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Royals pitcher Jake Junis has had many call ups to Kansas City this season

Jake Junis holds a Kansas City Royals record, although not verified, as a rookie. He has been called up a half dozen times this season from Triple-A Omaha. Twice he wasn’t even with the big league club for 24 hours as the 26th man for doubleheaders.

“Six times, I’ve been all over the place this summer,” Junis said.

Royals RHP Jason Hammel moves around, turns season around

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore suddenly had a gaping hole in the rotation after the death of Yordano Ventura in a vehicle accident on January 22nd in the Dominican Republic. Jason Hammel was unsigned after his former club, the Chicago Cubs, captured the 2016 World Series Crown. Moore promptly signed the right-handed pitcher to a two-year $16 million contract on February 8.

After a slow start in 2017, Jason Hammel said he has “absolutely” turned his season around.

“One hundred percent it’s changed for sure,” Hammel said.

Royals hope ‘Last Dance’ for key players is a ‘Victory Lap’ and World Series Championship

royals trade aquisitions

In 1972 a classic Marlon Brando movie “Last Tango In Paris” was released. In 2017, it is the “Last Tango In Kansas City” for several Royals. We all know, from owner David Glass, general manager Dayton Moore, manager Ned Yost and the players, this group of Royals will be scattered to several directions next year.

This will be the last season for Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon, the core group for six years, will be teammates.

Should the Royals be sellers or buyers as MLB trade deadline approaches?

Royals trade

With the trading deadline looming at the end of the month, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore will face some key decisions that will determine the Royals future not only for this season, but could impact the franchise for the next several years.

Everyone knows the Royals list of potential free agents – third baseman Mike Moustakas, first baseman Eric Hosmer, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar and left-handers Jason Vargas and Mike Minor. Trade several of those and the Royals should be able to get back a boatload of prospects, many nearly Major League-ready.

Will May be better for the Kansas City Royals? They’re glad to be past April

Royals in May

Will May be better? It can’t be much worse than April was for the Royals.

When the Kansas City Royals hit a major league-worst .210 in April, you can expect a bad month. When you add to that a .270 on-base percentage and a .336 slugging percentage, also, all worst in the bigs, you know that is going to add up to a lot of losses.

When you score a big league-worst 63 runs, 24 fewer than the next club, it is going to be a long, long, month.

When your bullpen, once a strength, is 2-7 with a 5.67 ERA and with more blown saves, four, than saves, three, and you know it must be horrible month.

It was. Ending with a nine-game losing streak and the American League Central caboose.

Royals’ DH Brandon Moss says it’ll take time, but the team just has to “play good baseball” to overcome bad start

Brandon Moss

Brandon Moss knows the hole the Kansas City Royals dug early in the season.

While it is not the depth of Grand Canyon and can be climbed out of, it will be a mule-pack progress. It won’t be a quarter-horse sprinting at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

Moss is hitting .159 with four home runs, three of them solos, and 24 strikeouts in early May.  The Royals are in last place in the American League Central thanks to a nine-game losing streak to end April.

Royals, Dayton Moore, have questions to answer in Spring Training

Dayton Moore Spring Training questions

FEBRUARY 2016 – Last year at this time many fans questioned some moves general manager Dayton Moore made to “better” the Kansas City Royals and increase the chances of returning to the playoffs.

Several experts gave us a ‘B to C grade’ after Moore acquired Edinson Volquez, Alex Rios, Chris Young, Kris Medlen, Ryan Madson and Kendrys Morales, while losing James Shields and Billy Butler.

It looked if we were rolling the dice in order to preserve our playoff-caliber team.  As it turned out, we are World Series champs and many should apologize for doubting Moore’s acquisitions.

Winning the hot stove awards doesn’t always equate to winning baseball games. We have seen that before and we will see it again.

Royals acquire Joakim Soria, but taking time in offseason acquisitions

Joakim Soria

JANUARY 2016 – Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore usually acts swiftly after a season to sign free agents or make trades. He was quick to sign reliever Joakim Soria who returns to the Royals. By New Year’s Day, Moore has typically wrapped up his major moves.

Moore obtained right-handers Wade Davis and James Shields in a Dec. 9, 2012 blockbuster with the Tampa Ray Rays, while giving up minor league player of the year Wil Myers