Sorry, free-spending GMs, but you can't buy the chemistry the Royals have created

Major League Baseball teams have spent over $2 billion on free agents this winter, according to The defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals account for more than $175 million of that, with deals for Alex Gordon, Ian Kennedy, Joakim Soria and Chris Young.But as we assess the offseason winners and losers -- biased, of course, toward teams that wrote the...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Obnoxious? Must Be Those New York Values

“I don’t know if you know this, but Mets fans are really, really obnoxious,” Todd Ricketts told a Cubs Convention audience at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. The Cubs board member said he and his wife had enjoyed his team’s trip across the country for the playoffs, saying they had relished Pittsburgh, where Chicago won the wild-card game, and appreciated the “hospitable...
Via Metstradamus
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Top 20 Prospects

Just five years ago, the Kansas City Royals had what was widely considered as the best farm system in baseball. Baseball America had ranked nine Kansas City farmhands in their top 100 prospect list prior to the 2011 season. Five of these players were ranked in the top 20 (Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Wil Myers, […]
Via Baseball Essential
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals have 83 reasons to feel disrespected after World Series win

Here we go again, Kansas City Royals fans.The Royals reached the World Series in 2014, and then FanGraphs projected they would win only 79 games in 2015.After winning the World Series in 2015, the Royals are projected by FanGraphs to win ... 79 games in 2016. Meaning they are projected to lose 83 games and finish under .500.Ouch.Kansas City used the lack of respect card as motivation...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Gordon: Reactions and Analysis

  At last, the Royals finally signed Alex Gordon. Gordon’s deal is for four years, worth $70 million. At the beginning of the offseason, Kansas City Star’s (now in LA)  Andy McCullough said that if Gordon wanted to stick around, he would’ve extended last year. Well, he was wrong, and now, Alex Gordon is well on his way to becoming this generation’s George Brett...
Via Royals Blue
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Champs and the Projections

Back in October, the Kansas City Royals were crowned champions of the baseball world, and rightfully so; they won all the necessary games! The Royals are the champions, and they’ll continue to be the champions until a new team is crowned champions in the upcoming October. Could be that the new champions are just a different Royals team, but that seems unlikely. Mostly, it seems...
Via Fangraphs
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Esky wins first Gold Glove; Hosmer, Perez add to their collections

For the third straight year, three Kansas City Royals are American League Gold Glove winners. But it's not the same group of winners -- not entirely. First baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez each won their third straight Gold Gloves. But replacing left fielder Alex Gordon -- who was a finalist but was injured a good chunk of the season -- is shortstop Alcides Escobar...
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November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 20 Most Impactful Plays in Royals Postseason History

The Royals are one of the most successful expansion franchises in baseball and they had their share of postseason memories.  From Game 1 of the 1976 ALCS to Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, they Royals have had many moments that left fans cheering.  Thanks to the wonderful folks at Baseball Reference (if you don’t do your research through them, you’re doing it wrong),...
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November 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Six Players Who Should Be Extended

When you think of baseball, one of the first things that comes to mind are the enormous contracts the players receive. The top 10 contracts have been larger than $200 million, but, believe it or not, there are still some players who receive a lot less than they deserve. Here are some players who could be in line for a contract extension before the 2016 season. Eric HosmerEven though...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals' Hosmer and Perez met 'rapping Bret Saberhagen,' gave Jimmy Fallon Gatorade shower

One day after the Kansas City Royals celebrated at a World Series parade with an estimated 800,000 fans, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher/World Series MVP Salvador Perez got to enjoy a fun appearance on "The Tonight Show" back in New York where they clinched the series.As seen in the photo above, the two Royals stars plus actor-comic Aziz Ansari (holding the the Commissioner...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Examining the evolving link between strikeouts and clutch

It’s really easy for me to get sucked into our Clutch leaderboards. We spend so much time focusing on true-talent levels, because true talent is what’s mostly stable, but timing is a huge part of winning or losing, and just because it’s hard to predict doesn’t mean it can’t be analyzed later on. We have win-probability numbers since 1974. On a per-plate-appearance basis...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Gordon and the Royals’ defensive dominance

Alex Gordon is going to be a hot commodity on the free-agent market. Little thought will be given to exercising his current 2016 option, and then he’ll be available to anyone and everyone. The FanGraphs crowd expects him to sign for something in the neighborhood of five years and $90 million, and the crowd can end up low when predicting the higher tier. Relative to other free...
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November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Eric Hosmer uses the power of Fetty *** to help Royals win World Series

