The ball from the final out of the Royals' World Series win has an unlikely owner

When we last saw the Kansas City Royals, they were dancing in a happy mob near the mound at Citi Field in New York. It was just after midnight on Nov. 2, and Wade Davis had frozen Wilmer Flores with a 95-mph fastball for the final out of 2015. The Royals won their first World Series in 30 years and tied a major-league record with their eighth come-from-behind victory of the postseason...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

HGTV’s Coach Hunter: 2016 Cleveland Browns edition

Well, hello there and welcome to another edition of HGTV’s Coach Hunter where we take readers behind the scenes as fan-bases learn what to look for and decide whether or not a coach is meant for them. Focusing on the emotional experience of finding and hiring a new coach, each episode follows a prospective team through the coach-hiring process. Today’s episode is with those love...
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29 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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29 days ago  |  Discuss

The Most Valuable Relievers, In Retrospect

We spend a lot of time talking about value. Which means we spend a lot of time arguing about value, because value is a difficult thing to nail down, given the ambiguity of the word and issues with some of the statistics. We also spend a lot of time talking about future value, which introduces even greater uncertainty on account of the future hasn’t happened yet. Player value is...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Revisiting the Champs and the Projections

Yesterday, I ran an exercise on this site that required some audience participation. The premise was simple enough: the Royals, for the third consecutive year, haven’t looked like an elite team based on the third-party projection systems we host here on the site. The Royals, of course, have been an elite team, despite what the projections say, so there’s been some understandable...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The Legacy of the Shields Trade

Do you remember when 90% of Kansas City hated the “James Shields” – now known as the “Wade Davis,” trade? Do you also remember when the Kansas City Royals won back-to-back American League Championships AND won the World Series? Three years ago yesterday, David Glass and Dayton Moore went all in. It was the day that we put our big boy pants on, rather than continuing...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Mississippi State’s Scott Field wins national turf award

The Mississippi State Bulldogs had a pretty decent year going 8-4, a much better record than some believed they would have. The team might not have won a SEC championship or had any of their players win major awards, but they now have something they can brag about. According to the school’s official website, Scott Field at Davis Wade Stadium was recognized by the The Sports Turf...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals Get Another Ninth-Inning Guy for the Seventh Inning

If you’d made your way over to the “relief pitchers” tab of our team depth charts section lately, there’s something peculiar that may have caught your eye. It didn’t seem to get past Twitter user Brad Shapiro, operating under the moniker @Big_Hebrew: @BtBScore HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, that’s hilarious. Best bullpen in baseball last 2 season means nothing, got it — Brad Shapiro...
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December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Darren O’Day heads back to Orioles with four-year, $31 million deal

Baltimore Orioles reliever Darren O’Day isn’t going anywhere. O’Day re-upped with Baltimore on a four-year deal worth a reported $31 million on Sunday, ending a busy courtship that included interest from the Nationals and Braves. O'Day gets $31M 4 year deal #orioles @Ken_Rosenthal on it — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 6, 2015 The 33-year old O’Day has been a force...
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December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

MSU snags talented in-state defensive line prospect

Recruiting within the SEC is a nonstop cycle, taking up virtually 365 days of the year. With competition incredibly fierce, it's imperative for local programs to put a fence around their homegrown talent -- with the hopes these prospects opt to stay close to home. Mississippi State exercised this axiom, as it garnered the pledge of talented in-state defensive end Marquiss Spencer...
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November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 19 Mississippi beats No. 23 Miss. St 38-27 in Egg Bowl

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Chad Kelly threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score to lead No. 19 Mississippi over No. 23 Mississippi State 38-27 on Saturday night. Ole Miss (9-3, 6-2 Southeastern Conference, No. 18 CFP) jumped out to a 28-3 halftime lead and was never in serious trouble during the second half. Kelly threw two touchdown passes - both to Damore...
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November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Ole Miss Rebels vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs: Betting odds, point spread and tv info

Two ranked SEC schools face off against one another on Saturday when the No. 18 Ole Miss Rebels travel to take on the No. 21 Mississippi State Bulldogs. Ole Miss (8-3) and Mississippi State (8-3) each seek their ninth win of the year in this one. ESPN2 has coverage of this game starting at 7:15 pm ET from Davis Wade Stadium. The Odds: Ole Miss is a 1 point favorite against Mississippi...
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November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Year James Shields Was Different

Three winters ago, we got into a lot of arguments about James Shields. He was at the center of a very polarizing trade and people took sides. You remember it, so I won’t rehash things other than to remark on how funny it is that the James Shields-Wil Myers blockbuster has actually become the Wade Davis trade. Wade Davis! The guy who gave up 5.92 runs per nine in the season following...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

