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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.

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Binford a Step Away and Zimmer is Back

A couple big things occurred in the minor leagues this weekend for the Kansas City Royals as they announced the promotion of Christian Binford to AAA while also getting Kyle Zimmer into a game at Idaho Falls. It was an extremely brief audition for Zimmer throwing against just three hitters. The results don't matter as much as the velocity reading that was reported to be in the 94-97 mph range. It was report ...

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Mixed Bag 8.16.14

Mondesi Muscle - Top Royals prospect Raul Mondesi has muscled up big time in the past week, hitting .370/.414/1.074 over his past 7 games. The baseball world has taken notice too as Baseball America placed him 2nd on the prospect hot sheet this past week along with teammate Sean Manaea. To put those numbers in context one can just look at Raul's overall season line, entering that seven game stretch Mondesi ...

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Pine Tar Podcast w/ Chris Kamler “The Week of Woo”

@TheFakeNed joins the show to talk about the unreal events that occurred during Sung Woo Lee's @Koreanfan_KC trip to Kansas City. From the trip to NW Arkansas to meet Mitch Maier to hanging the W at the K after a win, Chris will recount the entire crazy trip. Also on the show David and Clint discuss the Royals winning ways, the Josh Willingham-Jason Adam trade as well as the solid play by Billy Butler, Chri ...

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Three Team Race?

With Wednesday nights wins by the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals the wildcard may have been pushed into a three team race for two playoff spots. Currently as it stands a half game is all that separates the three teams with the Royals holding a narrow lead due to playing one game more than the Tigers. The Royals and M's have pushed some separation between themselves, the Yanks and Bl ...

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Does the W stand for Win or Woo?

The Seoul train that is Sungwoo Lee and the Kansas City Royals continued down the winning track Monday as the Kansas City Royals continued their improbably winning streak. The Royals now winners of 16 of their last 19 games have won 8 in a row to rundown the Detroit Tigers and take a 1/2 game lead in the division. More importantly the winning streak has combined with the love for Korean super fan to give Ka ...

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Royals Acquire Josh Willingham

The Royals made a pretty big move Monday evening making a trade with the Minnesota Twins to acquire outfielder/DH Josh Willingham. The power hitting right handed bat will help give the Royals some much needed power from the right side of the plate while adding a platoon partner with the other Designated hitters the Royals have employed from the left side. The Royals to do this had to give up a fairly popula ...

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Mixed Bag 8.8.14

Great vs Good - A quote came out yesterday from Mike Schmidt talking about Royals hitters not wanting to work with George Brett. Via AP  One of the most telling stories was shared by George. He said when he was hitting instructor last year, there were two indoor cages, and he would be in one flipping balls and the assistant coach in the other. The young Royals hitters were lined up to hit in the cage with t ...

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Mixed Bag 8/2/14

TCU Star gets Promoted to Texas League - Royals announced last night that they would be promoting their first round pick, Brandon Finnegan to AA. The lefty made quick work of Wilmington and the Carolina League getting through the league in just 15 innings during 5 different starts. The quick success and move of Finnegan is a departure from the difficulty that past college pitchers Kyle Zimmer, Aaron Crow an ...

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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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