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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Everybody is confused after an Angel Hernandez call goes against the Cleveland Indians in Kansas City

Salvador Perez sent a drive to right center field Tuesday that landed on the warning track, but that’s when confusion set in between the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals.

Whit Merrifield, the Royals runner at third, scored easily on the play. Andrew Benintendi, the runner at second, was a different story.

Perez’s hit was quickly corralled by right fielder Josh Naylor whose throw back to the infield was in time to get Benintendi. Benintendi had started to advance to third, but was told by Kansas City third base coach Vance Wilson to go back and tag second.

Meanwhile, Perez was shouting to Benintendi from first base that he should run to third. Shortstop Amed Rosario applied the tag, and that’s when the confusion set in. Umpires, led by crew chief Angel Hernandez, gathered between first and second to discuss the play.

Benintendi was eventually awarded third base on the premise that one of the umpires, presumably Hernandez, had ruled either Harold Ramirez or Naylor initially caught Perez’s fly ball. Video appeared to indicate Hernandez casually making his way from behind first base toward the area where the catch/no catch occurred. The replay appeared to show Hernandez raising his arm as if to indicate an out on a catch, which could have prompted the confusion for Benintendi.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2021 at 10:29 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angel hernandez, indians, royals, umpiring

Friday, April 23, 2021

Yes, the Royals Can Win the AL Central

Having a one-in-five chance to make the playoffs and an 8% change to win the division still leaves the Royals an underdog, but that’s a big jump from the final preseason projections, which had them at 6% and 2%, respectively. The games already in the hopper only represent about 10% of the season, but it’s 10% of the season in which the Royals have a small lead on the White Sox and a healthy margin over the Twins. The rest of the season can still be classified as a marathon, but starting a bit ahead of your competitors sure is nice.

It’s also more than just their existing lead that makes ZiPS more positive about the Royals than it was at the start of the season. Taking the schedule out of the equation for the moment, under current roster assumptions, ZiPS sees the Royals as a .495 team, compared to .475 before the season, a difference of 20 points of winning percentage. That’s the largest change for any team in the majors:

The difference is largely due to the pitching. With the offense, the sunnier ZiPS outlooks for Perez, Jarrod Dyson, Santana, and Michael A. Taylor are largely canceled out by grumpier estimations for Benintendi, Hunter Dozier, and Jorge Soler. But on the pitching side, ZiPS only really frets over Greg Holland, who has been awful so far. While the projection system only sees a 0.08 improvement in projected ERA for Danny Duffy, the more robust season-to-season model sees nearly quarter-run improvement already thanks to his bump in velocity and some of the best contact data of his career. It’s just three starts, but Duffy finding his 2016-17 form again was one of the elements that could make for a surprising Royals season.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2021 at 09:21 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: believe, royals

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Kansas City Royals, C Salvador Perez agree on 4-year extension

The Kansas City Royals and catcher Salvador Perez have agreed to a four-year extension, the team announced Sunday.

The contract is worth $82 million, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports, which makes it the richest deal in Royals history. The Kansas City Star first reported the financial aspect of Perez’s extension.

Perez’s extension, which begins with the 2022 season, comes after a 2020 season in which he was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year.

He missed the 2019 season after having Tommy John surgery, but returned with a bang in the shortened ‘20 campaign. The 2015 World Series MVP hit a career-best .333 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs in 37 games.

His career-high .633 slugging percentage was the second highest in Royals history, trailing only George Brett (.664 in 1980). And he became just the third catcher since 1900 to record multihit games, including an extra-base hits, in six consecutive contests (Sept. 11-18).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2021 at 04:31 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, salvador perez

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Royals’ Josh Staumont climbing his way back after major COVID-19 setback

The Kansas City Royals’ 6-foot-3 right-handed reliever isn’t just gifted. Physically, he’s a finely tuned specimen who works diligently to keep his body in tune. The past two seasons, he’s gotten to reap the benefits of that work by competing on baseball’s biggest stage.

He’d started gaining momentum in the majors and appeared poised to build on that foundation this season.

Then COVID-19 happened.

During a video conference call with reporters on Monday, Staumont, 25, revealed he contracted the coronavirus before he was due to report to camp. His experience with the virus included having lost a ton of weight and strength, a fever of “103 plus,” and having slept roughly 20 hours per day at one point.

Zach Posted: March 16, 2021 at 05:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: covid-19, josh staumont, royals

Joe Sheehan - Bobby Witt, Jr.

The biggest player story this spring comes out of Surprise, Ariz., where Bobby Witt Jr.—yes, this guy’s kid—is making a run at the Royals’ roster despite almost no professional experience. Witt, the second pick in the 2019 draft, is hitting .333/.379/.667 in 29 Cactus League PAs, playing his expected good defense, and making jaws drop with his power.

