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Monday, July 30, 2018

Royals’ Salvador Perez turned an extremely rare unassisted double play by a catcher

New York had loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning when the Yankees’ Tyler Wade hit a tapper about 2 feet in front of the plate.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez sprang to his feet, touched home plate for the force and then tagged Wade for the second out.

It was over in a flash and Wade seemed a bit stunned because the double play happened while he was in the batter’s box.

Zach Posted: July 30, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: double plays, royals, salvador perez, unusual plays, yankees

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Fangraphs writer blasts Royals in fiery Twitter rant | The Kansas City Star

Dan should be included in the byline.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2018 at 05:39 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Woman charged, accused of breaking into home of Royals pitcher Danny Duffy

Duffy watched the video feed as an unknown woman walked around inside his home.

When police arrived, they found the woman walking down the stairs in Duffy’s clothing. The woman told police she thought his home was an Airbnb.

Not safe at home, then?


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Kelvin Herrera Trade Start of Something Big for Nationals

ashington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo’s latest move to improve his team’s bullpen — and, therefore, improve a team that is ailing and sputtering even as it pursues its fifth division title in seven years — might be better than those that preceded it, even though a few of those worked out splendidly.

Kelvin Herrera will help the Nationals. He will lessen the burden on Ryan Madson and eliminate high-leverage situations for Shawn Kelley — maybe even eliminating Kelley altogether. Justin Miller, Tim Collins, Sammy Solis — all the gassed Nats relievers should, as Madson said Monday night, extend “welcoming arms” to the new charge.

This season with the only team he has ever known, the Kansas City Royals, Herrera faced 95 batters — and walked two. Opposing hitters have a .506 on-base-plus-slugging percentage against him; MLB average is .722. He was the right guy at a perfect time — six weeks before the trade deadline, which means six weeks of the season when the rest of the Nationals will have a less stressful workload.


But it says here that the Nats will need more. Not for now, necessarily. But for October. Or maybe, if a few things don’t straighten themselves out in health and performance, to even reach ] October.

Two areas to think about: Catcher and starting pitcher. One way to think, in either case: Large.

Consider the catching situation. Matt Wieters is out till, say, August following surgery on his left hamstring. Pedro Severino and Spencer Kieboom, the two kids the Nationals are employing in Wieters’s stead, are slugging .241 and .222, respectively. Washington’s catchers collectively have a .574 OPS — last in the National League. An upgrade is in order.

Now, you could say that Wieters will provide an upgrade. That’s debatable, of course, given his .632 OPS of a year ago. But even if you believe Wieters’s return will prevent the catcher’s spot in the order from being a black hole, that black hole still exists for another month-and-a-half. An offense that has a sputtering Bryce Harper and a working-himself-into-shape Daniel Murphy and an absent Ryan Zimmerman can’t really afford a spot in the order that produces zippo.

Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: June 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, royals, trades

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has fractured bone in left foot, will undergo CT scan

The Royals don’t yet know the extent of the injury but believe it is unrelated to what happened last week in Oakland. A CT scan on Saturday will determine the Royals’ next move.

But this fact remains: Soler, in his first full season playing at the major-league level with the Royals after being acquired from the Cubs in a December 2016 trade of reliever Wade Davis, used crutches to cross the carpet of the clubhouse here after the game. He gingerly made his way in and out of the showers, careful not to place much weight on his left foot.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 01:56 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, jorge soler, royals

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Diamondbacks acquire outfielder Jon Jay from Royals | AZ Central

SAN FRANCISCO – In acquiring Jon Jay in a deal with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon, Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen believes he filled a short-term need in the outfield at a time when his club needs it most.

“With the way the division is shaping up,” Hazen said, “where every day matters more and more, we just felt like this was the right thing to do at the time.”

The D-Backs send minor league prospects Gabe Speier and Elvis Luciano to the Royals.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 07, 2018 at 03:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, john jay, royals

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


George Brett says young Royals remind him of his playing days

Sans Zdebonair, of course.

Sans Zdebonair

The words are flowing quickly from George Brett’s mouth. The greatest player in Royals history can’t stop talking about winning baseball in Kansas City.

He’s saying the same names and phrases you’ve heard before.

