Are the Royals and their B-BOAT (Best Bullpen of All-Time) re-inventing the game?

The end of the dead ball era and the rise of the homerun – thanks to Babe Ruth – slowly changed bullpen usage. It maxed out between 1974-1984 where five relief pitchers won a Cy Young. These men essentially pitched whenever a game was on the line, averaging 73.4 games, a whopping 133 innings (twice what a closer might throw today), 9.8 wins and 28.8 saves. Things began...
Via Royals Blue
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.35: Twins at Tigers

Another lackluster offensive performance coupled with a brilliant bullpen performance (which means that Lobstein got drilled) led to a 6-2 loss last night. The Tigers are now 13-14 since starting 7-0. jud made the comment last night that the Tigers have now scored 2 runs or less in 9 out of their last 15 games. That is alarming. And he posted some scary low night game batting averages...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

The story behind the 8-1 loss

Monday morning at 5:45 am the Kansas City Royals finally got to their hotel rooms in Arlington.  After a 100 minute plus rain delay in Detroit followed by two 30+ pitch innings the night before, it is safe to say the boys in blue were not exactly in tip-top shape for the game that started nearly just a few hours later.  Coach Ned Yost told reporters that he got to bed at 7...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Has success made the Royals less aggressive?

Before a nationally televised audience in Detroit on Sunday evening, with the Royals locked in a 1-1 game in the top of the ninth inning, Ned Yost found himself facing a bit of a quandary. Having finally rid themselves of Tigers pitcher Shane Greene, who after giving up twenty runs in his previous 11 innings pitched had put on a masterful Cy Young impersonation through eight...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

You Saw That Coming All the Way from Holland: Tigers Clip Royals, 6-5

Before Ned Yost was an American League Champion, he had some issues with late-inning bullpen management. He's not the only manager in baseball who believes in saving his best reliever for a hypothetical save situation, but he has been criticized when the option is exercised to use an inferior reliever. Enter Yohan Pino. As Greg Holland (and Wade Davis, from the dugout) watched...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

NASCAR's Clint Bowyer gives Royals manager Yost advice for his fantasy team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The first thing Ned Yost asked Clint Bowyer when the Royals manager called the NASCAR driver into his office Wednesday night was for some much-needed help with his lineup. His fantasy racing lineup. Bowyer pointed out that Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick have been dominating on the 1 1/2-mile tracks lately, and Jeff Gordon always runs well at Kansas Speedway...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Alex Rios injury Ned Yost

Alex Rios is still at least two weeks away from returning as he recovers from a broken bone in his left hand. The Royals outfielder was given the timetable on Monday after an X-ray showed that his fractured left hand is continuing to heal. Manager Ned Yost said Rios is expected to begin strengthening exercises to test his hand later this week, according to the Kansas City Star: ...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals’ Moustakas Has Turned It Around…But Will It Last?

One of the keys to the Royals’ hot start, of course, has been the offense of third baseman Mike Moustakas. When manager Ned Yost said before Opening Day that Moustakas would be hitting second in the batting order, there was plenty of wailing and gnashing of teeth, myself included. So far, Yost and Mosutakas have […]
Via Pine Tar Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Royals Anything But on the Field

​ If you watch baseball for the pulsating drama, then I hope you haven’t missed out on this week’s action. Oh, you think I’m talking about late-inning heroics or jaw-dropping web gems? I’m talking about fights and awkward breakups. Is this high school all over again? Not quite, but taking into account that this is a game played by adults, it comes out looking significantly...
Via The Sports Post
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals-White Sox suspended by rain after 8 innings

CHICAGO (AP) Friday night's game between Kansas City and Chicago has been suspended by rain with the Royals and White Sox tied at 2 heading into the ninth inning. Managers Robin Ventura of the White Sox and Ned Yost of the Royals huddled with the umpires after the eighth inning, and then crew chief Tim Welke waved the players off the field. The game was suspended after a 40-minute...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Yost insists Royals not to blame for string of fights

CHICAGO (AP) Manager Ned Yost insists his Kansas City Royals are not to blame for a string of fights and that opponents are mostly at fault. Yost says his team has not started ''any of this.'' He says opponents are trying to get under his players' skin and that his team has to remain composed. Yost spoke before Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox, a day after the teams were...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols called Royals to deny ‘bush league’ allegation

