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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Valencia traded to Toronto

The Blue Jays provided some much-needed balance to their lineup Monday afternoon by acquiring infielder Danny Valencia from the Royals in a deal for catcher Erik Kratz and right-hander Liam Hendriks.

Toronto’s batting order is predominantly left-handed and there’s a void on the right side, especially while Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie are on the disabled list.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos attempted to help fix that, and while the trade is relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, it does address an area of need.

Paul d mobile Posted: July 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, royals, trades

Friday, July 25, 2014

SoE: AN IDIOT IN EXILE

Johnny Damon was a major league baseball player for 18 years. He won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 and another one with the Yankees in 2009, which is why he once said, “Being a baseball player is so great.” He said the game “was fun,” and winning championships was even more “fun.” He learned how to have “fun” with the A’s and then taught his teammates with the Red Sox and Yankees how to have “fun.” His concept of “fun” was mostly that of a young boy. “I could buy different toys,” he said. “Jet Skis, boats, motorcycles, all the stuff that baseball affords you the privilege to buy.” His first wife, Angie Vannice, explained that her husband “plays better when he’s buying things. He likes to shop more than anybody.”

The Peter Pan of baseball, it would seem….


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ex-MLB star Chuck Knoblauch accused of assaulting ex-wife

And yet, still no justice for him hitting Keith Olberman’s mom.

Former Major League Baseball star Chuck Knoblauch was arrested Wednesday night and accused of assaulting his ex-wife.

Knoblauch, 46, is charged with assault of a family member after allegedly hitting Cheri Knoblauch.
They divorced in 2012.

Memorial Village police officers arrested Knoblauch and he was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

This isn’t the Knoblauch’s first brush with the law. He was convicted of hitting Stacey Stelmach, who he was married to at the time, in 2010. He was sentenced to one year of probation in that case.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 24, 2014 at 03:43 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: chuck knoblauch, domestic violence, royals, twins, yankees

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dave Cameron: 2014 Trade Value: The Top 10

7. Salvador Perez

If there’s one piece of feedback I got more clearly than any other last year, it was that I was too low on Salvador Perez. I had one friend in the game tell me should have been in the top five, and I had him at 36. My bad, Kansas City. Consider this a mea culpa.

Perez might not yet be the best catcher in baseball, but there are a lot of people convinced that he’s going to be in the near future. He’s basically a power spike away from being Jonathan Lucroy, only he’s four years younger than Milwaukee’s backstop, and at a point where many catchers are still honing their craft in the minors. And while framing metrics don’t love him the same way they do Lucroy, his defensive reputation is still stellar, as he shuts down the running game as well as anyone.

And then there’s the contract. Because the Royals locked up Perez after just 39 big league games, he’s set to make $2 million each of the next two years, and then they have team options for three additional years at $4 million, $5 million, and $6 million respectively. It’s $19 million over five seasons, or an average of $4 million per year. The best catcher in the American league is signed to the kind of deal you give a decent middle reliever.

Perez doesn’t even have to get any better to be one of the biggest steals in baseball. If he does improve, though, he might eventually challenge for the top spot on this list.

BUT WHO IS #6????


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The forgotten brilliance and influence of ‘Little Big League’

Ron Gardenhire should not have made this movie.

From the beginning, “Little Big League” looked destined to fail — and that’s not just because Pincus wanted to make a movie about the Royals. Pincus was an aspiring screenwriter with zero credits to his name. He had grown up on the East Coast, and relocated to Los Angeles to chase a career in Hollywood. But by the early 1990s, not much had materialized.

But there was one idea in his head, something that sounded fun. What if a kid managed a big-league baseball team? What if a kid ran a baseball team. So in late 1990, more than three years before the movie would arrive in theaters, Pincus went to work on a script. But first, he needed a team. As a child in the mid 1970s, he had been a fan of Royals infielders Freddy Patek and Cookie Rojas, the forefathers of the Royals glory years.

“Some of my favorite baseball cards,” Pincus says.

So it was settled. It couldn’t be a big-market club like New York or Los Angeles. It had to be small.

