Posted February 25, 2012 on AP on Fox
Ned Yost can barely contain his excitement. The reason is quite simple: After a year of growth, when several prized young prospects finally broke into the major leagues, Yost believes Kansas City has the pieces in place to contend for its first playoff berth since winning the 1985 World Series. ''They're going to be a vastly improved team,'' Yost said. ''How good can they be? I don't know. I think they're going to be pretty darn good, but time will tell.'' Fans in Kansas City have grown accustomed to needing patience, going through numerous so-called youth movements over the past three decades. The Royals had the worst record in the majors from 2000-09, losing 100 or more games in four downtrodden seasons. Their only winning record since 1994 was a modest 83-79 in 2003. There is a different feeling surrounding this youth movement, though, as if this one will finally pay off. The Royals have 22-year-old Eric Hosmer at first base, 23-...

Young core ignites Royals

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2012 Royals Fantasy Baseball Preview

We at Razzball realize that exporting our views across the country has damaging consequences on the blogosphere. To help make amends, we are reaching out to leading team blogs and featuring their locally blogged answers to pressing 2012 fantasy baseball questions regarding their team. We feel this approach will be fresher, more sustainable, and require less energy consumption (for...

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Eric Hosmer & Others To Target For Your Dynasty Draft

Eric Hosmer Come on down, you’re the next contestant on the Dynasty Fix! The objective of the game is to win your dynasty baseball league with ease, and this is your cheat sheet. I’m your host @WideReceiving, so let’s get to the actual action, instead of typing the entrance that little of you actually care about. If you have never played in a dynasty baseball league before...

Betancourt excited to be back with Royals

Yuniesky Betancourt didn't need any help finding his way to the Kansas City clubhouse when he arrived on Friday morning. He's back with the Royals after a year's absence, the result of being traded to the Brewers along with pitcher Zack Greinke.

Royals sign Escobar, Giavotella

The Kansas City Royals on Friday agreed to terms on one-year contracts with shortstop Alcides Escobar and second baseman Johnny Giavotella.

Robinson bides time waiting for a chance

Big Clint Robinson, all 6-foot-5 and 238 pounds of him, is back in the Royals' Major League training camp and still looking over others' shoulders -- notably those of first baseman Eric Hosmer and designated hitter Billy Butler.

Hosmer gets 2012 started with a busy first day

After a whirlwind rookie season, Eric Hosmer took the field for the Royals' first full-squad workout of Spring Training on Saturday, looking to lay the foundation for a big 2012 season.

Perez wows teammates with ability, work ethic

Salvador Perez is a huge tower of a catcher -- standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 240 pounds -- with giant hands and quick feet. And he tries and conquers most of the vast complexities of catching with a finesse that astonishes veteran baseball people.

Mijares still absent from camp

Relief pitcher Jose Mijares was still absent on Saturday, as the infielders and outfielders joined the batterymen for the Royals' first full-squad workout.

Mijares arrives ready to help Royals' 'pen

Lefty reliever Jose Mijares finally arrived in the Royals' camp on Sunday, getting his training started five days late with his new club. He was delayed by problems in obtaining his passport in Venezuela.

Yost plans to break camp with 12 pitchers

The Royals have 30 pitchers on their Spring Training roster and that will be whittled down to a dozen by Opening Day on April 6. But manager Ned Yost realizes that, in the end, he'll need many more pitchers than that by season's end on Oct. 3.

Leading The Young Royals Into Battle

Spring Training is underway and the Kansas City Royals begin their 2012 campaign. This year, fans are excited about the Royals young, talented players and their boundless potential to be part of a winning team. But the players can’t do it alone. The Royals coaching staff has to provide guidance on and off the field to make the Royals a winner. Here’s the men who will lead the...

Metro Detroit school districts hoping for financial boost with ballot proposals

Ferndale Police Chief Tim Collins has a vested interest in the $23-million bond proposal for Ferndale Public Schools on Tuesday's ballot. He's a community leader, but he also has children in the district. And he chairs a committee pushing to pass the bond proposal -- a role he says he took on because he sees need in the district.
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