Albert Pujols called Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost to clarify that he did not call the team “bush league.” The Royals had a tumultuous series with the Oakland A’s over the weekend that started with a takeout slide by Brett Lawrie on Friday night that injured Alcides Escobar. The Royals responded by having pitchers...Read More
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Moustakas sends Royals to 6-5 victory over Twins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ned Yost stuck by Mike Moustakas when just about everyone else had given up on him, dutifully penciling him into the Royals' starting lineup at third base despite all of his slumps. Finally, the Kansas City manager is feeling vindicated. Moustakas hit an early two-run homer, then drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth inning, as the Royals rallied...
Via AP on Fox
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Benches clear for third straight game as Royals down A's

  The Kansas City Royals overcame five ejections to beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Sunday behind Kendrys Morales' tiebreaking, two-run double in a three-run eighth inning. Royals manager Ned Yost and pitching coach Dave Eiland were ejected in the first inning after Lorenzo Cain was hit by a Scott Kazmir pitch and both teams were issued a warning by plate umpire Greg Gibson. After...
Via AP on Fox
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals' wild weekend comes to an end with 4-2 win over A's

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals overcame five ejections to beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Sunday behind Kendrys Morales' tiebreaking, two-run double in a three-run eighth inning. Royals manager Ned Yost and pitching coach Dave Eiland were ejected in the first inning after Lorenzo Cain was hit by a Scott Kazmir pitch and both teams were issued a warning by plate umpire...
Via AP on Fox
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Four Royals ejected in latest Oakland-Kansas City scrape

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tempers flared again Sunday in the Oakland-Kansas City series, with four more Royals getting ejected. The benches emptied for the third straight day after Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera threw a 100 mph fastball shoulder-high behind Brett Lawrie in the eighth inning. Herrera was ejected, and pointed at his head as he left the field. Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu...
Via AP on Fox
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Yost, Eiland ejected in latest Royals-Athletics incident

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Royals manager Ned Yost was ejected in the first inning after Lorenzo Cain was hit by a Scott Kazmir pitch and both teams were issued a warning by plate umpire Greg Gibson. After the warning was issued Sunday, Yost came out to argue and was immediately ejected by Gibson. Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland was also ejected. Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura...
Via AP on Fox
April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Keeping Perspective: How will the Royals respond to their first two losses?

  Perspective. "A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view."    If, at the beginning of this season, a wizard would have been able to gaze into a crystal ball and predict that the Kansas City Royals would be 7-2 after their first nine games (including a sweep of the White Sox and the Angels) most sensible Royals fans would have...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Phone systems hamper White Sox-Royals game in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The White Sox and Royals were delayed for nearly 5 minutes in the first inning Thursday when the phone system that allows the managers to call from their dugouts went down. Royals spokesman Mike Swanson said both teams were affected by the outage, which prevented the managers from contacting their bullpens or their replay officials. Chief umpire Jerry Layne...
Via AP on Fox
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the Royals Beating a Dead Moose?

This years Royals opening day felt a little different. For the first time in nearly 3 decades, it was as much about a celebration as it was about moving on to a new season. Typically, opening day represents the start of something brand new that offers hope. For 2015, it almost seems like a continuation. The Royals are, and will be defending American League champs for the continuation...
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April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals begin defense of AL pennant at home vs. White Sox

It has been four long years since the Kansas City Royals opened a season at home. They'll certainly enjoy this one. The American League champions will celebrate last season's dramatic run to Game 7 of the World Series on Monday before facing the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. It is the first installment of a 162-game odyssey that they hope will deliver them right back to...
Via AP on Fox
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

AL champ Royals enter new season with newfound expectations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Every once in a while, Ned Yost will spin a story about his days on Bobby Cox's bench with the Atlanta Braves, back when the organization was winning NL pennants by the fistful. Inevitably, Yost would start drawing comparisons to his Kansas City Royals - that they were building through the farm system in the same manner as the Braves, and Kansas City would...
Via AP on Fox
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals manager Ned Yost laments ‘mass bee genocide’ during game

Ned Yost either understands the significant role bees play in our ecosystem or simply is a lover of all of Earth’s creatures great and small, because the Kansas City Royals manager was greatly affected by the extermination of the insects that delayed the team’s spring training game on Sunday in Tempe, Ariz. While Yost understood...Read More The post Royals manager Ned Yost laments...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

KC Royals manager Ned Yost rightfully pissed bees delaying game were killed

KC Royals manager Ned Yost is pissed that bees that delayed Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, Arizona were killed rather than removed.And he's 100% correct.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals' Gordon vows wrist will be ready for Opening Day

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Alex Gordon's season ended stranded on third base for the final out of Game 7 of the World Series. After having wrist surgery this winter, he vows he'll be in the Kansas City Royals' lineup for the start of this season. Gordon missed time in July with an injured right wrist and it flared up during December workouts. "That's when we decided we needed to take care...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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