Without a doubt, one early blow to the Royals’ 2019 playoff chances happened in Spring Training, when six-time All-Star catcher Salvador Perez underwent Tommy John surgery in early March. The surgery was a major blow for a club looking to rebuild for a second straight season, and it’s obvious that the Royals, currently 22-48 at… Read More Where do the 2019 Royals miss Salvy the most (and least)?
The Royals were in the national news on Friday night, and it had nothing to do with their game against the Yankees (it was rained out; they have a doubleheader scheduled for today). Late last night, the Brewers and Royals pulled off a trade, with the Royals posting this on their Twitter: We have acquired… Read More What did the Royals gain (and lose) in the Mike Moustakas trade?
“Do you consider yourself a masochist?” My senior English teacher asked me that during a seminar-style class period where we had to discuss the topic of “relationships”. I went to an all-boys high school, and as expected, the seminar conversations were ripe with machismo and testosterone, especially initially. Despite that obvious roadblock though, my English… Read More How to get through the rest of the Royals’ 2018 season…
As a teacher on vacation in the Summer, I have the luxury of having days where I can afford to not do anything. Summer is a time where I can get appointments done, as well as start all kinds of projects before I begin work in August (this blog is one of those projects…though I… Read More ‘A weekday afternoon game at Kauffman’ (Part 2 of the THT Fan Experience in Kansas City)
The dreams of an undefeated second half came to an abrupt end four games after the All-Star break (I know I’m kidding), as the Royals wasted a 3-0 lead in the seventh and 4-2 lead in the ninth to lose 5-4 to the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium Monday night. (This Reddit thread will let… Read More Who is Heath Fillmyer? And can he help this Royals rotation?
The Kansas City Royals should be in “tank mode” (there’s t-shirts and everything). They sit in the bottom of the AL Central, and they are battling with the Baltimore Orioles for the worst record in baseball overall. Already the Orioles are starting to lean in fully to the “tanking” strategy, as evidenced by them trading… Read More Who did the Royals get in Brian Goodwin? (And why did they make this trade?)
I hope to post a weekly series called “Will they ever be Royal?” from here on out. The series name is a play on the famous Lorde song that got considerable play in Kansas City during the 2013 season, when they suddenly got competitive again, and set in motion their 2014 and 2015 World Series… Read More ‘Will they ever be Royal?’ (July 21st): Matias wows at Futures; Lee homers; and Starling injured (again)
The All-Star game is at the end of the day an exhibition for baseball fans. It doesn’t “count” anymore (thank God), and even though most fans will vote on players based on merit, it is understandable that fans may vote a player in over one who may be more deserving statistically. One can look at… Read More Should Salvy Be an All-Star? (Yes, but not for the reasons you think…)
The Kansas City Royals ended the “first half” of the 2018 season much like they started: by getting the crap kicked out of them by Chicago White Sox (and I say first half because technically it is beyond “half” numerically, but games before the All-Star Break are officially considered the first half, regardless of the… Read More What can the Royals do to avoid the most losses in franchise history? (Hint: They have 3 choices…)
In many ways, as a Royals fan, I feel like I have been hard on starting pitcher Danny Duffy this season. Maybe it was the shellacking he received on Opening Day against the White Sox that has stuck with me for these first few months of baseball. Or maybe it’s the fact that Duffy hasn’t… Read More Can Danny Duffy Not Pitch at Kauffman? (A look at Duffy’s 1st Half)