SUNDAY FUNDAY: More Songs About Brewers And Yuni

I've been holding this one in my back pocket until former Brewers pop-up machine Yuniesky Betancourt tricked another team into signing him or, worse yet, was taken back by the Brewers. Fortunately, the Phillies fell victim to the veteran middle infielder's cherubic Cuban charm, inking him to a minor league deal to serve as an insurance policy for the empty shells which once encased...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–September 28, 2010

2010: The Royals scored early and often, cruising to a 10-1 win over Minnesota at Kauffman Stadium.Kansas City scored three runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third, and two more in the fifth, all off Twins starter Nick Blackburn.In the first inning, Jarrod Dyson led off with a walk, followed by a Mike Aviles single. With one out, the Royals pulled off a double steal...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–August 27, 2009

2009: The Royals belted four home runs, three of them two-run shots, in an 8-4 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle.Three of the home runs came against Mariners starter Doug Fister. Brayan Pena started the scoring in the second inning, as he homered down the right-field line with Alberto Callaspo on base.The Royals’ second home run happened in the fifth, a solo shot...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–August 13, 2010

2010: Billy Butler launched a solo home run in the fifth inning, and it proved to be the winning run as the Royals outlasted the Yankees 4-3 at Kauffman Stadium.Butler’s game-winner came with one out in the inning. Facing Yankees starter Dustin Moseley, the Royals’ DH hit a 2-1 pitch off the right-field foul pole to break the 3-3 tie. Butler’s home run came just before the...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s Git R Dunn

Yesterday Mark Reynolds hit two homeruns and showed why he was one of the best free agent acquisitions of the offseason. Now, I know that you're probably thinking "Best acquisitions of the offseason? Are you high? Let me get some of that sweet weed you're on, brother", but hear me out. Last season our first basemen were Alex Gonzalez and Yuniesky Betancourt. Those two combined with...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Investment On Escobar Paying Dividends

The first ever column I wrote for Pine Tar Press, I addressed the Royals shortstop position. Would you rather take the best years of Yuniesky Betancourt, Angel Berroa or Alcides Escobar. You could say I’m rather idiotic for even bringing up that question again, and you would be correct. Because after seeing just how well Escobar has played this first half of 2014, you would have...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History: June 1, 2012

2012: Felipe Paulino pitched six shutout innings to make two first-inning runs stand up as the Royals defeated Oakland 2-0 at Kauffman Stadium. Paulino allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out five. He was also helped by two Oakland outs on the bases, as Jemile Weeks was caught stealing third to end the third inning and Yoenis Cespedes was picked off first for...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Ron Roenicke: A Life of Dumb Luck

In case you missed it the other night, the Brewers won a game in which they used a pitcher to pinch hit in the tenth inning. Despite all of the factors involved and the success of the move, it was not ideal baseball strategy. Which probably shouldn't come as a surprise to you because it was executed by Ron Roenicke. Whether he has been calling in pitchers who aren't warmed up, running...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History: May 25, 2010

2010: The Royals had a problem, and its name was Vladimir Guerrero. The Texas slugger hit a double and two home runs as the Rangers picked up an 8-7 win at Kauffman Stadium. Guerrero’s big day began in the first inning against starter Gil Meche. With one out, Michael Young walked, and with two out, Guerrero belted the first pitch he saw over the left-center field fence. Rangers...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers position breakdown: First Base

Milwaukee Brewers position breakdown: First BaseThe Milwaukee Brewers will begin their 2014 spring training three days from now against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in Arizona.  This season the first base position is a major concern for the Brewers. In the offseason Corey Hart left for Seattle in free agency and the Brewers cut Yuniesky Betancourt, leaving...
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers: An ode to Yuniesky Betancourt

I want to admit at the outset of this article that I am from Denver, so my focus is on New York and the Super Bowl. With that said, there was some huge news regarding the Milwaukee Brewers this week and I would feel guilty if I didn’t address it this week. For those of you who haven’t heard the news, Yuniesky Betancourt recently signed a deal to go play for the Orix Buffaloes...
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Betancourt signs with Japan's Orix BlueWave

Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt has signed with the Orix BlueWave of Japan's Pacific League. Betancourt has a .261 career average with 80 homers and 457 RBIs with Seattle (2005-09), Kansas City (2009-10, 2012) and Milwaukee (2011, 2013). The 31-year-old native of Cuba began his career as a shortstop but played mostly at first and third base last year for the Brewers. He hit .212...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

The Weekly Wind-Up, Jan. 24

Are you sick of reading about the New York Yankees signing stars to big-money contracts? Me too. I am so sick of it that I half-promise to not write anything more about them after this post until at least next week. Probably. With that being said, Masahiro Tanaka to the Yankees (it is news, after all), Grady Sizemore still has a job, and Yuniesky Betancourt drawing interest from...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB rumors: Yuniesky Betancourt draws interest from many teams

Even though he hit just .212 in 103 games in 2013, shortstop/first baseman Yuniesky Betancourt is drawing interest from many Major League teams says Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors. Links confirmed the news Monday evening.Source: Multiple teams still interested in Yuniesky Betancourt w/ 1 possible opportunity to start. #MLB— Zach Links (@ZachLinks) December 31, 2013Betancourt...
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December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

The remarkable career of Yuniesky Betancourt

The baseball world has been filled with stories about remarkable baseball players whose careers may or may not be rewarded with a nod to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Baseball writers who have a vote in such proceedings are filling columns on how remarkable they thought each career was. Those of us without a vote are doing the same and making fun or tearing our shirts asunder over the...
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December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Invite Andres Blanco to Clearwater

Chris Branch I believe had it first but the Phillies have invited infielder Andres Blanco to spring training. Blanco was in the Phillies system in 2012 playing the entire season in Lehigh Valley before being released early into spring training last season as Yuniesky Betancourt was making a strong case...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Reasons MLB Run Scoring is So Low

AL and NL runs scored/game were both at their lowest level since 1992.— P (@Toirtap) November 19, 2013 People have differing reactions to the statement above.First, some context...Average Runs Scored per Game1919: 3.88 R/G1920: 4.36 R/GBabe Ruth, in 1930, hit 49 home runswith a .493 OBP (Getty Images)1930: 5.55 R/G1940: 4.68 R/G1950: 4.85 R/G1961: 4.53 R/G1969: 4.07 R/G1984: 4...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss
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