Eric Hosmer can be a star. And the young left-handed pitchers can turn into studs. And guys like Johnny Giavotella and Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez can win with talent AND chemistry.

“What were they doing in Double-A two years ago?” Brett says. “They were voted the best (darn) team in all of minor-league baseball.”

Repoz Posted: January 15, 2012 at 08:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: history, royals

Monday, January 09, 2012

BTF Flashback: David Brazeal’s “The Peña”

Once upon a spring so dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious contest of forgotten score.
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my office door.
“‘Tis just Mr. Glass,” I muttered, “tapping at my office door—
Only him and nothing more.”

How distinctly I remembers how it’s been in past Decembers,
As each season’s dying embers wrought their ghosts across the plain.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had tried to borrow
From Herk’s legacy of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Jermaine.
For the rare and radiant player whom the angels name Jermaine—
I got Neifi - oh, such pain.

And the silken sad uncertain promise of each high school pitcher
Thrilled me—-filled me with fantastic fervor never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,
“‘Tis some young phenom entreating entrance at my chamber door,
Affeldt or Runelvys entreating entrance at my chamber door.
This it is, and nothing more.”

Our young arms I thought were stronger; hesitating then no longer,
“Sirs,” said I, “for those high pitch counts, your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is, I was napping, while Old Muser did his yapping,
Now the doctors, elbows zapping, zapping like Rosado’s sore,
Promise me that they will fix you.” Here I opened wide the door—-
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into the outfield peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing
Doubting, dreaming dreams no GM ever dreamed with such élan;
Half Dos Carlos still has impact, and I want a long-term contract,
He’s the biggest prospect intact.  Faintly came the word, “Beltran,”
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Beltran!”
Sign or trade him fore he’s gone.

Back into my office turning, for that long-term deal still yearning,
Soon again I heard a tapping, something louder than before,
“Surely,” said I, “surely, that’s a closer at my window lattice.
Let me see, then, who thereat is, and this bullpen depth explore.
Mike McDougal, Ryan Bukvich, Hill and others do implore.
All will have some saves in store.

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Peña, of the Pirates’ days of yore.
Not much of OPS knew he; loss of veteran pride did rue he;
Grounding to the right side knew he, was the perfect way to score.
Perched upon a bust of Dave Glass, just inside my office door,
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this manager beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By his bright and warm decorum made me want to scale a wall,
“Though thy attitude is sunny, we,” I said, “don’t have no money,
Optimistic silly Peña, Michael Tucker can’t play ball.
Tell me what the lordly plan is ‘ere this team impact the wall.”
Quoth the Peña, “Little ball.”

Much I marveled this ungainly man to hear discourse so plainly,
This the answer I’d been searching, all to end the Royals’ fall,
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Should be always cursed with seeing such a bad display of ball,
Randa, Quinn or Mayne may slug .350 but at least they all,
Might make runs with “Little ball.”

But the Peña, sitting lonely on that placid bust, spoke only
Those two words, as if the world with those two words he did enthrall.
I was struck with inspiration—“Hitters: heed the situation!”
Called Ibanez: “Raul, come quickly! Even if your swing is sickly,
Make your outs always productive, lest the ump a third strike call.
Chirped the skipper, “Little ball.”

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
“Doubtless,” said I, “what he utters is the offense to install,
But with slugger Michael Sweeney, surely Peña’s not a meanie.
If our slugger bats with man on second and no outs at all—-
Surely then a mighty swing will not this Peña’s ire recall.
Still spoke Peña, “Little ball.”

This new manager beguiling all my sad soul into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of him, to heed his call;
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to thinking
What about the shortstop stinking?  What if Angel’s bat should fall
Like it did for all last season, Though his glove did not appall?
Came the answer, “Little ball.”

Thus I sat engaged in guessing, Desi Relaford assessing,
While the Peña’s eyes cried tears of loss for Royal Byrd named Paul;
Thoughts on Mark D. Quinn alighting, hopes for no more Kung Fu fighting—
That his hamstring he’ll be righting, and can finally heed the call,
Even if his leather glove he leaves upon the bench till fall,
DH, too, plays Little Ball!

