This Date In Royals History–October 24, 1985

This Date In Royals History–October 24, 1985

1985: Danny Jackson’s complete-game five-hitter helped the Royals send the World Series back to Kansas City with a 6-1 victory in Game 5 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Jackson surr ...

Mixed Bag 10.24.14

Mixed Bag 10.24.14

In Dayton We Trust - The move by the Braves to make John Hart their new president of baseball operations yesterday effectively ends the Dayton Moore Atlanta Braves GM candidacy. Th ...

No DH? No Problem As Royals Head to San Francisco

No DH? No Problem As Royals Head to San Francisco

As the Royals head into Game 3 of the World Series in San Francisco, the obvious change is the difference in lineup rules in an NL park. That means no Billy Butler as DH to start t ...

The Reason For The Season

The Reason For The Season

In a small way, a baseball fan donated over $2,500 to a homeless food pantry, traveling over 6,500 miles across 11 time zones to do so because of a sick day, a chant by a rabid gro ...

Friday Notes

Friday Notes

The Kansas City Royals won a World Series game. This is not a drill. How freaking cool is that? I mean think back to just three months ago after the Royals had lost their fourth st ...

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Chicken Tortilla Soup”

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Chicken Tortilla Soup”

The World Series is heating up. Keep that warmth going strong with a big pot of this chicken tortilla soup to sustain you through the evening and Game 3. Pasilla chiles give this b ...

League’s Best Defense Earns Four Gold Glove Finalist

League’s Best Defense Earns Four Gold Glove Finalist

Rawlings announced their Gold Glove Finalist on Thursday and with little surprise the Kansas City Royals were among the top teams in the league with four finalist. 2013 winners Ale ...

Ventura Has Proven Himself Big League Ready…..Again

Ventura Has Proven Himself Big League Ready…..Again

You knew they weren’t going down without a fight. Time and time again this year, the Royals have fallen behind and been beaten down. After a Gregor Blanco solo shot to open the gam ...

Royals Respond Win Game 2

Royals Respond Win Game 2

(Photo via AP) For the first three playoff series (Oakland a series?) the Royals had a rather large hole in the bottom third of their lineup as Omar Infante and Sal Perez struggled ...

This Date In Royals History–October 22, 1985

This Date In Royals History–October 22, 1985

1985: Bret Saberhagen pitched a gem, and the Royals’ offense backed him up with six runs, including a long home run by Frank White, as the Royals defeated the Cardinals 6-1 at Busc ...

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 ...

I Was Wrong

I said Ned Yost would never be the manager of a playoff team. I said Dayton Moore would never build a playoff team. I said the James Shields trade was understandable, but it was silly because he didn't make the team good enough to make the playoffs. I said this particular Royals team was done about 14 different times. I said Danny Duffy was probably better suited as a reliever. I said Lorenzo Cain couldn't ...

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Pine Tar Podcast with Royals Toby Cook

Toby Cook, Kansas City Royals VP of Community Affairs & Publicity joined the show Sunday to breakdown the events that will be taking place this week. Including tomorrow’s Take The Crown Rally and procedures for Tuesday and possible ticket availability. Follow me @ClintScoles ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 28, 2010

2010: The Royals scored early and often, cruising to a 10-1 win over Minnesota at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City scored three runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third, and two more in the fifth, all off Twins starter Nick Blackburn. In the first inning, Jarrod Dyson led off with a walk, followed by a Mike Aviles single. With one out, the Royals pulled off a double steal. Kila Ka’aihue launched ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 27, 1974

1974: The Royals scored one run in the bottom of the 11th to tie the score, and then won the game with one run in the 12th, collecting a 5-4 win over Texas at Royals Stadium. The Rangers scored three runs in the second, and the Royals tied it with three runs in the third. After that, the teams remained deadlocked until the 11th. Royals starter Al Fitzmorris, who pitched all 12 innings, allowed a leadoff wal ...

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Playoffs? Playoffs? Playoffs!

I hope you’ll indulge me on this one. We all have our stories like this. I just felt it important to write it down now while it’s all fresh—how it felt, what it was like, what I was thinking, what it meant (or what I thought it meant). Perhaps that’s what happens when your favorite team goes three decades between playoff appearances. The fear develops—and it seems perfectly reasonable—that this might not ha ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 26, 1979

1979: Dennis Leonard pitched a shutout, while Frank White’s hit for the cycle to lead the Royals to a 4-0 win over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. Leonard held California scoreless on just five hits—all singles—and a walk. He struck out eight and did not allow a runner to reach third base. White staked the Royals to a two-run lead in the third inning. Willie Wilson started the inning with a single off Angels ...

