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Friday, July 22, 2016

Kansas City Royals add ultrasound system MuscleSound

Looking for an edge.

Kenney says the players remain divided on the new technology, with some fearing that any information—the technology does read the quality of a muscle—will get used against them in future contract talks, but others stay “very, very interested to see where their body is taking them.”

“We are trying to get guys to optimal levels and increase performance levels,” Kenney says. “That is our intended use.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, science

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bird was nearly obliterated by a pitch and a bat at Royals game

While Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was pitching to Cheslor Cuthbert, a bird flew near home plate at Kauffman Stadium.

Not only did the bird narrowly miss the ball, but also the bat as Cuthbert swung.

Zach Posted: June 28, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bird, near miss, royals

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Edinson Volquez may have just thrown the worst start of the modern era

Royals starter Edinson Volquez entered Friday night’s appearance against the Astros with a 106 ERA+—meaning, in the simplest terms, he’d been an above-average pitcher on the season when things like his ballpark and the league as a whole were taken under consideration. Volquez then had one of the worst starts in big-league history, thus ensuring that was no longer the case.
Not only was Volquez lifted after recording just three outs—he failed to get anyone out in the second inning—but he yielded 12 runs (11 earned).

It’s worth noting that Volquez’s negative-18 Game Score ranks as the 15th-worst of all-time. All but one of the starts worse than Volquez’s came before World War II, however, with Mike Oquist being the lone contemporary pitcher to perform so horribly—he threw five innings, allowed 14 runs, and gave up four home runs. As such, it would be fair to argue that Volquez’s effort is the worst of modern times.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: edinson volquez, royals

Sunday, June 19, 2016

George Brett has never stopped trying to please his old man, in spite of it all | The Kansas City Star

We only have one.

George Brett is thinking about his father again, the man who punched him and kicked him and at least once threatened to kill him. George loved the old man. Sometimes people have a hard time understanding that.

George has read stories that say he hated his father, and, sure, there were moments back when he was a kid in Southern California when that was true. But isn’t that how most of us are with our parents?

No, George never hated the man. Not in a real, lasting way, at least. He was scared of him. Scared to death. But that’s different than hate. Jack Brett demanded the best from his kids. There’s something to be said for that.

Father’s Day is this weekend. This summer is 25 years since George’s dad died of cancer. But George would be thinking of him anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: george brett, royals


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Royals move on from struggling second baseman Omar Infante, designate him for assignment

Would he still wear a Royals uniform when he starts the All-Star Game?

The Royals officially cut their losses with second baseman Omar Infante on Wednesday, designating him for assignment to clear room on the roster for left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn.

The move results in a significant amount of dead money for the Royals. Infante is still owed roughly 60 percent of his $7.75 million contract this season, which comes out to about $4.7 million. The Royals also are on the hook for $8 million next season and a $2 million buyout in 2018, meaning they still owe him about $14.7 million — an amount that is nearly half of the original four-year, $30.25 million free-agent deal signed in the 2013 offseason.

“It’s a mistake you don’t like to make,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “You don’t like to spend money unnecessarily. You make these types of commitments, and sometimes they don’t work out. You are paid and evaluated so they will work out.”

Infante’s struggles were well documented. In 39 games this season, he batted .239 with a .279 on-base percentage while offering little power and diminished defensive abilities.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: omar infante, royals

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The reason why the Royals have considered trading Yordano Ventura - Yahoo Sports

Another stupid skirmish.

Yordano Ventura, petulant child, roared back to life Tuesday night, when after missing Manny Machado twice with brushback pitches during his second at-bat he planted a 99-mph fastball in Machado’s ribs in the third. Were this some other pitcher, maybe any other, Machado would’ve shaken off the pain and hobbled to first base. That it happened to be someone who in three consecutive starts last season incited benches to clear provided the tinder, kindling and logs for a Machado spark that otherwise would’ve idly died.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, royals, yordano ventura

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Royals fans are once again stuffing the ballot boxes for the MLB All-Star Game

As you can see, Royals catcher/warrior-poet Salvador Perez is right now the leading vote-getter in the AL, and he’s right now the only AL-er to top the one million vote mark. Eric Hosmer is also in line to be a starter, as is Lorenzo Cain. Elsewhere, there’s no earthly justification for having Omar Infante ahead of Robinson Cano in the balloting, but fans shall behave like fans. Such are the hazards of direct democracy.
If you recall, Royals fans were put under intense scrutiny a year ago for their manipulation of the All-Star voting process.

