Sweeney_takes_weaver

CentralChamps2009

  • joined Mar 29, 2008
  • last login Jul 17, 2012
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Royals fan since '76. There's nothing else I've liked for that long in my life.

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  • MLB Kansas City Royals
  • NFL Kansas City Chiefs
  • NCAAB Missouri St Bears
  • NASCAR Bobby Allison (that's right, I'm old school)
  • Soccer really?
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Was Hosmer really that bad in 2009?

A comment in one of the other threads challenged me to give some thought as to whether Hosmer was really as disappointing as he seemed to be last year.  Certainly, he did nothing close to "rake,"...

Now we know whose fault it was

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It was John Mizerock's fault. He's the only coach shown the door for the fine performance of the Royals this season. Accountability starts now!

Bill James said something a while ago that I thought was about as good a thought about bad baseball...

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Bill James said something a while ago that I thought was about as good a thought about bad baseball teams as anything I’ve heard. He said, "The future is not a plan." And I think that’s exactly right. Every baseball team has a future. Every one. Every team has "prospects" — Baseball America next year will list off 30 for each team. Every team is loaded down with players in Class A who, if things go well, can emerge as the next great superstar. Every team has pitchers who could, and hitters who might, and catchers who should, and base runners who conceivably can. Every team in baseball. And because every team has a future, it’s easy to fool yourself. It’s easy to talk about how things will get better. This is not always a bad thing. This is what gives fans hope every spring training. This is what keeps players inspired. This is what keeps baseball people going forward. And sometimes, rarely, a team even might fool itself into believing that it is better than the apparent talent and play at that higher level, at least for a while. But … more often than not, fooling yourself isn’t much of a plan for survival. And thus, The Hochevar Principle: The future comes to all teams. Some teams wait for it. Those teams finish in last place a lot.

Joe Posnanski on "The Hochevar Principle"

The Onion on Jeter-love

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A fitting tribute to the MSM's manlove of the MVP-elect. Man, I wish I could get that picture framed.

Arizona Fall League players announced

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Looks like they are sending everybody of note except Hosmer (who'll be resting his eyes and bruised finger).

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A night with the Blue Rocks

I just got back from a vacation out east where, on Saturday night, I took in a Blue Rocks game on the road against the Potomac Nationals in the "Battle of Bryce Harper's Potential Future Teams." ...

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My night in NW Arkansas

I made my first trip to Springdale to see the NW Arkansas Naturals Friday night.  Here's some observations:

New international signing

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This is the type of news that allows me to cope with the swing-and-miss assembling of this year's team. $1.5 million to get a 16-year-old player wanted by other teams is something that doesn't happen 3 years ago. I expect more good news as "international" (which I think is merely code for "Dominican") signing day is later this week and we're supposed to have money due to the weak draft market which led to a lot of college pitching (aka cheaper guys) being taken.

Disco's callup story

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This guy is must reading when he gets a chance to write a longer post. Be forewarned: fecal matter has a prominent place in the story, and the term "poop stick" gets used more than once. Bonus: his previous post informed us that Ponson took the whole team out to a Brazilian steakhouse while on the road, telling us: 1) Ponson's a nice guy, and 2) Ponson's structural girth is not an accident.

Undefeated Royals

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The Arizona League Royals, that is. The rookie Royals won their season opener today over the AZL Padres 10-5 in come-from-behind fashion, scoring 6 runs in the 8th and 9th innings. Top offensive perfomers were 2009 19th-round pick Ryan Stovall of Thomas College (he's a 3b, DH'ed today--2-3, 2RBI, 2 R, 1 BB), 2009 10th-round pick Geoffrey Baldwin (1B and the only drafted HS signed yet--1-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB) and 2008 6th round draft pick Alex Llanos (2-5, 2 runs). 2008 Venezuelan signee Willian Avinazar had a rough-but-not-too-horribly-rough start (4 runs on 4 hits, 3K/1BB), and 2009 33rd round pick Claudio Bavera got the win, giving only 1 H and 2 BB and striking out 2 in 2.2 IP. Josh Worrell, 2009 30th rounder and spawn of Curse-of-Denkinger-related relief pitcher Todd Worrell, pitched a scoreless ninth with a K. Rookie league teams Burlington and Idaho Falls open their seasons tomorrow night.