Billy Heywood would manage the Kansas City Royals…

So if you don’t mind a spoiler from a 20-year-old baseball movie, you might want to know about the final scene. You might want to know that the Twins lose. In the bottom of the ninth, Lou Collins hits a deep drive to center, and then Griffey robs the would-be home run, and the Twins lose.

Twenty years later, Pincus can’t remember all the details about the movie he wrote. But he can tell you this: The Twins always lost.

“It always ended that way,” Pincus says, “and it’s okay to lose. Only one team wins.”

Yes, it should have been the Royals.

 


Texas Rangers deal Jason Frasor to Kansas City for pitcher

The Royals simply get tossed salad and scrambled eggs.

The Texas Rangers on Wednesday made their first sale of the season, trading RHP Jason Frasor to Kansas City for 26-year-old RHP Spencer Patton.
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Patton, 26, will be assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. He was at Triple-A Omaha this year, compiling a 4-3 record and 4.08 ERA with 14 saves in 34 appearances.Patton has 60 strikeouts in 46 innings so far this year, but has also walked 26 and allowed nine homers….

Patton, a 24th round selection in 2011, had a big year in 2013, going 5-2 with a 1.86 ERA between Class A and Double-A. He struck out 103 and walked just 26 in 82.1 innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2014 at 01:47 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jason frasor, rangers, relievers, royals, trade

Monday, July 14, 2014

Alex Gordon: The Eugene Cernan of the 2014 MLB All Star Game

Full disclosure, this writer works for me on another site. Also full disclosure: Alex Gordon is my favorite player, and Eugene Cernan is my favorite astronaut.

Alex Gordon, on the other hand, is a little bit more like Eugene Cernan, the 24th—and last—man to walk on the moon. Maybe you’ve heard of him, but probably not. “The 24th Man to Walk on the Moon” doesn’t have much musicality to it. His achievement is far from being as historical as Armstrong’s, but still, he’s been to the ####### moon ... and you haven’t. Similarly, Gordon isn’t a record-breaking super-deity like Trout or Cabrera, but he is one of the best players in the game….

Most of Gordon’s value comes from his seemingly unethical arm strength and his superb range in left field. Maybe that’s a knock on his All-Star credentials to some, since the metrics that inflate the defensive hemisphere of WAR are volatile. Is it more volatile than the BABIP-tethered merits of batting average, or the number of times a ball lands on the other side of a fence? Maybe, maybe not. The volatility of those metrics tends to average out over the span of a few years, and since Gordon began seeing regular playing time in left field in 2011, only Trout, Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen, Robinson Cano, and Ben Zobrist have produced more wins according to FanGraphs. Like Gordon, most of Zobrist’s value comes from defensive metrics. In fact, the two players are almost indiscernible, yet Gordon doesn’t have quite the same ironically notorious reputation for being underrated.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, mike trout, royals, war

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Drama after Billy Butler’s drop in Royals lineup isn’t what anyone wanted

The last thing this eight-years-in-the-Processing Royals season needs is drama, but here it is anyway. One of the team’s highest-paid and longest-tenured players feels singled out and is going passive-aggressive to make his point and subtly call out a teammate.

Ego and self-interest are on both sides of this, team and player each having legitimate beef. Billy Butler justifiably sees himself as the club’s most established hitter, and wonders why he’s been occasionally benched and now moved down in the lineup for the second time while Eric Hosmer appears to have birthrights to the top of the batting order every day.

The truth is that Hosmer’s spot in the lineup is being evaluated, but for now, the team sees Butler as an underperforming and now overpaid hitter on a roster in desperate need of consistent production, exposing an ego that’s always simmered just beneath the surface.

Ned Yost has final say on the lineup, which is put together with the input of the coaches and front office, including sabermetric specialists. None of them would say it publicly, but moving Butler down in the lineup while keeping Hosmer higher is as clear a sign as the team can give that — track record or not — they have more faith in Hosmer reaching his potential than in Butler regaining his past.

Wait, what? You buried the lede! The Royals have sabermetric specialists????