I had praised payroll taxation, contemplating my rotation.
Yankee seraphim whose money trickling, to KC would fall.
“Cash,” I cried, “Steinbrenner spent thee—by these dollars he hath
Pent the talent up in Gotham, leaving little for us all.
Leaving only Darrell May, Asencio to throw the ball.”
Quoth the Peña, “Little Ball!”

“Peña!” said I, “dugout leader!  Ask a Baseball Primer Reader!
Little Ball, they say, is not conducive to Mike Sweeney’s call.
What of Harvey’s blooming power, just last Fall his finest hour—
Arizona’s budding flower, whacking line drives off the wall?
Is there room for sluggers herewith, shall we his sweet swing forestall?”
Quoth the Peña, “Little Ball.”

“Peña!” said I, “clubhouse leader, we don’t have a Derek Jeter!
On the grave of Ewing Kauffman—by the Game we heard us call—
Tell this soul if there’s a reason, to believe sometime this season,
We shall be our fans a-pleasin’, by a fine display of ball—
Pass the Tigers?  E’en the Twinkies! Pass them in the standings all!
Quoth the Peña, “Little Ball.”

“Be those words our sign of parting, Muser clone!” I shrieked, upstarting—
“Get thee back into the dugout.  Let thine quips the press enthrall!
When our bullpen lost Hernandez, what I came to understand is,
There’s a hundred cheap Joe Randas waiting to receive a call.
Woe to Mr. Glass for nixing Randa to the Cubs et al.
Quoth the Peña, “Little Ball.”

And the Peña, offense stunting, still is bunting, still is bunting
On the green expanse of Kauffman though my head hurts from it all;
And the team has kept on losing, while the fans in seats are snoozing.
And a record of .500 teases as the seasons crawl
And the team from out that cellar where it’s buried every Fall

Wins renown for Little Ball.

David Brazeal Posted: January 09, 2012 at 11:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Andy Carey, helped preserve Larsen’s perfecto, dies

RIP,

Andy Carey, a former Yankees third baseman who helped preserve Don Larsen’s 1956 perfect game, passed away on Dec. 15 in Costa Mesa, Calif., his family announced. He was 80.

A career .260 hitter, Carey played in 11 Major League seasons from 1952-62, beginning with the Yankees at age 20 in ‘52 and spending nine seasons wearing pinstripes.

Born on Oct. 18, 1931, in Oakland, Calif., Carey signed with the Yankees after spending a summer playing semi-pro ball in Weiser, Idaho. As New York’s everyday third baseman in ‘55, Carey led the league with 11 triples and was known as a solid defender and clutch hitter.

Carey played on four Yankees World Series teams, winning rings with the 1956 and ‘58 squads. He is remembered as playing a key role in Larsen’s Oct. 8, 1956, perfecto against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.

Repoz Posted: January 04, 2012 at 02:58 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, obituaries, royals, white sox, yankees

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

[Yuniesky] Betancourt Back With Royals

When he fits in well around the clubhouse, he really fits in well AROUND the clubhouse!

The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed utility infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year Major League contract for 2012. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed…

“We have been looking for a utility infielder who could play short, third and second base and we feel Yuni is a great fit,” said Royals’ General Manager Dayton Moore. “He brings a right-handed bat with some power and is a guy we know fits in well in the clubhouse.”...

Betancourt is a career .268 hitter with 189 doubles, 60 home runs and 375 RBI in seven seasons for the Mariners (2005-09), Royals (2009-10) and Brewers (2011).

The District Attorney Posted: December 20, 2011 at 09:04 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Grantland (Rany J): The MLB Prospect Bubble

In 21st-century baseball, when teams do overpay in prospects, it’s usually for stars. Most famously, in 2007 the Braves gave up Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (who started to find himself this season after a trade to Boston) — but at least they traded for Mark Teixeira, an acknowledged superstar.

The blowback from the Teixeira trade seems to have made teams even more conservative about trading prospects, even for elite major league talent. As a result, for perhaps the first time in baseball history, minor league prospects seem to be overvalued by MLB front offices. ...

To put this in terms that Billy Beane can understand: We’ve reached a point where trading away prospects is the new market inefficiency. ...