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Idaho Falls pitching staff set

The Royals spend the first half of the second day of the draft loading up on college arms that will likely need places to pitch, so, in an unusual move, prior to the draft, they have already set...

This Just Seems Wrong

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Check out the August promotions (6th paragraph down). I know it's all about geography, but, seriously, even our own affiliates prefer the Cardinals? "Et tu, Brute?"

Jason Smith the First to Fall

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I refuse to call it the end of the Jason Smith era, because there's a 97.3% chance he's playing for Omaha next year, and thus will have his contract purchased again at some point in 2009.

Zack's done

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Your season finale starter: Brandon Duckworth. Knowledgeable Twins fans breathe easier. The end of Deadlinegate is also chronicled in the Royals Notebook. Go tear up that Instructional League, Eric!

Hosmer Out for a While Longer

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Hosmer's on the shelf until the end of September at the earliest, and possibly October. Thanks, Scott!

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RRMLP: Burlington (NC) Royals Season Recap

I'd hoped to have had more than one update during the season, but the last month and a half have been crazy.  By the time I checked back up on the B-Royals, there season had come to an ignominious...

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RR Minor League Project: Burlington (NC) Hitters' Update #1

With 15 games under their belts, the Pride of Some Small Part of North Carolina, the Burlington Royals, in what we can only hope is a small-sample-size-influenced anomaly, have quickly established...

Minor League Pitching Moves

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Per the Northwest Ark. Morning News, LHP Dusty Hughes was promoted to Omaha on Tuesday and RHP Chris Nicoll, who's been pretty effective in Wilmington's pen, has been promoted to the Naturals.

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RR Minor League Project: Burlington Royals Position Players

If this year’s roster is any indication, the Royals intend on using Burlington for their international player short-season destination.  Of all the position players, only 6 of 13 hail from the...

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The Dreaded Second Week

Over at the "Season Defined" thread, it has been said by some that one series does not define a season.  I fully agree--two series will define the season.  Based on the undeniable statistical...

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Good news on Buck

And not-so-bad news about Mike Barnett.  It looks like Buck's early 2007, I'm-a-huge-stud leg kick is back!From the official site:-------Last year Buck banged 18 home runs but just three came after...

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Welcome Yasuhiko!

It's official from the Star:"The Royals officially opened their off-season shopping season Wednesday by signing Japanese reliever Yasuhiko Yabuta to a two-year contract with a club option for a...

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The End of the Joe Nelson Era

From the Master of All That is Kaegelesque:"Nelson opts out: Right-handed pitcher Joe Nelson decided to become a free agent instead of accepting the Royals' outright assignment to Triple-A Omaha.N...

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Barry Bonds indicted

Either he's not going to be available for 2008, or his asking price just went way down.  From the AP:"SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds was indicted Thursday on perjury and obstruction of justice...

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No Hidoki Iwase

Per mlbtrade rumors (citing a JapanBall.com story):"Meanwhile lefty closer Hitoki Iwase, coveted by many MLB teams, has decided to stay in Japan.  The Rockies, Royals, and Cubs had their eye on...

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Interesting guess from MLB Trade Rumors

They posted their predictions as to the eventual homes of their Top 50 Free Agents list today.  As I scrolled through, expecting not to see the Royals listed as the expected home of any of them,...

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A couple of AP stories

I saw these on Yahoo! (Must! Use! Exclamation! Point!) and figured that, hey, someone might want to say something about these.1.  Trey Hillman ready for new challenges in Kansas City h...

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End of the Kenny Ray Era

Last offseason's first free agent acquisition, former Brave and probably all-around good guy Kenny Ray, is no longer a Royal of any kind.  From the Star:"The Royals also released veteran reliever...

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Good News on the Draft Front

No, I don't know anything about Moose, but good news about #2 and #3.From the Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times:"ASHEVILLE -- Temperatures were expected to reach a high of 111 degrees today in Surprise,...

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