Part of the “African-American Royals Project” series. From 1976-1981, the Kansas City Royals were the class of the American League. They made the postseason five times during the six-season span (1979 being the lone playoff-less season), which included a Pennant in 1980 (they lost in their first World Series appearance to the Philadelphia Phillies). During… Read More Amos Otis: the age-31 “breakout,” and the ’78 Royals
Without a doubt, the current #BlackLivesMatter protests sweeping the nation have kept me from focusing on much else these past few days. Normally, my focus beyond teaching and grad school is pretty saturated on Royals baseball, and yet, I have not really cared much about the current state of baseball, even with negotiations moving a… Read More An introduction to the “African-American Royals” Project
Without a doubt, this has been the hardest weekend in a while to sit down and write. Usually, baseball is an escape for me, especially here on this blog. Yes, I will occasionally write about a bar, restaurant, or event in Kansas City in my Royals City posts, but for the most part, this blog… Read More The struggle of focusing on Royals baseball in these times…
The MLB Rule 4 Draft (the official designation for the first-year player draft) is quickly approaching on June 10th, and as expected, many Royals experts and fans are giving their analysis in terms of what Dayton Moore will do with the fourth overall pick. Usually, the draft is lost or overlooked by most sports fans… Read More A brief primer on three candidates for the Royals’ first-round pick in the 2020 draft
There’s no question: America misses Major League Baseball. Kansas City misses Royals baseball. There is no doubt that the summer would be a much drearier time, especially in Kansas City, if baseball does not resume in any form, either with or without fans, in 2020. However, it seems like the challenges of resuming play are… Read More Sherman and new Royals ownership will show true colors as challenges of returning to play unfolds
When it comes to drafting middle infielders, the Royals have had mixed success under Dayton Moore. Christian Colon and Johnny Giavotella were highly ranked and drafted (Colon went in the first round of the 2010 draft; Giavotella went in the second round of the 2008 draft) middle infield prospects expected to provide “pop” and “defense”… Read More Can McConnell and Cancel add to the Royals’ middle-infield depth in the future?
First, we looked at metrics to watch out for from Royals starting pitchers in 2020. Now, we’re going to take a look at the expected Royals outfield rotation in 2020, and see what metrics Royals fans should be paying attention to from individual Royals outfielders. Outfield will be an interesting area to watch in Kansas… Read More Six hitting metrics to pay attention to from Royals outfielders in 2020