team embraced the task at hand instead of eyeing the future. The Royals are in a win-now mode and believe they are poised to make a big jump in the AL Central starting with Monday's opener against the Chicago White Sox. ''There's no reason we shouldn't be better,...

'Big Game' performs up to hype despite loss

This was something completely different, in a good way. Between 2000-2012, the Kansas City Royals used nine different Opening Day starters. Six times, that aforementioned starter worked fewer than six innings before getting the heave-ho. Five times, that aforementioned starter surrendered four runs or more. Between 2000-2012, the Royals Opening Day "aces" averaged just...

Opening Day 2012 against the Kansas City Royals

It took a bit to find the game. After changing on-line streaming sites I finally found the boys. Not much to report through the 5th as its nothing all to this point. Bo Jackson threw out the first pitch. The first double play for the season can go in the record book in the 5th inning at The Cell. Chris Sale is looking relaxed and so far throwing 60 pitches total.Chris kept...

Shields, Royals fall to White Sox in pitcher's duel

CHICAGO (AP) Chris Sale outpitched James Shields, Tyler Flowers homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0 in the season opener on Monday. The White Sox believe they're in position to make a run at the AL Central title even though they made no splashy additions while the rest of the division loaded up. They're off to a good start after a late fade...

Contract Spotlight: Alcides Escobar

In light of Elvis Andrus' contract extension, I'll take a look at the contract of Alcides Escobar.

Painting the Black: The First 24 Hours by R.J. Anderson

Opening Day observations about James Shields, Jon Lester, Mike Moustakas and others.
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