Friday Notes

Friday Notes

The day after Thanksgiving is that day when you look back on the day before and wonder exactly how many hours you have to spend working out to forget about what you ate during your ...

Royals Right-Handed Answer Could Come Through Trade

Royals Right-Handed Answer Could Come Through Trade

When you hear about what the Kansas City Royals are looking to do to make their 2015 club better than their 2014 club, you hear of a few things. They're looking for starting pitchi ...

Friday Notes

Friday Notes

As the off-season for the Kansas City Royals progresses, the attention gets shifted away from the great season they had and toward the season they need to have in 2015. That's kind ...

Yasmany Tomas Would Mean the World for the Royals

Yasmany Tomas Would Mean the World for the Royals

The Kansas City Royals aren't typically players in free agency. This isn't a new phenomenon either. Digging through Royals history, even the good days, the team was not built throu ...

U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1975 Royals

U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1975 Royals

The 1975 Royals were a team at a crossroads of sorts. They had lots of promising young talent, yet they had been chasing the Oakland A’s since the very beginning of the franchise. ...

Correct Move for KC

Correct Move for KC

The Royals and their fans read the story last night that Billy Butler has been signed away from Kansas City by the Oakland A's and the king of sabermetrics Billy Beane. The Royals ...

Ray Sadecki–1940-2014

Ray Sadecki–1940-2014

One of the greatest Polish-American baseball players and Missourians passed away today. Ray Sadecki grew up in Kansas City, KS on Strawberry Hill then was drafted by the St. Louis ...

Backup Backstop Big Key for Royals

Backup Backstop Big Key for Royals

Looking up and down the potential roster for the 2015 Kansas City Royals, there are quite a few holes that need to be filled during the off-season. With those holes come rumors of ...

Friday Notes

Friday Notes

As the hot stove heats up, it's worth noting that the Kansas City Royals report to spring training in a little more than three months. The added benefit to that playoff run is that ...

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Ricotta Cake with Lemon Glaze and Pistachios”

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Ricotta Cake with Lemon Glaze and Pistachios”

I’m the kind of person that needs something sweet to round out a meal to make it feel like I’ve really dined. My husband on the other hand, could take dessert or leave it most of t ...

Fantasy GM: Royals Could Go A Little Crazy

Fantasy GM: Royals Could Go A Little Crazy

I love baseball and I love the Kansas City Royals, so for most of my life, the joy of being a Royals fan was looking at the off-season and ways to piece a team together that could ...

Friday Notes

The day after Thanksgiving is that day when you look back on the day before and wonder exactly how many hours you have to spend working out to forget about what you ate during your feast. That's where I am now. Actually, I'm still at the point where I'm swearing off food forever. I imagine I'll be hungry at some point this weekend. We'll see. What I do know is that we're about a week and a half from hot sto ...

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Royals Right-Handed Answer Could Come Through Trade

When you hear about what the Kansas City Royals are looking to do to make their 2015 club better than their 2014 club, you hear of a few things. They're looking for starting pitching to replace the quality innings of James Shields. They're looking for some bullpen help to add some depth to the big three of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. They're looking for a backup catcher to give Salvador Per ...

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Friday Notes

As the off-season for the Kansas City Royals progresses, the attention gets shifted away from the great season they had and toward the season they need to have in 2015. That's kind of the harsh reality of sports, I guess. For a team like the Royals, they probably get a little more leeway than other teams because of the crazy drought, but the goal now turns to how they get those extra two runs in the World S ...

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Yasmany Tomas Would Mean the World for the Royals

The Kansas City Royals aren't typically players in free agency. This isn't a new phenomenon either. Digging through Royals history, even the good days, the team was not built through free agency. Now, as the economics of baseball have shifted, the Royals remain out of the free agent game for the most part. When the off-season began, though, it was pretty clear that the Royals would either need to trade off ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1975 Royals

The 1975 Royals were a team at a crossroads of sorts. They had lots of promising young talent, yet they had been chasing the Oakland A’s since the very beginning of the franchise. The A’s were hated in Kansas City mostly because of Charlie Finley but also because they had fielded miserable teams here, then left for California just before they turned into a powerhouse. Oakland ruled not just the American Lea ...

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Correct Move for KC

The Royals and their fans read the story last night that Billy Butler has been signed away from Kansas City by the Oakland A's and the king of sabermetrics Billy Beane. The Royals according to Jon Heyman were given an opportunity to match the 3/30 deal the A's offered and instead chose to let the Royals DH walk away. Almost immediately as the offseason starter and the Royals turned down their 1/12.5M option ...

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Ray Sadecki–1940-2014

One of the greatest Polish-American baseball players and Missourians passed away today. Ray Sadecki grew up in Kansas City, KS on Strawberry Hill then was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He led them to 20 victories in 1964 and was part of the ‘64 Cardinals World Series Championship team. He played for the Cardinals, Giants, Mets, Braves and Brewers as well as a stint with the Royals in 1975 and 76. Sade ...