The superdelegates will probably keep Omar Infante winning anyway.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2016 at 04:34 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star voting, royals

Here’s what keeps Royals officials up at night | The Kansas City Star

Winning is difficult.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Monday, May 30, 2016

Royals rally to top White Sox for series sweep | MLB.com

Champions doing champion things.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2016 at 10:05 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, white sox

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Royals rally for 7-run 9th to beat White Sox | MLB.com

“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, white sox

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Epic fall: Royals score seven in ninth to stun White Sox

Tough loss to Omaha, I mean, the Kansas City Royals.

It came the day after the bullpen blew a three-run lead to start a nine-game road trip. It was the Sox’ fifth loss in a row and 13th in their last 17 games and it left more than a couple players sitting at their lockers in stunned silence, a scene more common in late August or September than late May.

“When they won, I was like, ‘This is true?’ I can’t believe it,’’ Sox left fielder and former Royal Melky Cabrera said. “I just can’t believe it.”

Nor could a Sox fan base that saw its team storm to a 23-10 start and six-game lead in the American League Central. As the Cleveland Indians, who took three of four from the Sox at U.S. Cellular Field to start the week, won in Baltimore to knock the Sox out of first for the first time since April 22, “fire Robin Ventura” petitions were circulating on the Internet.

“You get to that ninth, and the way games have been going, you go to the guy to close it out, because we haven’t been able to get to him,’’ said Ventura, noting Robertson’s light workload of four appearances in the last 18 days and his first in five days. “There’s no time clock. If you can’t close it out, that’s what happens. And today we couldn’t close it out.’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2016 at 10:57 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, royals, white sox

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mike Moustakas out with ACL tear

The Royals announced that they have placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list with a tear in his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and have called up outfielder Brett Eibner from AAA Omaha. Moustakas injured himself in a collision with outfielder Alex Gordon on a foul pop up in Sunday’s game against Chicago. Gordon was placed on the disabled list earlier this week. Moustakas finished the game on Sunday, but missed all three games since then. Moustakas was hitting .240/.301/.500 with 7 HR 13 RBI in 27 games. He has already served a stint on the disabled list this year for an injured thumb.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2016 at 04:58 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: acl, injuries, mike moustakas, royals

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Raul Mondesi Jr. suspended 50 games for PEDs found in cold medicine

Royals prospect Raul Mondesi Jr. has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for Clenbuterol, a performance-enhancing drug, MLB announced Tuesday. The suspension is effective immediately.

Mondesi, 20, is on Kansas City’s 40-man roster, though he is currently in Double-A. His suspension was reduced from 80 games to 50 games because he showed Clenbuterol can be found in cold medicine.

“I took an over-the-counter medication [Subrox-C], which I bought in the Dominican Republic to treat cold and flu symptoms. I failed to read the labeling on the medication or consult with my trainer or team about taking it and did not know it contained a banned substance. I tested positive for that banned substance, with a minuscule amount of Clenbuterol in my system, which could not have possibly enhanced my performance on the field, and now must face the consequences of that mistake.

“I apologize to my organization, my teammates, the fans and everyone who has supported me in my career. Never did I intend to take a substance that would give me an unfair advantage on the field. It is solely my mistake and there are no excuses for my carelessness in not being fully informed of what I put in my body. My goal is to work through this setback and make it back in time to help my organization compete for another World Series title.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2016 at 05:54 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, raul mondesi, royals

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

When Athletes are left to their own digital dating devices

Tinder’s location-specific search makes an athlete’s road game easier, and longer stays increase the chances of consummating a match, so for MLB players, in particular, scores come in bunches. “Tinder is better for an area you’re not familiar with, so that’s how a lot of guys meet people,” says Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who’s off the market but estimates that a third of his single colleagues are right swipers. And that number spikes during spring training, when regulars can punch out by the fifth inning. The taken might kill that time with golf and pool parties. The single guys? “They’re having lots of sex out here, and at least half are using Tinder to do it,” says a Cactus Leaguer with the Giants. “It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.”


