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Royals banking on Morales, Rios to fuel power-starved lineup

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Dayton Moore knows perfectly well how rare it was for a team as starved for power as the Kansas City Royals were last season to make the playoffs, let alone the World Series. He also knows that it would be nearly impossible to replicate the feat. So after the Royals were finally ousted by the San Francisco Giants in a dramatic Game 7, and the book was finally...
Via AP on Fox
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Official Launch of the Royals Blue Podcast happens TODAY!

  Click to Download Episode One of the Royals Blue Podcast You read correctly.  The gas bags hear at Royals Blue have officially entered the realm of Podcasting.  To start off we are planning on doing a monthly installment of the Royals Blue Podcast with an increase to bi-monthly installments as the season starts.  Featured in the podcast are three of your favorite writers...
Via Royals Blue
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hosmer's magic October shines light on what needs to happen next

Brian Poldberg saw it in one day. Brian Rupp needed a year to see it. Todd Fitz-Gerald watched it happen over four years. And across one month of October magic, the Kansas City Royals witnessed Eric Hosmer and his potential transform into the offensive force they envisioned when they made him the third overall pick of the 2008 MLB Draft. He mashed his way through his first postseason...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals Prospects Who Could Make An Impact in 2015

Even on the heels of a World Series appearance, a smaller revenue team like the Kansas City Royals needs to develop from within if they want to stay competitive. Those young players can serve several roles. While it’s great if one or two or even more develop into stars and cornerstones for the franchise, it’s […]
Via Pine Tar Press
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

A Spring Day with the Kansas City Royals

Spring Training is something every baseball fan should experience at least once in their lives. For most of the country, it can serve as a break from the cold, but for all, it is a welcoming end to the dark time of the year without baseball. I often get asked what the best ticket to get at a Spring Training game is. It is the lawn, so make sure you take in at least one game from...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Royals' Hosmer hoping to build off postseason success

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Eric Hosmer hit a basketball, football and volleyball for a PlayStation commercial at Surprise Stadium, the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals. Hosmer said the basketball was the easiest to hit because "it's so big." A baseball must have looked basketball-sized to Hosmer in the postseason last year. Hosmer hit .351 and set a franchise record with 12...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Kansas City Royals and The Hangover

So here we are, Kansas City Royals fans.  Spring Training started.  Are you ready for 2015?  I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how much energy and emotion I put into the Royals in 2014-especially after September ended.  It was unforgettable; it was unbelievable.  It is probably un-repeatable.  Once the 2014 World Series ended […]
Via Pine Tar Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A Possible Royal Snub??

  The inevitable happened this week when long time Kansas City fan favorite Mike Sweeney was announced as the 26th member of the Royals hall of fame. This is an honor which was greatly deserved for a player who was one of the lone bright spots during some of the worst stretches of baseball the Royals fan base has ever had to endure. He wrote bible verses with his autograph...
Via Royals Blue
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Mike Sweeney’s arrival to the Royals Hall of Fame

February 15, 2015 was a long awaited day in the life of former Royals all-star Mike Sweeney. The Royals Hall of Fame inducted one of the most decorated ballplayers to ever step foot in Kauffman stadium in a Kansas City uniform. The five time all-star spent a total of 16 seasons in the major leagues, 13 of those in which he spent with the Royals. Sweeney originally landed in Kansas...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Announce Mike Sweeney Elected To Team Hall Of Fame

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 25, 2015) — The Kansas City Royals have announced that First Baseman Mike Sweeney has been voted into the Royals Hall of Fame.  He will become the elite group’s 26th inductee this season with a ceremony before a game at Kauffman Stadium, which will be announced at a later date. Sweeney was elected in his first ballot appearance in a vote of living...
Via i70baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Kansas City Royals

  The following is a team preview for the Kansas City Royals from a fantasy baseball perspective, contributed by Brian Dunshee. Offseason Review It would be an understatement to say that the Royals made their franchise relevant again last year. For the first time since 1985, the Royals made the playoffs and they took advantage of it; ultimately coming within one game of taking...
Via The Fantasy Fix
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Sweeney joins Royals Hall of Fame