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Backup Backstop Big Key for Royals

Looking up and down the potential roster for the 2015 Kansas City Royals, there are quite a few holes that need to be filled during the off-season. With those holes come rumors of players like Yasmany Tomas, Torii Hunter, Jon Lester, Ervin Santana and Melky Cabrera among others. One area of need, though, that was talked about a fair amount as soon as the World Series ended but has gone on the back burner wh ...

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Friday Notes

As the hot stove heats up, it's worth noting that the Kansas City Royals report to spring training in a little more than three months. The added benefit to that playoff run is that the off-season is a month shorter, which is pretty nice. I do enjoy the speculation of the off-season, though, and it hasn't gotten old yet, so I'm still enjoying this time of year. As I said in my article earlier this week, it's ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Ricotta Cake with Lemon Glaze and Pistachios”

I’m the kind of person that needs something sweet to round out a meal to make it feel like I’ve really dined. My husband on the other hand, could take dessert or leave it most of the time. However there are a few instances where we have found an end of meal treat that satisfies the both of us. This cake fits that bill. Not overly sweet and balanced out with a drizzle of tart lemon glaze and salty roasted pi ...

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Fantasy GM: Royals Could Go A Little Crazy

I love baseball and I love the Kansas City Royals, so for most of my life, the joy of being a Royals fan was looking at the off-season and ways to piece a team together that could make it to the playoffs. You may be aware of this, but the dream of the playoffs became a reality this season, which, as I mentioned yesterday, has helped land the Royals square in the middle of many rumors. Whether it's Yasmany T ...

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V-Mart Not Always Low Prices

Victor Martinez is back in the fold in Detroit after inking a 4 year $68 million dollar deal Wednesday. The soon to be 36 year old designated hitter took took full advantage of his career year in Detroit to get the deal from the AL Central champs. The addition of $17m per year to the Tigers payroll gives them a likely payroll north of $163m after arbitration adds, that is pretty similar to last seasons payr ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year Of The Card–Frank White, 1982

“And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.’”—Mark 6:4 (English Standard Version) I tell you right up front, this is a story without an ending. You’re probably familiar with why this story has no ending. Perhaps now that everyone is in a better mood following the World Series, we can see a happy ending. It would be rich, ...

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Royals Rumors Running Rampant

Last off-season, we got a taste of what it was like to follow a winning team's winter spending as the Kansas City Royals were coming off an 86-76 season that put them close enough to the playoffs that they felt they just needed a few pieces to get over the hump. This year, we're talking about the defending American League champions, so ratchet up what we dealt with last winter by a few notches. It seems lik ...

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No Nationalism Needed

The Royals sent a message to the players in their org on Monday by releasing relief pitcher Zeb Sneed. The message isn't so much that no nationalism is allowed as much as it is to keep your political and religious beliefs to yourself and off social media. The message in addition could be that all players within the organization should support one another on and off the field and if you can't do that at leas ...

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Free Agent faux pas the Royals should avoid

Following a trip to the ALCS the Royals find themselves on a new frontier as a small market team that could be a desirable destination. Prior to this year the Royals often found themselves on many players no trade list because they didn't want to land in Kansas City due to many years of losing or they wanted the contract leverage of forcing them into taking a contract option. While that latter is still a po ...

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My Top 10 Royals Regular Season Memories

As we look back on the 2014 Kansas City Royals, there will be hundreds of fond memories, which is completely understandable. This team absolutely took control of the hearts of just about everyone in Kansas City, which was so desperately needed. I've decided to take a look at my top 10 memories from this insane season, but I only included the regular season because if I had included the playoffs, I probably ...

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Friday Notes

The cold sweats have slowed down and I don't find myself shaking nearly as much as I'm getting over the withdrawal from the 2014 Kansas City Royals. It's now been more than a week since Alex Gordon was stranded at third base and was forced to walk back to the Royals dugout past a celebrating Giants team, and as I expected, the pain of the loss is still there, but the joy of the 2014 season is growing. By Th ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Caper Vinaigrette”

With baseball season officially over and holidays a few weeks away, now is a great time to settle back down, relax, take care of yourself, and try to eat well before the onslaught of big meals, candy, and holiday parties. A caper dressing seems rich but is actually fairly light and is simple to throw together and drizzle over a large salad or grilled veggies. It’s so tasty it makes it easy to eat healthy. C ...

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Royals Payroll Could Cause Problems

During the magical run the Kansas City Royals made to the World Series this year, there was a little voice in the back of my head wondering how they were going to make this run again. Don't get me wrong, I was enjoying that run with all my heart, but I'm just not the type of person who can ignore the future. Now that the postseason is over, I've done my yearly exercise of putting together a spreadsheet that ...

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