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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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Kansas City Royals: 2014 “The Phantom Menace”

If you are over 20 years old, you grew up with Star Wars.  You saw Episode IV "A New Hope", Episode V "The Empire Strikes Back" and Episode VI "Return of the Jedi" and wondered why in the hell the story didn't start with Episode I.  Why couldn't we see what Darth Vader was like when he was Anakin Skywalker?  Was he a whiny little bitch like Luke?  Could he make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs?  Was L ...

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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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So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance

The Royals have made it to the All-Star break with a 48-46 record, six and a half games back of the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers. While it is easy to criticize several areas of this organization and team, the Royals are still very much in play of a wild card spot, trailing Seattle by two and a half. Kansas City survived the torrid opening to the season by the Tigers, actually held a division lead after ...

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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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Is Dayton Moore a good General Manager for the Kansas City Royals?

If you ask any Royals fan what they think of GM Dayton Moore, you'll likely get as many answers as there are stars in the sky.  Critics will tell you he's only had one winning season at the MLB level, supporters will tell you he's saved the organization.  Hired in 2006, it is his 9th year on the job.  Since the answers will vary depending upon whom is asked, let's break it down and see if we can figure it o ...

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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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11 Things That Kansas City Royals Fans Should Hate

It is the time of year when people start talking about All-Star snubs and which Royals players should/shouldn't make it.  Having 3 players on the roster is enough for a team in one of the smallest markets in baseball which hasn't made the postseason in 29 years.  If you want to see more Royals in the mid-summer classic, you're going to have to wait until they're playing the ALCS. Instead, let's talk about t ...

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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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Royals Investment On Escobar Paying Dividends

The first ever column I wrote for Pine Tar Press, I addressed the Royals shortstop position. Would you rather take the best years of Yuniesky Betancourt, Angel Berroa or Alcides Escobar. You could say I’m rather idiotic for even bringing up that question again, and you would be correct. Because after seeing just how well Escobar has played this first half of 2014, you would have to be blind to not admit Esc ...

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Pine Tar Podcast with Kevin Scobee

PTP Writer and former pitching coach Kevin Scobee stopped by to talk about the problems with James Shields, the success of Danny Duffy, Jeremy Guthrie and the future of Yordano Ventura and more. Also David and Clint talk the future of the Chicago Cubs and what they should be doing with their future roster. Follow Kevin @scobes15 ...

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Trading Shields? Just Pack Your Bags, Dayton

As we approach the midseason point, speculation grows on what approach the Royals will take to the trading deadline. Buyers or sellers? Which players will they shop? Could it be a big name? There are several reasons why Dayton Moore will not trade James Shields this season. The team is only a few games behind Detroit for the lead in the AL Central. The Royals trail the second wild card spot by a couple game ...

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Maintain, Royals fans. Maintain.

"I've suffered through the years, and shed so many tears."  -Shed So Many Tears, Tupac Shakur (Me Against the World) RECAP: The Kansas City Royals won 10 games in a row and vaulted themselves into first place.  Kansas City celebrated and Royals fans reveled in the team being in 1st place this late in the season for the first time in over 10 years.  The Tigers were leaking oil and the Royals' streak came ...

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Love Him or Hate Him, Yost Has The Royals Pointed In the Right Direction

What more needs to be said? Regardless of today’s outcome, the Royals will head home from Detroit with a new attitude. And a new look in the standings this late in the year in more than a decade. Several factors can be attributed to the white-hot Royals. The pitching has been phenomenal, the hitting under new coach Dale Sveum has begun to show signs of life and the bullpen has been rock-solid as well. The ...

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Pine Tar Podcast with Danny Parkins of 610 Sports

Danny Parkins of 610 Sports talked to David and Clint this week about the Royals 9 game winning streak, if Dale Sveum has been a factor with Billy Butler hitting and the Royals odds of winning the World Series. Also on this episode Jason Tarwater, new writer for PTP, discussed the selection of Don't Stop Believing as the fans selection 6th Inning Song. Listen to us via Soundcloud.com or Stitcher Follow Dann ...

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Kansas City Royals 2014 MLB Draft Review

The Royals draft in my mind is a good one as they have landed four extremely high upside talents with a handful of pieces that could blossom later. The pick of Brandon Finnegan threw me off at first as I didn't expect him to be there let alone the Royals actually taking him as I had my eyes on offense more with the first pick but Finnegan has as much skill in his three pitches as you will find after the Top ...

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Cy Vargas: The New Ervin Santana

The final pitching line didn’t look impressive. The starter had been credited with three runs over 7.2 innings. He had allowed six hits and hit three batters. A quality start, but nothing really stood out until you took a step back and analyzed how dominant he was. That one start is a microcosm of Jason Vargas in 2014. Walking out of Kauffman Stadium Tuesday evening, all I could think of was how Hosmer, G ...

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Haters Gonna Hate: Billy Butler Edition

When I was a kid, I moved to KC in the winter of 1982.  I didn't know a damned thing about the Kansas City Royals.  As a very young child from western Ohio who had lived in several places in my short life at that time, the only thing I knew was the Cincinnati Reds.  On my first day of school I met our principal-who was a HUGE Royals fan.  She asked me if I liked baseball and I excitedly said "YES!"  Th ...

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