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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pitcher Kris Medlen is intriguing as he makes the most of his audition for Royals’ rotation | The Kansas City Star

When his elbow holds together, Kris Medlen is a pretty good pitcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 11:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: kris medlen, royals

Monday, August 24, 2015

From field to front office, many believe chemistry still matters in baseball

Sure, numbers are fine for fantasy leagues, but if you want to truly define a player’s value, or recognize the importance significance of clubhouse culture, it’s time to wake up and embrace character, too.

“I think we’re losing part of our game because so many of these people in charge don’t have the scouting background or playing background,’’ Peavy said. “All they have is a great education and they’re really good at math. Some of these front offices crunch all of these numbers, and think they’ve got it all figured out.

“I don’t know the formula for winning, but I do know what it means when teams are inseparable, enjoy their time together, care for each other, and play for the higher cause. I’ve seen it. I’ve been part of it.

“You can have all of the education you want, and break down every number you want, but unless you get to know what’s inside a player, you really don’t know the player.’’...

“We had our Moneyball movie, and they didn’t even win,’’ Peavy said of the Oakland Athletics. “How about let’s make a movie about the good ol’ fashioned baseball people, and how they judge team chemistry, and put together guys that fit in.

“How about a movie about a team that actually wins in the end?’’

 


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Royals catch Reds napping on infield fly rule | MLB.com

Bruce popped up a 3-2 pitch that had Hochevar and first baseman Eric Hosmer camped underneath before it hit the ground. The infield fly rule was invoked for the out on Bruce.

The runner on third base, Bourgeois, broke from third base and tried to score. Hochevar threw to catcher Drew Butera, who easily tagged Bourgeois five feet from the plate for the inning-ending double play.

According to Major League Baseball rules, runners may advance at their own risk when the infield fly rule is called.

“He knows the rule. I think it was just a reaction,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It wasn’t a late call by the umpires in the sense that they called it. They had to know that a position player has a play—on what’s called a relatively routine play on the ball. And both the pitcher and the first baseman were converging on the ball. Once the pitcher got underneath it and the first baseman, the home-plate umpire [Chris Conroy] signaled ‘infield fly.’ At that point in time, the ball was just getting ready to hit [the ground], and it did. I think he felt in that situation obliged to run.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: reds, royals

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Royal baby boom? Nine months after World Series, fans welcome little souvenirs | The Kansas City Star

The new Royals theme song?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2015 at 08:47 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Royals magical 2014 postseason is leading to baby boom in Kansas City

Much has been written about the romance of a baseball game: The perfectly green grass like spring in bloom, the highly charged one-on-one battles between pitcher and batter, the foul lines like ley lines laid down by Eros himself.

For Royals fans, this has led to at least one hospital setting a record this July for most babies born in a month with 473—this coming exactly nine months after Royals’ magical World Series run. These newborns even carry reminders of Kansas City’s first postseason berth in 29 years with names like Finnegan (for recently traded Royals reliever Brandon Finnegan), Holland (for the closer Greg Holland) and Everly Royal.

eddieot Posted: August 16, 2015 at 03:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, world series

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Brad Ausmus says Johnny Cueto stopping in windup

Luis Tiant was a cheater!

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus questioned Monday night whether Johnny Cueto’s sometimes-funky delivery is legal.

Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Cueto’s delivery was illegal and later offered his thoughts to reporters, saying Cueto was stopping in his windup.

“Really, the way the rule reads, you’re not supposed to even alter your motion,” Ausmus said. “That’s the way the rule reads. They don’t enforce it. Well, he said if he stops it’s an illegal pitch.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2015 at 12:51 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball rules, brad ausmus, johnny cueto, royals, tigers

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Blue Jays Aaron Sanchez gets 3-game suspension | MLB.com

The three games for hitting a guy in the leg?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:36 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron sanchez, blue jays, royals, suspensions

Monday, August 03, 2015

Yordano Ventura calls Jose Bautista a “nobody” and accuses him of stealing signs | HardballTalk

Yordano Ventura might be a little volatile.

Yordano Ventura, who was in the middle of the beefing after the benches cleared, had his own words for Bautista. They were also on Twitter but were since deleted. Jeff Passan of Yahoo, however, describes them here:

In those tweets, according to two people who read and translated them, Ventura said to Bautista: “We’ll meet again later and if you do that with me, you’ll see what I’m about. I don’t care about anybody. I used to respect you, but you’re a nobody. … You got lucky this time, but MLB doesn’t get canceled after this season. Keep running your mouth. … You need to stop giving signs. You’re gonna get it from me for being fresh and you really are a nobody.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista, royals, yordano ventura

‘He was crying like a baby’: Tempers flare as Royals lose to Blue Jays 5-2 | The Kansas City Star

I guess there is a lot of crying in baseball.

