On Friday evening, the Kansas City Royals, in accordance with the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft, released their updated 40-man roster, via Twitter: To go deeper, the Royals also posted the following moves, which included the addition of a four different players to the 40-man roster as well as the release… Read More Three quick takeaways from the Royals’ latest 40-man moves
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?
This crazy, weird, covid-afflicted season is finally over. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in six games, giving the Dodgers their first World Series championship since 1988. Coming from a family of Giants fans, it’s tough to see the Dodgers win it all, but at the same time, baseball is baseball (I… Read More Three takeaways from the World Series as a Royals fan
It was definitely a weird Thursday, as Rawlings announced their Gold Glove finalists for each position. While Alex Gordon did receive another nomination, which could put him in line for an eighth Gold Glove and a fourth-straight Gold Glove, the most polarizing story of the day may involve Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez, who was… Read More Looking at Nicky Lopez’s weird Gold Glove nomination announcement (and candidacy)
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
One of the more fascinating questions for Kansas City Royals fans going into 2021 may be this: what will the Royals do with Danny Duffy in 2021? The big issue for the Royals is that Duffy wasn’t terrible in 2020. In a weird, shortened season, Duffy produced one of his better seasons, and with one… Read More ‘Duffman Out?’: Exploring Danny Duffy’s options for 2021
With the Royals season being over, it makes sense that many Royals fans are looking back and seeing what players stood out the most during this shortened, COVID-affected season. Instead of doing one massive post where I would hand out awards to a variety of players, I decided to focus each post on a different… Read More The 2020 “Royalty” Awards: Who was the Royals’ Offensive MVP?
The Royals may not be in the playoffs for the fifth-straight season since winning the 2015 World Series, but that does not mean that the postseason should be ignored by Royals fans. In addition to a new format which includes an increase in teams (16 now total) and rounds, there are some former Royals with… Read More Five former Royals to pay attention to this postseason
I’ll be honest, when the pandemic shut things down in March, I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a baseball season. At the time, especially during April and May, there seemed to be so much uncertainty about the game, not to mention life in general. There were talks about MLB adopting an Arizona/Florida… Read More An ode to the Royals of 2020