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Clint Scoles

I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that.I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

Number of Entries : 797

Opponents Sent to the Pen-itentiary

Since arriving in 2006 General Manager Dayton Moore has done one thing extremely well year in and year out. That's building a competent bullpen from which to finish off games. To illustrate this point the Royals have had an All Star closer on four different occasions over the past eight years of the GMDM tenure. Joakim Soria 2008 Joakim Soria 2010 Greg Holland 2013 Greg Holland 2014 On top of having a shutd ...

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Pine Tar Podcast w/ Jim Callis MLB.com

Jim Callis talked with the Pine Tar Podcast about the Brady Aiken draft signing debacle, Mark Appel's development and perception of the Houston Astros around the league. He also discussed the Royals Top 20 prospects and the process that goes into creating the MLB Top 100. Also on this episode Lexington Legends broadcaster Keith Elkins and Idaho Falls announcer Chris Lewis discussed their teams performance u ...

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August Opportunity

The Royals currently stand at 2 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays in the Wildcard standings while also a game back of the Yankees, a 1/2 game back of the Seattle Mariners and 5 back of the Detroit Tigers in the division race. While it's never good to trail three teams in a race for one spot there is a small opportunity that presents itself in the scheduling for the Royals to makeup ground. Yankees (23) Ju ...

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Mixed Bag 7/25/14

    Polishing the Prospects - Good weeks for Christian Colon and Bubba Starling as the former Top 5 draft picks are trying to polish up there prospect stock after watching it plummet the past few years. For Colon, he's suddenly packed some pop in his bat over his last 37 games hitting .358/.414/.526 during that time with 9 doubles, a triple and 4 home runs (includes major lg games). It's an extrem ...

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Gotta Walk Before You Can Win

For many years we've heard reasons to why the Royals aren't winning. Whether it be they need to "become more fundamentally sound", "do the small things" or "be taught how to win". It seems that there is always something that seems to be getting in the way of the team's ability to win games. This year the narrative that Dayton Moore and Ned Yost have chosen is that the "Royals need to get better at hitting w ...

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PINE TAR PODCAST WITH ASST. GM J.J. PICOLLO 7.20.14

A new format to the Pine Tar Podcast after a week off. This week David and Clint talked with JJ Picollo about player development in the Royals system. When does the organization know when a player is ready for the next level and they view a few players within the organization. A few players that were talked about include John Lamb, Kyle Zimmer and Lane Adams. Prior to that J.J. interview Clint spoke with Ad ...

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Mixed Bag

Bowden Blowing Trade Rumors - Jim Bowden of ESPN tossed out a trade rumor of Marlon Byrd for Sam Selman today. If that's the case and the Royals haven't already pulled the trigger then I have to question their sanity. Lefty Selman has some upside as witnessed in his 2nd round pick selection and dominance of the Pioneer League when he arrived in the organization but the bugaboos in control have resurfaced. T ...

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Scoring Glass

Before I start this article I would like it to be known that in the past I’ve been very critical of Mr. Glass. I supported the No More Glass campaign by donating money towards it and even interviewing the founder on our podcast. It wasn’t so much the payroll that I disagreed with as the overall running of the organization from their lack of advanced thinking, to the early years and the lack of a Latin influ ...

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Mixed Bag 7/11

Sorry the mixed bag has been on hiatus following a busy draft period and the CWS which always leads me to plenty of work in one of my businesses. I'll be back at it the rest of the season. Nice and Slow - The Royals added some high ceiling pitching talents but they are being extremely conservative with their workload this season. In the past they have tossed Mike Montgomery, Danny Duffy and others 30-40+ in ...

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Pine Tar Podcast 7.9.14

  David and Clint don't have a guest this week but that doesn't mean the show can't go for over an hour as the two talk about a myriad of subjects. From possible trades with the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies to trying to acquire Marlon Byrd or Alex Rios. Also David and Clint praise the Salvador Perez contract once again while looking to deal Greg Holland. ...

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On the Radar: Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado

Every year fans and prospect hounds alike take the time to watch the stat lines and games of some of the best prospects in the games. While we look at those stat lines we often pass other players lines that have ability and the talent to develop into players to watch in their own rights. One such player in the Royals system that we should all starry watching a tad more is 19 year old former 2012 8th round s ...

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Royals Prospect Profile: Frank Schwindel

The 2013 draft will always be known as the Sean Manaea and Hunter Dozier freakout draft to those who watched fans on twitter go bonkers when the Royals made a calculated risk to take Dozier in hopes that Manaea would land to them with their second pick. It is the greatest storyline that can be created out of the new draft system really, taking calculated risk with bonus money in hopes of landing other talen ...

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Pine Tar Podcast with Kevin Scobee

PTP Writer and former pitching coach Kevin Scobee stopped by to talk about the problems with James Shields, the success of Danny Duffy, Jeremy Guthrie and the future of Yordano Ventura and more. Also David and Clint talk the future of the Chicago Cubs and what they should be doing with their future roster. Follow Kevin @scobes15 ...

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Pine Tar Podcast with Danny Parkins of 610 Sports

Danny Parkins of 610 Sports talked to David and Clint this week about the Royals 9 game winning streak, if Dale Sveum has been a factor with Billy Butler hitting and the Royals odds of winning the World Series. Also on this episode Jason Tarwater, new writer for PTP, discussed the selection of Don't Stop Believing as the fans selection 6th Inning Song. Listen to us via Soundcloud.com or Stitcher Follow Dann ...

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Kansas City Royals 2014 MLB Draft Review

The Royals draft in my mind is a good one as they have landed four extremely high upside talents with a handful of pieces that could blossom later. The pick of Brandon Finnegan threw me off at first as I didn't expect him to be there let alone the Royals actually taking him as I had my eyes on offense more with the first pick but Finnegan has as much skill in his three pitches as you will find after the Top ...

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Pine Tar Podcast with Lonnie Goldberg Royals Director of Scouting

Lonnie Goldberg the Royals director of scouting discussed the 2014 MLB draft with Clint, breaking down the individual picks while also talking about the process. Also Clint and David discuss the Royals upswing, the Manny Machado suspension and much much more. Download the podcast via Soundcloud, Stitcher or listen to the podcast here. ...

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2014 Royals Draft Recap

Quick Analysis Best Pick: Foster Griffin Favorite Pick: Foster Griffin Most Physical Position Player: Brandon Thommason Biggest Upside: Scott Blewitt Might Surprise Top 20 Rd: Brandon Downes 7th Rd The Royals went big upside with their many early picks in the draft this year and came away with four big time players with high ceilings. Obviously the lead name in the group is Brandon Finnegan a smallish lefty ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 06.06.14 by Shawn Rebman

A bunch of close games for the affiliates as they went 3-2 today. HR Call: Matt Fields (8,9),  Starling (3)    Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day: John Lamb 6.0 IP   4 H  1 R    2 BB  3 K            Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day: Matt Fields  2-4  2 R   2 HR  6 RBI            Omaha Storm Chasers 6             Oklahoma City RedHawks ...

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The Life of Harrison

It was big news last night as local Lee's Summit product Monte Harrison fell down team's draft boards before landing with the Milwaukee Brewers at the 50th pick. A source within the industry has confirmed with me that someone within Harrison's camp let teams know yesterday that it would take $2.5 million to sign the talented outfielder away from his Nebraska football commitment. That $2.5M asking price from ...

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