In the aftermath, Royals veteran Edinson Volquez sneered at the behavior of All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson. After Volquez hit Donaldson in the first inning, Donaldson twice reacted with demonstrative anger when Kansas City pitchers continued to pitch inside.

“He’s a little baby,” Volquez said. “He was crying like a baby.”

The sentiment spread through the visitors’ clubhouse, as members of the Royals pitching staff decried Donaldson’s theatrics in the finale of this four-game series. Volquez and others, including reliever Ryan Madson, who also hit a batter and threw inside later at Donaldson, felt Donaldson assumed sinister intent when there was none to be found.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2015 at 05:55 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, crying in baseball, royals

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Moore the Merrier: Dayton Lands Ben Zobrist, the Perfect Piece for the World Series–Hopeful Royals «

Rany Jazayerli likes what the Royals are doing.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 11:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ben Zobrist to Royals: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction | Bleacher Report

The Oakland Athletics have traded infielder Ben Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitchers Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea on Tuesday, the Royals confirmed.

Jane Lee of MLB.com added the A’s will also send cash to the Royals in order to offset Zobrist’s salary.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 03:37 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletcs, ben zobrist, royals, trades

Monday, July 27, 2015


Early returns on Cueto deal look good for Reds | FOX Sports

Rosenthal’s take on the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 12:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals, trades

10 Degrees: A trade deadline primer, with the Royals going all in (yes, really) - Yahoo Sports

Jeff Passan discusses some of the best talent available at the trade deadline.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, trade rumors

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Reds trade Johnny Cueto to Royals | reds.com

Finally, after almost a day of speculation, the Royals completed a trade for Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto.

The deal was announced during the third inning of the Royals-Astros game on Sunday: Cueto and cash considerations to the Royals for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 04:59 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals

For these Royals, winning attitude really does make a difference | The Kansas City Star

In both sports and business, there is a popular idea that a group is made better or worse by how it generates or loses energy together. So-called “energy givers” are valued, and “energy suckers” are rooted out and discarded. Chiefs coach Andy Reid, among many others, refers to this regularly.

There is so much talk in sports about team chemistry, an impossibly vague term that often confuses cause and effect. Maybe there’s some of that here, too — there’d be a lot fewer high fives and funny jokes on a last-place team — but an organization-wide emphasis on how each player affects the next is as logical a reason as any for how this group has changed the history of a long-sorry franchise.

“You either give or you suck,” first-base coach Rusty Kuntz says. “There’s no in-between.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: chemistry, royals

Frazier homers, Cueto pitches gem amid trade rumors | FOX Sports

The Royals were close to trading for Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto before the deal fell through, major-league sources told FOX Sports.

The issue, the sources said, was that one of the players going from the Royals to the Reds did not check out medically. At that point, the deal was nullified.

The near-trade created a dramatic scene among Reds officials and players prior to their game Saturday evening against the Colorado Rockies. Not long before the first pitch, Cueto’s fellow starter Michael Lorenzen began warming up because the Reds believed there was a high probability Cueto would be scratched once the deal was formally agreed upon.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals, trade rumors

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

No contender needs Johnny Cueto more than Kansas City Royals | FOX Sports

Unless, of course, Cueto has physical issues.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 05:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, reds, royals

Jason Vargas has torn UCL, Tommy John surgery likely

So much for Yordano’s demotion.

Jason Vargas had an MRI today after he left last night’s outing in the second inning and the result was a torn ulnar collateral ligament, the injury most associated with Tommy John surgery. Typically for Tommy John surgery, a pitcher will miss 12-15 months, meaning Vargas is definitely out for all of this season and will likely miss most or all of 2016.  The 32-year old left-hander had been out since June 8 with an flexor tendon strain, but returned last night after a rehab stint with AA Northwest Arkansas. For the year, Vargas had a 3.98 ERA in nine starts.

The 32-year old left-hander was 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA and 2.2 fWAR in his first season for the Royals in 2014. He signed a four-year $32 million contract before the 2014 season that will run through 2017.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Yordano Ventura, Royals’ opening day starter, sent to minor leagues as team activates Jason Vargas

Any time you have a chance to keep Joe Blanton, you take it.

