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Paul York

Thanks to Greg and the rest of the Pinetarpress.com crew for welcoming and allowing me to contribute to their stellar site. I jumped at the opportunity to become a contributor. Baseball, and more specifically, Kansas City Royals baseball is a deep rooted passion for me, and I look forward to being able to write about various Royals topics. When reading my material, keep in mind that I’m just a fan. I’m no insider, and I’m no seam-head. I appreciate advanced statistics, but don’t necessarily buy into all of them. I’m still “old school” in that I think you can still get a good evaluation through watching a player and whatever is offered on the back of his baseball card. I played small time college baseball in Kansas, and coached at the high school level. That is the extent of my baseball experience, but more appropriately those are the eyes through which I watch the game of baseball. I’m a KCK resident—a Dotte, if you will. I’m married and have a son who is itching to begin tee work, soft-toss, and a long-toss program (he’s 10 months old at the time of this writing). I’m active on Twitter. Follow me at @pyork_10. Go Royals!

Number of Entries : 111

State of the Royals

This week’s state of the Royals?  You tell me.  In the last week, I’ve seen reactions from both ends of the spectrum.  I’ve seen people clinging to playoff hopes, and I’ve seen cries for terminating Dayton Moore and/or Ned Yost.  Of course, as always, the pleas for David Glass to sell the team could be heard as well. Angry reactions are to be expected when you have a seven-game losing streak, which includes ...

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State of the Royals

I'm reluctant to declare the playoff chase over, because I've done that once and it backfired.  At that time, the Royals responded by going 19-5 in 24 games after the All-Star break.  This feels different though.  I could be reading too much into it, but there seems to be an overall lack of focus and energy with our boys in blue.  The Royals are 2-6 in their last 8 games (3 of those losses are to the lowly ...

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State of the Royals

Well, ok then, I guess we're in this thing.  Since the last State of the Royals installment the Royals have gone 5-2, which entailed winning a four game series versus the Boston Red Sox, and splitting the first two games in a three game series versus the Miami Marlins.  The Royals spent roughly 24 hours in 2nd place of the AL Central until last night's loss to the Marlins.  As of now, the Royals are 1/2 gam ...

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State of the Royals

Eating Crow...Kinda How do you silence those (me) who wrote you off as dead in the water at the All-Star break?  You go 14-4 over your next 18 games.  Well played, Royals.  Well played, indeed.  I've never been so happy to be so wrong.  My ego can only take so much though, so I must point out that I did leave myself an out a couple weeks ago by declaring the Royals dead unless they made some sort of monumen ...

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State of the Royals

I'd like to start this piece off by thanking the Royals for a couple of things.  First, thank you for making me look like a jackass.  Since the last State of the Royals piece--the one in which I had you shipped off to the morgue--you've responded by winning every game.  Point taken.  Lastly, thank you for giving us winning baseball this late into the season.  Winning baseball sure beats the hell out of hear ...

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State of the Royals

The State of the Royals has ended its hiatus, and is making a triumphant return to tell you...wait for it...wait for it...the season is over.  Consider me your chaplain.  The Royals season is dead.  We'll call the time of death as 7/23/2013.  It is fine to grieve, and it is important to know we all grieve differently.  In some, grief is manifested by anger and hostility.  In others, disillusionment and/or d ...

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State of the Royals

If you've read this piece the last couple weeks, then you know how important I thought these last four series (White Sox, Braves, Twins, Indians), or 12 games were for the Royals.  Those games, in my opinion, represented a soft spot in the schedule where the Royals could get right, and perhaps make a little noise in the AL Central.  How did the Royals respond?  Well, they currently sit at 4-6, and can do no ...

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State of the Royals

Nauseous yet?  A little more than a week ago, the Royals climbed all the way back to .500.  That joy was short-lived, because after losing a series to the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox, and losing the first game of a two-game series versus the Atlanta Braves, they now stand at 35-39.  That record has some significance too, as it represents the Royals record at this time last year.  In other wo ...

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State of the Royals

A week after trying to convince you  the Royals winning streak was hollow, and done with smoke and mirrors (and other-wordly pitching), here I stand corrected--I guess?  I'm still not convinced the Royals can keep this win frequency up, or anything near it.  More importantly, I'm not convinced the Royals can avoid another prolonged losing streak, or another month similar to May.  I think they could help the ...