For that reason, an ambitious team with a deep farm system — the Royals, for instance, or the Nationals — should take advantage of MLB general managers’ prospect fetish to cash in some of their lottery tickets for established players who might help them win in 2012.

Rany makes some excellent points here. Prospects can serve two purposes for an organization - building blocks on the parent club or trade chits for the pieces that will get you over the hump - and teams seem to be more inclined these days to use them for the first purpose without giving enough thought to using them for the second purpose.

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 20, 2011 at 08:30 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, nationals, prospect reports, royals

Friday, December 16, 2011

Kevin Goldstein: Royals Top 11 Prospects

System in 30 Words Or Less: Despite graduating five players from last year’s Top 11 to create one of the most exciting young teams in the majors, this system remains among the best.

Five-Star Prospects
1. Wil Myers, OF
2. Bubba Starling, OF
Four-Star Prospects
3. Jake Odorizzi, RHP
4. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B
5. John Lamb, LHP
Three-Star Prospects
6. Mike Montgomery, LHP
7. Yordano Ventura, RHP
8. Jorge Bonifacio, OF
9. Kelvin Herrera, RHP
10. Jason Adam, RHP
11. Chris Dwyer, RHP

Nine More
12. Elier Hernandez, OF: This big-money signee ($3-plus million) from the Dominican has the potential to be a special bat in an outfield corner.
13. Christian Colon, SS/2B: His Double-A season was a big disappointment, especially for a player with a limited ceiling.
14. Bryan Brickhouse, RHP: This third-round pick has velocity and a curveball, but it’s not pretty.
15. Yamaico Navarro, INF: He’s ready to produce as a Wilson Betemit type with more positional flexibility.
16. David Lough, OF: Some still believe in him as a second-division starter, but most see a future fourth outfielder.
17. Noel Arguelles, LHP: This Cuban lefty has moxie and command, but will he miss bats at the upper levels?
18. Brett Eibner, OF: Injuries affected his full-season debut, but questions about his hitting remain.
19. Kevin Chapman, LHP: Chapman is a power lefty with mid-90s heat, but it can get straight.
20. Humberto Arteaga, SS: He’s a potential defensive wizard who will need to make great strides with the bat.

Tripon Posted: December 16, 2011 at 03:43 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, prospect reports, royals, scouting

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Rule V Results

1.Astros take Rhiner Cruz from Mets.
2.Twins take Terry Doyle from White Sox.
3.Mariners take Lucas Luetge from Brewers.
4.Orioles take Ryan Flaherty from Cubs.
5.Royals take Cesar Cabral from Red Sox; traded to Yankees for cash.
6.Cubs take Lendy Castillo from Phillies.
8.Pirates take Gustavo Nunez from Tigers.
  21.Braves take Robert Fish from Angels.
22.Cardinals take Erik Komatsu from Nationals.
23.Red Sox take Marwin Gonzalez from Cubs.
  25.Diamondbacks take Brett Lorin from Pirates.
  29.Yankees take Brad Meyers from Nationals.


Saturday, December 03, 2011

Royals Review: Royals Fired Frank White For Being Too Critical?

I wasn’t pitch-fork ready when I heard that Frank White was not returning to Royals broadcasts in 2012. However, Jeff Passan has made the discussion a little more interesting:

I’m told the Royals fired Frank White because team thought he was too critical. To fire him is bad. To fire him for that is unconscionable.

...The Royals are in a tough spot here. The team/FSKC has every right to go in another direction, and in the past White has been fairly prickly about being denied or removed from similar Royal-for-life-I’m-a-Famous-guy roles. A number of fans are upset about Frank being fired and a few days the Royals are going to take some heat for it. For me, I’m much more concerned about why he was fired.

I agree with Passan—who is a nationally respected baseball writer with KC ties—that firing Frank for being critical of the team is a bad thing. The odd, and scary thing, is that I would have never considered him critical in the first place. I can begrudgingly understand and even warrant that a team would not want a truly critical voice on team broadcasts (although this could also mean more entertaining TV and maybe more money, etc). But if Frank White was too critical what could they possibly want? Can any of us name three negative things the man said? Coupled with the short-sighted decision to dump Fanfest in favor of focusing on out-of-town corporate junketers this summer, we’re looking at a rough winter from Royals leadership.

