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Darin Watson

I grew up in Topeka, and learned to love the Royals over many summer nights listening to Denny and Fred. Of course, the Royals were much easier to love back then. They got their claws in me some 30 years ago, then they went to the playoffs in 1984 and won it all in 1985. And I thought to myself, “This is easy. This team is always going to be good!” Sigh. But what can I say? If I’ve made it this far, I suppose I will always be a fan. But whenever they get good again, I’ll be sure not to take it for granted. I promise. I’m also a fan of the Chiefs, Jayhawks (even the football team) and the Nashville Predators. By day, I’m a mild-mannered project manager for a publishing company, and every night I’m lucky to come home to my amazing wife Michelle. We’ve been married since 2005 and live in Overland Park. Fun fact, she grew up in Memphis watching many future Royals when Kansas City’s AA team was there. So it didn’t take much to make a Royals fan out of her. We don’t have kids, but we’ve got three cats (one named after Alex Gordon) and a dog. Follow me on Twitter! @Darin_Watson

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This Date In Royals History–April 22, 1983

1983: The Royals exploded for five runs in the second inning, then John Wathan drove in the game-winning run in the eighth in a 6-5 win over Toronto at Royals Stadium. Blue Jays starter Mike Morgan worked an uneventful first inning, but the Royals jumped all over him in the second. Hal McRae started the festivities with a single, followed by a Willie Aikens double to score McRae. Frank White singled, follow ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Trea Turner

Trea Turner, SS 6’1”, 171 lbs. Bats/Throws: R/R College: North Carolina State University Statistics as of 4/20/14 2014 NCSU: 37 G, 147 AB, .299/.387/.476, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 6 2B, 1 3B, 22 BB, 18 K, 14-17 SB 2013 NCSU: 56 G, 228 AB, .368/.455/.553, 7 HR, 42 RBI, 13 2B, 4 3B, 38 BB, 31 K, 30-36 SB 2012 NCSU: 63 G, 259 AB, .336/.432/.459, 5 HR, 43 RBI, 13 2B, 2 3B, 41 BB, 38 K, 57-61 SB Trea Turner is all about sp ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 21, 1969

1969: Mike Marshall did it all, collecting two hits, two RBI, and shutting down the Royals’ offense for 8 2/3 innings as Kansas City dropped a 4-1 decision to their expansion brethren, the Seattle Pilots, at Municipal Stadium. Marshall allowed seven hits (five singles and two doubles), two walks, and struck out four before turning the game over to Jack Aker for the final out. Marshall retired 14 of the firs ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 20, 1970

1970: Bob Oliver hit a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth to tie the game, then added a solo home run in the 11th to ice a 4-2 comeback win over the Athletics at the Coliseum in Oakland. Oakland scored single runs in the second and eighth innings against Royals starter Bill Butler, who pitched very well, going 7 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out five. The A’s first ru ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 19, 1996

1996: The Royals fell into an early 5-0 hole and could not recover, as Milwaukee delivered an 8-2 pounding at Kauffman Stadium. The Brewers got three runs in the first against starter Chris Haney. Chuck Carr led off the game with a single, followed by Pat Listach’s double. Former Royal Kevin Seitzer’s groundout scored Carr. Greg Vaughn walked. With John Jaha at the plate, Listach stole third, then scored wh ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 18, 1984

1984: Jorge Orta blasted a three-run homer to tie the game in the eighth inning, but the Royals surrendered an unearned run in the 10th and dropped a 4-3 loss to Detroit at Tiger Stadium. Orta’s home run came against Tigers starter Jack Morris, who had kept the Royals off the scoreboard by limiting them to six baserunners in the first seven innings. But Don Slaught led off the eighth with a single, and with ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 17, 1990

1990: Kurt Stillwell’s sixth-inning triple helped the Royals overcome a 2-0 deficit and led to a 4-2 win over Cleveland at Royals Stadium. The Indians took a 2-0 lead with single tallies in the first and second innings against Royals starter Rich Dotson. In the first inning, Dion James led off with a double, moved to third on a Carlos Baerga groundout, and scored on Cory Snyder’s sacrifice fly. In the secon ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 16, 2010

2010: The Royals’ bullpen imploded, allowing a five-run eighth inning that turned a close game into a 10-3 laugher in favor of the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Twins battered Robinson Tejeda and Juan Cruz in the decisive eighth inning. Tejeda began the inning by walking Brendan Harris, then allowed a single to Denard Span and a two-run doubled to Orlando Hudson. After one out, he walk ...

