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Sometimes it’s fun to say “I told you so.”
Now, no one wants to read a punk blogger who goes around trying to act like he could run a major league team. So I don’t want to go there.
But after writing five articles in the past year and a half about how the Royals butchered any chance of having a useful utility infielder on their team, they finally parted ways with the primary antagonist in the saga – Yuniesky Betancourt.
Any feelings of vindication are of no use, however. The situation is worse than ever. Say what you want about the team’s attachment to Jeff Francoeur, it’s inability to successfully trade for starting pitchers, or its many other shortcomings. In my mind the bungling of the utility infielder role stands as the most inept series of moves on Dayton Moore’s resume in KC.
The other things, the signing of Jeff Francis, the trade of Melky Cabrera for Jonathan Sanchez, etc. Those things at least made some sense when they were attempted. They just didn’t work.
But when the R...
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The Royals refer to left-hander John Lamb these days as their "extra daft pick" for 2012 - an extra draft pick that could be ready for the big leagues some time in 2013.
Lamb, actually a fifth-round pick in 2008, missed most of 2011 and this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, the same surgery that has shelved starters Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino.
Lamb is almost...
Royals fans will agree that the biggest headache from the 2012 season has been the starting rotation.
The loss of Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino to Tommy John surgeries depleted an already suspect rotation and crippled the team's chances to be competitive this season.
But as crazy as it may sound, the rotation may not be that far away from being a strength.
A year from now...
In an unexpected move last Sunday, the Royals designated infielder Yuniesky Betancourt for assignment. I’m sure there’s some Royals fans who think this is an elaborate joke being played on them and the Yunibomber will be back. But it’s true. Yuni is no longer a Royal. Really! (I think.)
Remember when the Royals signed Betancourt to a one-year, two million dollar contract,...
Lee Judge’s blog, Judging the Royals is, well, interestimg. I would have titled it Mock Scout with Lee J., but, surprisingly, I was not asked for my thoughts on the matter. I always imagined my first FanGraphs post on Judge would be for NotGraphs, and I suppose there is still time for that. However, if one can look past the Ron Polk Point System (Hey, Alex Gordon finally passed...
Centerfielder Jarrod Dyson can turn singles into doubles and doubles into triples with his blazing
speed. Dyson, however, hit what would have normally been a triple for him, but had to settle for a single in
the eighth inning. Dyson sprained his left ankle on his swing that carried the ball over the head of Orioles centerfielder
Adam Jones. Dyson limped to first base....
Jeremy Guthrie is back in the win column, and it's been a long time coming. Guthrie dominated the White Sox in a 2-1 victory Wednesday night as the Kansas City Royals won the final two games of the series at Chicago. Guthrie pitched eight scoreless innings, allowed five hits, walked none and struck out six. He threw 74 strikes in 104 pitches. "That arguably could be...
Palace started well at the Madejski, with Aaron Martin heading over from six yards out before Adam Le Fondre wasted a decent chance for the Royals.
Pogrebnyak missed the target and Danny Guthrie had a goalbound shot blocked right before half-time whistle blew.
Pogrebnyak (52) grabbed his first goal in the blue and white hoops when his shot was deflected past the Palace keeper to...
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Billy Butler came within a single of hitting for the cycle, and the Kansas City Royals beat Baltimore 8-2 on Thursday night to end the Orioles' five-game winning streak and take the luster off Manny Machado's impressive major league debut.
Butler homered in a four-run first inning, doubled in the third and tripled in the fifth. Needing only a single to...
Kansas City Royals right fielder Jeff Francouer finally fessed up and admitted his role in the “Great Popcorn Heist at Cellular Field” that occurred Tuesday during a game against the White Sox in Chicago. He had little choice but to cop to his part in the caper, as cameras captured his sticky-fingered act of popcorn [...]
Billy Butler came within a single of hitting for the cycle, and the Kansas City Royals beat Baltimore 8-2 on Thursday night to end the Orioles' five-game winning streak and take the luster off Manny Machado's impressive major league debut.
Butler homered in a four-run first inning, doubled in the third and tripled in the fifth. Needing only a single to become the first Kansas...
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Luke Hochevar threw 90 pitches, 87 of which he found satisfactory. The other three cost him dearly.
Hochevar yielded three home runs and didn't make it out of the sixth inning in the Kansas City Royals' 7-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
In his previous 22 starts, Hochevar (7-10) gave up a total of 13 homers. In this one, Omar Quintanilla...
For the last 2 years, the Kansas City Royals have been masquerading as an organization that is finally headed in the right direction, only to be ultimately exposed once again as the disgraceful Royals we have known for the better part of the last 20 years.
Everyone outside of the Kansas City Royals fanbase has been able to see it for years, so why do Royals fans themselves continue...
As a guy who has lacked in home run power over the beginning of his career in Kansas City, Billy Butler, has taken the bull by the horns this season setting a new career high in home runs only 111 games into the 2012 season. Butler is on pace to become the first Royal to hit 30 home runs in a season since Jermaine Dye did it in 2000. A 12 year drought could be broken by a player...