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Newcomer Nathan Karns moves into Royals’ starting rotation

Nathan Karns

APRIL 2017 – Nathan Karns, who earned a spot in the Kansas City Royals rotation in spring training, went to Arlington (Texas) James Martin High and was a Rangers fan. The Rangers home stadium is just a few long tosses away from his high school.

He was a linebacker in the fall, liking to hit people, especially the quarterback.

In the spring, he was a right-handed pitcher armed with a 97 mile per hour fastball. The scouts noticed and so did the college recruiters.

The Astros drafted him in 2006 out of high school, but he did not sign.

Royals second base job is wide open

Royals 2nd Base

MARCH 2017 – There was no competition for the second base job in 2016, but it was still a big question mark in spring training for the Royals.

The Royals owed Omar Infante a lot of money and are still paying him this year. There was hope he could regain his glory days after hitting a puny .220 in 2015 and left off the World Series roster with an injury.

But with Infante struggling with a .239 average and no power, the Royals released him on June 21 last season, even though he still had 1 ½ years left on his contract.

This year the Royals have four candidates for the starting second base job, but none has a great deal of big league experience playing there.

Royals Bullpen will have a different look in 2017

Royals Bullpen

MARCH 2017 – Once upon a time, the Kansas City Royals bullpen had HDH, a dominant shut down trio of pitchers.

That would stand for Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland.

A couple of spring trainings ago, manager Ned Yost was told other teams were trying to replicate the Kansas City Royals’ success with similar bullpens.

“Good luck with that,” Yost replied on finding arms like Herrera, Davis and Holland to close out games.

Royals and Chiefs earn Top-20 Spots in ESPN Ultimate Standings of 2016

ESPN Ultimate Standings

JANUARY 2017 – Congrats Kansas City fans, our very own professional teams earned top spots in the ESPN Ultimate Standings of 2016. Out of the 122 teams in the four major sports leagues, the Royals ranked number 9 and the Chiefs ranked number 20.

Payroll may be trimmed, changes made to 2017 Royals

NOVEMBER 2017 – Is a payroll cut in order for the Royals? It’s been a great ride, but things are changing…

Kansas City fans have watched Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar grow up before their eyes.

They’ve witnessed Wade Davis transform from a so-so starter to a dominant closer. They’ve viewed the maturation of Danny Duffy from inconsistency, sent to the bullpen to becoming the Royals best starter in 2016. They fell in love with the game-changing speed of spare outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

That gang will not be together much longer.

Royals’ rallies become essential to success

Royals rally

MAY 2016Perhaps you have heard the For King and Country song, “It’s Not Over Yet.” While the Australian brothers, John and Luke Smallbone, did not write the song about the Kansas City Royals, it should be added to the Kauffman Stadium playlist and become a staple when the Royals are behind after six innings.

They upbeat inspirational lyrics would send the crowd into a frenzy.

No surprises…expect another big season for the KC Royals

KC Royals

APRIL 2016 – Nostradamus I may not be. I’ll admit that.  When it comes to predicting what may happen after 162 games of the Major League Baseball season, nobody is perfect.  Looking back at the past few years I’ve missed the KC Royals victory total by either one or more than eight.

When forecasting who will have an up year or a down year, it’s about sixty percent.

Dyson could go from speedy sub to starting outfielder

Jarrod Dyson

MARCH 2016 – The Kansas City Royals selected Luke Hochevar first overall in the 2006 draft and gave him a $3.5 million signing bonus. After 1,474 players names were called in that same draft, the Royals picked Jarrod Dyson to begin the 50th and final round.

Kennedy elated to have Royals’ defense behind him

Ian Kennedy

MARCH 2016 – Ian Kennedy knows what it is like to have a ground ball scoot by an infielder inches from his glove and for a fly ball to land just a step away from an outfielder chasing it.

He saw it all too often last year with the San Diego Padres.

“I don’t want to talk bad, but it’s more of like the numbers don’t lie, and that they were at the bottom of all the metrics (defensively),” Kennedy said.

Kennedy has gone from the most porous defense to a watertight defense when he signed in January with the Kansas City Royals.

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