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 08, 2014 at 11:50 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: billy butler, dayton moore, ned yost, royals, sabermetrics

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Hardball Times: The Royals and “Anti-Three True Outcomes”

There is a definite trend line/correlation between a team’s homer and walk percentages and its overall winning percentage. [...]

[The 2014 Royals HR+BB rate of 8.0% is] right there with the lowest total of any team over the past 40-plus years. You’ll also notice that few, if any, teams have been able to win even at a .550 clip without having a nine-percent homer-plus-walk rate. These Royals need only look at similarly walk and homer-challenged teams to realize their chances of a winning season are poor

bobm Posted: July 05, 2014 at 11:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, three true outcomes

Friday, June 20, 2014

‘Dynamic Pricing’ May Be To Blame For Empty Seats At Kauffman Stadium

Are you sure its not Mike Moustakas’ strikeouts?

“If you’re a diehard to your team, you’ll show up,” said Moffitt a Royals home game.

But plenty of diehard fans during the most recent homestand did not.

The St. Louis Cardinals last week drew less than 30,000 in each of their games at Kauffman Stadium. That hasn’t happened since 2007.

For Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, the 25,000-plus attendees exceeded two of the three games against the Yankees.

Royals Director of Ticket Sales Steve Shiffman closely tracks those numbers.

“Attendance is a big factor,” says Shiffman. “In Major League Baseball, they judge you by attendance and they also judge you by revenues.”

And more revenues are created by variable ticket pricing or, as the Royals call it, “dynamic pricing,” which is underway for the second year. Seldom in the present day are two games priced alike….

Twenty-seven of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball have transitioned to variable ticket pricing for single game tickets. The Kansas City Chiefs announced last month they’re heading in that direction, too.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: dynamic pricing, revenues, royals

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Royals win 9th straight to take over 1st place

Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas homered as part of a seven-run second inning, and the Royals displaced the Detroit Tigers atop the AL Central on Tuesday night with an 11-4 victory, their ninth in a row.

Sure they laughed when the Royals launched their 30 year plan to return to the playoffs after a disappointing flameout in ‘86.  But who’s laughing now that it’s coming home a few years early.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 18, 2014 at 03:48 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: hell freezing over, royals

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Norichika Aoki is the least photogenic baseball player ever

The history of Japanese baseball dates back to the mid-1800s, when an American professor introduced it. In the 150 years since, Japanese baseball and North American baseball have been able to travel down different evolutionary trees. It’s like baseball is a finch, and each country is a different island in the Galapagos. Over the last century, batters in Japan were free to develop a wholly different approach.

That’s what makes these pictures fascinating; we’re not used to the follow-throughs here. We’re not used to a player getting out of the way when he starts with a closed stance and slashes at the ball. We’re looking at something that works, and we’re looking at something that’s completely different:

Zach Posted: June 01, 2014 at 12:18 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: photos, royals

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Royals’ Yordano Ventura will miss as little as one start as MRI finds no ligament damage

“I don’t know what to do!” cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoon of himself with his stockings.  “I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy.  I am as giddy as a drunken man.  A merry Christmas to everybody!  A happy New Year to all the world!  Hallo here!  Whoop!  Hallo!”

Zach Posted: May 27, 2014 at 05:33 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, royals

How much longer before Royals shake things up in dugout, front office?

Robothol’s latest. A lot of good stuff.

An agent, of all people, suggested a perfect replacement for the retiring Derek Jeter: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
The agent, who has no affiliation with either player, made an excellent point: Hardy is steady and unassuming, and his low-maintenance personality would make him well-suited to replace a legend.
Hardy, who turns 32 on Aug. 19, missed nearly a month with a strained left oblique earlier this season. He’s batting .304 with a .701 OPS, albeit with no home runs, in 158 at-bats.
His defense remains solid. And his transition could be relatively seamless, considering that this is his fourth season in the AL East.