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Friday Notes

Here we are on the last Friday of the regular season and the Kansas City Royals are just one win away from making the playoffs for the first time since 1985. I've considered writing this post in a different way than usual. My thought was to just use a big smiley face and be done with it, but I decided that I was feeling too many feels not to write here and talk a little bit about the playoffs. This might be ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 25, 1987

1987: The Royals belted three home runs in a five-run fifth inning, leading to a 6-4 victory over the Twins at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Kansas City came to bat in the fifth trailing 4-1, but quickly turned the game around with the outburst. Facing Twins starter Les Straker, Jamie Quirk led off the inning with a home run. Bill Pecota followed with a single and stolen base, and one out later, scored on a ...

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Dismissed Early, Duffy Proving Doubters Wrong Late

He wasn’t good enough. Out of spring training, the pitching staff was set, and Danny Duffy ended up in Omaha. In what was supposed to be a heated competition for the fifth slot, Yordano Ventura took the bull by the horns, and made it anything but that. Danny Duffy wasn’t in the starting rotation. Drafted in the third round of the 2007 draft, Duffy was supposed to be that power left-handed starter which had ...

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Series Preview: Royals at Chicago White Sox, September 25-28

This is it. The Kansas City Royals regular season comes to a close on the South Side of Chicago as they take on the White Sox in a four game series that can determine what's next for the Royals. If the current standings hold, the Royals would be the host of a playoff game on September 30 to determine if they go on to the American League Division Series or go home. While winning the AL Central is a longshot ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 24, 1998

1998: A four-run fifth inning sparked the Royals’ 6-4 win over the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals had collected five hits through four innings against Chicago starter Jaime Navarro, but had been unable to score as they came to the plate in the fifth, trailing 1-0. But Shane Halter led off with a walk and took second on a Tim Spehr sacrifice bunt. Carlos Beltran’s single to right tied the score. T ...

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The Royals: What Is And What Should Never Be

Well, here we are, Royals fans. On the cusp of something we haven’t experienced in almost three decades. How you doin’? Me, I’m relaxed. Mostly. I feel confident the Royals will make the playoffs in some fashion. Of course I would prefer a division title, just to avoid a do-or-die scenario involving Jon Lester in Oakland (or Kansas City, for that matter). Nobody wants our first taste of postseason play in 2 ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 23, 2008

2008: The Royals belted three home runs in the first four innings, then rode Zack Greinke’s seven shutout innings to a 5-0 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit. It took just two hitters for the Royals to take the lead, as Mike Aviles homered against Tigers starter Freddy Garcia with one out and no one on in the first inning. The Royals enjoyed a three-run fourth inning. Ryan Shealy started the in ...

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Song lyrics cliches for the final week of the Kansas City Royals’ season

The Kansas City Royals sit 1 game back from the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central standings.  The Royals are also one game back of Oakland for the "Home Field" Wild Card Spot while currently holding the last Wild Card in the American league, leading the Seattle Mariners by 2 games.  This is it Royals fans.  These last 6 games (2 @ CLE and 4 @ CHI) are what we've all been pining for over the past ...

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Pine Tar Podcast with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN joined the show this week to discuss his recent Ned Yost article including Yost game management, personality, past failures and the Royals chances to make the wildcard. Also in this episode David and Clint discuss the recent Dayton Moore to Atlanta rumor, the play of Sal Perez, Billy Butler, the Royals recent series with the Detroit Tigers and the upcoming series with the Cleveland In ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 22, 1984

1984: Bud Black struck out seven hitters in six innings, while Darryl Motley doubled, tripled, and drove in two runs as the Royals picked up a critical 4-2 win over Oakland at Royals Stadium. Black earned his 17th win of the season by scattering seven hits and a walk in six innings. He allowed two runs, but one was unearned. The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the second against A’s starter Ray Burris. With one o ...

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Series Preview: Royals at Cleveland Indians, September 22-24

The final road trip of the 2014 season is the one that will define whether or not the Royals end a playoff drought stretching back to 1985 or if we'll be hoping the streak doesn't reach 30 years next season. They travel to Cleveland for three games plus the end of that suspended game from August 31. While they aren't in the same dire straits in terms of their playoff lives as they were last year when they w ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 21, 1971

1971: Dick Drago scattered seven hits in a complete game effort, while Bob Oliver’s three-run home run was the big blow in the Royals’ 6-2 win over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. Through eight innings, Drago allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out three. All four of those hits came with two outs in their respective inning. California only had more than one runner on base in the fourth, when Jim ...

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This Date In Royals History–September 20, 1991

1991: Mike Boddicker and three relievers combined to shut out the Mariners while Brian McRae drove in two runs in the Royals’ 3-0 win at the Kingdome in Seattle. Boddicker only allowed two hits and three walks in six innings. Although he only struck out one hitter, he got the Mariners to hit into three double plays. As a result, the Mariners did not have a runner reach third base in the game. McRae gave the ...

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