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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Kyle Farnsworth is a defensive lineman now, and he leads his team in sacks

Good news everyone!

Kyle Farnsworth is ... listen, there are a lot of descriptions that walk a fine line between libelous and accurate, so let’s just say that he’s different. He could take your nose off with one well-placed karate chop, and then he would probably do something weird with the nose.

So it’s completely bizarre and perfectly logical that 321 days after throwing his last major league pitch, the 39-year-old Farnsworth is leading his Florida Football Alliance team in sacks and tackles.

We’re talking real, minor league, tackle football with with big dudes. Of course Farnsworth is thriving. Of course he is.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2015 at 04:29 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, football, kyle farnsworth, royals, tigers, yankees

Mike Moustakas’s great 2015 start is a result of him staying the same, improving, and getting worse - Beyond the Box Score

The major change for Moustakas has been his approach. He’s been going the other way a lot more this season. It’s tough to see in the the chart but if you look at the hit location for his line drives you should see the pattern. This is one of those things, however, that clearly stand out when you watch him hit.

FanGraphs Batted Ball Graphs

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 11:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mike moustakas, royals

Friday, May 01, 2015

Medlen preparing to face hitters in Arizona | royals.com

Right-hander Kris Medlen, a popular signing among Royals fans last winter, is inching closer in his comeback bid from his second Tommy John surgery.

Medlen told MLB.com that he will be heading to Surprise, Ariz., on Monday to begin throwing against hitters. If all goes well, he could start a 30-day rehab assignment sometime in May.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: kris medlen, royals

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Just awful news.

Detroit Tigers legend and former Michigan State two-sport star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Gibson, in his first year back as an analyst with Fox Sports Detroit, has been absent from the FSD broadcast booth since the Opening Day telecast.

“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” Gibson, 57, said in a released statement. “While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.”

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects one’s movement. Well-known patients include Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Video: Gordon’s leaping catch in stands | MLB.com

This is an impressive catch.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, defense, royals, white sox

Saturday, April 25, 2015

6 players suspended in Royals-White Sox fracas | MLB.com

The following players have been disciplined for their actions leading up to and/or during the incident:
Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has received a seven-game suspension;
Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has received a five-game suspension;
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain has received a two-game suspension;
Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera has received a two-game suspension;
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has received a five-game suspension;
White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija has received a five-game suspension.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 01:00 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, suspensions, white sox

Friday, April 24, 2015

Earl Weaver had it right: Emotion must take back seat to common sense | FOX Sports

When wasn’t he right?

Weaver was right.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: earl weaver, ned yost, royals, yordano ventura

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

After a decade in the minors Royals rookie Paulo Orlando is demolishing triples records

[Paulo] Orlando tripled Monday night against the Twins, giving him five triples through his first seven career games. No other hitter in MLB history has more than three triples through seven career games.

Orlando has played just seven games and logged just 29 plate appearances, yet by himself he’d be tied for the most triples by any team this season…

Orlando is very fast and doesn’t hit many homers, so he did rack up a lot of triples in the minors. He totaled 14 triples in 286 games at Triple-A and 18 triples in 282 games at Double-A. But what the Brazilian rookie is doing now is crazy.

The District Attorney Posted: April 21, 2015 at 03:05 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: paulo orlando, records, royals, triples

With suspensions looming, Royals hope to move on from ‘emotional’ series with Oakland | The KC Star

Sure.

The gesture was broadcast on the television screen inside Ned Yost’s office. Ejected from Sunday’s game, Yost witnessed Kelvin Herrera point to his head after throwing a pitch behind the back of Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie. As a spectator, Yost experienced a reaction common to viewers across the country.

“You look at it, and you’re like ‘God, what’s he doing that for?’” Yost said.

Herrera received an ejection of his own, as one of five Royals tossed from Sunday’s fracas. After the game, he insisted he lost his grip on the baseball, even if it was the second pitch he threw inside to Lawrie, the antagonist for Kansas City all weekend. When asked the meaning of his gesture, Herrera said he was saying to Lawrie, “Think about it.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article19097880.html#storylink=cpy

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 06:44 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, royals

Sunday, April 19, 2015

More from Oakland A’s Brett Lawrie, Josh Reddick - Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat

Brett Lawrie, the voice of reason?

Lawrie said first-base umpire Greg Gibson commended him on how he handled himself, and Lawrie said, with a little grin, “He hits you with one, and there’s two things I can do. I can blow up right here, or I can just take it and walk to first base and let him get in trouble and let it get the better of him.

“What’s the crowd want me to do right there? They want me to blow up and create a huge scene, but why fuel the fire? Why dump another thing of gasoline on it when I can just put a smile on. I was on first base, got to be on first base, and we won the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh reddick, royals, yordano ventura

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Royals call up Terrance Gore

The Royals have called up outfielder Terrance Gore from AA Northwest Arkansas, according to 610 Sports, to replace outfielder Alex Rios on the roster. Rios will be placed on the 15-day disabled list and will likely miss at least a month with a broken left pinky finger.