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Royals continue to defy projections

“I really think the bullpen can explain at least half of that overperformance during the year,” Davenport said. “Their bullpen is that good.”

But how can just one aspect of a team be so disproportionately responsible for underestimating the entire team? Without turning this into a Ph.D. dissertation, we could sum it up a couple of ways.

Many stats define how great this bullpen has been. But it all comes back to this: When the Royals have led after eight innings over the past four seasons, they’ve gone 241-4. When they’ve led after seven, they’ve gone 211-10. So when you win pretty much every game in which you take a lead, over that many years, you’re defying all probability and all norms of bullpen volatility.

Not to mention, Davenport said, that only in the bullpen does a team have “the ability to selectively use [its] best players at key times.” So where most projections assume that players find themselves in a wide variety of random situations, “Wade Davis is not used in a random fashion,” Davenport said, “but at very precise, high-impact times.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 20, 2016 at 11:46 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: pecota, projections, relievers, royals

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Overland Park man buys baseball from Eric Hosmer’s World Series dash, loans it to Royals Hall of Fame

Then Lucas saw JB044155 and this description:

Session Name: 2015 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 KC@NYM

Session Date: November 1, 2015

Additional Information: BATTER — SALVADOR PEREZ, PITCHER — JEURYS FAMILIA, TOP OF 9, GROUND OUT

Lucas did a double-take. Wasn’t that the ball Mets first baseman Lucas Duda threw away as Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer dashed home to tie Game 5 of the 2015 World Series?

Zach Posted: April 07, 2016 at 01:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, jeurys familia, memorabilia, royals, salvador perez, world series

Monday, April 04, 2016

Kansas City Royals say New York Mets’ presence soured pregame pomp

In a day of firsts, it was the New York Mets who had the dubious honor of being the first team in MLB history to relive a World Series defeat through a steady stream of big-screen highlights before the victor raised the championship banner on Opening Day—in their face.

“It was just strange, the pregame ceremony,” Yost said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, royals

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The vigilante Royals are a big part of baseball’s big problem | FOX Sports

This “problem” is soooooooooo overblown. A bigger problem is the outrage from the media over things so inconsequential.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Shortstop Marten Gasparini’s unlikely journey from Italy to Royals’ minor leagues

Nick Leto has dark, short hair, and he is blessed with a friendly, affable personality. On a typically sunny day in Surprise, he is wearing a Royals polo shirt and greeting nearly everyone who passes by their first name.

His title is the Arizona operations manager for the Royals. In a nutshell, that means Leto ensures the facilities in Surprise accommodate whatever the team needs. It’s a year-round job.

After the Royals break spring training this week, the minor-leaguers stay behind until their season begins. Players from the big-league club sometimes stay in extended spring training if they are working through injuries. There is a rookie-ball team there in the summer and the Royals take part in the Arizona Fall League…

Leto previously worked for the Braves in their facility in Orlando, Fla. He also helped Major League Baseball run its European academies, including one at the Italian Olympic Training Center in Tirrenia.

That’s where he got to know Bill Holmberg of the Italian Baseball Academy. Holmberg tipped off Leto about Gasparini, and the Royals quickly encouraged Leto to check him out.

“For somebody in my position to even have the freedom to do something like that is, in my mind, unheard of,” Leto said, shaking his head. “The operations guy from Arizona is not going to Europe for the club, not scouting anything; I’m not even on that level.”

Zach Posted: March 29, 2016 at 12:35 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: europe, international players, operations guy from arizona, royals

Friday, March 18, 2016

Royals coach Kuntz wins over players | royals.com

If you hang around a Royals Spring Training practice for even a few moments, you’ll hear the familiar and booming voice of first-base coach Rusty Kuntz.

