Found January 21, 2012 on i70baseball:
I have been struggling to find something in the baseball world to keep my attention. Yes, the Kansas City Royals signed some contracts to avoid arbitration. What kind of contract Alex Gordon gets remains to be seen. However, I view this stuff like changing the oil in your car. It needs to be done, yet it won’t increase performance, and will only help delay an inevitable decline. We are 31 days from the pitchers and catchers reporting to camp, 36 days until the first full squad work-out, and 44 days until the Cactus League Opener. There isn’t a lot going on right now. However, I was at my parents’ house last Sunday when I ran across something that rekindled my baseball fire: my boyhood baseball card collection! I spent Sunday afternoon going through my collection, and it was like going back into time. The first time I pulled these cards out of their packages they came with a stick of bubble gum. I might have bought them on the way home after baseball practice. Maybe I bought them aft...

Judging the Royals | Batting practice with Gordon

The Star's Lee Judge watched Alex Gordon work out with Royals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer this week.

Sweeney to Tebow: 'lead by example'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Depending on which poll you believe, Denver quarterback Tim Tebow is the most popular athlete in sports today, the most over-rated athlete in sports today, the most polarizing athlete in sports today, the most... well, the list goes on and on. But you don't need a poll to recognize this: Mention the name Tim Tebow and almost everyone, sports fan or not, has...

Who’s On First? Better Yet: Who Plays Second?

With the recent signing of Chris Getz the Kansas City Royals have opened up options for what will be done with the second base position, that is still up in the air, in 2012. Photo Courtesy Of Minda Haas Starting out Spring Training as expected, Johnny Giavotella should be the front runner for the second base job. But with his struggles, both hitting and defensively, last season...

KC's patience may pay off ... eventually

Its been 27 years since the Kansas City Royals last reached the playoffs. Chicago Cubs fans are lauded for their patience, but theyve enjoyedendured five postseason appearances since Kansas Citys most recent trip to October. Am I alone in thinking the Royals shouldnt be that far away from snapping the drought? Kansas City scored a respectable 730 runs last year with a young lineup...

If not Francis it will be someone...

On Friday it was reported that the Mets along with three other teams were interested in Jeff Francis.  I like Francis because he's a lefty and I believe he's better then his numbers indicated last year.  Unconnected to the rumored market heating up, Fangraph did a piece on Francis basically saying despite solid peripherals he's going to need solid defense with an 85mph...

Not Sure Mets Have Dollars To Sign Jeff Francis

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, says the Mets are among four teams “keeping tabs” on LHP Jeff Francis. Francis, 31, went 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA 183 innings over 31 starts for the Royals last season. He allowed 224 hits while issuing 39 walks and striking out 91. It was the first time he had made more than 30 starts in a season since 2007, when he went 17-9 and a 4.22 ERA with the Rockies...

Promotions for '12 include Gold Glove replica

A model of Alex Gordon's Gold Glove is one of the promotions announced on Thursday as part of the Royals' "Our Time"-themed season that will include the All-Star Game.

Mets among four teams interested in Jeff Francis

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN says the Mets are among four teams “keeping tabs” on LHP Jeff Francis. Francis, 31, went 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA 183 innings over 31 starts for the Royals last season. Although he allowed 224 hits, he allowed just 39 walks while striking out 91. Matthew Cerrone: The market for Francis has dwindled. During the Winter Meetings, it seemed like more teams were...

The Long and Short ”Stop” of It

The Kansas City Royals have been slightly active again this week.  They have signed all of their arbitration eligible players except for Alex Gordon.  It will be interesting to see if the Royals are able to sign to a long term contract.  There have been rumors of this in the media, but only time will tell.  This week, will start our look at the American League Central infielders...

Quick Hits: Red Sox, Gordon, Francis, Montero, Braves

Friday night links.. It appears that talks between the Rockies and Red Sox regarding Marco Scutaro are dormant, but Rob Bradford of writes that Boston's possible motivation for a move involving Scutaro would be to free up payroll.  The club has reportedly expressed interest in White Sox starter Gavin Floyd and free agent outfielder Cody Ross, but neither move...
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