“Reporter Jottings”: Royals FanFest Canceled; Whit on Baseball Owners; Will Season Start on Time?

I wanted to take a slight break from the “Top 50 Royals Prospect” Rankings and do a smaller “Jottings” post, as I had some brief thoughts to share on some Royals and MLB-related stories recently. Also, it’s been a tough week for me professionally, which I expected with coming back to school after Winter Break.… Read More “Reporter Jottings”: Royals FanFest Canceled; Whit on Baseball Owners; Will Season Start on Time?

A compilation of the best Buck O’Neil tributes from yesterday’s Hall of Fame announcement

What made Buck O’Neil so important to Kansas City is not only what he meant to baseball as a manager and player of the Kansas City Monarchs, arguably the greatest baseball team in Kansas City history, but what he means to the city itself. O’Neil was not only a true ambassador to the game, especially… Read More A compilation of the best Buck O’Neil tributes from yesterday’s Hall of Fame announcement

Vaccines bring hope, but it will still be far from normal for Royals fans in 2021

Just before the new year, the United States and Kansas City got some pleasant news, as the CDC approved COVID-19 vaccines for use. With this monumental “green light”, not only has shipping of the vaccine begun, but also the administration of it to health care workers, not just in Kansas City, but across the nation.… Read More Vaccines bring hope, but it will still be far from normal for Royals fans in 2021

Expressing thanks to Kansas City, the Royals…and baseball

As expected, probably most people right now are with their families. They are sitting around, either in the kitchen or watching football, and maybe catching up with family, depending on how “big” one’s family is. Normally, Thanksgiving is one of the more underrated holidays of the year: it brings people together without the pressure or… Read More Expressing thanks to Kansas City, the Royals…and baseball

Downtown stadiums are great…but keep Kauffman where it is

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

Why Royals-Cardinals “feels” like a rivalry (even if it may not be one)

One of the challenges of being a Kansas City Royals fan is that the Royals really have no “true” rivalry in their division. Sure, battles against the Twins, White Sox, Tigers, and Indians can feel heated every now and then. But a rivalry with any of them? That seems tougher to justify, especially now with… Read More Why Royals-Cardinals “feels” like a rivalry (even if it may not be one)

Imagining a Royals Baseball Academy 2.0 (with the help of the Urban Youth Academy)

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)

Frank White: The “KC Story”, 1986, and the “Royals Divorce”

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”