As a baseball and Royals fan, I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the Tony La Russa hire. While I knew La Russa had name-recognition and was a Hall of Famer, I felt that the game had passed him by (he struggled in a front office stint with the Diamondbacks), and that there were more qualified candidates… Read More Baseball fans should be upset with the White Sox right now after La Russa DUI
The American League Central has been a manager “carousel” of sorts, as both the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox had vacancies for their manager position this off-season. The Tigers knew of their need for a replacement earlier than other clubs, as former manager Ron Gardenhire announced his retirement in the final weeks of the… Read More Pedro Grifol may still be on staff next year, and why that’s good for the Royals, but bad for baseball
Riffnoun: riff; plural noun: riffs-1. a short repeated phrase in popular music and jazz, typically used as an introduction or refrain in a song.—“a brilliant guitar riff”-2. a monologue or spoken improvisation, especially a humorous one, on a particular subject.–“subsequent riffs on the same themes fail to amuse” Definition from Oxford Languages Watching both the… Read More Playoff Riff: Why the Braves and Rays should give Royals fans hope
The American League Central appeared to be one of the stronger divisions in the American League in 2020, as they had three teams represented in the new expanded postseason format: the division champion Minnesota Twins (36-24); the Cleveland Indians (35-25); and the Chicago White Sox (35-25), who were appearing in their first postseason since 2008.… Read More Should the AL Central’s lackluster showing in the postseason give hope to (or worry) Royals fans?
The Royals may not be in the playoffs for the fifth-straight season since winning the 2015 World Series, but that does not mean that the postseason should be ignored by Royals fans. In addition to a new format which includes an increase in teams (16 now total) and rounds, there are some former Royals with… Read More Five former Royals to pay attention to this postseason
The Royals had an amazing weekend in which they swept the AL Central-leading Twins, and believe me, it took all of my inner fan boy to keep the Royals off the top spot of these weekly Power Rankings. Just a week ago, it seemed like doom and gloom on the horizon for baseball in Kansas… Read More August 11th AL Central Power Rankings: What? The Tigers? Really?
This weekend was one for many big AL Central battles, as the Twins took on the Indians, and the White Sox faced off against the Royals. The Tigers took on the Reds for the second time this year, only this time it was in Detroit instead of Cincinnati. Not surprisingly, the Central got pretty shook… Read More August 3rd AL Central Power Rankings: Twins recapture the top
After each Royals series, I will look to post an AL Central Power Rankings where I recap how the Royals and other Central teams did during Kansas City’s most recent series and where they stand after. These posts will be less from an “analytical” perspective and more from a “fan” one, as I will look… Read More July 27th AL Central Power Rankings: Indians start off on top
It is expected to be another rebuilding year for the Kansas City Royals, and that has been the story of the Royals since roughly the middle of 2018. Yes, one could say that the rebuilding process took root at the start of 2018, but it did not feel real until Mike Moustakas was traded and… Read More Will the 60-game slate benefit or hinder the Royals’ outlook? (Royals Preview)
While no official schedule has been released just yet, it has been confirmed that teams will play roughly 40 games against division opponents, and the remaining 20 games will be against their geographic National League counterpart. So in this case, the Royals will be playing 40 games against fellow AL Central opponents, and the remaining… Read More Can the Royals surprise the Cardinals and Cubs and shake up the top of the NL Central? (Interleague preview part 1)