With Infante Struggling, Royals Fans May Have to Grin and Bear It

  Omar Infante was signed by General Manager Dayton Moore and the Kansas City Royals before the 2014 season as a solution to a problem that had long plagued the Royals. They had a black hole at second base. Long-time Royal Chris Getz had held down that post for the majority of the time after he was traded to the Royals from the White Sox after the 2009 season. From 2010...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Devon Travis Gets His Shot in Toronto

For the second year in a row, the Blue Jays headed into spring training with no clear second baseman. Last year, their second base competition featured Ryan Goins, Maicer Izturis, Munenori Kawasaki, Chris Getz and Steve Tolleson. Unsurprisingly, this quintet ranked last in our preseason, second base positional power rankings with a collective projection of 0.1 WAR. Nonetheless, the Jays […]
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–August 30, 1982

1982: Dennis Leonard survived giving up 11 hits, and Willie Wilson’s four hits and a George Brett home run powered the Royals past the Rangers, 8-3, at Royals Stadium.Leonard pitched a complete game, allowing those 11 hits but no walks and striking out five. He mitigated the damage by picking off Billy Sample in the first inning, and getting Sample to ground into a double play...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–July 23, 2011

2011: The Royals scored one run in the ninth to tie the game, then won it with a run in the bottom of the 10th, defeating Tampa Bay 5-4 at Kauffman Stadium.Facing Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth in the ninth, Chris Getz walked with one out. Alcides Escobar grounded into a force out, but Alex Gordon slammed a double into right-center and Escobar sped around the bases with the tying...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

What is the real Mendoza Line?

The Mendoza Line is a commonly accepted phrase among baseball writers, coaches, and the casual fan as the baseline for accepted offensive output given above-average defense. The phrase was named after the light-hitting shortstop Mario Mendoza, a player who hit incredibly poorly but was considered to be a defensive wizard. People felt that a .200 batting average was something people...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s On, Royals Fans

It’s on now.Assuming you read this before the conclusion of today’s Kansas City Royals game in Detroit, the Royals find themselves in first place through 70 games. This is not a 2003-type fluke, nor an 18-11 mark like the one that went up in flames in 2009. Sure, they could fall apart, and certainly—despite this recent hot stretch—the offense is still not outstanding. It...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Put Down a Moose

  Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports If any one word describes the Royals front office over the course of my lifetime, it’s “inept”. They will quite often wait too long to make a move that everybody sees as right (see the eventual DFA’s of Jeff Franceour and Chris Getz). Thursday, though, when I woke up and checked my phone, I came across news that shocked me...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Getz Retires, Outlasting Teahen and Fields

Chris Getz announced his retirement yesterday. The former White Sox and Royals second baseman was outrighted by the Blue Jays after 28 plate appearances (16 wRC+). In his statement, Getz makes clear that he is ready to move on with his life. Given his performance on the field the last few years, that life probably […]
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Getz Retires from Baseball

After being outrighted to the Buffalo Bisons by the Toronto Blue Jays, infielder Chris Getz decided to retire instead, reports Chris Cotillo
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown Game #34: This is a mess – Angels 4, Blue Jays 3

The Angels got back to their winning way, it just wasn’t real pretty to look at. Two Toronto runs came on wild pitches, the Angels had their own wild pitch run scored overturned, scored on a bases loaded walk and then somehow nearly screwed up the go-ahead sac fly opportunity. A win is a win, but I’ll that everyone not to play like that doesn’t mean we have to enjoy watching...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Royal Getz says he won't look at time here as 'it didn't work out'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The understandably paltry crowd at cold and rain-soaked Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night perked up when they heard the name of the Blue Jays' No. 9 hitter being introduced -- Chris Getz, the former Royal. And even on a night when raindrops hitting the batting helmets seemed to be the loudest noise inside the stadium, it wasn't hard to distinguish a slight chorus...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays to recall Chris Getz, Ryan Goins demoted

getty The Toronto Blue Jays will recall infielder Chris Getz prior to Tuesday’s game. Getz will take the roster spot of Ryan Goins who will head to Triple-A Buffalo. While playing 18 games at Buffao, Getz was hitting .309/.382/.338 with nine RBI and six stolen bases. Getz figures to get a good look at second base with the Blue Jays. Goins was doing himself no favors of keeping...
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Christmas came early for the Royals' new toys at the top of the order

