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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 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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This Date In Royals History: April 5, 2001

2001: Paul O’Neill’s first-inning home run was the only run Mike Mussina needed, as the Yankees downed the Royals 1-0 at Yankee Stadium in New York. O’Neill homered off Royal starter Dan Reichert with two outs in the first. Reichert was solid except for that one mistake, as he pitched six innings and allowed only four hits and three walks while striking out three. Reliever Jason Grimsley followed with two p ...

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This Date In Royals History: April 4, 1994

1994: The Royals committed three errors and could only muster five hits as they dropped a 6-3 Opening Day decision to Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Starter Kevin Appier allowed a home run to the second batter he faced, Mike Deveraux. Appier was not sharp, as he allowed seven hits and two walks in five innings while picking up four strikeouts. But he left the game with the Royals only trailing 3- ...

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This Date In Royals History: April 3, 2006

2006: The Tigers hit three solo home runs to capture a 3-1 Opening Day win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Chris Shelton hit two of the home runs, one in the fourth inning and the other in the sixth, both off Royals starter Scott Elarton. Carlos Guillen hit the other one, in the eighth inning against reliever Andy Sisco. Elarton allowed seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, while striking out th ...

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This Date In Royals History: April 2, 1998

1998: Baltimore scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth for a comeback, walkoff 4-3 win over the Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Jeff Montgomery  surrendered a home run to Harold Baines leading off the ninth, cutting Kansas City’s lead to 3-1. One out later, Montgomery walked Cal Ripken. He retired B.J. Surhoff on a fly ball to left, but could not get the third out. Chris Hoiles singled before Mo ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Five Best Opening Day Performances In Royals History

While Opening Day is a heck of a lot of fun, and it’s always great to have actual baseball back, the funny thing about Opening Day is that people who should know better (myself included) tend to make sweeping judgments about the performance in one game. When Salvador Perez went 4-4 on Monday (#SalVP—tell your friends), it got me to wondering what the best Opening Day performances in Kansas City Royals histo ...

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MLB Draft Profile: Luke Weaver

Luke Weaver looks to be an intriguing pitching prospect in this year’s MLB draft. Weaver was actually selected out of DeLand (FL) High School in the 19th round of the 2011 draft by Toronto, but chose to go to college and pitch for the powerhouse Florida State program instead. It looks like a smart move, as he is likely to be taken somewhere in the teens in the first round of the 2014 draft. Weaver is a 6’2” ...

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This Date In Royals History: March 31, 2003

2003: The Royals kicked off the 2003 season with a thrilling 3-0 win over the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Starter Runelvys Hernandez, who had won manager Tony Peña’s coin flip for the Opening Day assignment over Jeremy Affeldt, looked like an ace as he pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out five. On offense, the Royals scratched out two runs in the s ...

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Relax And Enjoy The Ride, Royals Fans

If you missed it, last week Jon Heyman of CBS picked the Kansas City Royals to not just win the AL Central, but to win the American League pennant before losing to the Dodgers in the World Series. This touched off an interesting psychological study of Royals fans on Twitter. Right up front, I should say that I do disagree with Heyman. As I wrote last week, I expect the Royals to win 85 games this year. But ...

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Royals Have A Chance For Something Special In 2014

Confession time: three weeks ago, I claimed that I had traveled ahead in time and found that the Kansas City Royals had made the playoffs. Then two weeks ago, I claimed that I had traveled ahead in time and found that the Royals had suffered through a “Murphy’s Law” season and had failed to even finish .500. Well, I didn’t really time-travel, you know. I simply imagined what the best- and worst-case scenari ...

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