Zach Posted: April 15, 2015 at 03:52 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: baby face, pinch runners, royals

Monday, April 13, 2015

Blue Rocks eye move to Double-A next season

Wilmington could be the home of a Double-A Eastern League franchise as early as 2016, a possibility revealed earlier this month because of a legal matter involving the potential sale of the Binghamton Mets.

The late Matt Minker, who founded the Blue Rocks and built Frawley Stadium for their 1993 rebirth, long envisioned Wilmington’s location and metropolitan population as ideal for an Eastern League franchise. He nearly secured one for a move several years before his death in 2007.

Now his son Clark, who is Blue Rocks managing partner and minority owner, along with majority owner Main Street Baseball, seems poised to make that move.

According to an injunction filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in New York citing breach of contract, Minker and Main Street Baseball’s David Heller had an agreement with Binghamton Mets president Michael Urda to buy that franchise for $8.5 million. They then planned to move the team to Wilmington while selling their Carolina League franchise for $12.5 million to the Texas Rangers, who would relocate it.

The sale of the Carolina League franchise to Texas is conditional upon the purchase of the Binghamton club, so Wilmington will not be left without a team.


Royals crush Angels 9-2, but Yordano Ventura leaves early with another cramp | The Kansas City Star

That Ventura kid is pretty good, even if he’s very crampy.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, yordano ventura

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Royals need to be different than last season to return to playoffs, and we’re seeing a glimpse

Sam Mellinger breaks down this year’s Royals.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Sources: Yordano Ventura in deep discussions with Royals on 5-year extension - Yahoo Sports

Fireballing starter Yordano Ventura and the Kansas City Royals are deep into discussions on a five-year contract extension with a club option for a sixth season that would guarantee him more than $20 million, sources with knowledge of the talks told Yahoo Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, yordano ventura

Monday, March 30, 2015

Soccer team reenacts George Brett’s pine tar incident at Yankee Stadium

On Saturday, the schedule called for a Major League Soccer matchup between the home-standing NYCFC squad — which is actually co-owned by the New York Yankees — and Sporting Kansas City. With the stadium clear of fans and presumably only a few stadium workers on hand, three players from the Kansas City team took the field to reenact one of baseball’s most famous — or infamous — scenes: the George Brett pine tar incident from July 24, 1983.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:32 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: george brett, pine tar, royals, yankees

Friday, March 27, 2015

Grantland (Keri): 2015 AL Central Preview

3. Chicago White Sox

...

Worst Offseason Move: None. Seriously, the Pale Hose didn’t put a foot wrong this winter. Although, when we spoke a few weeks ago, Hahn getting fired up about a minor league deal for 36-year-old Brad Penny might’ve been a bit much.

I think it would have been fair to place the David Robertson deal here.

Eddo Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: al central, indians, royals, tigers, twins, white sox

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Callis: Ranking the best farm systems of the past five years

No Phils.

In today’s Pipeline Perspectives, Jonathan and I debate which farm system has been the most productive since the end of the 2009 season. My choice was the Nationals, who have developed three budding superstars in Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, two more All-Stars in Ian Desmond and Derek Norris, plus a bunch of complementary players and trade fodder….

4. Royals
Kansas City nearly rode its system to a World Series championship last year, building the second-most homegrown playoff team in 2014—behind only St. Louis. The Royals’ in-house highlights included Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi (the key pieces in the James Shields trade), Salvador Perez and Yordano Ventura.

5. Reds
Cincinnati has harvested a nice combination of blue-chip talent (Aroldis Chapman, Todd Frazier, Billy Hamilton, Devin Mesoraco) and solid contributors (most notably, Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger, Zack Cozart, Didi Gregorius, Yasmani Grandal and Mike Leake), though it has traded most of the latter group.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kurijian: What if Alex Gordon had tried to score?

I know this play has been beaten to death, but Kurkjian does a nice job breaking the play down and getting quotes from all the players involved.

Juan Perez: “When I got to the ball, I tried to pick it up with my bare hand instead of using my glove. That was another mistake. Then I kind of kicked the ball and I thought, ‘Oh my God, he might score!’ I wasn’t sure how fast he really was, and I thought there was a chance he would score.”

Jirschele: “I know Gordo is going to get to third, and I’m thinking, ‘Holy mackerel, we might have a shot here.’”

Blanco: “But when he misplayed it, I thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s going to score!’ All I could think was, ‘Oh my God, throw it back in, please!!!’”


Bochy: “When Perez had some trouble with it, and I’m thinking, ‘Just get it back in [the infield]. Just get it back in.’”

Posey: “When we kicked it around a little, I thought, ‘I had better get back behind the plate because there might be a play at the plate.’”

Crawford: “When I saw Perez not picking up the ball, that’s when I had my, ‘Oh (——) moment.’ I thought, ‘Are we really going to have a play at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in the seventh game of the World Series?’”


