Thank You, Royals

Thank You, Royals

You might think this is a hard thing to write, but I find it pretty easy, actually. As Royals fans, we all should be thanking this franchise. Yes, they are just doing what they’re ...

Shields Lacks Stones, Giants and Bumgarner Have Plenty in Game One

Shields Lacks Stones, Giants and Bumgarner Have Plenty in Game One

Big Game James was far from that in the Royals first World Series game in 29 years. From the first inning when the Giants battered the changeless Shields for three runs there was n ...

This Date In Royals History–October 21, 1980

This Date In Royals History–October 21, 1980

1980: Steve Carlton handcuffed the Royals, allowing just four hits in seven innings while striking out seven, as the Phillies captured a World Series title by defeating the Royals ...

Kansas City Royals fans………………We Ready?

Kansas City Royals fans………………We Ready?

Here we are Kansas City; the WORLD SERIES is here.  And OUR Royals are playing in it!  No really, go check for yourself!  I've been trying to wake up from this 3-week long dream to ...

Some World Series Numbers That Benefit the Royals (And Mean Nothing)

Some World Series Numbers That Benefit the Royals (And Mean Nothing)

As our nerves begin to run high with the Kansas City Royals hosting game one of the World Series tonight against the San Francisco Giants, one of the big talking points we hear is ...

Pine Tar Podcast World Series Preview 10.20.14

Pine Tar Podcast World Series Preview 10.20.14

David and Clint preview the upcoming World Series with the San Francisco Giants with a large focus on Game 1 that features superb Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner. Also featured on t ...

“Party Like It’s 1985” Werner Park Watch Party Wednesday

“Party Like It’s 1985” Werner Park Watch Party Wednesday

Free event will allow fans on the Werner Park field starting at 6:00 p.m. OMAHA, Neb. — In a celebration of the 29th Anniversary of the Royals last Championship appearance the Omah ...

World Series Game 2 Look Ahead

World Series Game 2 Look Ahead

After falling to the San Francisco Giants in game one of the 2014 World Series, the Kansas City Royals look to get back on track in game two as they send their rookie sensation, Yo ...

World Series Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants

World Series Preview: Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants

Destiny vs. Dynasty. That's what some are dubbing this World Series matchup between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, and it isn't a bad description as the Giant ...

Mixed Bag 10.17.14

Mixed Bag 10.17.14

Zimmer Update - Keith Law wrote that Zimmer or Tyler Glasnow of the Pirates were the best starting pitching prospects that he's seen so far. That is pretty impressive considering h ...

SungWoo Series

SungWoo Series

For many Kansas Citians, seeing a World Series has only been part of a bedtime story or a late-night bar discussion. When Darryl Motley caught the final out of the 1985 World Serie ...

Making Sense of the Royals

Let me take you on a journey I like to call 2012. You may remember it. More accurately, you're living it. I can't remember a season more up and down than what we've seen from the Royals and it started from the very beginning. I don't know about you, but in the course of a given game I can look at the Royals and they can range from looking like a 100 loss team to a 90 win team. Yesterday is a great example o ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.27

A solid day for Royals affiliates going 5-2.  HR Roll Call Wil Myers (25) Lorenzo Cain (1) Patrick Leonard (5) Kenny Diekroeger (1)      Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Nicholas Cuckovich 3-4 3b, 2 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Blaine Hardy 3 IP 2 H 0 R 0 BB 4 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 8 New Orleans Zephyrs 5 The Chasers spotted New Orleans 5 runs early but then turned on the offens ...

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My 2012 MLB draft in real time

I thought it would be a good idea to put my thoughts down on the 2012 MLB draft  and how my draft would have gone and who I think the best pick will be in each round   I will list the first 7 selections I made for the Kansas City Royals in REAL TIME today.   Before this weekend, I will also list who I think the Royals should have taken in each round knowing I have a budget to work with. I think i ...

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Is Jake Odorizzi Ready?

To put it lightly, the starting pitching for the Kansas City Royals is not very good. There have been injuries, notably Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino. There has been disappointments, specifically from Jonathan Sanchez and perennial underachiever Luke Hochevar. Then there has been the pitchers that just are not very good, like Luis Mendoza and Vin Mazzaro. All of this leads to a well below average pitching ...

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The Halfway Point Prospects of Note: Wilmington Blue Rocks

5: Brian Fletcher 6’0 190lbs 1b/LF .289/.353/.411, 5 HR, 25RBI, 15 2B, 51K/19BB Brian Fletcher is the son of former Major Leaguer Scott Fletcher. Brian relies on his bat solely to maintain prospect status. He is a well below average defender in the OF, and struggles at 1st defensively. At the plate he has a violent swing with good bat speed. Brian really enjoys swinging hard if he sees a pitch he likes he ...

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Royals Recap: Rays at Royals 6.26.12

Royals Recap: Rays at Royals 6.26.12 (Chris Archer v. Bruce Chen)  On a sweltering summer night at The K, Bruce Chen put the Rays offense in a deep freeze.  He surrendered an unearned run in the 1st inning and a solo homerun by Brooks Conrad in the 2nd inning, but nothing else over the duration of his seven inning masterpiece.  After consecutive singles by Carlos Pena and Jeff Keppinger, Hideki Matsui fl ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.26

Royals affiliates went 2-3 with losses in both rookie leagues.  HR Roll Call Cheslor Cuthbert (5)    Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Cheslor Cuthbert 2-4 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Will Smith 7.2 IP 5 H 1 R 0 ER 0 BB 7 K 80/103 Strikes/P     Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Oklahoma City RedHawks 1 Ten days between starts is all lefty Will Smith needed to find his groove.  The ...

