After getting designated for assignment last Friday to clear room on the 40-man roster, the Kansas City Royals announced on Monday their request for unconditional waivers on relief pitcher Kyle Zimmer, which pretty much ends his tenure with the Royals organization: Zimmer was the Royals’ first-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, and number five… Read More Kyle Zimmer, the struggles of Royals first-round draft picks, and what Kansas City learned
So in my household, my dad was a big Seinfeld fan (I know, pretty white, I get it). And thus, as I was perusing my Twitter, I saw this, which made me realize what today, December 23rd, was in the Seinfeld universe: For those who are unfamiliar with Seinfeld, “Festivus” is the insane, self-created holiday… Read More Royals “Festivus”: El incidente de la resina de pino; Royals-Angels Brawl of ’98; Bauer regression in ’21?
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
Now that baseball is back, it seems appropriate to post about the 2020 season again. Previously, I had written posts about certain advanced statistical metrics to pay attention to for Royals starting pitchers and Royals outfielders. In this post, I am going to focus on Royals middle infielders, and what metrics Royals fans should be… Read More Four metrics to pay attention to from Royals Middle Infielders in 2020
At the start of Spring Training, the jury was still out in terms of whether Randy Rosario and/or Glenn Sparkman would make the Royals 26-man roster by Opening Day. While Rosario looked good in limited work with the Royals after being released by the Chicago Cubs in September it seemed like the new “Three Batter… Read More Rosario and Sparkman proving that they deserve spots in the Royals bullpen
Oftentimes, when it comes to talking about “analytical” baseball teams, the Royals are often not mentioned. The Tampa Bay Rays, the Oakland Athletics, and the Houston Astros have a reputation in baseball for being organizations that rely heavy on advanced data, and let it drive everything they do as an organization. Even across the state… Read More Franco and Matheny show that there is a new analytical focus in Kansas City
Yes, I have not posted on this blog in a while. But now that the Notre Dame football season and my first fall semester of grad school is over, I feel like I can begin to turn my focus toward Royals baseball again, especially as we head into 2020. And let’s face it Royals fans…you… Read More Is Maikel Franco an ‘analytics’ signing by Moore?
On Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that former Royals and World Series stud Mike Moustakas declined his team option, which officially makes him a free agent this Winter. And not surprisingly, the Royals fanbase is at odds in terms of whether or not the Royals should make a run at 31-year-old third baseman: It makes… Read More ‘Return of the Moose’? Why a Moustakas Royals reunion may be difficult in 2020
I get that I’m a bit late to the “Matheny is the Royals Manager take” party here on this blog. That’s what happens when you have a busy week as a high school teacher. Big things like this pop up, and you don’t have time to write about it until the wee evening hours of… Read More Matheny, Moore and being a fan of a small-market baseball team in the Midwest