Thank you, Royals!

We’ve heard a lot of fans say thank you.  I want to take a moment to say thank for something much deeper. What a magical ride!  I woke up this past Sunday and said to myself, “The Kansas City Royals…MY Royals…are World Champions”.  I imagine many of you felt the same way.  Of course the Sunday prior to that there were cheers, tears, and every other emotion imaginable...
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November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts on first-time Baseball Hall of Fame ballot nominees

On Monday, the BBWAA released the 2016 Baseball of Fame ballot, which will result in an endless amount of discussions and chaos for the next two months before the Class of ’16 is announced on January 6th. 15 new players are on the ballot along with 17 holdovers, and the only slam drunk for induction this year is Ken Griffey Jr. The cadre of new faces is pretty weak this year...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The trade that saved the Royals

If you were a Royals fan in 2010, you had many reasons to be upset. The Kansas City club struggled to stay competitive throughout the years, with their best hitter in the 2000’s being Mike Sweeney — exciting, right? Their brightest spot being young pitcher Zack Greinke, who struggled through many personal issues. In 2009 he really put it all together and put down numbers many...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

John Kruk unknowingly texted with George Brett about ribs

By Ian Casselberry One of the most appealing things about John Kruk as a broadcaster is his willingness to make fun of himself and to tell self-deprecating stories on the air that nicely fill the gaps between action during a ballgame. The analyst provided a funny example of that on the Sunday Night Baseball telecast between the Angels and Royals. During the bottom of the fourth...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Where are they now? A look back at the 2005 Royals

As we honor the 30 year anniversary of the World Champion 1985 Kansas City Royals We take a look back at the worst team in franchise history.   Buddy Bell once quipped “Don’t say things can’t get worse”.  Coming off a season where many experts and pundits picked the Royals to win the AL Central and for the Royals to completely lay an egg after finishing 58-104...
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July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

A Possible Royal Snub??

  The inevitable happened this week when long time Kansas City fan favorite Mike Sweeney was announced as the 26th member of the Royals hall of fame. This is an honor which was greatly deserved for a player who was one of the lone bright spots during some of the worst stretches of baseball the Royals fan base has ever had to endure. He wrote bible verses with his autograph...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Mike Sweeney’s arrival to the Royals Hall of Fame

February 15, 2015 was a long awaited day in the life of former Royals all-star Mike Sweeney. The Royals Hall of Fame inducted one of the most decorated ballplayers to ever step foot in Kauffman stadium in a Kansas City uniform. The five time all-star spent a total of 16 seasons in the major leagues, 13 of those in which he spent with the Royals. Sweeney originally landed in Kansas...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Announce Mike Sweeney Elected To Team Hall Of Fame

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 25, 2015) — The Kansas City Royals have announced that First Baseman Mike Sweeney has been voted into the Royals Hall of Fame.  He will become the elite group’s 26th inductee this season with a ceremony before a game at Kauffman Stadium, which will be announced at a later date. Sweeney was elected in his first ballot appearance in a vote of living...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Sweeney, Royals Royalty

If you look through the members of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame, you’ll notice a trend for most of the players. Almost all of them contributed to a great Royals team. It’s littered with pennant winners and World Champions. Of course, there are a small number who don’t fit that mold. Those would […]
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Sweeney joins Royals Hall of Fame

It will be hard for any Royal, past, present or future, to nudge George Brett off the Royals' throne. But at least when it comes to fan favorites, Mike Sweeney may well deserve the spot sitting at Brett's right hand. Sweeney was the most most popular player on a lot of losing Royals teams from 1995-2007. The five-time All-Star batted .299 in his Royals career (six points behind Brett...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball tickets for 4 cents? Yep! Minor-league promotion Rocks

Imagine buying a ticket to a sporting event for just four cents. That was a reality for fans who made it to the Wilmington Blue Rocks' box office on Monday in the Delaware town located about 30 miles southwest of Philly. The Kansas City Royals Class-A affiliate ran a President's Day promotion offering tickets for its April 16 home opener at a price equivalent to the 8 a.m. temperature...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Examining The Royals Hall Of Fame Candidates

The Royals announced recently that voting has begun for the team’s Hall of Fame. Much like the voting process two years ago (the Royals have voting every other year), the fan vote counts for four of the 40 ballots (all four for the top vote-getter, three for the second-highest, and two for the third-highest) that will be cast (other voters include all living members of the Royals...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Sweeney tops Flanny's ballot for Royals Hall of Fame

