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
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?
After an 0-for-4 performance today in the final game of the 2020 season against the first-place Minnesota Twins, Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi is currently sitting at a .220/.243/.290 slash with a wRC+ of 43 for the year in 28 games and 103 plate appearances. Considering he’s in his fifth season at the Major League level,… Read More How should fans approach Adalberto Mondesi’s outlook as a Royal in 2020 and beyond?
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)
One hypothetical question I like to bring up to Royals fans is this: Would you rather have a club that was competitive each and every year, and was constantly at the top of the AL Central, but never won a World Series? Or would you rather have the current rendition of the Royals: Overall, pretty… Read More Is the window closing soon for Cleveland? (Indians Preview)
So it seems like Major League Baseball will have a strong chance of coming back at some point this summer, or at least that’s what the brass in the MLB Office are saying up top. While there are many reports from different baseball writers exploring the details, this report in the embedded tweet below from… Read More Three reasons why the new “MLB Plan” would be a win for Royals fans
Managers can be difficult to evaluate in baseball. When I was younger, I felt that the manager made a massive difference in terms of wins and losses. After all, I didn’t know much about general managers, as well as the analytics and even nature of the game (more individual-based than other sports). So to me,… Read More Categorizing and Ranking the Managers in the AL Central for 2020