Friday Notes

Friday Notes

I hope everyone has had a great holiday season as we find ourselves closer and closer to another baseball season that I'm sure we're all so anxiously waiting for. I've said this be ...

The Royals and Patience Don’t Mix

The Royals and Patience Don’t Mix

With some exceptions, the Kansas City Royals have struggled to score runs throughout their history. If you don't believe me, I'll give you some facts here in a little bit on that. ...

Friday Notes

Friday Notes

Do you remember a couple weeks ago when people were lamenting the lack of moves made by the Kansas City Royals this off-season? That seems like ages ago. Pushing aside the Jason Fr ...

Royals Sign Edinson Volquez

Royals Sign Edinson Volquez

In what appears to be the final big move of the off-season, the Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms on what is believed to be a two year deal worth $20 million with right-hande ...

Starting Pitcher Addition Will Determine Royals’ Offseason Success

Starting Pitcher Addition Will Determine Royals’ Offseason Success

Since the last time we talked, the Royals have been busy. But I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I can figure out exactly what they’re trying to do. Sure, the pieces they’ve added at lea ...

Thinking Aloud About the 2015 Royals

Thinking Aloud About the 2015 Royals

Barring a blockbuster trade that shakes up the foundation of the Royals, it looks like the 2015 version of the team is shaping up right before our eyes. With the free agent signing ...

Royals Gamble on Rios Not Wise

Royals Gamble on Rios Not Wise

The Kansas City Royals have filled their hole in right field in a way I feared would happen. They did so by signing Alex Rios to a one-year deal worth $11 million. By doing so, the ...

Friday Notes

Friday Notes

The Royals finally made a move, which everyone was so desperately waiting on, but the opinion on Kendrys Morales wasn't quite as positive as other moves probably would have been. A ...

Royals Sign Kendrys Morales to Two-Year Deal

Royals Sign Kendrys Morales to Two-Year Deal

In their never-ending search for offense, the Kansas City Royals have reportedly reached a two-year deal with Kendrys Morales. Morales is coming off a down season (to say the least ...

Royals Rumor Mill Gearing Up Again

Royals Rumor Mill Gearing Up Again

Following the Winter Meetings is a great way to learn how to accept change because as the wind shifts, so does the direction of the rumor mill, which started blowing toward the Roy ...

Royals May Have to Play Waiting Game

Royals May Have to Play Waiting Game

The joke around the Kansas City Royals in previous years has been that the club typically has the first deal of the winter wrapped up around the time the World Series ends. Of cour ...

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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Major Decisions Ahead For Royals

As the afterglow of the Royals’ October to Remember wears off, and the pain of the World Series loss recedes ever so slowly, we turn our eyes to the offseason. The one constant in baseball is change, and the American League champions (still fun to type!) are not immune. Heck, it was only three days after the World Series ended that Kansas City declined its option on designated hitter Billy Butler, making hi ...

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Pine Tar Podcast Season Recap with Royals Asst. GM J.J. Picollo

Pine Tar Podcast season recap and offseason preview episode with Royals Assistant General Manager J.J. Picollo. Talking Game 7 near miss, possible internal replacements at positions of need and the reaction of fans to the team. Also David and Clint discuss the Gold Glove wins by Eric Hosmer, Sal Perez, Alex Gordon and the rest of the season ending awards. Download the Show via Stitcher, Soundcloud and the S ...

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Three Royals Golden Again

For the second consecutive year, the Kansas City Royals have three players who were awarded with Rawlings Gold Gloves. And for the second consecutive year, the three winners were Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer. The Royals had four finalists, which means that someone wasn't able to come home with hardware, and that person is Alcides Escobar. J.J. Hardy won the award for shortstops and was clearl ...

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