NCAA College Football 2015: Alabama Sets Sights on Gators, SEC Title

An SEC Title Game between Alabama and Florida wasn’t even a consideration at the beginning of the college football season. Now it looks more like it will happen if the Crimson Tide can take care of Auburn in the season finale. The Crimson Tide’s 31-6 win over Mississippi State was more about a dominant defense that never let the Bulldogs off the mat, and a running attack that...
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November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

10 takeaways from Week 11 of the college football season

Clarity is a wonderful thing, and we’re starting to get some as it relates to the College Football Playoff following the action in Week 11. Not surprisingly, as the postseason draws near, some teams can’t handle the pressure. We saw one top team lose badly in a big upset, and a couple more needed big performances by their stars to avoid the same fate. Contrarily, other teams...
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November 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Outkick's Top Ten For Week 11

What a day for college football. Here's how I'd assess the playoff race as we enter the final three weeks of the season. Playoff spots:1. Alabama or Florida from the SEC2. Clemson if they win out3. Ohio State or Iowa4. The Big 12 champ5. Notre Dame if they finish 11-11. AlabamaI officially apologize to Alabama fans, players, and coaches. The Crimson Tide is the best team in college...
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November 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Alabama RB Drake leaves Miss. St. game after injuring right arm

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Alabama running back Kenyan Drake left Saturday's game against Mississippi State after injuring his right arm.Drake, a 6-foot-1, 210-senior, was hurt when making a tackle on a Mississippi State kickoff return. He was the Tide's primary backup running back behind Derrick Henry, running for 333 yards and a touchdown this season coming into this week's game.Drake...
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November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Former MSU player returns from active duty, surprises family at Alabama game

An incredibly special scene occurred at Davis Wade Stadium earlier on Saturday afternoon. The family of former Mississippi State football player (and current member of the army) Tim Bailey was standing out on the middle of the field prior to the start of the contest against Alabama. Completely unaware, Bailey surprised his family in a very emotional embrace. Bailey had previously...
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November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Rebuilding the Red Sox: An Ace is a Bandaid, Not a Cure

We’re like five minutes into the offseason and already the talk surrounding the Red Sox acquiring an ace is stifling. Here’s the pitch by Wade Davis, strike three, the Royals are World Champs, THE RED SOX NEED AN ACE!!! Please note how that was one sentence. The whole thing is like stepping out of an air-conditioned building in Fort Lauderdale in July. It’s cool and comfortable...
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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

The Monday Rant – Re-signing Alex Gordon

Flashback to December 9, 2012, when the Royals took a chance on a “win now” approach by trading four prospects for two players that would end up helping change the course of the franchise. Much was written about the Will Myers James Shields Wade Davis trade at the time, but there was a particular narrative […]
Via Pine Tar Press
November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading the Royals’ World Series Celebration

The season is over. The games have been played, the asses have been crowned. That’s the end. All done. Except of course, no, not at all. Baseball season is like outer space, or an order of breadsticks at WTF Thursday’s Neighborhoodish Restaurant. It never ends. But before we move on to the business of baseball’s business, our topic for the next [checks watch] five months, let’s...
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November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Finding Potential Relief Aces, Part One

The most recent World Series Champions– the Kansas City Royals for those living under a rock, won on the strength of their bullpen, led by bullpen ace Wade Davis. Davis has become a household name especially in the playoffs the past few seasons where he has been virtually un-hittable. Earlier this season, I debuted a […]
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals exercise options on Davis, Escobar; Gomes declined

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The World Series champion Kansas City Royals have exercised their $8 million option on All-Star closer Wade Davis and a $5.25 million option on All-Star shortstop Alcides Escobar, while declining a $3 million option on outfielder Jonny Gomes.The moves Thursday came one day All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon declined his $13.75 million player option and the Royals...
Via AP on Fox
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals exercise options on Escobar, Davis; Gomes declined

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The World Series champion Kansas City Royals have exercised their $8 million option on All-Star closer Wade Davis and a $5.25 million option on All-Star shortstop Alcides Escobar, while declining a $3 million option on outfielder Jonny Gomes. The moves Thursday came one day All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon declined his $13.75 million player option and the Royals...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton is awesome now, apparently

This is an oversimplification, but to be a successful starting pitcher in the current era, you have to maintain some reasonable level of effectiveness for something like 25 batters per start. If you can’t pitch into the sixth and seventh innings with regularity, you aren’t going to remain a starting pitcher for very long. In the past that number was higher and in the future it...
Via Fangraphs
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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