As a Red Sox fan I highly endorse the Yankees signing Hardy to a five-year contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, j.j. hardy, mariners, mets, padres, phillies, rangers, royals, yankees

Monday, May 26, 2014

KC’s Ventura exits with lateral elbow discomfort

KANSAS CITY—Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura was removed from Monday night’s game with what was described as lateral elbow discomfort.

He will undergo an MRI on Tuesday in an effort to determine the severity of the problem. Any elbow irregularity, of course, is cause for concern, especially in light of the recent increase of Tommy John surgeries.

Zach Posted: May 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, royals

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Royals send Mike Moustakas down to Class AAA Omaha

The discussions had stretched for days, long enough for Mike Moustakas to make peace with his fate. On Wednesday night, shortly after the Royals completed a nine-game home stand, general manager Dayton Moore informed Moustakas he was being demoted.

Zach Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:21 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Danny Duffy flirts with perfection as Royals shut out Orioles 1-0

The Duff-Man says, “OH YEA!”

He was some kind of special tonight,” Yost said after Duffy strung together a perfect-game bid that lasted 20 batters, long enough to remind the 24,064 in attendance of his tantalizing talent.

His chance at a franchise-first had ended the inning before. But his achievement was still worth celebrating. Duffy handed the baseball to his manager after giving up an eighth-inning single, just his second hit allowed. He slapped a hand across the chests of the five teammates surrounding him. Then a wave of adulation washed over him from the stands at Kauffman Stadium and from inside his own dugout.

Duffy, 2-3, 1.42 ERA, pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his professional career on Saturday. He finished seven batters shy of the fifth no-hitter in franchise history. Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones wrecked Duffy’s night by grounding a single up the middle with two outs in the seventh. Duffy walked none, and in the process, appeared to cement his place in the team’s starting rotation.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: danny duffy, no-hitters, orioles, perfect games, royals

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Joe Posnanski: Knowing Arky

Might as well be Parkyakarkus* Vaughan.

Extreme Seinfeld reach

And then, the Royals announcers started to talk about it.

Ryan Lefebvre’s color commentator these days is Rex Hudler. I’ve never met Rex. I’ve been told he’s a wonderful guy, and I have every reason to believe that. But I will not lie: He’s the reason I don’t watch the Royals broadcast regularly anymore. His voice hits me the way Mary Hart’s voice used to hit Kramer on Seinfeld. Well it’s not the voice itself — his voice is fine — it’s the stuff he says about baseball. I’m not going to go any deeper than that; he’s not my thing.

But I was listening here and Rex saw the list and said something to the effect of, “Wow Honus Wagner. He goes all the way back to the ’30s.”

The thirties. Yeah. Honus Wagner. who is probably most famous for the T206 baseball card of 1910 (or so) that has sold for about $3 million dollars, who was a childhood hero of Babe Ruth, who may have been the greatest deadball player ever … Rex had him playing in the 1930s. When he was 60. Ugh.*

*I’m told that later in the broadcast, Rex referred to the moon as a planet. I don’t know if this is true or if it was done as a joke. I was watching the Penguins-Rangers.

So, I grimaced there but was ready to move on. Then Ryan — my pal Ryan who I greatly admire and enjoy — started going on about how he had never heard of Arky Vaughan. Never heard of him. Well, more than that, Ryan did something that bugs me: He made it seem like NO ONE has ever heard of Arky Vaughan, like it was incredibly nerdy for his name to even be on this list. I realize Ryan was just trying to get a little comedy out of the moment, but I have to say I really don’t like that. I have a lifelong aversion to people who don’t know things acting like not knowing is the default position. In high school, I once had someone make me feel really dumb because I had read Moby Dick (it was a fluke, I admit; I had not read any other classics as a kid) … and it affected me. It really did. It made me think it was uncool to know things. It made me embarrassed to raise my hand and say something because not knowing was cooler. That sort of downward pressure drives me nuts.

It is bad enough that Ryan has not heard of one of the five greatest shortstops in baseball history (Bill James ranks him second) and the 73rd greatest baseball player ever on my list (Ryan, aren’t you reading me here?). He didn’t need to keep harping on it as if Arky Vaughan was the most obscure player in the history of mankind.

