It was definitely a weird Thursday, as Rawlings announced their Gold Glove finalists for each position. While Alex Gordon did receive another nomination, which could put him in line for an eighth Gold Glove and a fourth-straight Gold Glove, the most polarizing story of the day may involve Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez, who was… Read More Looking at Nicky Lopez’s weird Gold Glove nomination announcement (and candidacy)
Edit: Changed the title of this series from “Random Royals Thoughts” to “Random Royals Reflections” because…well…three R’s? I’m a sucker for alliteration. Tampa Bay has struck back, as they tied up the series 1-1 with a 6-4 victory of Los Angeles. And much like Game 1, I developed some thoughts about the Royals that related… Read More Random Royals Reflections from Game 2 of the World Series
So the Los Angeles Dodgers took Game 1 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. This isn’t surprising, because honestly, the Dodgers are the deeper team, especially offensively. If the Rays were going to have a shot in this thing, they would have needed an implosion from Clayton Kershaw in Game 1, as… Read More Random Royals Reflections From Game 1 of the World Series
The Royals showed some positive signs as an organization in 2020 despite the COVID-shortened campaign. They were only eight games under .500, and were in the playoff hunt until the very end of the season. However, it still felt like a rebuilding club at times, which has been the Royals’ modus operandi since the conclusion… Read More ‘Home Sweet Hos?’: Will Eric Hosmer return to Kansas City?
The COVID pandemic forced the Royals to push players through the Royals system quicker than expected. Even though Brady Singer and Kris Bubic seemed destined to begin the year in Triple-A Omaha and Double-A Northwest Arkansas, respectively, the Royals had them both make their MLB debuts within the first two weeks of the 2020 MLB… Read More What will the Royals do with Carlos Hernandez in 2021?
From 2013-2016, the bullpen was THE strength of the Royals team. In fact, over that time span, the Royals bullpen accumulated a 22.9 WAR over that four-year span, which led all teams in baseball, according to Fangraphs. However, after a great run, mostly lead by some combo of “HDH” (Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg… Read More The 2020 “Royalty Awards”: Who was the Royals’ best relief pitcher?
One of the more fascinating questions for Kansas City Royals fans going into 2021 may be this: what will the Royals do with Danny Duffy in 2021? The big issue for the Royals is that Duffy wasn’t terrible in 2020. In a weird, shortened season, Duffy produced one of his better seasons, and with one… Read More ‘Duffman Out?’: Exploring Danny Duffy’s options for 2021
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 Royals rebuild made some strides at the Major League level this year, as the Royals finished 26-34 during the COVID-shortened season. However, the strength of the Royals as an organization remains in the Minor Leagues, as Dayton Moore and the Royals front office has put together an impressive crop of young talent together in… Read More Three “Rule-5 Eligible” Royals prospects to watch in Fall Camp
While the playoffs are still going on, it is never too early to talk about possible transactions or roster moves. That certainly is the case with the Royals, who are not only absent from the playoffs, but also probably contemplating on how they will parlay a promising 26-34 season in 2020 to more improvement over… Read More Ranking the Royals’ 40-man “release” candidates this off-season