Year two will provide different challenges for Matheny as Royals manager

Honestly, among most Royals fans, year one of the Mike Matheny era was a relative success. Even though former Royals manager Ned Yost helped bring two pennants and a World Series title back to Kansas City, it was obvious that the club was in need of a change. His old-school approach, especially in regard to… Read More Year two will provide different challenges for Matheny as Royals manager

Baseball fans should be upset with the White Sox right now after La Russa DUI

As a baseball and Royals fan, I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the Tony La Russa hire. While I knew La Russa had name-recognition and was a Hall of Famer, I felt that the game had passed him by (he struggled in a front office stint with the Diamondbacks), and that there were more qualified candidates… Read More Baseball fans should be upset with the White Sox right now after La Russa DUI

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 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

Categorizing and Ranking the Managers in the AL Central for 2020

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

Will the Royals continue their history of a ‘win boost’ with new manager Matheny?

Originally, when Dayton Moore elected to hire Mike Matheny as the Royals’ new manager, I was pessimistic to say the least. I felt that Pedro Grifol was a better option, and I thought Matheny’s history in St. Louis wouldn’t mesh with a club that was going through a clear rebuild. In order for the club… Read More Will the Royals continue their history of a ‘win boost’ with new manager Matheny?

#VoteForPedro: Why the Royals should go with Grifol, not Matheny, as their next manager

It seems pretty likely that former St. Louis Cardinals manager, Mike Matheny, a current special adviser to player development for the Royals, (he was hired after his firing by the Cardinals last season), is the favorite to be the heir apparent to Ned Yost in Kansas City. However, while Matheny may be the one in… Read More #VoteForPedro: Why the Royals should go with Grifol, not Matheny, as their next manager

Ned Yost was more than his record…will Royals fans remember that?

One of the more unfortunate realities of baseball or sports in general is that people in baseball are more remembered for what they did recently rather than looking at the whole picture. Ivan Rodriguez was one of the best catchers in the history of the game in his prime, but his lackluster seasons in Washington… Read More Ned Yost was more than his record…will Royals fans remember that?