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Joshua Ward

A Lee's Summit resident currently working on a degree in Communications at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Although I have grown up a Royals fan, I've only been writing about the team off-and-on over the last two years, mostly at Royals Review. I do my best to play the part of an online blogger by living in a basement. In my spare time, I volunteer at my church, working mostly in the student ministry on video production and editing or assisting the technical arts director with lighting and sound. I remember Shawn Sedlacek and Eduardo Villacis. I know that Runelvys Hernandez had a pretty good month one year. I like to bring up Albie Lopez for no reason at all. MVP Baseball 2005 is the best baseball game ever made.

Number of Entries : 44

Mike and The Bull-Moose Party

If the Royals are intent to stand pat in the rotation, Mike Moustakas comes into focus as the player who has to improve.   As it stands right now, the elements set to make up the Royals rotation are fairly well known, but come with a decent amount of concern. James Shields anchors the top, followed presumably by Jeremy Guthrie and Jason Vargas, who represent a steep drop in expected value. Following th ...

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Breaking Down the Infante Signing

The Royals have agreed to terms with second baseman Omar Infante to a four-year, $30 million contract earlier today, which comes at perhaps a year longer than people would have liked, but for less money than anyone had originally speculated. The Average Annual Value of the deal works out to $7.5 million, which puts Infante into the top-tier of paid players on the Royals, but will end up paying him less (on ...

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The Process Repurposed: Dayton Moore signs Extension

For someone like me, who has written what you might call some fairly negative editorials regarding the failures of the Kansas City Royals, particularly their management and ownership staffs, the news on Friday that Dayton Moore had received another contract extension based on the "most successful season in twenty years", it could have rightly been assumed that I would have reacted negatively to the idea tha ...

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Internal Pitching Options Are Still Royals Best Bet

More focus is being placed on the Royals off-season this year as there has been in my lifetime, and it is fairly fitting, to say the least. The Royals won 86 games, finishing above .500 for the first time since 2003 and only the second time since 1995. Rumors are swirling regarding the prospect of trading Billy Butler, replacing Ervin Santana, and trying to figure out who they are going to try and fit in to ...

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Prayers In The Wind: Looking Ahead To The Royals Off-Season

Well. Alright. So this season, we didn't even have to wait until the end of the World's Series for the Royals to make a jump into the off-season proceedings. Instead of "Getting ahead of the market," the club has recently leaked that they are listening to offers as it relates to a trade for erstwhile Fan Favorite Billy Butler. I can't say that I'm particularly surprised that Kansas City is willing to move o ...

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Five Bold Predictions: Coming To Account For My Assertions

Back in January, I listed five things that I believed would occur during the 2013 Royals season. For those of you who are afraid of clicking on links embedded in articles, here is a quick breakdown of what I predicted: 1.  The Royals have at least two All-Stars.  "It may not sound very bold, but considering it hasn’t happened in awhile, it will be a welcome sight, specifically among the basement set (hello, ...

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Eighth Verse, Same As The Seventh

If there were a clearer picture to be painted about how the consummate mediocrity of the 2013 season has manifest itself, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more resounding image than Ned Yost and Dayton Moore seated on a podium, back-slapping and glad-handing each other on all they've accomplished. Such an image was delivered today, in the formal announcement of Ned Yost being extended for the next two season ...

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Was It Worth It?

Cling to your hopes, ye mighty, and despair. A mini-collapse has brought the Royals back to the realm of Realism, and much of the shine of their jaunt proceeding the All-Star Break has cascaded into darkness. What we're left with is the specter of the revered tomb, a No-Man's Land of neither being good enough to be "in it" nor bad enough to hope that the team's Quixotic tumbles at relevancy will enact chang ...

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Unmerrilly We Go A-Carrolling And Other Dismissives

Like a gray cloud passing through a clear, blue sky, I come with tidings of negatively-charged ions. So, caveat lector. The Jamey Carroll Trade No, I don't think it amounts to much this season. While Carroll is a minor upgrade over Elliot "Has one hit since June 21st spanning 44 plate appearances" Johnson when standing in the boîte de pâte, he is inconsistent defensively. And while Carroll is decidedly not ...

