Yep, we’re almost there. We’re almost to the point that we’re sick of spring training and just ready for the regular season to get going. We did get some Royals news this week when we learned that the team would be raising the World Series flag on Opening Day (I guess it’s really Opening Night […]
After a 2011 rookie season that saw him bat .331/.361/.471 over 158 PA and produce 1.5 WAR in only 39 games, Salvador Perez signed a 5 year / 7 million dollar contract with the Kansas City Royals. The deal also included 3 years of club options that could push the base value to 23.8 million dollars over 8 years, with potentially $800,000 more in All-Star and Gold Glove bonuses....
With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training in just two weeks, it's time for every fan base to dream big -- even if contending is merely a dream for some of them.For the two teams that played into November, however, there are legitimate reasons to believe they can return to the postseason and even to the World Series. But which team is more likely to do so: The Kansas...
On September 12, 2014, the Kansas City Royals were defeated by the Boston Red Sox to lose their fourth game in five days. That loss dropped the Royals out of first place in the American League Central and put their playoff chances in a bit more doubt. The next day, Ned Yost changed his lineup […]
The Royals have one of the team-friendliest contracts in the sport, but there`s a case for being player-friendly, too.
We all know the Royals have had an up-and-down franchise history, but one thing the franchise has been able to do consistently is come up with good third basemen. Obviously the greatest player in franchise history played third, but the Royals have also had Paul Schaal, Joe Randa, Gary Gaetti, and the 2015 (and hopefully […]
Hall-of-Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and former All-Star outfielder Raul Ibanez are joining the Los Angeles Dodgers as special assistants to the Baseball Operations department, the team announced on Tuesday. Their role, according to Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider, will be “to assist in all aspects of baseball operations, including scouting, player development, and working with the club’s...
The Los Angeles Dodgers made headlines again on Tuesday, this time for yet more additions to their front office: Hall of Famer Greg Maddux and longtime outfielder Raul Ibanez. Both Maddux and Ibanez are joining the team as special assistants to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman:According to the team's press release, their roles in the organization will be all-encompassing...
All around baseball, there will be arguments about whether a certain pitcher should be pitching out of the bullpen or should be a starter. The Royals have dealt with it forever. I can remember the arguments around Tom Gordon pitching in relief or starting. Then it moved on to Hipolito Pichardo and then Joakim Soria […]
Most sports team billboards are pretty boring fare. Action shots of players, a phone number for the season ticket line, and similar things like that are pretty much staples. The Kansas City Royals have gone above and beyond with their concept, though. The Royals bring us Salvador Perez, in his self-appointed role as chief Gatorade cooler dumper, dousing the entire city via billboard...
With most of the big names finally off the board in free agency and spring training set to begin in the next few weeks, let’s take a look at the teams the Kansas City Royals will try to hold off in their defense of their 2015 AL Central title. Last season, the Royals were clearly […]
A few weeks ago, it came out that the Kansas City Royals were 'quietly' trying to re-work their contract with catcher and World Series MVP Salvador Perez. Perez, 25, is signed to a very team-friendly deal and the club is reportedly interested in extending his deal with terms a bit more appropriate for one of the league's most respected backstops. This weekend, the Royals hosted...
Ned Yost is not about to name his final two starters for the 2016 season. While Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez and Ian Kennedy will start the season as the top three pitchers for the Royals the remaining two spots are up for grabs. Kris Medlen, Chris Young and Danny Duffy will all go to spring training trying to win those two spots but one of these pitchers will begin the season...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have signed former Orioles outfielder Travis Snider to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Snider, who turns 28 on Tuesday, spent most of last season with Baltimore after getting traded from Pittsburgh. He hit .237 with three homers and 20 RBIs for the Orioles before clearing waivers in August and...
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The old refrain of "Wait till next year!" has had a whole different meaning for Royals fans.As in, let's wait as long as possible until next year.Still reveling in the team's first World Series championship since 1985, thousands of fans descended on Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City on Friday for the club's annual FanFest. Even more were expected Saturday, heading...
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The old refrain of ''Wait till next year!'' has had a whole different meaning for Royals fans. As in, let's wait as long as possible until next year. Still reveling in the team's first World Series championship since 1985, thousands of fans descended on Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City on Friday for the club's annual FanFest. Even more were expected on...
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There are PR flubs over which everyone has a laugh, and then there are others where someone clearly needs to be fired. This one in particular, courtesy of the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals, falls into the latter category. According to a report from The New York Daily News, the Royals will host Epilepsy Awareness Nigh at Kauffman Stadium on August 5, spotlighting...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have announced their $70 million, five-year deal with pitcher Ian Kennedy, which was agreed to nearly two weeks ago but did not become official until Friday. Kennedy was to be introduced at the team's annual FanFest later in the day. The 31-year-old right-hander went 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA for the San Diego Padres last season. He is four years removed...
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Since 2000, the NL and AL have won eight World Series titles apiece.Looking at the batting averages of the eight AL winners, the 2015 champion Kansas City Royals rank as one of the worst Junior Circuit teams to win the World Series since 2000.Of the eight AL champs, Kansas City's regular-season team batting average of .269 is only better than the 2005 Chicago White Sox (.262).BATTING...
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...
The Kansas City Royals recently signed free agent right-hander Ian Kennedy to a five-year deal worth $60 million, but the terms of his deal don't break down evenly.As Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported on Twitter Wednesday morning, Kennedy's contract is actually backloaded, something that could benefit the 2016 Royals:With the club paying close attention to its finances, even coming...
10-plus names that will never be mentioned in a Lorde song.
One of the biggest narratives about the Royals is that they get the job done without the benefit of a superstar. It’s all about their team chemistry and growing up through the system together and all that good stuff that just can’t be measured. The kind of chemistry the Royals have is most definitely a […]
It’s been a long winter. The Chiefs kept our Kansas City sports glands salivating as long as they could, but now not a day goes by I don’t see someone tweet something to the effect of “Is it baseball season yet?” Well not quite, but we are less than a month away from pitchers & catchers reporting. Soon, we’ll be treated with the bucolic tones of Denny and Ryan...
No team has more conspicuously made us look silly than the Royals. Not in the last few years, for all the reasons you already know. Not many things more visible than consecutive trips to the World Series, and when you look at what the Royals did against what the Royals were expected to do, statistically, it’s natural to wonder what’s up. It’s normal to find comments like this...
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