Diamonds in the Rough 04.23.14

Diamonds in the Rough 04.23.14

Another good day for the Affiliates as starting pitching and youth lead them to a 3-0 record. HR Call: Whit Merrifield (2),  Raul Mondesi (1),  Elier Hernandez (1)     Pi ...

This Date In Royals History–April 23, 1999

This Date In Royals History–April 23, 1999

1999: The Royals surrendered three runs in the ninth inning to drop a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Angels at Kauffman Stadium. Anaheim started the rally against Royals rel ...

Money Match Up of the Day: Jason Vargas vs Nick Swisher

Money Match Up of the Day: Jason Vargas vs Nick Swisher

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pi ...

U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1982 Royals

U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1982 Royals

The Kansas City Royals don’t really have a lot of near-misses when it comes to division titles. Not counting the strike-shortened 1994 season, only four times in franchise history ...

Morning Coffee: Royals Offensive Problem Isn’t the Hitting Coach

Morning Coffee: Royals Offensive Problem Isn’t the Hitting Coach

For the second consecutive year, the Kansas City Royals have gotten off to a slow start offensively. It's been frustrating because the team was supposed to be much improved offensi ...

Diamonds in the Rough 04.22.14

Diamonds in the Rough 04.22.14

Home runs and good pitching performance would highlight a 3-0 day for the Affiliates. HR Call: Carlos Peguero (2),  Lane Adams (1), Mark Threlkeld (3), Chad Johnson (1)   ...

This Date In Royals History–April 22, 1983

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 st ...

Money Match Up of the Day: Billy Butler vs Danny Salazar

Money Match Up of the Day: Billy Butler vs Danny Salazar

No one matchup is the make or break in any baseball game but there are certain matchups in some games that could help decide the outcome in that game. In this new daily piece at Pi ...

The Kansas City Royals Need Ned Yost

The Kansas City Royals Need Ned Yost

Gigabytes upon gigabytes have been devoted to how terrible a manager Ned Yost is. Blogs and podcasts and newspapers parse every word of Yost’s twice-daily press conferences. Domes ...

2014 MLB Draft Profile: Trea Turner

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, ...

2014 MLB Draft Profile: Max Pentecost

2014 MLB Draft Profile: Max Pentecost

Max Pentecost C 6'1 190 lbs Kennesaw State B/T R/R Stats thru 4/21 .387/.447/.572 15-2b, 1-3b, 5 HR 36 RBI 18/19 BB/SO Defense 14/29 CS/SBA '13 Cape Cod 35 G .346/.424/.538 7-2b, 6 ...

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This Date In Royals History–April 23, 1999

1999: The Royals surrendered three runs in the ninth inning to drop a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Angels at Kauffman Stadium. Anaheim started the rally against Royals reliever Matt Whisenant, who had worked a perfect eighth inning. But he walked Mo Vaughn to start the ninth, and Jeff Montgomery entered the game. The Royals’ all-time saves leader started his appearance with a walk to Tim Salmon, bu ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1982 Royals

The Kansas City Royals don’t really have a lot of near-misses when it comes to division titles. Not counting the strike-shortened 1994 season, only four times in franchise history have they finished less than five games out of first. Two of those times came in the Royals’ span of dominance in the AL West from 1976-1985. It’s interesting to think how that era of Royals baseball might be remembered with just ...

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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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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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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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Royals Hall of Fame Is Great, Should Be Better

After last year’s debacle of trying to get the Royals fans included in the Hall of Fame voting - which is generally a good idea - so far there has been little news of who, if anyone, is nominated for induction this year. While obviously the candidates from the last 20 years are slim - there should be no slam dunk until Sweeney’s eligible - there are definitely some things the Hall of Fame can look at and so ...

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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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Royals Jeremy Guthrie Thinking About a Career Change

Current Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is considering a run at an NBA job after performing this excellent between the legs alley oop. We have yet to reach Guthrie for a comment but scouts have affirmed that he is the king of pickup basketball in his affluent Overland Park neighborhood. Not an easy task considering competition that includes Charlie "the accountant" Bergman, known for his ability to rack up bi ...

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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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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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