Friday Notes

If you’re counting down days until the season, we’re down to 10 days left before the Royals and Twins are scheduled to start their respective 2017 seasons. I say scheduled because it’s Minneapolis in April and they built an outdoor stadium with no dome. I still don’t get that. But anyway, we’re finally getting close to baseball that actually matters, which is always a good...
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4 hours ago

Kansas City Royals: Five Potential Landing Spots for Mike Moustakas

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4 hours ago

KC Royals: Former Royal, David DeJesus hangs up cleats after 13 years

After 13 years of professional baseball, former outfielder for the KC Royals, David DeJesus, officially retired as a major leaguer. Wednesday afternoon, DeJesus, formerly with the KC Royals, posted on Twitter that he was making it official and retiring from playing baseball. DeJesus, who became a fan favorite in his short time in Chicago, will […] KC Royals: Former Royal, David...
Via Kings of Kauffman
14 hours ago

3rd Annual Over/Under Extravaganza (BP Kansas City Episode 49) years ago this week, we started this podcast, so to commemorate it, we brought on an old friend and the founder of our show, Troy Olsen. We shared some memories and talked about Royals baseball. In the second segment, Jeff and Mike unveiled their 3rd...
Via BP Kansas City
1 day ago

KC Royals: Bold Predictions for the 2017 MLB Season

For every team, in every season, unexpected things happen, things nobody sees coming. For the KC Royals in 2016, you saw things that nobody could predict. In 2016 for the KC Royals, we saw Whit Merrifield coming up and going on a hit parade. We saw Danny Duffy coming into the rotation and becoming one […] KC Royals: Bold Predictions for the 2017 MLB Season - Kings of Kauffman ...
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1 day ago

Spring Training Diaries: Karns Cruises, Salvy Sprints and Minor Mows

What can you take from any one game? The answer, of course, is very little. Divide that even more when you’re talking about spring training. That said, each game can tell you part of a story, and it’s up to us to figure out how much of the story that game tells. In some cases, it’s very little, but in others, there’s actually something to look at and take away as we all prepare...
Via BP Kansas City
1 day ago

Versatile Cuthbert delivers at plate, at first base

Royals infielder Cheslor Cuthbert had a special day Wednesday, perhaps his best day of the spring. Cuthbert hit his first home run of the Cactus League season, doubled in two runs and made the defensive gem of the month in the Royals' 6-2 win over the Padres.
1 day ago

Cuthbert, Moose HRs complement Karns' K's

Cheslor Cuthbert hit a two-run double as well as his first spring home run, and Mike Moustakas hit his fourth as the Royals beat the Padres, 6-2, on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium.
1 day ago

5th starter runner-up Wood has no hard feelings

One of the main reasons left-hander Travis Wood signed with the Royals this offseason was the promise of getting a chance to compete for a starting job. The Royals fulfilled their end of the deal by giving Wood that chance this spring. But Wood came up short in the battle for the final rotation spot, as manager Ned Yost named Nathan Karns his No. 5 starter on Monday.
1 day ago

Player Profile: Lorenzo Cain by Eric Roseberry

Casting the fantasy spotlight on the Royals outfielder.
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KC Royals: Searching for final pieces of 25-man roster

Preseason standings may or may not mean much. In 2015, the KC Royals were one of just two teams to win 20 spring games. Everyone knows our KC Royals went on to win the World Series that year. Last year is a clear indication of just how little those games mean: Cleveland won 18 games, […] KC Royals: Searching for final pieces of 25-man roster - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman...
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4 days ago

Moylan's strong spring could equal job in Royals' bullpen

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Extra-inning spring training games are not the preference of most big league players. Kansas City Royals reliever Peter Moylan, however, was happy when the game Saturday went into the 10th inning. "I was very glad it went an extra inning," said Moylan, which allowed him to pitch. Moylan threw a scoreless 10th inning as the Royals and a Cleveland Indians split squad...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: The long-term health of Salvador Perez

The Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez is one of best in the game and is the cornerstone for the Royals team. The combination of Perez’s defensive ability, his strong arm, and his offensive skill set is difficult to match, which makes it hard for the Royals to find a backup that can help fill the void of production when Perez is not in the lineup. Salvador’s durability ...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bonifacio, Dozier, Starling among six Royals optioned to Omaha

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals have optioned three of their top prospects, infielder Hunter Dozier and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio and Bubba Starling, to Triple-A Omaha as they begin paring their roster. Kansas City announced the series of roster moves Friday. Dozier is a power-hitting third baseman who has been working at other positions as the Royals try to get his bat into the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Salvador Perez injured by Royals teammate Drew Butera in collision

Salvador Perez was injured in a collision at home plate by his Kansas City Royals teammate Drew Butera during a WBC game in Mexico on Saturday.Perez, playing for Venezuela, was hurt when Butera tried to score from first on a two-out hit from Gavin Cecchini in the bottom of the 9th that tied the game at 10.Here’s a look at the play: Perez did not look prepared to block the plate...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Representing in the World Baseball Classic

The Kansas City Royals have begun their Spring Training game schedule and along with it, the 2017 World Baseball Classic has begun as well. The first WBC took place in 2006, and since then they have played in 2009, 2013, and now the fourth is underway. Although the attraction for the WBC has not had as much steam as events such as the FIFA World Cup, the baseball community is...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Hammel on Learning from a Guru

When I interviewed him in April 2013, Jason Hammel was a 30-year-old pitcher yet to hit his stride. Following his previous path, he went on to have a ho-hum season. In 26 appearances for the Orioles — 23 of them of them as a starter — Hammel had seven wins, a 4.97 ERA, and a 6.2 K/9. His two-seamer and slider showed signs of coming around, but for all intents and purposes, he...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Contract talks stall with four key Royals players

The Kansas City Royals may be facing a serious exodus at season’s end.According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, four Royals players who are set to become free agents after the season – Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Alcides Escobar – are likely to hit the open market. A source told Heyman that there is no evidence that contract talks are progressing with any...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants first base coach hit by baseball, taken to hospital

The San Francisco Giants were having a nice spring day in Arizona on Saturday. Exhibition baseball. A lot of sun.Then, in one fell swoop, the entire day was turned upside down for the Giants.First base coach Jose Alguacil was hit in the face by a foul ball off the bat of Kansas City Royals infielder Hunter Dozier. He was eventually carted off the field and sent to the hospital.“Trainer...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Is second base an area of concern?

The Kansas City Royals have had tremendous success over the past few seasons, despite their lack of production and consistency out of the second base position. Many different players have tried to fill the spot, but none have proven they can be he everyday player the Royals need in the middle infield. The Royals once again are uncertain who will take charge this season, but with...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

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