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Royals Review 6 hours ago
Hok Talk: Picking on umpires

Hok Talk: Picking on umpires

Jorge Soler has been arguing with umpires all year long. | Photo by Jason O. Watson/ How good are the umpires, anyway? This year FanGraphs caused quite a stir when they updated their version of the WAR stat for catchers. They started taking a catcher’s framing ability - his ability to convince an umpire to call more strikes - into account. Some people think framing is overrated. Others wonder, if it’s so effective, why baseball officials, statisticians, and fans seem to simply be OK with the fact that catchers are manipulating the strike zone when they shouldn’t have any impact...
Kings of Kauffman 9 hours ago

Kansas City Royals: Mondesi collects 40th steal in loss to Twins

The 2019 season has not gone as planned for the Kansas City Royals but Adalberto Mondesi achieved a milestone in the loss to the Twins. Another day, another milestone. Unfortunately, it was also another loss for the Kansas City Royals. In the last month or so, the team has seen Jorge Soler break the single-season […] Kansas City Royals: Mondesi collects 40th steal in loss to Twins - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Royals Review Sep 20, 2019
What was your favorite home run of all-time?

What was your favorite home run of all-time?

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports Tell us about the best dongs. This is the year of the home run, with MLB smashing the record for most home runs in a season. Not even Kansas City is immune to the homer-fest, with Jorge Soler obliterating the franchise single-season record, with a good chance he becomes the first player in club history to win a home run title. With so many home runs this year, I thought it would be fun to think back about some of your favorite home runs. Many fans, will of course, gravitate to those home runs that were of great import in Royals history. High on that list is...
Royals Review Sep 18, 2019
A’s walk off on Royals, 1-0, in 11 innings

A’s walk off on Royals, 1-0, in 11 innings

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports They lost again. Oh bummer. The A’s walked off on the Royals, 1-0, in the 11th inning. A pitcher’s duel that saw Danny Duffy match Homer Bailey pitch-for-pitch ended with Jessie Hahn getting walked off. Duffy was really good. He made it through seven innings and allowed just two hits, striking out six in the process. His ERA dropped to 4.30; it’s darn close to 1.50 in his last five starts. The Royals’ offense offered zero highlights. They had four hits - a double by Jorge Soler and three singles - in 11 innings. Homer Bailey, who is not good, shut...
Royals Review Sep 18, 2019
Don’t let a home run happy league ruin Jorge Soler’s extraordinary accomplishment

Don’t let a home run happy league ruin Jorge Soler’s extraordinary accomplishment

SEPTEMBER 03: Jorge Soler #12 of the Kansas City Royals hits his 39th home run of the year, a single-season club record, during the 3rd inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on September 03, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. | Photo by Jamie Squire/ Home runs are everywhere, but don’t let that distract you If you’ve been paying attention to Major League Baseball at all this year, surely you’ve latched onto one of the major developments: there have been dingers everywhere. By dingers, I mean blasts. Smashes. Bombs. Deep flies. Big flies. Four-baggers. Some...
Royals Review Sep 18, 2019
Royals Rumblings - News for September 18, 2019

Royals Rumblings - News for September 18, 2019

Today’s gorgeous Baseball Dog. | Minda Haas Kuhlmann Let’s have a day. Chris Haft of MLB.com talked to Jorge Soler about his quest for the American League home run lead. “All I want to do is stay focused and swing at good pitches,” Soler said through a translator. “I’m not worried about that other stuff. I’m not going to worry about who’s leading or not leading. All I want to do is to keep doing what I’m doing.” Danny Duffy gives advice to the lower-minors championship teams, via Lynn Worthy at the Kansas City Star: While Duffy acknowledged the major leagues are a...
Kings of Kauffman Sep 17, 2019

Kansas City Royals: Jorge Soler has golden opportunity for the taking

Jorge Soler has the chance to do what no other players on the Kansas City Royals have ever done, especially with his counterpart done for the season. Obligatory Jorge Soler post. No, but seriously, the Kansas City Royals have never had a player that led the American League in home runs but that all could […] Kansas City Royals: Jorge Soler has golden opportunity for the taking - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Royals Review Sep 17, 2019
Royals Rumblings - News for September 17, 2019

