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Morning Coffee: Ode to Getz

The journey of Chris Getz began in June of 1995 when the Royals selected Carlos Beltran with the 49th pick of the draft. Carlos Beltran, of course, is the object of Royals front office affections this off-season and a former star for our very own Kansas City Royals. When he was traded in 2004, the Royals acquired, among others, Mark Teahen. On November 6, 2009, Teahen was traded to the White Sox and as part ...

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A Look Back at Why the Super 2 Disrespects Baseball

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on June 12, 2012. The Royals handling of Wil Myers was the impetus for the article, but it brought up a bigger point about the way baseball works for younger players. With the George Springer issues coming up with the Houston Astros, this is a good time to re-post this article. I wrote this article a couple of years ago But I will expand on this idea as i ...

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PTP Scouting Report by Zach Mortimer: Sugar Ray Marimon

  Name: Sugar Ray Marimon Right Handed Pitcher Arm Slot: Hi 3/4 Stretch Times: 1.25-1.40 Delivery: Has a little bit of effort in the delivery. Decent amount of moving pieces and falls off to the first base side fairly hard. Body: Body is physically mature. Could add good weight on his lower half but it wouldn’t be significant. The arm works well not a super fast arm.     Fastball Command: Average t ...

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Why 9-11 Will Always Be a Time I Reflect On My Journey

*This was posted last year, and deserves to be posted again. *excuse me for not writing a baseball article on PTP but this was the best forum for these thoughts in my head   In the summer of 1998 I was living in a run down house (above) on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. Our house really should have been condemned but for me it was a place that gave me one of the best summers of my life. I ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At 1993

There’s no particular reason why they should be, but the 1993 Royals are one of my favorite teams in franchise history. They weren’t particularly good (despite their winning record, they were outscored on the season). They weren’t particularly noteworthy in Royals history (except for it being George Brett’s last season. And Ewing Kauffman’s as well). Perhaps it’s because I graduated from high sc ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At April 2003

If you’re a Royals fan under 30, you might remember the last couple of years before the 1994 players’ strike changed everything. If you’re a Royals fan under 25, you really only have one winning season in your memory. And if you’re a Royals fan, no matter what your age, due to the nine seasons of nearly unrelenting failure since, that 2003 season has become a touchstone. There is nothing in sports l ...

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Obstructed reView: Opening Day and 1985

It’s opening day in Royals Land and optimism couldn’t be higher, which means that I am personally pessimistic. That’s just how I roll. I’m a Royals fan, and kind of live by the motto “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me 27 times….” Which is not to say that I’m down on my team, I love all of the players, coaches, fans, Hudlers, even the umpires. I believe that Alex Gordon will get MVP votes. ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Biscuits and Sausage Gravy”

When there is an early game you really need something hearty and filling to help you make it through the hours of cheering and drinking you have ahead of you. That’s why I like to start off with a solid breakfast, like the classic biscuits and gravy. This is a dish I will forever associate with home, family and holidays. You just don’t see it done here in New York City all that often (or at least done w ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At 1974

From time to time, I will take a look back at a specific season in Royals history. This week, a look at the 1974 Royals. Setting The Stage The 1973 Royals were the franchise’s most successful team in KC’s five years of existence, going 88-74 and spending 42 days in first place. Unfortunately, the Oakland A’s were too good and pulled away from KC in September, ultimately winning the division by 6 games ...

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Obstructed reView: Spring Training

As real baseball comes ever closer to reality (some might argue we haven’t seen that in Kansas City for decades), I find myself getting my fix any way I can. Books, music, every blog known to me, even forcing the 11-yr-old to play catch with me (oh, man, he couldn’t care less, but we’re making headway) or the 14-yr-old to play MLB 2012 (she kicks my butt). The best and most satisfying distraction for ...

