The Royals, Cardinals, and Struggles of Baseball in Missouri in 2021

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

As other AL and NL Central teams make moves, the Royals stay pat, much to fans’ dismay

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

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

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

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

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)