Money Matchup of the Day: Alex Gordon vs. Corey Kluber

Money Matchup of the Day: Alex Gordon vs. Corey Kluber

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 ...

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, ...

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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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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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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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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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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1976 Royals

For the first time, this series looks at one of the Royals’ playoff teams. Appropriately enough, we will examine the first postseason entry in franchise history, the 1976 Royals. Setting The Stage The 1975 Royals posted the best record in franchise history (to that point). But 91-71 wasn’t good enough to win the division, as the Oakland A’s dynasty rolled on. The Royals finished second in the division, seve ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year Of The Card–Freddie Patek, 1977

“I’d rather be the smallest player in the majors than the tallest player in the minors.”—Freddie Patek One of the great things about baseball is that the men who play it, even in this age of weight training (and yes, PEDs), usually look to be the size of “normal” people. Obviously most college and pro basketball players are exceptionally tall, and most college and pro football players are massive. This can ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year of the Card–Danny Tartabull, 1988

As you probably know, the Royals’ single-season record for home runs was set by Steve Balboni in 1985, with the now-paltry sum of 36. Sometimes it seems like the narrative has become that the Royals have not had any power hitters since then. Yet seven of the top 10 single-season home run totals in franchise history happened after 1985 (George Brett is on the list for his 1985 season as well). Yet only one m ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1972 Royals

1972 Season – Seating Sections Ticket Prices Box Seats $3.50 Reserved Grandstand Seats $2.50 General Admission $1.50 Other items Gallon of milk $1.20 First class postage stamp $0.10 Median household income $9,697.00 You probably know this, but the Royals were once upon a time considered to be the model expansion franchise. The expansion teams of the early 1960s wallowed in mediocrity (or worse) for years, a ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Anatomy of a Trade–Kevin McReynolds for Vince Coleman

This is a new feature I’m adding to the U.L.’s Toothpick rotation. Some trades are minor, and never affect anyone beyond the players involved and their families. But some trades have really interesting backgrounds, and from time to time I will take a look at those deals in Royals history. First up, a trade of a power-hitting outfielder for a slap-hitting outfielder: Kevin McReynolds for Vince Coleman (and c ...

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U.L’s Toothpick: The Year Of The Card–Charlie Leibrandt, 1987

I probably use the word “underrated” too often, but I could certainly make a case that Charlie Leibrandt is the most underrated starting pitcher in Royals’ history. Would you have guessed that Leibrandt still ranks in the top 10 in career WAR, ERA, wins, innings pitched, shutouts, and complete games in franchise history? I’m not sure I would have. Yet there he is, rubbing shoulders with Bret Saberhagen, Den ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1989 Royals

1989 Season – Seating Sections Ticket Prices Club Box $10.00 Field Box $9.00 Plaza Reserved $7.00 View Level Box $7.00 View Level Reserved $6.00 General Admission $3.00 Other items Gallon of gas $1.12 First class postage stamp $0.25 Median household income $28,906 Last week I looked at the Royals’ 1979 season, a year that proved pivotal for the franchise for years afterward. This week, we fast-forward 10 ye ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1979 Royals

1979 Season – Seating Sections Ticket Prices Club Box $7.00 Field Box $6.00 Plaza Reserved $5.00 View Level Box $5.00 View Level Reserved $4.00 General Admission $1.50 Other items Gallon of gas $0.86 First class postage stamp $0.15 Median household income $16,461 We always refer to them as the glory years of the Royals’ franchise, that period from the organization’s first division title in 1976 and culminat ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year Of The Card–Jim Eisenreich, 1990

As a sports fan, I can tell you it is a definite flaw in human nature that we desperately want our professional (and college) athletes to be role models and inspirations. We know better, yet it doesn’t stop us from assigning positive character attributes to players who succeed or lead our teams to victory, while we do just the opposite for those who fail. What is the “choker” label but a subtle insult to th ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 2000 Royals

2000 Season – Seating Sections Ticket Prices Club Level Box $17.00 Field Level Box $15.00 Plaza Level Reserved $13.00 View Level Box $12.00 View Level Reserved $11.00 General Admission $7.00 General Admission (Youth) $3.50 Other items Gallon of gas $1.26 First class postage stamp $0.33 Median household income $40,418 Perhaps because it was the beginning of a new century (yes, I know, not technically), but t ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1971 Royals

1971 Season – Seating Sections Ticket Prices Box Seats $3.50 Reserved Grandstand Seats $2.50 General Admission $1.50 General Admission (12 & Under) $1.00 Other items Gallon of milk $1.18 First class postage stamp $0.06 Median household income $9,028.00 Kansas City’s baseball history is littered with losing teams. You’re all familiar with the last few years of the Royals. Most of you know that after the ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The 1994 Royals Went Streaking Too, With 14 Straight Wins

In franchise history, the Royals have had only four winning streaks longer than the nine-gamer that ended last week. Since two of them were in 1977 and one was in 1978, the one that most people reading this probably remember was the 14-game streak in 1994. The recent winning streak got me thinking about that 1994 one. There are some similarities: same time of year (both started on July 23), a somewhat simil ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Five Best Deadline Deals In Royals History

The trading deadline is always a fun time for baseball fans, since if your team makes a deal, you either can look forward to two months of a pennant race, or you’ve got some (hopefully) nice prospects to dream about. The Royals have made plenty of great trades over the years; heck, shrewd trades were responsible for many of the key players on the great 1970s teams. However, most of the big trades were made ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year Of The Card–Al Cowens, 1979

When I first took an interest in advanced baseball statistics I remember reading a particularly interesting Bill James theory. James posited that there is value in a league-average player. It seemed odd at first, but as James usually does, he explained it so simply that it was easy to see he was right. This was my first exposure to the concept of replacement level players. As James pointed out, there certai ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Five Best Royals All-Star Appearances

Sure, many Royals’ fans recent memories of watching their guys in the All-Star Game revolve around such luminaries as Mark Redman or Ken Harvey, or simply hoping the current closer will make an appearance late in the game (or hoping Billy Butler might get to play, thank you very little, Ron Washington). But there was a time when Royals actually got to start the game and even make an impact. Here are the fiv ...

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