It will be hard for any Royal, past, present or future, to nudge George Brett off the Royals' throne. But at least when it comes to fan favorites, Mike Sweeney may well deserve the spot sitting at Brett's right hand. Sweeney was the most most popular player on a lot of losing Royals teams from 1995-2007. The five-time All-Star batted .299 in his Royals career (six points behind Brett...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: 2015 Outfielders; a force to be reckoned with

As Spring Training inches closer and closer, the Kansas City Royals are gearing up for the 2015 season in hopes of repeating last years post-season success. Kansas City has many different aspects of their roster in which they have success, but the position in which they may have the most is the outfield. Led by ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain in centerfield, the Royals are considered, by some...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Prospect Profile: Kyle Zimmer

The Kansas City Royals picked Kyle Zimmer fifth overall in the first round of the 2012 draft. He has all the potential to be an ace or at the very least the number two starter in any big league rotation once he has made his way through the minors. Unfortunately, Zimmer has been plagued by shoulder problems for over the past year and he has logged just 14 1/3 innings in the last...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeremy Guthrie Channels MJ In Announcing His Retirement From Collecting Sneakers

On Monday, Jeremy Guthrie shook the sneaker collecting world when he “formally” announced his retirement as an active sneakerhead. The Kansas City Royals pitcher has always been well known for his large sneaker collection but it now appears that Guthrie will be taking a break from the heartbreaking game that is sneaker collecting. Speaking at Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

A Look at the Royals Defense in 2015

  Durham Bulls fictional manager Joe “Skip” Riggins once said, “This is a simple game. You throw the ball, you hit the ball, you catch the ball.” The 2015 Royals will definitely be expected to catch the ball. When Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer all take the field it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that these guys can play a little defense. All...
Via Royals Blue
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals, Alex Rios, and Hitting Everything in Sight

You might expect the Kansas City Royals to have a big offseason after their fabled run to the World Series that reignited a love of baseball in the entire region of Missouri which doesn’t root for the Cardinals. Maybe they would sign someone to fill the offensive power void and boost run production, or try […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals manager hopes to cut workload for Sal Perez

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Salvador Perez set major league records last year, catching 158 games and 1,389 2/3 innings, including 15 games and 141 innings in the playoffs. After the World Series, Perez joined a major league all-star team in November touring Japan, adding to his record number of knee bends. Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost vows Perez's workload will be reduced this season...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

First baseman Eric Hosmer, Royals agree to $13.9M, 2-year contract

  First baseman Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $13.9 million, two-year contract. Hosmer gets $5.65 million this year under Wednesday's agreement and $8.25 million in 2016. The 25-year-old hit .270 for the American League champions with 35 doubles, nine homers and 58 RBI. He won his second straight Gold Glove. He made $3.6 million last...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals head to spring training with high expectations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- That old, familiar baseball refrain made famous by fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers took on an entirely different meaning for the Kansas City Royals this offseason. No longer was "Wait `til next year!" the battle cry of a beleaguered franchise grasping at hope. The slogan had become quite literal: After snapping a 29-year playoff drought with a trip to the World Series...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Defensive outlook

Left fielder Alex Gordon is known for his strong play in the outfield (rantsports.com). The Kansas City Royals look to build off of their success they had in 2014 by improving areas of weakness and building off of their defense and pitching that led them to an American League Pennant. The Royals outfield is arguably the best in the league and combined with the solid play from Gold...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Kansas City Royals

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Kansas City Royals. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / […]
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

This new Kansas City Royals billboard is awesome

In recent years, the Kansas City Royals have created some pretty cool billboards in the Kansas City area. This year’s billboard doesn’t even have a player’s face on it, yet it’s pretty fantastic. Burning up the basepaths? That’s what speed do! Drive by #Royals billboard on I-35S @ Cambridge Circle. #ForeverRoyal pic.twitter.com/Avsog4QSNW — Kansas City Royals (@Royals...
Via The Outside Corner
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading The Kansas City Royals Offseason

The Kansas City Royals had a lot to be proud of as they walked off the field last season. Regardless of the fact they didn’t win the World Series, they were a team that was projected to be close to making the playoffs, and in fact did make it to the World Series. After a team has so much success, should they alter their lineup and bullpen to improve, or keep it relatively the...
Via i70baseball
28 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
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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