Are the bad old days of a paranoid ownership returning?

Thanks to Pa Tech.

Repoz Posted: December 03, 2011 at 01:19 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, media, royals, television

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Source: Jonathan Broxton, KC a match

Former Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

The deal is contingent on Broxton passing a physical exam Wednesday, the source said.

Broxton, 27, is 25-20 with a 3.19 ERA and 84 saves over seven big league seasons. He was a National League All-Star in 2009 and 2010, but made only 14 appearances for the Dodgers last season before undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in September.

Broxton was attractive to numerous clubs because of his willingness to sign a one-year deal and go back on the market as a free agent next winter. The Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and New York Mets all actively pursued him before he decided to sign with Kansas City….

Terms of Broxton’s agreement with Kansas City weren’t immediately available, but sources said he was seeking a deal in the $4 million to $6 million range.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2011 at 03:56 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, royals

VIDEO: Vh1 Releases The New Baseball Wives Supertrailer!

The new series will follow the lives of five wives, ex-wives and girlfriends of professional Baseball players as they struggle to balance relationships, friendships and chaos. The Baseball Wives are: Anna Benson (wife of retired Arizona Diamondbacks’ Pitcher Kris Benson), Tanya Grace (ex-wife of retired Chicago Cubs’ First Baseman Mark Grace), Chantel Kendall (ex-wife of Kansas City Royals’ Jason Kendall), Brook Villone (wife of Ron Villone) and Jordana Lenz (linked to no particular athlete in particular – but I’m sure she has an MLB ex or two somewhere).

OsunaSakata Posted: November 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, cubs, mets, nationals, orioles, pirates, rockies, royals, television

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Report: Bruce Chen, Royals agree

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City Royals agreed to a $9 million, two-year contract with left-hander Bruce Chen on Wednesday, solidifying their starting rotation heading into next season, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

They call him Bruce.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 24, 2011 at 05:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dodd: On Hosmer, the Rookie of the Year and why age matters

Intermocking NY Yankee fan that threw Hosmer’s 1st career HR back…begins now!

In just his third full year of professional baseball, Hosmer batted .293/.334/.465 with 19 homers and 27 doubles in 128 major-league games. His adjusted on-base percentage plus slugging (OPS+) was 118. And if you want to put all these numbers in historical context, here we go:

Here is the list* of players that batted at least .290/.330/.465 with a 118 OPS+ at the age of 21 (with a couple qualifiers):

*During their first or second major-league season

*Minimum 500 plate appearances

... Eddie Matthews; Mickey Mantle; Ted Williams; Albert Pujols; Stan Musial; Hal Trosky; Arky Vaughan; Del Ennis; Frank Robinson; Hank Aaron; Ken Griffey Jr.; Bob Horner; Orlando Cepeda; Miguel Cabrera; Joe Medwick; Vada Pinson; and Joe DiMaggio.

That’s 17 names. And just three — Cabrera, Pujols and Griffey — in the last three decades.

 

 

Repoz Posted: November 14, 2011 at 06:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, projections, royals, sabermetrics

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christensen: Time has come to put Camilo Pascual in the Twins Hall of fame

With Patrick Reusse’s urging, I’ve been voting for Pascual, but I must admit that I knew little about the Cuban righthander’s career this summer, when we were putting together stories for Bert Blyleven’s Hall of Fame induction. I started interviewing folks about Blyleven’s legendary curve ball, and the ones who remembered, were quick to mention his predecessor.

“The best curve ball in history, and a guy who gets overlooked, is Camilo Pascual,” White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone said.

Hawk Harrelson heard us talking and launched into a story:

“We had a rainy day at the old Met, and Camilo did something I’d never seen somebody do: He struck out three guys all sitting on their butt. Rocky Colavito was hitting third, I was hitting fourth, and Jim Gentile was hitting fifth. The ground was wet, and we got out there so far—wham! Right down on our butt.”