Throughout the entire 2015 MLB season, the Kansas City Royals have used rap star Fetty *** as inspiration. From referencing his song “Trap Queen” in post game interviews by using “1738” in creative ways to meeting the singer just months before their playoff run, the Royals have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to Fetty ***. The team won the World Series beating the...
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November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets doomed by miscues, inexperience in World Series

Give the Royals and inch, and they’ll take a mile. The ultimate opportunists of baseball were justly crowed World Champions on Sunday in typical Kansas City fashion. Overcoming the dominance of Matt Harvey and the specter of a Game 6 at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the ninth inning – eventually tying it by doing what they do best: taking advantage...
Via The Sports Daily
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Let’s Build a Scouting Report for Lucas Duda’s Arm

You’ve got an opinion on the Eric Hosmer play. Y’know, the one where he broke from third on a ground ball that didn’t get out of the infield grass and scored the tying run in the ninth inning of the World Series. Y’know, the one where if he would have been out, the game would have been over but he wasn’t and now the Royals are world champions? That’s the one. You’ve...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Frank Thomas gives hilariously brutal assessment of Mets’ World Series performance

A couple more costly mistakes haunted the Mets in the final game of the World Series.  Eric Hosmer scored the tying run on a wide throw from Lucas Duda in the top of the 9th inning while another David Murphy aided the game-winning rally in the 12th inning.  It was the dominating narrative of the series – the Royals’ frenetic play and late game heroics pressuring the Mets into...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals advanced scouting told players to test Lucas Duda’s arm

Eric Hosmer had hardly any time to think about taking off for home and scoring the tying run in the ninth inning Sunday night, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t prepared for the situation. Shortly after the Royals closed out the Mets to capture a championship, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star credited Kansas...Read More
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Royals Win 2015 World Series Thanks To Late Comeback

As the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets went into the ninth inning of Game Five of the 2015 World Series on Sunday, it looked like the series was heading back to the Midwest for a Game Six. The Royals trailed 2-0 and the Mets’ starting pitcher, Matt Harvey, was dealing. But, in true Royals fashion, a comeback was on the horizon … and when Eric Hosmer raced home on a groundout...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Eric Hosmer thought he made mistake by trying to score

Eric Hosmer scored the tying run for the Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning Thursday night on a heads-up baserunning play that could have just as easily gone down as a boneheaded decision. In fact, Hosmer openly admitted he regretted his decision as soon as he took off for home. After the Royals defeated...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Lucas Duda’s World Series Throw Joins List Of Haunting Sports Plays (Photos)

The New York Mets were one out away from forcing Game 6 of the 2015 World Series. Milliseconds later, the Kansas City Royals completed their ninth inning comeback. The rest, as they say, is history. Mets manager Terry Collins sent ace pitcher Matt Harvey back to the mound in the ninth inning after an adamant Harvey refused to leave the game, repeatedly telling Collins “no way,...
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: 2015 World Series Champions

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets 3-2 in the 12th inning to claim their first World Series title in 30 seasons Sunday night. After being down two runs in the ninth inning, Eric Hosmer dove head first into home on a play that will go down as one of the greatest and most memorable in Royals’ history. The Royals won the series in five...
November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Four Royals named finalists for Gold Glove award

The nominees for Gold Glove awards were announced Thursday and not surprisingly the Kansas City Royals have four players up for a coveted defensive nod -- tied with the San Francisco Giants for most in the major leagues.Catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer and left fielder Alex Gordon are all up for the Royals. Right fielder Curtis Granderson is the Mets' lone nominee...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Lorenzo Cain and a Brief History of Mad Dashes Home

The World Series is delivering its thrills, but one can still feel a residual tingle from Lorenzo Cain‘s first-to-home dash on Eric Hosmer‘s single in the deciding game of the ALCS. Part of that thrill is due to this being a repeat performance by Cain. In the fifth and deciding game of Kansas City’s ALDS, he went first-to-home on a Hosmer single, chipping away at Houston’s...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

After two games, the World Series is over

We're headed to New York, but we really shouldn't bother. The Kansas City Royals have already won the World Series. Well, not really since we're only two games in, but they will, and it will probably happen before we even have to go back to Kauffman Stadium. The Royals took a 2-0 series lead last night in the World Series with a combination of stellar defense, an outstanding...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The Mets weren’t throwing swing-and-miss pitches

I don’t blame you if you’re getting tired of the the-Royals-make-a-lot-of-contact stuff. It’s the core of most of the analysis being done right now, but in fairness, it’s the core because the Royals make a lot of contact. It’s arguably their most outstanding skill, which is what makes them such an intriguing match-up for the Mets. And they were up to their usual business...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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