It was a big day in Kansas City for the Royals and sports fans. In the morning, owner John Sherman announced a sudden afternoon press conference at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, and immediately into the forum, Sherman let the media know what the purpose of the meeting was: The entire press conference can be found… Read More The Dayton Moore-Era is Done in Kansas City…So What is Next for the Royals?
Just last week, in the wake of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, Joe Posnanski (a former Kansas City Star columnist) hosted a podcast with Negro League Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick and Royals general manager Dayton Moore. The main topic of the excellent podcast was race and baseball, specifically African-American involvement in Major League Baseball,… Read More Imagining a Royals Baseball Academy 2.0 (with the help of the Urban Youth Academy)
Part of the “African-American Royals Project” series. Hal McRae is one of the more special stories in Royals history. McRae is not just a former Royals outfielder and designated hitter who spent 15 years in Kansas City and is also a member of the Royals Hall of Fame. He is also the first and only… Read More Hal McRae: Royals player, manager, and an abrupt end in 1994
Part of the “African-American Royals Project” Series There are only three retired numbers in Kansas City Royals history: No. 5, George Brett; No. 10, manager Dick Howser; and No. 20, Frank White. White continues to be the most fascinating of the three to this day. In many ways, White is the “Kansas City Story” in… Read More Frank White: The “KC Story”, 1986, and the “Royals Divorce”
Part 1 of the 3-part Royals “Easter” seasons posts, which focuses on the 1971 Royals, can be found here. The 2003 Royals season was a short-lived “Easter” of sorts: the Royals went 83-79 that season which was their first winning season in almost a decade. For about 3/4 of a season, Royals baseball was relevant… Read More The Royals’ short-lived ‘Resurrection’ in 2003 (“Easter” Royals part 2)
So it is Easter, the biggest celebration in the Christian and Catholic faith (I mentioned that because I am Catholic…a progressive Catholic mind you). And thus, to celebrate this important day (with no MLB baseball going on; but hey we got CPBL games in Taiwan at least!), I wanted to write about three Royals teams… Read More The “Easter” Royals Seasons: 1971 (Part 1 of a 3 part series)