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Photo: Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas And Salvador Perez In Attendance For Kansas-Kansas State Today

Today is the first Sunflower Showdown of the season between Kansas and Kansas State. Meetings between these two in-state rivals are big for both fan bases and the state itself, and this afternoon’s match-up at KU’s Allen Fieldhouse attracted several members of the 2014 American League Champion Kansas City Royals. Here’s a selfie of a trio of young Royals — first baseman Eric...
Via College Spun
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ignore the data dump: Five reasons the Royals could pick up where they left off

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- You can't blame Royals fans for having a big ol' data chip on their shoulders. PECOTA, a stat-based computer projection system trumpeted by the folks at BaseballProspectus.com, dropped the big one earlier in the week. Deep Blue crunched the numbers, laid out its forecast for the 2015 major league season and pegged the Kansas City Royals, your defending American...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Name Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

KANSAS CITY, MO (January 29, 2015) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that outfielder Whit Merrifield has been named the George Brett Minor League Player of the Year, while right-handed pitcher Christian Binford earned the Paul Splittorff Minor League Pitcher of the Year for the 2014 season. Merrifield, 26, split last season between Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA...
Via i70baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

U.L.’s Toothpick: A Look Back At The 1977 Royals

1977 Season Seating SectionsTicket PricesClub Box$7.00Box$5.00Reserved$4.00General Admission$1.50Other itemsGallon of gas$0.65First class postage stamp$0.13Median household income$10,360 In 46 seasons, the Royals have had one team crack the magic 100-win mark. Just one. Are the 1977 Royals the best team in franchise history? I think they are. The Royals have had teams score more...
Via Pine Tar Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Should Do More Than Due Diligence on Shields

When the off-season began, we were all resigned to the fact that James Shields would be pitching in 2015 with a new team. It was a foregone conclusion that some team would give him four or five years at $20+ million per year and we'd be left remembering the 455 regular season innings he gave the Royals in two years with a 3.18 ERA. We'd remember the leadership he provided that was...
Via Pine Tar Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

James Shields need to adjust his contract expectations

We’re just a few days away from the beginning of February, and James Shields is still a free agent. Shields is far and away the best free agent left on the market, and while we’ve seen pitchers dangle in the wind this deep into the offseason before (Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kyle Lohse, Ervin Santana to name four), they all had more red flags than Shields. Yet, Shields...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mooooose! Check out these cool Royals bobbleheads for 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Admit it: Most of the time when you look at a bobblehead, you are slightly amused by the resemblance -- or lack thereof -- to the player or coach being depicted. And after that, you typically don't give it another thought. Well, the Royals' 2015 bobblehead editions are bound to hold your attention just a tad longer. Specifically, the bobbleheads of third baseman...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Non-Roster Invites Bring Intrigue

Every year around this time, baseball nerds like myself and probably you are starting to get really excited about spring training. And the first order of business when it comes to excitement is to get the list of players who aren't on the 40-man roster but will be attending spring training with the big club. It seems there's always a player or two from that last who makes the team...
Via Pine Tar Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #102: James Shields | SP | FA

Two years ago, how many people thought we’d look back on the James Shields-Wil Myers trade and say the Royals got a good deal? Probably not too many, and even though the book is probably closed on Shields in Kansas City while Myers and Jake Odorizzi are likely just embarking on their respective MLB careers, the fact still remains that Shields was an integral part of a pennant...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals invite 23 non-roster players to spring training

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have invited 23 non-roster players to spring training, including former fifth overall draft pick Bubba Starling and promising youngsters Miguel Almonte and Raul Mondesi. Starling, who grew up near Kansas City, has struggled in the minor leagues but will get a taste of big league camp. Almonte, a right-hander, and Mondesi, an infielder, are non-drafted...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
5 days ago  |  Discuss

What the numbers say about Hosmer and Moose…and, it’s not good

      Eight Royals are up for arbitration. The most talked is the corner infield duo of Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. Hosmer asked for $6.7 million and Moustakas $3.1 million. They want to get paid…and who can blame them? We certainly don’t. But, the question is are they worth their respective requests? Apparently, even suggesting that the duo...
Via Royals Blue
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Poised To Make Second Half Push

The ECHL All-Star game happened this past week and by all accounts was a big success. The game marks the unofficial half way point in the 70 game season. Teams like the Allen Americans and the Fort Wayne Komets have led the way in their respecting conferences and some teams have put themselves in a position to make a second half run. No teams has done so more then the Reading Royals...
Via Beyond The Benches
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: Franklin Morales edition