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Royals Prospects: Six Guys That Give Me Hope For The Future

The Royals prospect train has been somewhat of a disappointment. After having been crowned the Best Farm System In The History of Whatever, they have funneled exactly one above-average season from their position players and only Danny Duffy can hold his surgically-repaired hat as a starting pitcher that has made it to the big leagues. Success has come in small doses and in small samples: Dayton Moore's knac ...

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Trade All The Things!

It's time to see what we can get for all of the hard work Dayton Moore has done turning this team into a contender. At 51-51, this team is on fire right now and there's nothing that can stop it. Detroit (the municipality) filed for bankruptcy, so the Detroit Tigers are now doomed to collapse somehow. Cleveland has the third-most racist team name in the history of professional sport (behind the Washington Re ...

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When Losing Isn’t Losing

Sport has a tendency to create a stark dichotomy of reaction regarding a particular team's success and/or failure. It's a natural enough response to root, root, root for the home team while deriding your opponent's victories and bathing in the exuberance of their defeats. If your team has the sand of the Dead Rabbits, then this de facto state should serve you quite well. But the Royals ain't got the sand. F ...

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Royals: The Oxford Comma Of Baseball

Oxford comma: "In punctuation, a serial comma or series comma (also called Oxford comma and Harvard comma) is a comma placed immediately before the coordinating conjunction (usually and, or, or nor) in a series of three or more terms." Kansas City Royals: "In baseball, a term used to denote a franchise with perennially poor leadership and decision-making, often finding itself as the last in a series of team ...

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Playoffs: The Grand Illusion

Speaking as someone who has watched nearly two decades of futility in a white-and-blue package, I have every desire in the world for the Royals to make the playoffs. I would love nothing more than to have the opportunity to live and die on every single pitch in an October series. So I'm glad we've got that straight. And now we can begin. The Royals are not going to make the playoffs this year. The fellows o ...

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Two Weeks And A Season Defined

There are moments in our lives when a decision is made, subtly or explicitly, that defines our course. In our day-to-day we make choices ad infinitum that navigate the pile of timbers lashed together we call Life on a route through shark-infested waters, praying solemnly that they will avoid us for another turn around the waves. For the Royals,  they are coming upon a sixteen-game stretch that will almost a ...

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Goodbye Ervin: An Ode To What I Assume Is The Soon-To-Be-Traded Santana

On stilted wings you rose, the Pegasus of our ever-long Summer luminations, sparking scorn and derision in those who know. A maladjusted mete of mettle, the rows of corn briskly dancing to and fro with the ebb and flow of every breaking ball you throw.  Azure and ghost, the uniform colors clad you well, as the dugout's shade made merry the exuberance of the cadre of clubbers. So early were you here, and so ...

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Well, It’s Time To Do Something: Royals Get Back To .500

Short of selling out what remains of a graduated and conscripted BFSITHOW, the Royals are pretty much what they are going to be from top to bottom. The problem is, the top is actually pretty bad, offensively speaking. "How bad is it?" you ask, the Pop-Tart™ crumbs tumbling from the corners of your mouth. Well, it is worse than last year. And last year was pretty brutal. In 2012, the Royals hit .265/.317/.40 ...

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So Now What? Royals Win Sixth In A Row

If anybody has an idea on what to do now, I'm all ears (or eyes, I guess). Last week, the Royals were 23-31, mired in a month-long stretch of absolutely abysmal baseball. They had tumbled all the way out of first place contention, through the moors of middle class and into the slums of the destitute and untouchable. They had won two of their last four games, and it felt like the bells of St. Mary's were rin ...

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Flotsam and Jetsam: A History of the Dayton Moore Drafts

If there is a pluralist view of Dayton Moore's tenure at One Royal Way, it is that he was hired specifically on the pretense that he was good at player scouting and development. The ad majorum of us would speculate that he hasn't done a very good job at that, which makes the relevant question, then, "What exactly has he succeeded at?" But that's for another time. Taking a look back at the Dayton drafts is a ...

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Going Dark: My Week Without Baseball

Last week, I wrote about the Royals vexing situation in a manner aptly described as an existential crisis. Over the last week, I decided to travel into the vast wasteland of baseball-lessness, a desert pilgrimage devoid of the Game, specifically of Royal blue. Tonight, that pilgrimage will draw to a close, as I attend the Royals game with a few local chums; a fitting end to a week without. First, the rules: ...

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