Repoz Posted: May 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM | 174 comment(s)
  Beats: history, media, royals

O will determine how high Royals rebound - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

Maybe, just maybe, Mike Moustakas isn’t very good.

Oddly enough, speculation about Moustakas’ short-term future is swirling even as he’s tied for the team lead with four homers. It’s the singles and doubles that have been elusive. Moustakas is an amazing 0-for-25 while hitting a ground ball or “short line drive” against a shifted defense this season. According to Baseball Info Solutions, opponents have employed a shift against him 62 times already this year, compared to only 23 times for all of 2013.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2014 at 08:55 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mike moustakas, royals

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Judge: Royals: How making outs can help you win

Or as golden throttled John Sterling said the other night…“If only the Yankees would make the right kind of outs.”

The main thing a hitter does is make outs, so smart hitters—and smart teams—learn to make productive outs.

Take the third inning of Friday night’s game against the Mariners: Alcides Escobar singled, then stole second base. Nori Aoki made a productive out by sac bunting Escobar to third. Then, with one out, Eric Hosmer made a productive out by hitting a sacrifice fly to left field; Escobar tagged up and scored.

In the first inning with nobody out Billy Butler got lucky—it should have been a double play—and made a productive out with Nori Aoki on third; Billy’s groundball allowed Aoki to score. Something similar happened in the sixth inning: Billy Butler was on second and Salvador Perez was on first. Alex Gordon made a productive out when he hit a fly ball deep enough to allow Butler to tag and make it to third base with one down. Gordon’s productive out paid off when Johnny Giavotella made another productive out, a groundball that allowed Butler to score.

Productive outs come in several categories: sacrifice bunts, sacrifice fly balls, hitting the ball to the right side with a runner on second and nobody out, long at-bats—anything that helps your team win. The main thing a hitter does is make outs, smart hitters make productive outs.

Thanks to some productive outs, the Royals beat the Mariners, 6-1.

Repoz Posted: May 11, 2014 at 08:03 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, sabermetrics

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Royals G.M. Dayton Moore believes hitting will come around

It’s pronounced ‘Gor-Don’.

Among the heart of the team’s order, only Alex Gordon is performing up to expectations, with a reasonable .294/.329/.441 slash line and a 114 OPS+. Billy Butler has one extra-base hit, Eric Hosmer has four, and neither has hit a home run. Salvador Perez is batting .095 in his last 10 games. Mike Moustakas has a .492 OPS.

The picture is not pretty. The power outage is the reason behind the team’s 9-9 start, general manager Dayton Moore believes. But it also sustains his belief in his team’s talent.

We’ll let him explain, as he did in a telephone conversation on Tuesday morning.

“Of course, it’s been a little frustrating,” Moore said. “It’s frustrating for the players. But nobody’s I would say concerned. We’re not really panicking.”

He added, “If your offense is clicking and your rotation is clicking and your bullpen is clicking, you’ll win 20 of 30 games. You play .500 because there’s a phase of your team that is not performing well. It may be starting pitching. It may be defense. It may be hitting . . .

“Right now, we’re playing .500 baseball, and we’re not producing. We’re not slugging, and we’re not getting our timely hits enough. You’ve got to expect that to change. Hitting is the one part of the game that over the course of the season takes care of itself, so to speak.

“If the defense is good, it usually will stay good. If the rotation is good, it usually will stay good, assuming everybody stays healthy. But the offense is one of those things that goes through ups and downs. Hitting is the most difficult thing to do well in all of sports, in my opinion.

“Again, if your team is producing in all phases of the game, you have a great month. If your team is not producing offensively, or in the starting rotation, if you have a good team, you’re playing about .500. If you have a bad team, you’re well below.

“We are where right now because of how we’ve performed offensively. I’m not disappointed. And I’m not really concerned.”