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State of the Royals

How things have changed in the span of a week, right? Wrong!  Yes, the Royals put together a nice six-game winning streak, winning a series versus the Minnesota Twins and sweeping the Houston Astros.  On top of that, they even stole  a game from the Detroit Tigers.  I'm here to caution you not to get sucked back in by that winning streak.  I'm not suggesting the streak wasn't positive, because there is no s ...

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State of the Royals

You've done it, Royals.  I'm now one of those fans I never thought I'd be.  I never thought I'd have to hope for lousy baseball just to see change.  I've always clung to my love for baseball, and my appreciation of Kansas City being my hometown and one of the precious few cities in our country to host a Major League Baseball team.  I mean if it weren't for the Royals of the mid-80's (when I started watching ...

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State of the Royals

If you're looking for sunshine, you've come to the wrong place.  If you're in search of optimism, you won't find that here either.  If you want a dose of reality, and maybe a few laughs, then you're in the right spot. Ladies and gentlemen, our Royals have fallen on hard times.  Yes, they're currently sitting at .500, with a 21-21 record.  Yes, that's reasonably close to expectations.  Yes, it is still somew ...

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State of the Royals

I'm not going to beat around the bush, over the last week the Royals Fan Anxiety Index has been elevated to BLUE.  In that time, the Royals salvaged a win in the Baltimore Orioles series, only to come home and get swept by the New York Yankees in front of droves of Overland Park, KS Yankees "fans".  So far, in Anaheim, the Royals have split the first two games of the series versus the Angels.  2-4 in the la ...

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State of the Royals

What in the world is going on?  The Royals are 17-12, in 2nd place in the AL Central, and I'm hearing talk about Ned Yost being on the "hotseat".  This does not compute.  Yost is the least of the Royals problems right now.  The Royals are 3-2 since the last installment of the State of the Royals was written (Mother Nature won a game during that time as well, robbing the Royals of a game vs. the Tampa Bay Ra ...

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State of the Royals

Today is a good day, folks.  I was fully prepared to talk a significant portion of our Royals fan base off a ledge today.  Actually, I was fully prepared to mock a significant portion of our Royals fan base relentlessly, and then talk them off the ledge.  Thanks to last night's win over the Tampa Bay Rays, I don't have to either of those things.  Note, I said I didn't have to.  I'm still going to, only to a ...

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State of the Royals

The last installment of State of the Royals left off right as the Royals were beginning a big 8-game road trip, and they had just dropped their first game of the road trip to the Atlanta Braves.  The next day, the Royals split the two game series, thanks to an absolute gem by Wade Davis. [Side Note: Wade Davis pitched so well, I was prompted to share, via Twitter, some little known facts about Davis.  If yo ...

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State of the Royals

I debated whether or not it would be appropriate to write this piece in the wake of the tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon earlier this week.  For the first time since I've started writing for Pine Tar Press, I'm thankful that I don't have more readers.  Don't get me wrong, I'm very thankful for those of you that take time out of your busy lives to read my thoughts and feelings on the Royals--ve ...

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State of the Royals

Elected by no one, and self-appointed, I’m serving you—Royals Nation—as the un-official/official President of Royals Fans Everywhere.  As part of this service, I’ll provide you weekly updates regarding the State of the Royals.  Kind of like the President’s State of the Union speech, except weekly and a lot more important.  I’ll be implementing a Homeland Security-esque color-coded threat system, so you can ...

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Twitter Tuesday: 3/5-3/11

This was a relatively light week for the Kansas City Royals.  They continued their white-hot spring, despite snapping their winning streak.  Royals fans' optimism, as always, is met by our typical and predictable  negative-Nancies.  Eric Hosmer gets the call to serve his country in a baseball capacity.  Ned Yost announced a surprising twist in the second base competition.  Among other things, we have anothe ...

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Twitter Tuesday: 2/26-3/4

This week #Royals fans saw another week's worth of Spring Training  games go by, and still no loses for our beloved Royals.  Along with that, we'll discuss first impressions of the Royals new starting pitchers, Donnie Joseph not playing fair, Hochevar being Hochevar, Moose and Hosmer heating up, a fellow blogger goes all Mayan for a second, the best one-liner tweet of the week, and a Royals legend needs our ...

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