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)

Can the Royals surprise the Cardinals and Cubs and shake up the top of the NL Central? (Interleague preview part 1)

While no official schedule has been released just yet, it has been confirmed that teams will play roughly 40 games against division opponents, and the remaining 20 games will be against their geographic National League counterpart. So in this case, the Royals will be playing 40 games against fellow AL Central opponents, and the remaining… Read More Can the Royals surprise the Cardinals and Cubs and shake up the top of the NL Central? (Interleague preview part 1)

#RoyalsCity: Waldo Pizza and the allure of “St. Louis-Style” Pie

As someone who grew up in California, pizza has always fascinated me. While “California Style Pizza” is a thing, in a Wolfgang Puck-bastardized way, I never grew up eating the stuff. My dad, who lived in New Jersey for a good portion of his life, was a “New York Pizza” kind of guy which meant… Read More #RoyalsCity: Waldo Pizza and the allure of “St. Louis-Style” Pie

What will the Royals do with Salvador Perez beyond 2021?

With no Major League season in sight anytime soon, it has gotten me to think about various Royals questions roster-wise, especially if no season occurs this year. While that would be massively disappointing to Royals as well as general baseball fans everywhere, the idea of a missed season would also affect many Royals players throughout… Read More What will the Royals do with Salvador Perez beyond 2021?