Repoz Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:20 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Monday, April 21, 2014

Posnanski: The Royals: A history of power

BTW, the recent Schur/Poz draft of superheroes went (Schur first): Batman; Superman (Schur had the usual problems with him); Thor; Hulk; Dr. Manhattan (Poz had never heard of him or Watchmen); Wonder Woman; Aquaman (Schur blamed his kid, but good God); Spider-Man (finally); Professor X; Captain America

the Kansas City Royals single season home run record is 36, and Steve Balboni set it almost 30 years ago…

only seven team home run records survive from pre-1996. Six of the seven are impressive home run seasons set by impressive players… And then there is … the Balboni record, which at this point has to be considered one of the eight wonders of the baseball world…

From 1998 to 2007 — the Selig Power Hour Decade — 157 players hit 37-plus home runs. More than 15 per season. Obviously no Royals player was even on that list. But even more remarkably, in that absurd stretch when baseballs were flying out like planes in Atlanta, the Royals had TWO PLAYERS who hit even THIRTY homers: Dean Palmer hit 34 in 1998 and Jermaine Dye hit 33 in 2000.

Yes, that’s right. The Royals have not had a 30-home run hitter since 2000…

The Royals have six home runs all year. At this point, they’re just hoping to break Balboni’s record as a team.

And you have to wonder: Why can’t the Royals catch a break on this home run thing? Other teams catch breaks. Why couldn’t the Royals have drafted Ryan Howard in the fifth round or selected Edwin Encarnacion off waivers or stuck with Jose Bautista (they are one of many teams to have Baustista) or lucked into a Chris Davis or Carlos Pena season? Why?

The answer, I guess, is that there is no answer. They are the Royals. The Balboni abides. In time, the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble, they’re only made of clay. But the Steve Balboni record of 36 home runs is here to stay.

The District Attorney Posted: April 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: history, joe posnanski, royals, steve balboni

Thursday, April 17, 2014

George Brett, Inspiration for the Song “Royals”, Meets Lorde

Last year [the New Zealand pop singer Lorde] told VHI that she saw a photo in National Geographic “of this dude just signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’ It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pop music, royals

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hardball Times: Learning the Language of the Clubhouse

What I’d been looking for was some insight into the ideal ground-ball rate for a hitter. The Royals were hitting the most ground balls in the league, and I thought it might be affecting their power. Since I knew Eric Hosmer was the one behind me laughing at me, I thought I’d be the adult. I asked Butler about ground balls, but I motioned at Hosmer (I see you there): “I was asking Eric about this, but are ground balls and fly balls something you think about when you get up to the plate?”

“I think about putting the barrel on the ball.”

The peanut gallery exploded. “He gets paid to put the barrel on the ball, you guys get paid to think about fly balls and ground balls,” offers Hosmer clearly on the tape. Which wouldn’t be so bad, he’s right. But as I finished up the interview — Butler was great, he admitted that he looked for the low ball, since the pitcher was trying to throw it there anyway, something I found very interesting in terms of game theory — there was a hum behind me that threatened to take away my concentration.

I didn’t know who exactly was talking, but the tone of the stream and the intent was clear: “we get paid to put barrels on balls man, what the f— is this guy talking about, walk rates, ground-ball rates, barrels dude, barrels, what’s up with this hair, must be because he’s Greek, yeah or blind, these are some stupid questions, man, I’ve never heard anything like this, dude needs to shut up, bothering us about ground-ball rates man, barrels, dude, barrels, nut sacks more like.” The interview with Butler had been getting better, but there was one last emphatic statement from the trio behind me before they exited: “This guy’s the f—ing worst.”


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Royals mascot welcomes Mr. Met to Twitter by hitting on his wife

Statements about “the greatest mascot in sports” do not necessarily represent the opinion of this author.

Mascots playfully taunting one another — on the Internet and in real life — is hardly new. But in an effort to “welcome” the greatest mascot in sports to Twitter, Royals mascot Sluggerrr stepped way, way over the line.

Hey @MrMet welcome to Twitter! BTW, can you ask Mrs. Met why she won’t call me back? http://t.co/MnKEbagKLQ

  (@Sluggerrr) March 10, 2014

The District Attorney Posted: March 11, 2014 at 08:14 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, mets, royals

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