Executive of the Year Candidate: Dayton Moore

Coming off their first postseason appearance in 29 years, people expected the Kansas City Royals to be active spenders over the offseason. For the most part, however, people around the game were underwhelmed with what the defending American League Champions did despite increased revenue received from their thrilling postseason run. While Dayton Moore may not have handed out any contracts...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Through it all, Royals find a way to win

The Royals sit atop the Central, 15 games above .500, and it hasn’t been pretty The Royals are the streakiest team in baseball. When they’re hot, they’re hot. When they’re not, well, it’s not pretty. After getting swept by the Astros in Houston, the Royals split a series against the Twins in a series that Minnesota could have easily taken all 4. The Royals needed something...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Madson’s Return is Kansas City Royals’ Gain

In this Monday, April 20, 2015, photo, Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Ryan Madson (46) gets a ball following an out during a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. After signing with the American League champion Kansas City Royals in the offseason, Madson arrived in spring training with no guarantees. Somehow, he earned a spot in their...
Via The Sports Journal
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals reliever Madson takes long road back to big leagues

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) One or 2 percent. That was it. That was the chance that Ryan Madson gave himself of ever pitching again in the big leagues. Once a dominant closer with the Philadelphia Phillies, a telltale twinge in the right elbow that resulted in Tommy John surgery had ushered Madson toward a premature retirement. He was content with what he had accomplished in baseball...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Ryan Madson and Joe Blanton; the latest Angels disaster to be resurrected in Kansas City

Remember the Angels’ New Coke version of the Core Four? That assemblage Jerry Dipoto put together prior to the disappointing 2013 season when Tommy Hanson, Sean Burnett, Joe Blanton and Ryan Madson were going to strengthen the pitching staff and lead the team to October glory. Why are you laughing? It really happened, here’s a picture to prove it: Not so funny anymore, is...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Middle Relievers to Target

View image | gettyimages.com Not every fantasy league has an owner that tries to utilize middle relievers heavily, but when someone does employ it, it’s often fun to watch. If executed correctly, a team can get by with just a couple starters, a couple closers, and a host of shutdown relievers. While the drafting process is over, there are still relievers that can be picked...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals' Young and Madson working on no-hit bid through 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chris Young and reliever Ryan Madson have combined on a no-hit bid for the Kansas City Royals through seven innings against the Detroit Tigers. Young, who was making his first start of the season Friday night, was pulled when his pitch count reached 81 after five innings with the Royals leading 4-0. He struck out nine and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners Announcer Dave Sims Thinks Ryan Madson Logged 32 Saves Last Year

This embed is invalid" /> Baseball fans often clamor about how unnecessarily long spring training is. However, people forget it’s not just the players who need to put in work, but the play-by-play guys too! For instance, Mariners announcer Dave Sims had a bit of a brain fart calling today’s Royals-Mariners game. His gaff? Stating that Royals pitcher Ryan...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals Non-Roster Invites Bring Intrigue

Every year around this time, baseball nerds like myself and probably you are starting to get really excited about spring training. And the first order of business when it comes to excitement is to get the list of players who aren't on the 40-man roster but will be attending spring training with the big club. It seems there's always a player or two from that last who makes the team...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals sign veteran Madson to minor league deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have signed veteran right-hander Ryan Madson to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. The 34-year-old Madson hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011, when he was 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 29 saves for the Phillies. He signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati for the following season, but he was forced to undergo Tommy...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals sign veteran right-hander Madson to minor league deal

  The Royals have signed veteran right-hander Ryan Madson to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. The 34-year-old Madson hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011, when he was 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 29 saves for the Phillies. He signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati for the following season, but he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals Sign Ryan Madson To Minor-League Deal

The Kansas City Royals have signed reviler Ryan Madson to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training, the team announced. He will compete for a spot in the Royals bullpen. Madson, 34, hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2011 due to elbow issues. Over parts of nine seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies he has a 47-30 career record with a 3.59...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals sign Ryan Madson to minor league deal

