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Parking near AT&T park for World Series Game 3 is steep

Tickets for the World Series might be expensive enough, but parking might be the straw that broke the Pier 49 seal’s back.  You better bring a Ben Franklin if you’d like to park near the stadium.  Check out this sign (via Twitter.com/thescore) Take public transit if you’re headed to AT&T Park tonight. World Series parking hurts. http://t.co/Y0tZ2nuJKJ pic.twitter.com...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Maddon departure signifies end of era for Rays

The perennially futile Kansas City Royals are on the verge of possibly winning the World Series. And amidst a postseason that also included the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, it feels ironic and bittersweet that the end of an era is upon the one that started it all; the Tampa Bay Rays. Just over a week after the Rays lost Andrew Friedman,...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel In a 1-1 World Series tie between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, the winner of Game 3 will look to have a decisive edge moving forward. Here are four questions to ponder that could end up having a substantial impact on the outcome of the game. Will the Royals finally steal some bases? Kansas City’s running game hasn’t been a factor...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera undergoes successful foot surgery

For the second year in a row, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has undergone a minor “clean up” surgery after the season and looks to be ready for Spring Training.  Matthew Mowery of the Oakland (MI) Press elaborated that bone spurs and a stress fracture were repaired on the big guy: …the slugger had quick offseason surgery, on Wednesday undergoing a procedure to not...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Four Royals, one Giant, and Miggy among Gold Glove finalists

Objectively measuring defensive skills is one of the most difficult thing for baseball experts to analyze.  In some cases, the guys who make the most flashy plays mess up the routine.  And those that make the routine, don’t make enough highlight reels to get attention.  And somehow, you have to be good on offense to be noticed.  MLB revealed the Rawlings Gold Glove finalists...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Will Michael Morse get any left field starts?

Credit: AP/David Zalubowski With the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals tied 1-1 in the World Series, the games are shifting to the Bay Area. Michael Morse, a powerful bat who acted as the designated hitter on the road, has an unknown role for Games 3, 4 and 5. Bruce Bochy has a legitimate question on his hands. Both Morse and current left fielder Travis Ishikawa are defensive...
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Wife of Royals pitcher leaves World Series ticket as tip

Anyone who’s eaten out know that restaurant workers are doing it for the tips.  Hoping for that 18%, maybe 20% if they really make you feel like a friend.  Or even a World Series ticket?  Kansas City Royals reliever Wade Davis’ wife had an extra ticket to World Series Game 1 and thought her server at a local “Rock and Brews” might want to join them.  KMBC, the ABC affiliate...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Assessing the Kansas City Royals bullpen trio

Kelvin Herrera has been an excellent reliever for the Royals Credit: AP/Orlin Wagner The Kansas City Royals have a dominant bullpen trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. Now that Kansas City is on the national map and in the World Series, these studs are being given deserved recognition. Here’s a quick assessment of each pitcher to keep in mind throughout the 2014...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Top ten reasons how the Royals got to the World Series

kansascity.com Kansas City Royals punch in their World Series ticket for the first time since ’85!  That was so long ago that George Brett, the heart and soul of that team is now 61-year-old.   Ronald Reagan was in office for a second term, the popular star-studded song “We Are The World” was a smash hit, Coca Cola’s introduced New Coke, Rod Carew of the Anaheim Angels...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Five ways 2014 World Series reflects Bud Selig’s tenure

The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants will face off in the 110th Fall Classic on Tuesday, with two rabid fan bases and a seemingly evenly matched tale of the tape.  Major League baseball commissioner Bud Selig will step down this offseason, yielding the reigns to the 10th Commissioner Robert Manfred for the 2015 season and beyond.  Selig’s tenure will be remembered...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 World Series Preview – Giants vs. Royals

Credit: Sportslogos.net Anybody who had the San Francisco Giants vs. the Kansas City Royals in the World Series in March, please stand up.  Nobody? That’s the best part about baseball.  Everyone has a chance on April 1, and by October 20, only two teams are left.  After thrilling games (not so much thrilling series as none since Wild Card have gone to a decisive game), we are...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

New Dodgers President: Don Mattingly ‘definitely’ will return

The perennial speculation about the job status of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was put to rest on Friday, as new president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman assured that there would be no change in on-field skipper.  Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Friedman left no doubt when asked if Donnie Baseball would be back: “Definitely,” Andrew...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: San Francisco Giants win NL pennant with walk-off homerun

The 2014 postseason will be known for incredibly exciting games (in absence of incredibly exciting series).  But the drama every night is real.  No more real than Thursday in which the San Francisco Giants sealed their third National League pennant in five years with a walk-off victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in front of their home fans.  An unlikely power source in OF...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Joe Montana fires up San Francisco Giants crowd before Game 5

