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Royals looking to get back to postseason before core players exit via free agency

Royals free agents

APRIL 2017 – Things were spinning so fast, even Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost had some fleeting doubts.

There was the death of Yordano “Ace” Ventura in late January just before the team reported to spring training. And the off-season forced trades of closer Wade Davis and speedster outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who are both eligible for free agency after this season, for property the Royals can control for a longer period.

“With everything we’ve had go on, losing Ventura, having to trade Wade, having to trade Dyson, I think there were some questions in my mind how good we were going to be,” Yost said.

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.

Happy Festivus KC – Our Top Grievances for Sports in 2016

DECEMBER 2016Happy Festivus KC! Among all the celebrations each holiday season, this might be one of my favorites to recognize and celebrate. For those of you who don’t know what Festivus is, I’ve included a link here from the episode of “Seinfeld” that created this holiday.

One of this holiday’s traditions is the airing of grievances, in which you tell people all the ways they have disappointed you this year. While this year has had some great moments for Kansas City teams, there have been some disappointments.

To honor this tradition, here are the top five grievances about our local sports teams and players I would like to air on this day of Festivus (Just a note, I have nothing against these players/teams, they have just been disappointing this year). In the words of Frank Costanza, “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people! Now you’re going to hear about it!”

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.

Royals cast of characters return to defend World Series crown

World Series Lorenzo Cain

APRIL 2016 – Most of the Kansas City Royals who were in the November World Series championship parade will be in the lineup in April.

Alcides Escobar, although the numbers belie it – 26 walks, 612 at-bats, a .293 on-base percentage – will return to bat leadoff. Mike Moustakas, not a conventional No. 2 hitter, will bat second.

“I’m definitely seeing the ball good,” Moustakas said after a five-RBI game at the end of March.

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.