Found February 20, 2012 on i70baseball:
2 Days: Until Pitchers & Catcher report for Spring Training 15 Days: Until the Cactus League Opener 48 Days: Until Opening Night We have reached the day when I usually consider the baseball off-season over. College Baseball got underway last night. In fact, MLB Network is televising two college games this afternoon. Spring Training will start on Monday. From here until the last out of the World Series there will be some genuine baseball news to consume. Not just speculation and sabermetric rankings. Those things can be fun, but let’s be honest, real baseball is more fun that those things. So, you will find no more off-season whining from me. Seems like I did a lot of that, of which I’m making no apologies. As a Royals fan this Spring Training is going to be different in that there are less questions than what normally accompanies a Royals Spring Training. I think the team knows, and the fans know who their position players will be on Opening Night in Anaheim. The prospects that...

Royals need their starters to be better finishers

Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez is the only offseason addition to the Royals' rotation, which was an Achilles' heel last year. Kansas City's starters compiled a 45-65 record and a 4.82 earned run average a year ago. The Royals had only two complete games in 2012 and neither was nine innings. Right-hander Luke Hochevar, the first pick of the 2006 draft, left-hander Bruce...

Broxton among Royals reporting to spring training

Jonathan Broxton isn't sure his right arm will ever deal another 100 mph fastball. The longtime Los Angeles Dodgers closer is certain, though, that he won't be trying to reach triple digits in his first spring training with the Kansas City Royals. Broxton was once among the most feared closers in baseball, but injuries derailed his career. He didn't pitch in a game...

Royals' pitchers, catchers report to spring camp

Dayton Moore knew that pitching was the Royals' biggest weakness heading into the season, so the general manager brought in some fresh faces he hopes will make a big difference. There's left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, who threw a no hitter for the San Francisco Giants. And reliever Jonathan Broxton, who was a shutdown closer before injuries set in. Perhaps the biggest move...

Moustakas sports new look while eagerly anticipating the coming season

The first noticeable change this spring in Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is a face framed by oiled wavy locks instead of buzzed stubble.

Giavotella gets first crack to be Royals' No. 2 hitter

Johnny Giavotella opens the spring as manager Ned Yost's preferred option to replace departed Melky Cabrera as the No. 2 hitter in the Royals' lineup.

Determined Soria redefines early ST arrival

Don't try to tell closer Joakim Soria that the Royals' Spring Training just began on Tuesday. He was way, way ahead of schedule. By about three months.

Mijares' arrival delayed due to family issues

Left-hander Jose Mijares was the only missing player as the Royals' pitchers and catchers gathered for their first official workout on Tuesday in Arizona.

Spring Training Report #1: Naturals Reporting To Camp

Spring Training Report #1: Naturals reporting to Camp Former Naturals Looking to Turn Heads this Spring Photo Courtesy of Minda Haas SPRINGDALE, AR – The Kansas City Royals have opened spring training with pitchers and catchers already reporting to camp.  Position players will be reporting this Friday, although a number of them have already reported to the Surprise, Arizona...

Baseball notes: Royals agree to terms with Hosmer, Moustakas

The Royals agreed to contracts with first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and right-hander Luis Mendoza on Saturday, two days before pitchers and catchers are due to report to spring training.

Concluding The WAR On The Trades Of The GMDM Era

In the final piece of this series, we use the WAR data to finish taking a look at the trades that Dayton pulled off in 2010, and try to determine what all of this really means. August 13, 2010: The Kansas City Royals traded Jose Guillen to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later and cash. The San Francisco Giants sent Kevin Pucetas (minors) (October 14, 2010) to...

Francoeur amused by mischievous Gordon

Yes, Jeff Francoeur was caught off guard by fellow outfielder Alex Gordon's prank when he checked into the Royals' clubhouse late Sunday afternoon.

Royals Alumni Association donates to charity

The Kansas City Royals Alumni Association has donated a total of $30,000 to 26 Kansas City-area charity and community programs.

The Embattled Hero

I can remember it like it was yesterday, August 4, 2009. The Mariners were in town and I was taking my then 8 year old son and his friend to a ballgame for his birthday. We got there early so we could get all of the Little K events out of the way, we walked the path just under the Jumbotron so we could see just how jumbo it was, we got a couple of pops, some nachos, and, after circling...
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