12:22 AM EDT, Tue October 22, 2019
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Season Review: Adalberto Mondesi

Season Review: Adalberto Mondesi

Photo by Daniel Shirey/ We saw flashes of a star. In his first season playing over 100 games, the Royals’ fan base caught of glimpse of what the future has in store for shortstop Adalberto Mondesi. At only 24 years of age, the switch-hitter finished his 2019 season slashing .263/.291/.424 while driving in 62 and swiping 43 bags. He also finished atop the league with 10 triples, tied with teammates Whit Merrifield and Hunter Dozier. Speed was Mondesi’s best attribute. His 29.9 sprint speed (feet per second) ranked in the top one percent of the league. For his career bests, he...
14 hours ago
A look at the odds on who will be the next Royals manager

A look at the odds on who will be the next Royals manager

John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via There are long odds. And short odds. And Mike Matheny. And then there were seven. Seven! That’s how many managerial openings remain after the inevitable hiring of Joe Maddon by the Angels. I swear, that coupling was so obviously happening that when it actually went down, it seemed like no one noticed. Maddon got hired by the Angels? OK. The World Series starts this week and the managerial musical chairs will come to a halt. Late last week the online gambling site BetOnline updated their odds for who would fill the remaining...
16 hours ago
Royals Rumblings - News for October 21, 2019

Royals Rumblings - News for October 21, 2019

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports Mike Matheny has already become a polarizing figure. Royals Rumblings - News for October 21, 2019 Lynn Worthy looks at why Mike Matheny is such a polarizing managerial candidate. Yost felt that his year off provided perspective and a chance to re-examine which helped him become a better manager in his second stint. Moore may find it intriguing to hire Matheny in similar circumstances. “This isn’t a troll when I say this, when Dayton makes the call to hire the new guy, that’s enough for me,” Royals pitcher Danny Duffy said after the season finale....
Oct 19, 2019
ALCS Game 6 Thread: Yankees at Astros

ALCS Game 6 Thread: Yankees at Astros

Brad Peacock will take the mound first for the Astros | Photo by Mike Stobe/ The Astros lead the series 3-2 The series has returned to Houston and the Yankees are just barely hanging on. Both teams will be using openers, tonight, as they go for bullpen games thanks to the schedule changes caused by rain earlier this week. The Yankees will go with Chad Green who opened 15 games for them during the regular season with a 4.17 ERA. But he’s already given up two runs and a homer in this Championship series in 3.2 innings. The Astros will counter with Brad Peacock who pitched the final...
Oct 19, 2019
Hok Talk: Rebuilding the 2019 Royals

Hok Talk: Rebuilding the 2019 Royals

What if Zack Greinke was still a Royal? | Photo by Elsa/ A fantasy about a roster that could have been. Some of the most fun you can have as a baseball fan involves asking, “What if?” People ask things like, “What if Babe Ruth played in 2019?” or “What if Steve Bartman didn’t go to the Cubs NLCS game on October 14, 2003?” or “What would it look like if we took the best players from the two worst teams?” The best part is the possibilities are endless. So, today, I thought it might be fun to ask, “What if the 2019 Royals tried to build a team out of players still active...
Oct 19, 2019
Weekend Rumblings - News for October 19, 2019

Weekend Rumblings - News for October 19, 2019

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Get well soon, Richard Lovelady! Weekend Rumblings - News for October 19, 2019 In his Friday notes, David Lesky thinks the Royals may make a move to improve this winter. And so with that, they can begin the process of filling in the gaps if the right player is available who they can acquire and control for three or four years. And no, barring some miracle, the acquisition wouldn’t be for 2020, but it’s one of those things that you get something you don’t need right now because you’ll need it later and it might not be available. It’s like when...
Oct 18, 2019
ALCS: Game 5

ALCS: Game 5

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Astros @ Yankees Houston Astros (3-1) @ New York Yankees (1-3) RHP Justin Verlander (0-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. LHP James Paxton (0-0, 3.86 ERA) First pitch - 6:08 p.m. CT Houston Lineup: RF Springer 2B Altuve LF Brantley 3B Bregman 1B Gurriel SS Correa DH Alvarez C Chirinos CF Marisnick P Verlander New York Lineup: 1B LeMahieu RF Judge 2B Torres DH Stanton CF Hicks C Sánchez SS Gregorius 3B Urshela LF Gardner P Paxton
Oct 18, 2019
Friday Off Topic Thread, October 18 Edition

