Royals “Hall of Not Forgotten”: Johnny Damon, and the trade that started the tank in 2001

In 2000, the Royals were coming off a surprising 77-85 season, their most wins since 1993, and best winning percentage (.475) since 1995 (.486). After 72-win and 64-win seasons in manager Tony Muser’s first two seasons, the 77-win campaign, though still a losing season, gave some Royals fans hope that better days were on the… Read More Royals “Hall of Not Forgotten”: Johnny Damon, and the trade that started the tank in 2001

Mike Minor is the fit this Royals pitching staff needs in 2021

To say that the last 24 hours have been “interesting” for Royals fans is putting it lightly. After a pretty tame off-season thus far by the Royals front office, Dayton Moore made two big moves on Sunday night and Monday morning, with the first big move being reported late Sunday evening by Ken Rosenthal: Though… Read More Mike Minor is the fit this Royals pitching staff needs in 2021

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

Three position free agents worth exploring for the Royals

It’s been a wild week for me personally and professionally with teaching and graduate school. Hence, that is why this past week has not produced much on this blog. That being said, with things dying down slightly with the “end” of the election, not to mention the winding down of the school semester, I can… Read More Three position free agents worth exploring for the Royals

Are the Royals becoming the “Moneyball” team of the pandemic era?

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?

Sherman and new Royals ownership will show true colors as challenges of returning to play unfolds

There’s no question: America misses Major League Baseball. Kansas City misses Royals baseball. There is no doubt that the summer would be a much drearier time, especially in Kansas City, if baseball does not resume in any form, either with or without fans, in 2020. However, it seems like the challenges of resuming play are… Read More Sherman and new Royals ownership will show true colors as challenges of returning to play unfolds

Remembering 1981, the Royals’ “other” shortened season (and what it could mean for 2020)

After months of waiting, it seems like things are getting clearer for Major League Baseball when it comes to when play will resume. In the Tweet below, the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal outlined MLB’s potential plan, which they hope will be agreed upon with the MLBPA sometime this week. Some of the details listed in Rosenthal’s… Read More Remembering 1981, the Royals’ “other” shortened season (and what it could mean for 2020)