Franklin Morales could help add depth to the Royals’ pitching staff this year (sportsofboston.com). Pitching depth is crucial at all levels of baseball, but even more so in the MLB. The Kansas City Royals know just how much that is true, after relying on the strongest bullpen in the league last year to help fight their way to their first World Series appearance in nearly 30 seasons...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: James Shields edition

After the finish of the 2014 regular season, Kansas City Royals pitcher James Shields entered the world of free agency. The Royals ace had been signed to a 4-year $11.25 million dollar contract that reached its end in 2015. Along with the Royals still considering re-signing the pitcher, there are multiple other teams in the hunt. Over the course of his brief run with Kansas City...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

In the Spotlight with Ethan Chapman of the Kansas City Royals Organization

We tend to forget about the unsung heroes that are behind Major League Baseball teams. I’m talking about the rest of the organization that make the team that much stronger. I decided I wanted to pick the brains of organizations across the MLB. Ethan Chapman of the Kansas City Royals Organization was my first stop. Chapman is an outfielder for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (the...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Top 20 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training is fast approaching once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the Kansas City Royals’ top 20 prospects for 2015. 1. Raul Adalberto Mondesi SS: Mondesi is the consensus number 1 prospect in the Royals’...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: Rickie Weeks edition

Free agent second baseman could help provide depth to the Royals’ roster in 2015 (zimbio.com). Spring Training begins next month in Surprise, Arizona for the Kansas City Royals, and with four weeks to go before the team heads west, there is still time for general Manager Dayton Moore to sign a few key players in order to give the team the best chance for success in 2015. Free...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals give manager Ned Yost extension through 2016 season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The AL champion Royals and Ned Yost have agreed on a one-year contract extension that will keep the manager with the franchise through the 2016 season. Yost said after leading the Royals to an improbable pennant last season that he hoped to manage a few more years. His contract had been set to expire after the 2015 season. Yost became the Royals' manager in May...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Extend Ned Yost

KANSAS CITY, MO (January 13, 2015) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that manager Ned Yost has agreed to a one-year extension, which runs through the 2016 season. Yost, who has been the Kansas City skipper since May 13, 2010, led the Royals to their first playoff appearance in 29 years and became the first manager in Major League history to win his first eight postseason...
Via i70baseball
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Honor Three Players

KANSAS CITY, MO (January 12, 2015) – The Kansas City Royals announced their 2014 team award winners today, which were voted on by the Kansas City Chapter of the BWAA.  Outfielder Lorenzo Cain was named the Les Milgram Player of the Year, while relief pitcher Wade Davis garnered the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year award and starting pitcher Yordano Ventura earned the Joe Burke...
Via i70baseball
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #141: Alcides Escobar | SS | KC

It’s back-to-back-to-back Royals in our Top 200 Countdown! Coming in at 141 is Royals’ shortstop Alcides Escobar whose career, in terms of both raw stats and fan sentiment, I’ll sum up in one chart: Who the heck is Escobar! In 2012 we all began looking at Escobar as a potential draft day target in almost all fantasy formats. (And if you weren’t, you should have been.)...
Via Baseball Professor
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #142: Eric Hosmer | 1B | KC

As we enter the 2015 season, the Kansas City Royals no longer dwell in obscurity in the cellar of the American League Central. After a surprise World Series run, led by a couple of veterans and some young, promising players, the Royals have made a few moves in the offseason to keep them contending for years to come. Eric Hosmer appears to be a part of the core of the Royals’ success...
Via Baseball Professor
22 days ago  |  Discuss

A look at the Royals 2015 payroll and what it could mean for 2016

              January 4, 2015 Joe Hayles Royals As someone who has always wished that the Royals would open the checkbook and spend some money to sign the MLB talent they needed to be competitive, now that they are trying to do just that, I’m getting cold feet. While I like that our 2015 payroll is bumped up to around...
Via Royals Blue
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Royals failing to capitalize on World Series run?

The Kansas City Royals are still basking in the afterglow of their magical run to the World Series and enjoying all the benefits that come with it. The extra prestige of proving themselves as a contender, the buy-in from ownership that the team is heading in the right direction and, of course, that big influx of cash that comes with an extended postseason run. All of these things...
Via The Outside Corner
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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