The AL Central was one of the weakest divisions in baseball in 2022. The Cleveland Guardians were not just the only team to represent the division in the expanded playoff format, but they also were the only Central club to have an above. 500 record as well. The White Sox and the Twins were expected… Read More One Question About Each AL Central Team And Their Outlook for 2023
This week, the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox announced and introduced their managerial hires, with official press conferences happening for both of them on Thursday. In many ways, the moves were the right for each organization. The Royals need a change in their process, especially when incorporating analytics and continuing player development at… Read More White Sox and Royals Take Different Approaches With Managerial Announcements…Will It Pay Off?
Safe to say, it was a season to forget for the Kansas City Royals. While the Royals went 74-88 in 2021, there was some hope that the Royals would see some improvement and challenge .500 in 2022. The return of Zack Greinke, and the anticipated debuts of Bobby Witt, Jr., MJ Melendez, Nick Pratto, and… Read More The AL Central in Review: Where Does Everyone Stand Currently (And How Do the Royals Compare)?
As promised in the last edition of the “Reporter Jottings”, I wanted to take a stab at “predicting” the AL Central division for the upcoming season. While I am not an “expert” by any means, I feel like I have a pretty good feel on the Central division, and am pretty comfortable in terms of… Read More Predicting the AL Central Standings for the 2022 Season
Just wanted to write a quick “Jottings” post to share a few things Royals-related things that happened the past couple of days. Some really great content flowing since the lockout, and really am looking forward to a fantastic full season of baseball which is set to begin on April 7th. Anyways, onto this edition of… Read More “Reporter Jottings”: “Rauh Report”; “Rundown” Talks Vets and Hustlers; Correa Signs With Twins
The lockout is still in full effect, and if the MLB Player’s Association’s latest tweet is any indication, it appears that some serious headway has to take place over the next week to ensure that the MLB regular season starts on time: As an optimistic baseball fan, I am trying to minimize my worry about… Read More One “Impact” Prospect to Watch from Each AL Central Club in 2022
If there is one thing I have learned about my eight-plus years living in Kansas City (and 10+ years living in the Midwest in general), it’s that Kansas City and St. Louis folks tend to butt heads, even though the chip is bigger on the shoulders of Kansas City natives than St. Louis ones. And… Read More Three ways the Royals and Cardinals are building similar teams for 2022 and beyond
The Chicago White Sox, the AL Central’s lone representative in the 2021 postseason, saw their season end today in deflating fashion. They were blew out 10-1 by the Houston Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field on the South Side of Chicago, which effectively clinched a 3-1 series win for AL West division champions. It hasn’t been… Read More The 2021 Central division “rivalry” rankings for Royals fans
The Royals will be looking to avoid being swept on Thursday against the Cleveland “soon-to-be” Guardians, though it certainly won’t be easy, as the Royals will face Triston McKenzie, who has been much better in the second half of the year, now that he’s got his control more in check (he’s only walked 7 batters… Read More Should the Royals try to be the next “Cleveland” in 2022?
Of the current AL Central teams, the Minnesota Twins have been the first division foe to demonstrate that they will be “sellers” in the trade market as MLB approaches the July 30th Trade Deadline. On Thursday, the Twins traded designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who has been an offensive force for the Twins the past few… Read More Moves are happening in the Central…but does it mean the Royals will compete in 2022?