Royals Rumblings - News for September 17, 2019

John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via How are the Royals using analytics? Royals Rumblings - News for September 17, 2019 Ned Yost talks to Lynn Worthy about Jorge Soler’s season and the possibility of him winning a home run title. “It’s a product of very hard work from Soler, but not only Soler, (quality control/catching coach) Pedro Grifol and (hitting coach) Terry Bradshaw,” Yost said. “Pedro got Soler, when we first got him, lined him up with people to hit with in Miami. He’s always kinda taken Soler under his wing. He grabbed him everyday and said look...
Royals Review Sep 17, 2019
Royals storm back late and steal one in Oakland, 6-5

Royals storm back late and steal one in Oakland, 6-5

Photo by Jason O. Watson/ If you’re looking forward to the future, that was a glimpse. Jorge Soler hit his 45th home run of the year to tie Mike Trout for the American league lead as the Royals steal one in the ninth from Oakland, 6-5. With the lines from the game yesterday between the Chiefs and Raiders still painted on the outfield grass, Kansas City paid homage to its stadium neighbor’s speed in the top of the first. After Whit Merrifield opened the frame with his league-leading 194th hit on the season, Adalberto Mondesi smoked a liner into the right-center field gap and churned...
Royals Review Sep 16, 2019
Game 151: Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics

Game 151: Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics

Peter G. Aiken Can Kansas City teams make it 2-0 in two days in Oakland? Kansas City Royals (55-95) @ Oakland Athletics (90-60) Glenn Sparkman (4-11, 5.94 ERA) vs. Tanner Roark (10-8, 4.01 ERA) First pitch - 9:07 p.m. CST Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California Quick hits: The Royals extended their radio deal with Entercom (610 AM) through 2024. With 11 games to go, Whit Merrifield leads DJ LeMahieu by eight hits for the major league lead. He has 193 in total Jorge Soler is slashing .310/.375/.741 in his last 15 games with seven home runs and 12 RBIs Last time Roark faced Kansas...
Call to the Pen Sep 16, 2019

Kansas City Royals: Jorge Soler could be first home run king

With Mike Trout done for the year, Jorge Soler may be on the verge of another first in Kansas City Royals history. Jorge Soler has already made history for the Kansas City Royals. Not only did he become the Royals’ single season home run leader, surpassing the 38 homers hit by Mike Moustakas two seasons […] Kansas City Royals: Jorge Soler could be first home run king - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Royals Review Sep 15, 2019
Astros beat Royals by a lot

Astros beat Royals by a lot

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports A sweep. Look, guys. I’ve written a lot of very detailed recaps in my Royals Review career. This one will not be one of them, because the Chiefs are playing. Also, because this game was brutally uninteresting. The Astros beat the Royals, 12-3. They swept the series. Kansas City got a first-inning run on a Jorge Soler triple. Whit Merrifield added a fifth-inning RBI single. Everything else was a Houston highlight. Jake Junis didn’t make it out of the third because the Astros were teeing off on him. Kyle Zimmer also gave up a homer later on. The Royals...
Kings of Kauffman Sep 14, 2019

Kansas City Royals: Jorge Soler should do Home Run Derby next year

Jorge Soler’s impressive 2019 season with the Kansas City Royals should make him a strong candidate to participate in the Home Run Derby next year. 112.7 mph. That was the exit velocity on Jorge Soler‘s moonshot home run on Thursday in the series finale against the White Sox. The Kansas City Royals managed to take […] Kansas City Royals: Jorge Soler should do Home Run Derby next year - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Royals Review Sep 13, 2019
Game 148: Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals

Game 148: Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Can Kansas City keep it rolling? Houston Astros (95-53) @ Kansas City Royals (55-92) Gerrit Cole (16-5, 2.73 ERA) vs. Danny Duffy (6-6, 4.71 ERA) First pitch - 7:15 P.M. CT Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Quick hits: Royals last faced Cole on May 6th. He allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 1⁄3 innings. Both Adalberto Mondesi and Jorge Soler homered. Duffy faced Houston on May 7th. He allowed two runs on six hits and three walks over the course of 6 2⁄3 innings. He picked up the win on that night as well. Kansas City has won four...
Cubbies Crib Sep 13, 2019

Chicago Cubs: The worst trade in the Theo Epstein era

I’ll admit, the Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein has made some questionable trades. And it might not be the trade you were thinking. No, the White Sox trade isn’t it. It was Wade Davis for Jorge Soler, and it was highway robbery. The Chicago Cubs were fresh off a World Series Championship. They were riding high […] Chicago Cubs: The worst trade in the Theo Epstein era - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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