The frustrating sophomore season of Yordano Ventura has reached its nadir: The Royals have optioned Ventura, their opening day starter, to Class AAA Omaha to make room on the roster for Jason Vargas.

The Royals agreed to a $23 million contract with Ventura before the season began, and expected him to build off his impressive rookie campaign. Little has gone right for Ventura, who has been hampered by injuries, emotional outbursts and dispirited pitching.

The maneuver came a day after Ventura delivered yet another unproductive performance. He allowed a season-high six runs and exited with no outs in the fifth inning. His ERA ballooned to 5.19.

By sending Ventura to the minors, the Royals can retain control of veteran pitcher Joe Blanton, which bolsters the organization’s depth.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 21, 2015 at 04:52 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: jason vargas, royals, yordano ventura

Monday, July 20, 2015

Rieper: White Sox announcer Ed Farmer is not a fan of the Royals

Is Farmer’s goal to make Harrelson look sympathetic by comparison?

Years later, Cowens, as a member of the Tigers, would face Farmer, then with the White Sox. Cowens had not forgotten about what had happened. On a routine grounder, Cowens ran straight for the pitchers mound. Cowens landed a few punches, even ripping Farmer’s nostrils in a bench-clearing brawl. The brawl was so violent, it led to charges being filed, potentially preventing Cowens from returning to Chicago until Farmer agreed to drop the charges in exchange for an apology. But perhaps that is the kind of violence Farmer is looking for to enforce the “no fun” rules of baseball

JE (Jason) Posted: July 20, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: announcer, announcing, royals, white sox

Thursday, July 09, 2015

What to Do When a Rival Gets Injured

Recently, Miguel Cabrera hit the 15-day DL for the first time in his HOF-worthy career, and I felt bad. The Tigers (the favorite team of all my Michigan-bred blood relatives) have been the team I rooted for in every October since the 2011 season. I don’t want, at any point, one of the best players in the game to have to take unwanted time off and sit on the bench, recovering, while his teammates are forced to pick up the slack around him.

But I had a different reaction when I heard the Alex Gordon news.

My gut reaction was, “Oh, damn. Wow, that really sucks for the Royals fans.” My immediate response to that was, “This could really help the Twins. The Royals might be without one of their best players and we need to capitalize on that. This could be really good for the standings.”

My reaction to that thought was, “Wait, what am I saying?”....

So while simultaneously feeling bad for one of the game’s most talented, and feeling good about the prospects the Twins have in light of this news, I find myself very largely conflicted about just how I SHOULD be reacting. How much, as a rival fan, am I entitled to the “silver lining” for the Twins? How much, as a fan of baseball as a whole, should I putting any and all “positive” reaction out of my mind?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 09, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, fans, injuries, miguel cabrera, royals, tigers, twins

Royals Alex Gordon leaves game with leg injury | MLB.com

This doesn’t sound good at all.

Royals All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon left Wednesday night’s 9-7 win on a cart due to a left groin strain, according to the club.

The Royals said that Gordon is having an MRI to determine severity of the strain

“I’m hopeful that it’s not an extremely long term thing, and I mean extremely long term, I’m talking months,” manager Ned Yost said. “Could be, though. We’ve got to see. He’s getting an MRI right now and we’ll find out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, royals

Monday, July 06, 2015

Neyer: Where There’s Smoak, There’s Fire

This contest determined by popular vote has totally devolved into a popularity contest!

Flat-out question: If you’re building two teams for the rest of the season and you get two of everything including six outfielders, how many Royals’re you choosing?

You know what? I think Gordon and Cain actually make my team, perhaps even as starters! With Perez backing up Russell Martin. So, yes—with the exception of Escobar, the Royals’ starters are pretty well-deserving. By this standard that I’ve just invented, anyway.

Well done! Good job, Major League Baseball and All-Star voters!

Still, I can’t quite get rid of this nagging little thought in the back of my mind that whatever the results might suggest, THE PROCESS IS ROYALLY FAKAKTA.

What else, after all, are we to make of a system that might have given us seven Kansas City Royals in the starting lineup, including Omar Infante?

What else are we to make of a system suggesting that Justin Smoak is more popular than Albert Pujols?*

* I mean, seriously, folks. This column will be on the site for about six seconds before someone tweets at me, “Don’t you know it’s a popularity contest, idiot!” Yeah, I do. I also know that Albert Pujols is more popular than Justin Smoak, by literally ANY OTHER MEASURE designed by man or beast.


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