Friday Off Topic Thread, October 18 Edition

Photo by Chesnot/ What do you miss about the internet? It’s early in the Royals offseason and there’s a lot of months to overanalyze what’s going on and what’s going to happen. With new ownership and a new manager, it’s probably going to be relatively interesting. But let’s not do that yet. Today, our off topic thread involves injuries, habits, and thinking about the old internet that was but is not anymore. Patrick Mahomes’ injury is the talk of the NFL and overshadowed an otherwise dominant victory against the Denver Broncos last night. All the time, athletes get called...
Oct 18, 2019
Ranking Royals general managers

Ranking Royals general managers

Photo by Ed Zurga/ It’s not a long list. After I completed the series on the 1985 team, I decided to embark on a different tangent. Trying to identify the five best to play each position for the Royals along with the five best managers and general managers. Why not start at the top? Since there have only been six general managers in the Royals 51-year history, this might seem like an easy place to start. After digging through the numbers, I found it anything but easy. Let’s look at the list. 6. Allard Baird Tenure as general manager: June 2000 to May 2006, five full seasons, two...
Oct 18, 2019
Free agency preview: Relief pitchers

Free agency preview: Relief pitchers

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports The Royals need relief. The Royals had a bad bullpen - although better than the National League pennant-winning Washington Nationals by most metrics. Still, a 5.07 bullpen ERA and 23 blown saves left much room for improvement. The Royals may be hesitant to jump back into free agency after last year’s free agent relievers - Brad Boxberger and Wily Peralta - were largely disasters. But Jake Diekman performed adequately, and there are many others out there who may prove to be much more worthwhile. Let’s look at this year’s free agent relief pitcher...
Oct 18, 2019
Royals Rumblings - News for October 18, 2019

Royals Rumblings - News for October 18, 2019

The Son of Hos | Photo by Jamie Squire/ ALCS Memories today in Best of Royals Review Jeffrey Flanagan spoke with savior-to-be Bobby Witt Jr. Here’s the part of his interview where he talked about the Royals technology. MLB.com: Like all teams, the Royals have a lot of data for you to absorb. That has to be a big jump from high school as well. Witt: There’s a lot more data with Trackman and Rapsodo, and even in the weight room there are devices to let you know if your arms are fatigued or legs are fatigued. It’s awesome to have that stuff. MLB.com: As a hitter, did you see value in...
Oct 17, 2019
ALCS Game 4 thread

ALCS Game 4 thread

Photo by Tim Warner/ Our friend Zack is back on the mound For all of Zack Greinke’s success across what is likely to be a Hall of Fame career, the former Royals ace hasn’t exactly shut hitters down in the postseason. Over his last two postseasons, he has made four starts and failed to get into the 7th in any of those starts. He got roughed up in game three of the ALDS, giving up six earned runs across just 3.2 innings, good for the worst start of his postseason career. He also took the loss in game one of the ALCS, albeit in somewhat prettier fashion, giving up three runs across six...
Oct 17, 2019
Investors can now buy ownership shares in MLB teams, so what does this mean?

Investors can now buy ownership shares in MLB teams, so what does this mean?

Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Could YOU own the Royals? On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that private equity funds are launching - at least one, Galatioto Sports Partners - to raise capital that potentially could be invested in buying “shares” of baseball teams. Shares of baseball teams don’t trade on any public market (shares of many European soccer clubs do), so it’s not like you or I could go run to Charles Schwab, buy a handful of shares, and call ourselves part owner of the Royals. Instead ownership of baseball teams, and really most sports franchises, “trade” in...
Oct 17, 2019
Soler Power: Ranking the home runs 48-41

Soler Power: Ranking the home runs 48-41

Photo by Ed Zurga/ Lists are fun. Lists about dingers are super fun. Jorge Soler just completed the most impressive power hitting season in Royals history. He obliterated the franchise single-season home run record, finishing with 48 home runs. It was a tour de force of slugging—a mighty confluence of good health, a hitter reaching his prime, and a baseball that encouraged punishment. To honor and celebrate this monumental achievement it’s time to rank each of Soler’s home runs. The rankings are based on my made up formula that consists of impressiveness of the dinger (distance,...
Oct 17, 2019
Royals Rumblings - News for October 17, 2019

Royals Rumblings - News for October 17, 2019

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Are you in John Sherman’s ownership group? Royals Rumblings - News for October 17, 2019 In his mailbag column, Jeffrey Flanagan gives his thoughts on the managerial search. If I were a betting man, I still would say Mike Matheny is the odds-on favorite to become the next manager. No, it’s not as certain as it once was. Matheny has drawn interest from other teams with managerial openings, including the Padres, Giants and Mets. But word has it that the Padres are going another direction. Matheny is well respected in the Royals’ front office and he has...