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SI cover: 2015 MLB Preview: It’s anyone’s year

The last time Sports Illustrated anointed the Cleveland Indians as favorites to win the World Series was 1987.
With Joe Carter (who would have his own World Series moment years later) and Cory Snyder on the cover, SI declared that “Cleveland is the Best Team in the American League.”

No, this is not the script of the movie “Major League,” as the previous five seasons before 1987 Cleveland finished 5th, 7th, 6th, 7th and 6th in the American League East.

Well, 1987 was no different as the Indians pitching staff, that featured two aging future Hall of Famers, was pummeled to the tune of allowing an absurd 957 runs with a team ERA of 5.28. Cleveland finished with baseball’s worst record at 61-101, 37 games behind division winner Detroit.

The losing would continue for the next seven years, before a breakout season in 1995, when the Indians went to their first World Series since 1954. (The Indians were beaten in six games by the Atlanta Braves).

So what makes this year any different? Could MLB see another “Indian Uprising?”

Cleveland hasn’t won a World Championship since 1948 but boasts loads of talent, with leftfielder Michael Brantley, first baseman/designated hitter Brandon Moss, first baseman Carlos Santana and reigning AL Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber, who went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 269 strikeouts last season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2015 at 11:58 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mariners, nationals, royals, sports illustrated

Friday, March 20, 2015

Why Billy Butler To The A’s Makes Perfect Sense | FanGraphs Baseball

Tony Blengino makes a case supporting the A’s pickup.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: billy butler, royals

Monday, March 09, 2015

Net Yost pro-Bee

“All you have to do is get some smoke out there and, trust me, I’m from the country, I live in the country. You take some smoke out there and you smoke the hive, ‘cause the queen’s in there somewhere, then you get a ShopVac and you suck ‘em all in, take ‘em outside the park and let ‘em all go.”

John Northey Posted: March 09, 2015 at 07:45 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bee genocide, ned yost, royals

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Royals sign 6-10 righty Chris Young and expect him in pitching staff this season

Young, 35, and a former National League All-Star, signed an incentive-laden, one-year major-league contract with the Royals on Saturday. Young, a 10-year career starter with four clubs, will begin the season as a middle and long reliever and provide insurance for the starting rotation.

“He will make the team out of spring training,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “Right now, if things go to script, our rotation is probably cemented with the main five guys, so his role at this point would be as a middle guy, a long guy….

Young, who went 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA in 165 innings last season with Seattle, said there was some interest from other teams before signing for a $675,000 base salary with up to $5.325 million in bonuses.

That includes up to $1 million based on active days on the roster, up to $1.975 million based on innings pitched and up to $2.35 million based on games started in 2015.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 08, 2015 at 10:22 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris young, royals

Monday, March 02, 2015

Royals hope new addition Alex Rios helps outfield defense remain baseball’s best

Aoki Dokey.

In Milwaukee during his first two big-league seasons, Aoki spent most of his time defending batters straight up, without much shading in either direction, Kuntz explained. Aoki preferred to charge in, rather than charge back, and glued himself to the same spot before almost every pitch.

The Royals operate a more fluid defense. Kuntz does not just ask his defenders to adjust from batter to batter. Sometimes he calls for shifts from pitch to pitch. Aoki was an “analytical” player, Kuntz said. He required an explanation for instructions. Kuntz would flash a signal and Aoki would hesitate before moving.

During games, Kuntz only had a brief window in between innings to communicate, because his presence was required to coach first base. Soon after a sign was sent to the outfield, Kuntz would often receive a visit from Aoki’s translator, Kosuke Inaji.

“Nori wants to know why we don’t play everybody straight up,” Inaji would say.

Kuntz had to remind Inaji: “At times, I don’t have time to explain it to him. He just has to get there.”...


During that first workout, when Rios asked for advice, Kuntz suggested he alter his mechanics when chasing drives over his head. Like 90 percent of players, Kuntz said, Rios executed a drop-step as his first movement, which elongated his route to the ball. Kuntz counseled him to swivel his hips instead and straigthen his line.

Two days later, as he swatted fly balls, Kuntz watched how Rios hunted for balls and noticed the difference.

“Just like that, he’s got it,” Kuntz said. “But he’s an athlete. And he’s coachable.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 02, 2015 at 09:33 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rios, analytics, defense, nori aoki, royals

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele: ‘a baseball man’s baseball man’

Mike Jirschele has been a third-base coach going on 20 years. In that time, he has made thousands of decisions about sending guys, holding guys, and obviously not all of them turned out well.

But of all of those moments — Jirschele has decided to send guys or not as many times as most of us have decided to stop for gas or not — the Gordon play will never be one he’ll second-guess or regret.

As a way to simplify it, he asks what people would’ve thought had that been a sacrifice fly that Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford caught in shallow left field. The only way you’d even consider sending Gordon in that situation would be if Crawford was drifting backward, and even then it would be a risk.

Zach Posted: February 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, mike jirschele, royals

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