In a mere matter of hours, the world will be transitioning from 2020 to 2021. In many ways, it feels like 2020 has been way longer than ust 365 days, but I guess that’s what happens when a society undergoes a pandemic, and experiences all kinds of social instability. Furthermore, this baseball season was a… Read More 10 Things I’ll Remember as a Royals fan from 2020
It is not uncommon for MLB general managers to talk about “winning now” in the off-season regardless of how they did the previous season. After all, considering the Winter time is a period of the off-season where not only transactions happen, but season-ticket renewals occur, it’s not exactly in a club’s best interest to overtly… Read More Santana’s signing shows that Royals “win now” talk is not just rhetoric
Growing up in Sacramento, California, my family had access to three baseball parks to get our baseball fix (baseball was the biggest sport in our household): Raley Field in West Sacramento, home of the Triple-A Sacramento Rivercats; Oracle (then Pac Bell) Park in San Francisco, home of the San Francisco Giants; and the Oakland Coliseum,… Read More Downtown stadiums are great…but keep Kauffman where it is
As profiled in Michael Lewis’ book “Moneyball”, the Oakland Athletics in the early 2000’s zigged while the rest of the league zagged. While other clubs valued traditional scouting as well as flawed statistical analysis to evaluate players (such as batting average to measure hitting; ERA to measure pitching; and fielding percentage to measure defense), the… Read More Are the Royals becoming the “Moneyball” team of the pandemic era?
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 Kansas City Royals made some progress this year, as they finished 26-34 and finished fourth place in the American League Central thanks to a late push at the end of the year (which pushed the Detroit Tigers to the basement, who were ahead of the Royals in the standings for most of the year).… Read More Does it make sense for the Royals to trade Jorge Soler this off-season?
After months of waiting…baseball fans finally got the news they have been waiting for… Yep. You read that right, Royals fans. Baseball is back. Granted, who knows what will happen as the season begins in the midst of a possible COVID “second outbreak”, which hasn’t been helped by recent spikes in many states across the… Read More Four questions Royals fans should be asking as play resumes in 2020
Without a doubt, the Kansas City Royals have led the way when it comes to how a MLB club should treat their players and employees this off-season. Despite being in one of baseball’s smallest markets (only Milwaukee and Cincinnati are smaller), the Royals have remained committed to keeping and paying their Minor League players, something… Read More The Royals are seeing fruits of their “good will”…now will we have a season?
The MLB Draft will be coming up shortly on June 10th, and as discussed, the format will be drastically different, as the draft will only be 5 rounds, a 35-round reduction from previous incarnations. And already, Royals general manager Dayton Moore doesn’t seem happy about it: The reduced five-round format of the draft is certainly… Read More Could draft and Minor League changes mean more hurdles for Moore and the Royals?