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Don’t Panic, But You Can Worry About The Royals

Heck yes, it’s time to worry. Not panic, but worry. It’s just 12 games, but the way the Kansas City Royals have started the season has to worry you if you’re a Royals fan (or player, or coach, or front office type). It’s still early of course, and all the small sample size caveats apply, but there are plenty of things to be concerned about. First, the bullpen has been mostly terrible. Collectively, they’ve ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 15, 1972

1972: After a 13-day players’ strike delayed the start of the season, the Royals kicked off the 1972 campaign with a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in 11 innings at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. The Royals overcame a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the ninth before pushing across the winning run two innings later. As one might expect in such a low-scoring game, both starting pitchers were excellent. Ch ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Michael Chavis

Photo courtesy of perfectgame.org. Michael Chavis, 3B/OF 6’0” 205 lbs. Bats/Throws R/R High School: Sprayberry High School (Marietta, GA) Statistics as of 4/12/14: 2014 SHS: 17 G, .627/.698/1.156, 7 HR, 6 2B, 18 R, 19 RBI, 14 SB Chavis is an interesting draft prospect in that he could be moved to almost any defensive spot on the field once he is in a minor league system. His nominal position is third base, ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 13, 1976

1976: A four-run outburst keyed the Royals’ 7-4 win over the California Angels at Royals Stadium. With the game scoreless in the second inning and the Royals facing Angels starter Andy Hassler, Freddie Patek started the rally with a single and stolen base, followed by Dave Nelson’s one-out triple. Amos Otis walked and stole second, setting up RBI singles from George Brett and Hal McRae. The Angels cut the l ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 12, 1981

1981: Dennis Leonard pitched eight terrific innings and Clint Hurdle bashed a two-run homer to lead the Royals to a 4-2 win over the Orioles at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Leonard allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out six. The Orioles’ two runs both scored in the ninth and were both unearned. Baltimore did not have their first runner until Rick Dempsey led off the sixth with a walk a ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 11, 2004

2004: Ken Harvey’s eighth-inning single broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the Royals to a 5-3 win over the Indians at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals, who had led 3-1 before Cleveland tied the score in the seventh, began their half of the eighth with Mike Sweeney being hit by a Jose Jimenez pitch. Juan Gonzalez flied out before Joe Randa worked a walk, moving pinch-runner Angel Berroa to second. Harvey greeted new In ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 9, 1979

1979: Detroit scored four runs in the ninth—two of them unearned—to blow the game open and captured a 7-3 victory over the Royals at Royals Stadium. Clinging to a 3-2 lead entering the last inning, the Tigers got a leadoff walk from Phil Mankowski against Royal reliever Steve Mingori. Lance Parrish followed with a single. Mingori struck out John Wockenfuss, but Alan Trammell followed with a single to load t ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year of The Card–Clint Hurdle, 1980

We know lots about baseball these days. Everything in the game, it seems, is tracked and recorded, and then a bunch of smart fans figure out ways to distill that data into stats that can tell us more about the game than we might have ever imagined. Even if you don’t understand those stats (although I am inclined to pay attention to advanced stats, there are plenty that I struggle to wrap my head around), yo ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 8, 1987

1987: Kevin Seitzer had three hits, and five different Royals had two hits each, while Charlie Leibrandt pitched seven solid innings as Kansas City thumped the White Sox 9-3 at Royals Stadium. The Royals built a 9-0 lead through the first six innings. They jumped on Chicago starter Floyd Bannister for two runs in the second inning, as Bo Jackson singled with one out. Steve Balboni walked and Ed Hearn double ...

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Aaron Nola

Photo courtesy of Baseball America Aaron Nola 6’1” 196 lbs Bats/Throws R/R College: Louisiana State University Statistics as of 4/5/14 2014 LSU: 6-1, 57 IP, 0.47 ERA, 71 K, 11 BB, .141 BAA 2013 LSU: 12-1, 126 IP, 1.57 ERA, 122 K, 18 BB, .188 BAA 2012 LSU: 7-4, 89 2/3 IP, 3.61 ERA, 89 K, 7 BB, .251 BAA Like Luke Weaver, whom I wrote about last week, Nola is a fairly compact right-handed college pitcher with ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 7, 2012

2012: The Royals built a 5-0 lead and then held on for a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Kansas City struck first, scoring two runs in the first inning against Angels starter Dan Haren. With one out, singles by Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, and Billy Butler loaded the bases. Jeff Francoeur followed with another single to drive in two runs. The Royals added another run in th ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 6, 2008

2008: A two-run single by Alex Gordon in the second inning gave the Royals all the offense they needed in a 3-1 win over Minnesota at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Jose Guillen began the second inning with a single against Twins starter Boof Bonser. Billy Butler followed with a double, before Gordon singled down the left-field line to drive in both runners, although Gordon was thrown out trying to reach sec ...

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