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The new toys at the top logged 10 plate appearances, got on base seven times, collected six hits, two runs, a double, and walk. No wonder Eric Hosmer was smiling Friday night like Santa just left a stinking Ferrari under his tree. "That's definitely how they drew it up," the Kansas City Royals' first baseman said of the new No. 1 and No. 2 hitters in front of...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

AL Central 2014 Team Previews: Kansas City Royals

Our second AL Central team preview will take a look at the up-and-coming Royals. Last season KC finished in third place at 86-76, good for their first winning season since 2003 and the most wins since the 1989 team won 92 games. An impressive offseason has the Royals poised to take a step forward in 2014 Credit: Christian Petersen, Getty Images The Royals finished seven...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

AL Central 2014 Team Previews: Kansas City Royals

Our second AL Central team preview will take a look at the up-and-coming Royals. Last season KC finished in third place at 86-76, good for their first winning season since 2003 and the most wins since the 1989 team won 92 games. An impressive offseason has the Royals poised to take a step forward in 2014 Credit: Christian Petersen, Getty Images The Royals finished...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 MLB Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays could be in for another bumpy ride this season in the American League East. With their relatively quiet offseason compared to last year and given their division rivals they will need everything to break right for them to stay competitive in the AL East. Additions: Dioner Navarro, Chris Getz Subtractions: Mark DaRosa, J.P. Arencibia, Brett Cecil When the highlight...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Infante should stabilize second base for Royals

Second base has been a revolving door lately for the Kansas City Royals. So much so that Miguel Tejada started 22 games at second base for the Royals in 2013. To put that in perspective, Tejada had four career starts at second base in 14 previous seasons and over 1900 games. But Kansas City was desperate for someone to fill in at the key infield spot. The Royals tried six different...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

With signing of Infante, futures of Colon, Giavotella are muddled

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Last year at this time, the names Johnny Giavotella and Christian Colon were on the tip of the tongues of most Royals fans. The hope then was that one or the other would take the second-base job away from Chris Getz in spring training. That's not the case this time around. Getz is long gone, but the Royals' signing of veteran Omar Infante to a four-year deal eliminates...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals’ Offseason Grade

With less than two weeks until pitchers and catchers report, the Kansas City Royals’ offseason has pretty busy up until this point with hopefully more transactions to occur. Already adding RF Norichika Aoki, 2B Omar Infante, IF Danny Valencia, and LHP Jason Vargas. Up to this point, the Royals have lost LHP Will Smith, 2B Chris Getz, and RF David Lough. Kansas City has two players...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

RBI Baseball is coming back

On Tuesday night, MLB announced that they would be making dreams come true for baseball fans across the world. MLB announced...that RBI Baseball would be returning. The game will be released for current and next-gen consoles (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One), as well as mobile platforms. There aren't any more details yet, but this is a day worth celebrating for baseball fans - especially...
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January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Comparing Jhonny Peralta and Omar Infante

  The Cardinals and the Royals both signed middle infielders this off-season, with Jhonny Peralta going to the Cards and Omar Infante going to the Royals. Both players are veterans on the cusp of being consistent All-Stars. Both players were among the best options at their positions. And both players were filling pressing needs at their respective positions. Peralta is replacing...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Moves Kansas City Royals Must Try to Pull off at the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings

The Kansas City Royals have taken a swift approach to the offseason thus far. So far, they signed Jason Vargas to bolster their rotation, non-tendered Chris Getz and traded catcher George Kottaras to the Chicago Cubs. Baseball’s annual conference known as the Winter Meetings will convene next week at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. Here, general...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Teams face midnight deadline to offer deals

As the big-money free agents negotiated, dozens of players with lower profiles waited to find out whether they would be dumped on the market by their clubs Monday night. Teams had until midnight to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters. Once a player receives a contract offer, his team no longer can release him before the start of the season without giving...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals non-tender Chris Getz as Twitter rejoices

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In a move that hardly came as a surprise, the Royals on Monday chose not to tender second baseman Chris Getz a contract, thus removing him from their 40-man roster and making him a free agent. Getz made 1.05 million in 2013 and despite a poor season likely would have been granted a raise through arbitration, possibly to as high as 1.3 million. The Royals likely...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss
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