The performance is a bit out of the blue. In his pro debut two years ago, in the complex-level Arizona League, Witt hit just .262/.317/.354 with one homer in 180 PA. Like all minor leaguers, Witt was sidelined by the pandemic in 2020, costing him a year of development, though he was at the Royals’ alternate site and garnered good reviews. (Keep in mind that 112.3% of prospects at alternate sites garnered good reviews. Alternate-site baseball was the greatest baseball ever played.) Coming into this spring, Witt was a mostly consensus top-20 prospect, with Keith Law the low ranker at #27.

I have a general principle that if it was silly to think a player should make the team on February 15, it’s just as silly on March 15. Witt falls comfortably into that rubric; he has never played outside the controlled environments of complex league and alternate sites, and while his spring performance has been impressive, it’s 29 plate appearances against miserable pitching. Baseball Reference calculates the quality of pitching and hitting faced by players in the spring. On average, Witt has faced below-Double-A quality pitching.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2021 at 04:22 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby witt, jr., royals

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Royals sign outfielder Jarrod Dyson

The Royals have signed free agent outfielder Jarrod Dyson to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. Jon Heyman reports he will earn $1.5 million.

The 36-year old Dyson spent the first seven years of his career with the Royals, hitting .260/.325/.353 from 2010 to 2016. He was a prolific base-stealer, swiping 176 bases with an 85 percent success rate in his days with the Royals. He was also a fantastic defender, worth 6.1 dWAR, according to Baseball-Reference.

Dyson was traded to the Mariners in 2017 for pitcher Nate Karns, and has spent the last three seasons bouncing around from the Diamondbacks to the Pirates to the White Sox. He appeared in 32 games last year, split between Pittsburgh and Chicago, and hit .180/.231/.180 with six steals in six attempts.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 02, 2021 at 08:54 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jarrod dyson, royals

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Royals sign Hunter Dozier to four-year, $25M deal

The Royals have agreed to a four-year, $25 million deal with third baseman Hunter Dozier, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal begins this year, and would buy out at least two years of free agency. He also reports the deal includes a $10 million option, and that Dozier can make up to $49 million with bonuses and escalators.

The 29-year old Dozier was due to become eligible for free agency after the 2023 season. but this deal will now keep him under contract through 2024, and possibly through 2025 with the option. Dozier had signed a one-year contract worth $2.72 million for the 2021 season, but that deal will be replaced by this one.

Dozier was originally a first-round pick by the Royals in 2013. His career faced some setbacks in the minors, particularly after a hamate bone injury in 2017. He put up an underwhelming rookie season in 2018, but exploded in 2019, hitting .279/.348/.522 with 26 home runs and a league-leading 10 triples. He missed the first two weeks of last season after a positive COVID-19 test, and his numbers regressed to .228/.344/.392. He did put up his best walk numbers, with a rate of 14.5 percent.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 28, 2021 at 11:52 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter dozier, royals

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Sources: Boston Red Sox sending Andrew Benintendi to Kansas City Royals in 3-team deal

The Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals and New York Mets have agreed to a three-way trade that will send outfielder Andrew Benintendi from Fenway to K.C., sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Wednesday night.

Royals outfield prospect Khalil Lee will go to the Mets, while Royals outfielder Franchy Cordero will go to the Red Sox, with other players involved as well, sources told ESPN.

Benintendi, once a part of the Red Sox’s vaunted outfield core, missed most of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, landing on the injured list Aug. 12 because of a strained right rib cage, with Boston later ruling him out for the year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2021 at 10:07 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, mets, red sox, royals

Monday, February 01, 2021

Royals sign infielder Hanser Alberto to a minor league deal

The Royals have signed infielder Hanser Alberto to a minor league deal, according to reporter Héctor Gómez and confirmed by Jon Heyman. Under the deal, he can earn up to $1.65 million if he makes the roster, plus another$350,000 in incentives.

The 28-year old right-handed hitter enjoyed a career season in 2019 with the Orioles, hitting .305/.329/.422 with 12 home runs, and was worth 2.9 WAR in 139 games, according to Baseball-Reference. His power numbers regressed last year, but he still managed to hit .283/.306/.393 with three home runs in 54 games. Alberto has primarily played second base, but is capable of playing all infield positions, and has even filled in a few games in the outfield.

Alberto brings a very high contact approach to the plate. He doesn’t walk at all - he had the lowest walk rate in baseball at 2.7 percent over the last two seasons. But he also doesn’t strike out, with the second-lowest strikeout rate in baseball at 10.2 percent. No player in baseball swung at a higher rate of pitches than Alberto, and he was tenth in contact rate. That contact comes at a price - he has the lowest hard-hit rate in baseball over the last two years.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2021 at 10:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hanser alberto, 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.

Shohei Brotani (formerly LA Hombre) 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 Balladeer 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

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