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A Royals Opinion: Defense and Pitching

Francoeur’s Defense: In the 8th inning of Sunday’s finale Jeff Francoeur grabbed a single that had been hit towards him, a runner had already scored and the man who had been on first base was rounding second on his way to third. At this point in the game the Royals only trailed 8-6 and still a double play from getting out of it in striking distance. Keeping the double play intact should be the number on ...

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Water Cooler Talk: Trading Wil Myers

Calm down, calm down. I'm not advocating trading Wil Myers, but it is a possibility given the immense need for pitching in the organization, so I figured we ought to take a look at what's out there in the way of young pitchers. Wil Myers looks to me (and many, many others) like an elite level talent who has the tools to do pretty much whatever he wants on the baseball field. The Royals moved him to the outf ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.25

Royals affiliates went 5-3 yesterday.  HR Roll Call Anthony Seratelli 2(13,14) Clint Robinson (10) Lorenzo Cain (1) Orlando Calixte (11) Mark Threlkeld (2) Mauricio Ramos (1)   Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Anthony Seratelli 2-4 2 HR, 3 RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Sugar Ray Marimon 6 IP 4 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 4 K     Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Oklahoma City RedHawks 4 The Chasers got a d ...

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Royals Recap: Rays at Royals 6.25.12

Royals Recap: Rays at Royals 6.25.12 (Alex Cobb vs. Luke Hochevar) In what was easily the most dominating Royals victory of the year, Luke Hochevar pitched a shutout, scattering seven hits, and fanning eight Rays batters cruising to an 8-0 victory.  Even though he didn’t need it, the Royals offense provided Hochevar plenty of run support as they tuned up Rays starter Alex Cobb for eight runs on thirteen ...

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Series Preview – Tampa Bay Rays, June 25-27

The Royals take on the Rays for the first time in 2012 after an extremely disappointing series against the Cardinals over the weekend. It doesn't get any easier with a very good Tampa Bay team coming into town coming off a double header sweep of the Phillies. The Rays are winning because of their pitching, but they do have a few pieces on offense that can really benefit the team. Their team OBP compared wit ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.24

Royals affiliates went 4-2 not including the AZL team whose results came in too late for this article.  HR Roll Call Anthony Seratelli (12) Julio Aparicio (1) Patrick Leonard (4) Jin-Ho Shin (2) Nick DelGuidice (1)      Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Julio Aparicio 2-3 HR, 3 RBI, BB   Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Kyle Smith 6 Ip 0 H 0 R 1 BB 6 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Oklahoma ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.23

Royals affiliates had a tough day at the office going 1-8.  HR Roll Call Max Ramirez (9) David Lough (6) Brett Eibner (9) Lane Adams 2(6,7) Cheslor Cuthbert (4) Jin-Ho Shin (2) Rainier Bello (1) Carlos Garcia (1)    Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Jack Lopez 2-3 2b, 2 BB, 3 R, RBI Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day None   Oklahoma City RedHawks 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 Left-handed starter Mike M ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.22

Wins by three of the four Royals rookie affiliates lead to a 5-2 total record at the minor league levels.  HR Roll Call Patrick Leonard (3) Chris Elder (1) Brawlun Gomez (1)       Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Clint Robinson 2-3 2b, 3R, RBI, BB Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Chris Dwyer 7 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 7 K   Omaha Storm Chasers 11 Memphis Redbirds 3 The Chasers offense explo ...

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Royals Recap: Cardinals at Royals 6.22.12

Royals Recap: Cardinals at Royals 6.22.12 (Joe Kelly vs. Vin Mazzaro)  The stage was set for an exciting series opener against the Cardinals.  The Royals were coming off a winning road-trip against the Cardinals and Astros, and just got their franchise catcher back. Vin Mazzaro quickly imploded, and sucked every bit of excitement out of Kauffman Stadium by lasting just 1.1 innings, surrendering seven runs ...

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Series Preview – St. Louis Cardinals, June 22-24

The St. Louis Cardinals come to Kansas City to take on the Royals in a rematch of their series from last weekend in series. The series also marks the conclusion of interleague play for the 2012 season before heading into a year full of interleague play from the opening weekend to the season finale. Not a whole lot has changed for the Cardinals since the Royals last saw them three games ago. They still have ...

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Friday Notes

It's June 22 and the Royals are within five games of first place. If I had told you that in February, you probably would have nodded and thought that was about right. If I had told you that on April 25, you would have laughed in my face and told me I'm an idiot. Whether or not I'm actually an idiot is irrelevant. The fact is the Royals have a chance to be playing meaningful baseball in July for the first ti ...

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Diamonds in the Rough 6.21

A rough day for the Royals affiliates going just 1-5 with only a DSL win.  HR Roll Call John Whittleman (13) Kevin David (3) Patrick Leonard (2)    Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Kevin David 3-4 HR 2 RBI   Pine Tar Press Co-Pitchers of the Day Everett Teaford 6 IP 2 H 0 R 1 BB 5 K Daniel Hernandez 5 Ip 0 H 0 R 0 BB 5 K     Memphis Redbirds 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Everett Teaford was ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Grilled Watermelon Salad”

The Fourth of July is fast approaching.  It is the holiday made for grilling out with all of your close friends and family. It’s like a nation-wide tailgate ending in fanfare and fireworks. One of my favorite things to throw on the grill these days is watermelon.  A few minutes on the heat turns the sweet summer treat into something almost savory and rich with the concentrated sugars creating a nice car ...

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