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For close to 20 years, I have been voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Royals Hall of Fame. And while it has always been a great honor to have a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame, there is something very special about voting for the Royals Hall of Fame as well. It is simply more personal. Of all the Baseball Hall of Famers I have voted for, I really...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Bulter: The End of an “Era”

The Kansas City Royals recently said goodbye to 8-year veteran, Billy Butler, due to free agency.  Butler signed a $30 million, 3-year contract with the Oakland Athletics that spans from 2015-2018.  There are many fans in Kansas City that will be sad not seeing #16 step out on Opening Day, but looking at the statistics, the Royals may very well be better off without the DH. Over...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Oh, What a Ride It Was.. Building a playoff team

I'm not a writer... In fact, I sometimes have trouble putting my feet on the floor in the morning to start my day and have trouble tying my shoelaces, but I am a die-hard Royals fan. Instead of sitting in the back room working on this website, I decided I needed to finally come out and attempt to put into words the last season of Baseball for my beloved Royals.This was not supposed...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–September 19, 2005

2005: The Royals pounded out 18 hits, including five doubles and a home run, as they trounced the Tigers 10-4 at Kauffman Stadium.Detroit actually took a 1-0 lead when Chris Shelton homered with two outs in the first inning against Royals starter Mike Wood. But the Royals quickly jumped in front in the bottom of the first against Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman. With one out, Terrence...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History: August 22, 1998

1998: Jose Rosado pitched eight great innings and Dean Palmer hit a key home run as the Royals hung on for a 3-2 win over the Devil Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.Rosado picked up his seventh win of the season by holding Tampa Bay to three hits and one walk. He recorded six strikeouts. His only hiccup came in the third, when Kevin Stocker and Quinton McCracken doubled...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–August 10, 2001

2001: A six-run outburst in the sixth inning was overshadowed by an actual outburst, from Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney, as Kansas City defeated Detroit 7-3 at Kauffman Stadium.In one of the most infamous fights in Royals history, Sweeney charged the mound and threw his helmet at Tigers starter Jeff Weaver after the pitcher said something following a request to move the resin...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–July 31, 1997

1997: After surrendering the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th, the Royals scored two in the bottom of the inning for a walkoff win, 3-2 over Boston at Kauffman Stadium.The winning rally started against reliever Heathcliff Slocumb, who hit pinch-hitter Bip Roberts with a pitch to start the inning. Mike Sweeney grounded into a forceout, but David Howard singled and Jose Offerman...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–July 18, 1999

1999: Tim Spehr’s three-run home run in the sixth inning proved to be the biggest blow of the game, as the Royals withstood a ninth-inning rally to take a 6-5 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.With the Royals holding a 2-1 lead in the sixth, Mike Sweeney laced a one-out double off Cubs starter Kevin Tapani. After a Jermaine Dye groundout, the Cubs intentionally walked...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–July 8, 1999

1999: The Royals took the lead in the top of the ninth, but a walk and an error wound up costing them the game in a 6-5 loss to the White Sox at Comiskey Park in Chicago.Trailing 4-3 and facing White Sox reliever Keith Foulke in the ninth, the Royals rallied. Jed Hansen led off with a single. But Scott Pose popped up trying to bunt and Rey Sanchez struck out. Carlos Beltran rescued...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–June 22, 2004

2004: The Royals pounded out 13 hits, including home runs by Carlos Beltran and Mike Sweeney, in an 8-1 victory over the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium.Kansas City wasted no time getting after Detroit starter Mike Maroth. Tony Graffanino led off the first with a single, and Beltran’s homer put the Royals on top 2-0.Detroit got a two-out RBI double from Ivan Rodriguez in the third,...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–June 5, 2000

2000: Mike Sweeney’s two-run double was the key blow in a four-run sixth inning, which was the key inning in the Royals’ 7-4 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Royals built a 3-1 lead through the first five innings. Kansas City scored first, against Cardinals starter Pat Hentgen in the second inning. Carlos Beltran walked to start the inning. Joe Randa...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History: May 31, 1998

1998: A seven-run outburst in the seventh inning carried the Royals to a 10-4 win over Oakland at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals came to bat that inning trailing 4-2, as A’s starter Kenny Rogers had limited them to two runs on seven hits through six innings. But Terry Pendleton led off with a single and Mike Sweeney’s double drove him in. That finished Rogers for the game, but...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History: May 24, 2003

2003: The Royals collected only three hits, but made the most of them as they downed the Athletics 3-1 at Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland. Two of the three hits the Royals managed against A’s starter Ted Lilly were home runs. Mike Sweeney hit a two-out blast in the first inning, and Joe Randa hit a two-out clout in the third that put the Royals back on top. Four Royals...
Via Pine Tar Press
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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