The Royals have signed pitcher Ryan Madson to a minor league deal. Madson, 34, was 47-30 with a 3.59 ERA and 52 saves in eight seasons with the Phillies but has not pitched at the major league level since 2011 while dealing with elbow problems. Currently it is unknown what type of velocity Madson is showing but given that the deal is of the minor league variety the Royals have little...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals sign veteran Madson to minor league deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have signed veteran right-hander Ryan Madson to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. The 34-year-old Madson hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011, when he was 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 29 saves for the Phillies. He signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati for the following season, but he was forced to undergo...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Phillie Ryan Madson Signs with Kansas City

View image | gettyimages.com Today, former Phillie Ryan Madson, 34, signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. Since leaving the Phillies organization in 2011, Madson has been troubled with elbow issues, getting two tommy john surgeries. After...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies Top 10 Free Agent Signings: #8 J.C. Romero

It’s difficult to see how J.C. Romero became a free agent in 2007. Afterall, he had a 3.15 ERA for the first-place Red Sox. Not bad. But for whatever reason, Romero wasn’t a good fit in Boston and he was let loose midseason to the open market. General Manager Pat Gillick swooped in, picked Romero up, and the rest is history. Romero led all Phillies relievers in ERA (1.24 in 36...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Retitled Storyline: The 9th-Inning Switch for the Phillies

Considering the lack of an intriguing proposal, how many wins will Cole Hamels notch for the Philadelphia Phillies? Remember, at the end of a victory is the final out. There will be a published Storyline and/or Red Alert each week. This review is an additional posting. Please, scroll down for this edition of Genuine Insight: Closing Costs. Welcome, Newcomers: This article...
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November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Nation celebrates 10 years

On this day ten years ago, Phillies Nation was born. Back in 2004, I was living in baseball-less Washington, DC and had no quality Phillies news readily available.  So I decided to take it upon myself to start something I would enjoy reading.  Thankfully, a decade later Phillies Nation is still my go-to source for news and analysis on the Phils. I’m thoroughly amazed by how much...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The worst press conference in Angels history

And then there were none. Ryan Madson? Never played. Tommy Hanson? Non-tendered. Joe Blanton? Released with a year left on his contract. Sean Burnett? Headed for his second Tommy John surgery. It goes without saying, but that press conference pictured above didn’t exactly work out very well.  Not a single one of those acquisitions paid off in even the most remote sense. Those...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Rumors: Team unlikely to look for outside help despite injuries

The New York Yankees have been hit hard by the injury bug early this season, not unlike the early part of the 2013 campaign. First it was first baseman Mark Teixeira, then closer David Robertson. However, don't expect the Bombers to pursue outside help while these two are on the shelf, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.The Yankees are unlikely to pursue free-agent alternatives...
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies May Stay Away From Ryan Madson

Photo Courtesy: Steve Trapani Last week, we saw reports of more than a few major league teams, including the Phillies, watching Ryan Madson pitch. It seemed as though Madson's former team was quite interested in a return after two years apart. Things seemed to take a different turn, though, yesterday,...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Boston Red Sox Attended Ryan Madson’s Workout In Phoenix

Ryan Madson once again is auditioning for major league teams. The Boston Red Sox are doing their due diligence. The Red Sox were one of the teams that attended Madson’s workout in Phoenix on Friday, according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. Madson hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011 because of a torn ligament in his throwing elbow that required Tommy John surgery. Madson...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies keeping an eye on relief pitcher Ryan Madson

The Philadelphia Phillies struggled last season to a 73-89 record. They had many holes to fill this off season, one of which was in the bullpen, which had one of the worst ERA's in the league last season.  The Phillies addressed the bullpen situation when they signed Brad Lincoln, re-signed Antonio Bastardo and are hopeful for Mike Adam's recovery from his injuries last season. ...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Linked To Him For Months, Phillies Finally Watch Ryan Madson Pitch Today

Photo: Philliedelphia/Steve Trapani The worst-kept secret in the Phillies' front office is that they would likely be interested in a Ryan Madson reunion for 2014. Finally, today, Madson threw for teams today on a one-on-one basis to demonstrate that he is recovered from multiple injuries. The Phillies were one of...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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