“and Camilo did something I’d never seen somebody do”...and you still haven’t, because it nevah happened™. (™: Tracer Meth-a-done)

Repoz Posted: November 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, history, royals, twins

Monday, November 07, 2011

Jonathan Sanchez Traded for Melky Cabrera

The Kansas City Royals have announced that the club has acquired left-handed pitchers Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: November 07, 2011 at 06:19 PM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals

Brown: Royals reportedly set to corporately rename Kauffman Stadium

Arvest: With the promise of a man…

For perhaps $3-6 million annually over the next 21 years, the Kansas City Royals reportedly are willing to sell out their founder, the late Ewing Kauffman, and rename their ballpark after a bank. Or maybe they’ll just marginalize Kauffman a little bit and call the place “Whichever Bank Field at Kauffman Stadium.”

...KHSB-TV, the NBC station in K.C., reports that the Royals home park might go corporate as soon as Monday:

  Sources close to the Royals say the corporation is a bank but they would not confirm which one.

  However, it is worth noting that the chairman of the board of Arkansas based Arvest Bank is the son of the late Sam Walton of the Walmart family.

  Royals owner David Glass is the former CEO of Walmart.

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2011 at 10:24 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: business, history, media, royals

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Neyer: Royals Hire Dave Eiland As New Pitching Coach

Non-dead Eiland.

After the season the Royals fired Bob McClure, their pitching coach of six seasons. Today they’ve hired Dave Eiland, who spent this season working in the Rays’ front office after three seasons as the Yankees’ pitching coach…

the Yankees fired [Eiland] after three seasons because their pitching staff had under-performed, which looks only more true after a 2011 in which the staff’s ERA jumped from seventh in the American League to fourth.

The District Attorney Posted: October 27, 2011 at 05:17 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Friday, October 21, 2011

Young remains Rangers’ heartbeat … but could have been a Royal

Argh! The Royals could have been enjoying 75 win seasons this entire time!

It nearly happened before the 2003 season when, coincidentally, the Royals and Rangers became co-tenants at their new spring home in Surprise, Ariz.

Those were the Royals’ grim penny-pinching days, and they were already fretting at maximizing their return when inevitably forced to trade outfielder Carlos Beltran, who had just completed his third season of at least 100 runs and 100 RBIs in four years.

The Rangers were interested. They had just signed then-shortstop Alex Rodriguez to a 10-year contract for an eye-popping $252 million and envisioned a brightening future. Beltran would fit right in.

Talks progressed to the point where the basic framework for a deal seemed in place. The Royals would get Young, then a second baseman, and third baseman Hank Blalock for Beltran. The deal wasn’t done, certainly. But it was close.

Ancillary pieces were still being negotiated. The Royals wanted outfielder Laynce Nix, and discussions hinged on what other player (or players) the Rangers would receive….

The deal went on hold when Beltran suffered a strained oblique in mid-March. The Royals then got off to an astoundingly magical start and, when Beltran returned, the immediate urge to make a deal evaporated.

That was also the year Young emerged as an impact player by collecting 204 hits and batting .306. Eight years later, the numbers speak for themselves but, still, tell only part of his contributions to the Rangers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2011 at 03:52 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, royals

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

NPR: Relief Pitcher Admits Living A Lie, And Then Life Gets Complicated

His name is Robert Paulsen….

“His real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo,” Miami Herald reporter Frances Robles tells NPR’s Lynn Neary. “And when he was 17, he assumed a friend’s identity, who was 16 — because the teams pay so much more money for 16-year-olds.”

Robles visited Oviedo’s Dominican hometown of Bonao, where she talked to a coach who runs a “baseball school” that nurtures young players, many of them both talented and desperate to help their families. There, Oviedo was reportedly known almost exclusively by his nickname, “C.D.”

That nickname seems to have made it particularly easy for Oviedo to take the name of a younger friend named Leo Nunez. In 2000, he signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who believed he was 16.

“They don’t pay big bucks for 17; they pay big bucks for 16,” Robles says. “The difference can be hundreds of thousands of dollars.”....

As for why Oviedo decided to come clean, Robles says there are two competing stories out there. One version supposes that he’s trying to fulfill a final request from his father, who died last spring. In a similar scenario, this one popular in his hometown, he revealed his real identity so that he could become a naturalized U.S. citizen and bring his family to America.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 05, 2011 at 02:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: miami, pirates, royals

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