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U.L.’s Toothpick: The Year of the Card–Dane Iorg, 1985

Baseball is a funny game. Every kid dreams of being a star and driving in the World Series-winning run, but of course so few players ever get that chance. And then many times, it’s not a star batting in the key situation. Instead, it often comes down to a journeyman, a guy who battled in the minors for years, got traded, filled a role as a pinch-hitter, rarely held a starting job for any length of time, a ...

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The Curse Of David Cone

It’s no secret to anyone reading this that the Royals have had problems developing pitching over the last 25 years. You can pretty much count the useful pitchers who’ve been drafted by the Royals, made their major league debut with the Royals, and had a successful career. There’s Kevin Appier, Zack Greinke, and… um… Jose Rosado? He had a couple of good years before his arm exploded. Which brings u ...

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The Wil Myers Story by Greg Schaum

Some people were put on this planet born with a gift. Ted Williams said “Good hitters aren’t born they’re made.” That is great and I do believe it takes work on a craft to excel at it. But, it can also be said that Ted Williams was blessed with beyond perfect eye sight and large hands and maybe he wasn’t born to hit, but man did he have a pretty good head start. William Bradford Myers is no differ ...

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The Wil Myers story (Part 5) Rise of the Redneck from Thomasville

2012 was a big year for Wil Myers. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout graduated to the big leagues leaving the mantle of top minor league talent up for grabs. After a disappointing 2011 Myers followed up with a terrific performance in the Arizona Fall League and a far from intimidated approach to big league spring training. He leaned on the person he trusted best with his future, himself.   “I knew I needed ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Taco Seasoning”

With all there is to accomplish at this time of year, I know it is important to find ways to keep certain aspects of your life simple. Entertaining doesn’t have to be an activity that overextends you or makes it impossible to get to your other tasks. I like to keep menus simple for holiday gatherings to help keep my sanity in check. Tacos are an easy go-to for your early December tailgating parties. The i ...

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The Wil Myers story (part 4) Moving past 2011 and becoming part of Baseball’s Odd Couple

The 2011 season was a tough year for Myers and after the season the Royals told Myers he could stay home if he wanted. But, he knew he had to finish the year on a positive note so, after skipping instructs in Surprise he went to play in the Arizona Fall League where he had an excellent season.   Myers “The slump in 2011 had nothing to do with my leg. I wanted to go to Arizona because I wanted to stay ...

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The WIl Myers story (part 3) “simple but ultra competitive”

Wil began to build a bond with several teammates during the Arizona instructs after his first full season. Ben Theriot became one of his closest friends. Theriot says “in a year and a half he had gotten so much better. He enjoyed the game and he always made things fun.”   Wil Myers was no different from any other 19-year-old kid trying to learn his way as an independent person. Theriot recalls “a ...

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The Wil Myers story (part 2) The draft leads to the Tools of Ignorance

(Top Photo Minda Haas)   When Wil Myers was drafted in the 3rd round by the Royals the organization had to be ecstatic. After all, several in the front office wanted to take him with their first round pick. But, the baseball Gods shined on Kansas City for once and now they just needed to sign him.   This is how KC landed Wil as told by the Royals Director of Scouting Lonnie Goldberg:   “Our ...

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The Wil Myers story (Part One) “The Redneck from Thomasville”

(Photo by Minda Haas) (Photo Collection courtesy of Pam Myers) This is a 5 part article/interview on Wil Myers featuring interviews with Wil and people in his life Some people were put on this planet born with a gift. Ted Williams said “Good hitters aren’t born they’re made.”  That is great and I do believe it takes work on a craft to excel at it. But, it can also be said that Ted Williams was bles ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Soft Pretzels and Nacho Cheese”

In my search for foods that are classics at stadiums lately I have stumbled upon the cursive I-shaped pretzels in Cleveland. I decided why can’t the Royals have their own R-shaped pretzels? These soft, salty snacks do take a bit of effort and patience, but are worth it when you’ve got a pile ready to dip into homemade nacho cheese!   Soft Pretzels and Nacho Cheese (recipe adapted from Chow.com) 1 c ...

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