If there is one thing I have learned about my eight-plus years living in Kansas City (and 10+ years living in the Midwest in general), it’s that Kansas City and St. Louis folks tend to butt heads, even though the chip is bigger on the shoulders of Kansas City natives than St. Louis ones. And… Read More Three ways the Royals and Cardinals are building similar teams for 2022 and beyond
Over the next two weekends, the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals will engage in the I-70 Series, with the Royals visiting Busch Stadium this weekend and the Cardinals visiting Kauffman Stadium next weekend. While it is still questionable if the Royals-Cardinals matchup is indeed a “rivalry” by baseball standards (I explored this last… Read More The Royals, Cardinals, and Struggles of Baseball in Missouri in 2021
The Royals were able to bounce back on Tuesday with a big 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels, which ended with a unique pick off play from Salvy: While the win and the possibility of a series win against the Angels are promising developments, it has been an inconsistent start to the 2021 season,… Read More Royals hitters and strikeouts: Bad streak or a bigger issue?
We’re in the twilight hours of the weekend, and I will have some more posts this week as I will be entering Spring Break. However, I wanted to share a few quick bits that I wrote over the past week off the site, as well as some thoughts on Daniel Lynch, who started on Saturday… Read More Royals Central: “Playing Pepper”; Mazara in Detroit; Lynch making his case?
Nobody ever said being a Royals fan was easy…especially in the post-Ewing Kauffman era. Early on in the off-season, it looked like the Royals were going to be taking a different approach in comparison to recent Winters past. The early signings of Mike Minor, Michael A. Taylor, and Carlos Santana seemed to suggest that Dayton… Read More As other AL and NL Central teams make moves, the Royals stay pat, much to fans’ dismay
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
The 2020 Rule 5 Draft will be coming up this week on December 10th (during the “virtual” MLB Winter Meetings), and it seems likely that the Kansas City Royals will once again be an active participant in the annual event. The Royals made picks in the Rule 5 Draft in 2019 and 2018 (Stephen Woods,… Read More Five possible Royals Rule 5 Draft targets
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 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
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