“Player!” is Kuntz’s signature bark at his troops, an endearing shout that has become the equivalent of his “Hello.”
Royals players view the term as a compliment about their skills, as in “He’s a player!” but few know the origin of Kuntz’s “Player!”
“I was with Houston, my second or third year coaching,” Kuntz recalled. “All the players would address me as ‘Coach’ because they were young guys and I was an instructor and they grew up calling all their coaches ‘Coach.’
“Now, I would tell them, ‘Hey, my name is Rusty. Call me Rusty.’ But every spring, players kept calling me ‘Coach.’ They didn’t get it. So after a while I would just start calling them ‘Player.’ If you’re going to call me ‘Coach’ I’ll call you ‘Player.’ And then over the years that just evolved into calling everyone ‘Player.’”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, rusty kuntz

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Royals’ Kendrys Morales is old soul in clubhouse and a run-producer in lineup | The Kansas City Star

Kendrys Morales is an old soul of sorts, a fan of the classics, so as he made a home at Kauffman Stadium in 2015, he settled on a simple routine. He would show up to the stadium around noon, change into a pair of basketball shorts and a T-shirt and cue up a playlist from a past generation.

“Elvis,” Royals manager Ned Yost says. “Frank Sinatra.”

In his first season in Kansas City, the rhythms of Morales fit his new club perfectly. As a switch-hitting designated hitter with hands like cinderblocks, he swatted 22 homers and racked up a team-high 106 RBIs. As a veteran in the clubhouse, he offered a touch of swagger. One year after the worst season of his career, he rebounded with one of his best, recording an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of .847, the second highest of his career.

“He just created real depth in that lineup,” Yost said. “His ability to hit with power and drive the ball from both sides of the plate; he did a nice job for us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2016 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: kendrys morales, royals

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Royals, Salvador Perez “Moving Close” To Extension - MLB Trade Rumors

I look forward to the Jon Singleton renegotiation. Perez shouldn’t say anything bad about Royals ownership ever.

The Royals have officially agreed to a new contract with catcher Salvador Perez. The deal covers six years for the Beverly Hills Sports Council client, including the coming season, and does not include any options. It guarantees three preexisting club options and adds two new seasons at the back end, with a total guarantee of $52.5MM.

All told, then, Perez will be promised the payouts contemplated in his original extension in addition to receiving $36MM in new money. Part of that comes in the form of a $6MM signing bonus, so there’s some added cash coming to Perez up front. His new 2017 salary will be $3MM, and he’ll earn $7.5MM and then $10MM in the two seasons to follow before taking home $13MM annually in the two new years covered by the deal.

A contract restructuring has long been said to be in the works between the sides. Perez was playing under an early-career deal that allowed the club to control him through 2019, via club options, for the relatively meager sum of $16.5MM. The original contract, negotiated by his prior agents, promised him just $7MM over five years, though of course it was reached before he had even logged a full season in the majors.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, salvador perez

Texas Rangers: Jon Daniels: How Josh Hamilton and Ian Desmond will co-exist if and when Hamilton is healthy | SportsDay

Will Hamilton really contribute much this season? I’m not feeling it.

I hope Ian’s playing well and come May, Josh is healthy and ready to roll. Even before the last few weeks where Josh’s knee acted up again, internally we were all discussing what is the right number of games for Josh and I don’t think anyone felt like it was 150. At 34, going to be 35, he’s had multiple knee surgeries, he’s 240-plus pounds, a big man on a knee that’s had some issues.

Even before the last few weeks, all off-season we’ve been of the mindset that we were going to have to monitor his playing time. What we’ve talked to Josh about is let’s really focus on getting healthy. If you’re healthy and you come back and you’re playing the way you’re capable of playing, I’m very confident we’ll sort it out. I’m very confident that we’ll find spots where Josh can play and contribute to the club and at the same time still protect his body.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ian desmond, jon daniels, josh hamilton, jurickson profar, rangers, royals

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