San Francisco knows how to bring out celebrities.  So far this postseason, we’ve seen Tony Bennett, Barry Bonds, Journey’s Steve Perry, and now Joe Montana.  Before the last NLCS home game in San Francisco, the former 49ers 4-time Super Bowl Champion QB and Hall of Famer took a moment to get the crowd going (via San Francisco Giants Vine) One might wonder where Montana’s...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pete Rose on Hall: ‘I will get in, may not be alive to see it’

Rose hopes to tip his cap in CooperstownCredit: David Kohl / AP In light of recent transgressions by a generation of PED-using players, suddenly the sins of Pete Rose really don’t seem so bad in context.  Yet the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball seems indifferent toward discussing any sort of relief in his lifetime ban.  Pete Rose himself hasn’t exactly played his cards...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Longest five pennant droughts in MLB

Kansas City has been waiting a long time to make a World Series appearance.  A long 29 years since the likes of George Brett, Dan Quisenberry, and Bret Saberhagen led the Royals to the 1985 American League pennant and World Series title.  Would you believe that they are not even in the current top five longest droughts since their last appearance?  Or that the Chicago Cubs aren’t...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The best player in baseball is not Mike Trout or Clayton Kershaw

Credit: Photo File Mike Trout is a great player. He has all the tools. He can hit for average. He can hit tape measure shots at the O.co Coliseum. He runs ferociously on the base paths. He tracks down every ball in center field. He’s on track to be the best all-around player since Willie Mays. Clayton Kershaw has the intimidating mound presence of a Bob Gibson. He has the height...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

ALCS Game 3 rained out, series schedule is shifted

Perhaps the only thing that can put a stop to the Kansas City Royals postseason run is mother nature.  Because of 100% chances of heavy rain in the Kansas City area all evening, Major League Baseball has decided in advance to postpone American League Championship Series Game 3 scheduled for Monday night.  The official announcement via MLB.com: Monday’s Game 3 of the American...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kolten Wong ends NLCS Game 2 with walk-off HR

Expecting the unexpected has become the norm for the St. Louis Cardinals this postseason.  After staging two incredible comebacks in the National League Division Series against the best pitcher in baseball (Clayton Kershaw), the Cardinals are now hitting home runs like they’re the 1927 Yankees.  This, the team that finished last in the National League in home runs during the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Five thoughts on the Division Series

Credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP It’s official. The divisional round of the MLB postseason is the toughest to predict in sports. It’s tougher to predict than the men’s college basketball tournament or golf’s majors. These are just five examples: 1. The demise of the Angels was hitting, not pitching. With so many high scoring games going in the postseason, it’s interesting that...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City renames its ‘Baltimore Avenue’ in front of ALCS

Kansas City is beaming with Royals pride, and why wouldn’t they after starting the postseason 4-0 (with three thrilling victories in extra innings).  Weather permitting, their Royals will be opening the American League Championship series in Baltimore on Friday night.  To make sure some of its residents that live on Baltimore Avenue are not confused, the city council has temporarily...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rain in forecast for ALCS Game one in Baltimore

Baseball fans have been without a game since the Giants beat the Dodgers late on Tuesday night, and although the American League Championship Series is scheduled for Friday, they might have to wait until Saturday.  The Baltimore Sun reports that rain will be over the Baltimore area all afternoon and night on Friday during Game 1. The National Weather Service predicts 100 percent...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamond Kings: Sports-Kings Talk Show – 2014 LCS Edition

If you haven’t watched our Diamond Kings show yet, you’re missing out.  Our YouTube panel of Reading Between the Seams experts, as part of the Sports-Kings Media Network, talks about the first round (plus Wild Card) of the playoffs, then breaks down both the National and American League Championship Series.  It’s all playoff talk for panelists David Whitlock, Leroy McConnell...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

KC church has great response to Billy Butler's stolen base

God gave Moses only ten commandments.  Ten.  It’s okay to break one, right?  According to a Kansas City area church, Billy Butler is still free to receive communion on Sunday despite breaking one of the most basic.  Check it out (via Beth Jones/@bethalma on Twitter) Thou shall not.. #exceptions @royals @BillyButlerKC pic.twitter.com/qf3w4pB9SO — Beth Jones (@bethalma) October...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Tony Bennett botches 'God Bless America'

When you think of San Francisco, it’s hard not to think of generational icon Tony Bennett singing.  Specifically crooning “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”.  The Giants frequently invoke the legend come playoff time (read TV exposure) to sing the National Anthem or ‘God Bless America’ during the seventh inning stretch.  In their first home playoff game in 2014 (crazy...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss
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