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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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26 days ago  |  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...
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May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–May 5, 2002

2002: Former Royal Jeff Conine tied the game with a two-run home run, part of a three-run fifth inning that lifted the Orioles to a 3-2 win over the Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The Royals did not waste time grabbing a lead, as Michael Tucker homered with one out in the first inning off starter Calvin Maduro. Kansas City added an unearned run in the sixth...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

May the 4th be with you!

While May the 4th had no real power to help the Royals prevail today, it has always been a special date with one of our Royals Blue Members.  Editor-in-Chief and overall creator of the blog Luke Goosen’s birthday is also the 4th of May.  As is tradition I like to share a favorite Royals memory of our team on their birthday, so here is Luke’s. Let me start this post off by saying...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–April 11, 2004

2004: Ken Harvey’s eighth-inning single broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the Royals to a 5-3 win over the Indians at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals, who had led 3-1 before Cleveland tied the score in the seventh, began their half of the eighth with Mike Sweeney being hit by a Jose Jimenez pitch. Juan Gonzalez flied out before Joe Randa worked a walk, moving pinch-runner Angel Berroa...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Coffee: Royals Myths Debunked

Over the last 25 or so years, being a Kansas City Royals fan has been quite difficult as good players have come and gone and more often than not it seems, guys like Zack Greinke are replaced by guys like Luke Hochevar.  For years, the question wasn't if the Royals would finish under .500, but how far under .500 they'd finish. As someone who has been a Royals fan my entire life and...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Bouncing Back: Salvador Perez

Carlos Beltrán, Aníbal Sánchez, Clay Buchholz, Johnny Damon, Zack Greinke, Jed Lowrie, Eric Hosmer, Mike Sweeney. All above-average players. Most of them All-Stars. All have one thing in common: At some point in their careers, they were among the more than 100 major leaguers to have played for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Class A Kansas City Royals affiliate in Delaware’s largest city.
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

On this day in Kansas City Sports History, for February 9th…

Matt Starr Kansas City Writer On this day in Kansas City Sports History, for February 9th in 1886- the Kansas City Cowboys Baseball Team is formed (Kansas City’s 2nd professional baseball team, after the Unions) 1956- Phil Ford is born today. A Kansas City Kings Basketball team player and NBA Rookie of the year in 1979 while playing for the Kings. 2014- Kansas City Royals news...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Sweeney will have an on-field presence among his duties in front-office role

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Sweeney didn't have to hook up with the Royals just to get back into baseball. In fact, Sweeney last fall had two offers from other major-league teams to be their hitting coach. "But the more I thought about it," Sweeney said by phone from California, "I figured that if I was going to get back into the game, it had to be with the Royals. The Royals are my...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals add former player Sweeney to front office

The Royals have added former first baseman Mike Sweeney to their front office, giving him the title of special assistant to baseball operations. Sweeney was a five-time All-Star for the Royals, and arguably their most popular player from 1995-2007. He was a career .297 hitter who finished with 215 homers and 909 RBIs, even though he dealt with persistent back trouble that caused...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Sweeney, a Royal again -- in the front office

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have added former first baseman Mike Sweeney to their front office, giving him the title of special assistant to baseball operations. Sweeney was a five-time All-Star for the Royals, and arguably their most popular player from 1995-2007. He was a career .297 hitter who finished with 215 homers and 909 RBIs, even though he dealt with persistent back...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

FOX Sports Kansas City's Hudler gets down with the troops at Fort Bragg

As a player and now a Kansas City Royals broadcaster, Rex Hudler always has considered himself a good soldier -- metaphorically, obviously. Now Hudler is getting at least a glimpse of what being a real soldier is about. Hudler is one of several FOX Sports broadcasters, and current and former major league players, taking part in "FOX Sports' Spring Training to the Troops," a three...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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