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James Quinn

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Reds fan from 1983-2003. The Royals have me now. I also blog about KU Jayhawk Baseball at RockChalkTalk.com. Reading this blog would not be the worst use of your time.

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Former Royal fan favorite Brandon Duckworth is still grinding away in professional baseball. The...

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Former Royal fan favorite Brandon Duckworth is still grinding away in professional baseball. The Phillies signed him to a minor league contract in January 2010 and Ducky has spent the whole season pitching for the AAA Leigh Valley IronPigs. His numbers are fine (5-4, 3.45 ERA) so who knows, maybe he will get a September call. We can only hope! Just thought some of you would like to know about this. Now if I can only track down Emil Brown . . .

Kansas Baseball Series with Saint Louis Becomes Doubleheader (Press Release from the Baseball...

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Kansas Baseball Series with Saint Louis Becomes Doubleheader (Press Release from the Baseball Team): ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The two-game series between Kansas and Saint Louis University will be played as a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday. With rain in the forecast for the entire day Sunday, the teams decided to make the change. The bad news is: "Due to uncertain weather and facilities, there will be no audio broadcast of these games." Game tracker is the only way to follow the team today, sigh.

Former Jayhawk Mike Zagurski hopes to be on Phillies Opening Day Roster

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While Mike is clear that he doesn't want to frame this story as a battle between him and Jamie Moyer for a roster spot, it might come down to that. Regardless as to if he is on the opening day roster or not, clearly the Phillies are counting on Zagurski contributing at the MLB level this year. It is great to see he is finally healthy again. Here is a link to a very good interview Mike did with Rock Chalk Talk back in 2008.

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Kansas Baseball ranked #19 by Rivals, Baseball America is less impressed.

Kendall Rogers at Rivals.com ranked Kansas #19 in his top-25 this week. I was surprised to see the Jayhawks left off the Baseball America list. There are a few other polls for college baseball, but...

KU Baseball Takes Series at #2 LSU. Shorthanded Hawks Rise to the Challenge.

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Kansas Jayhawk baseball takes series at #2 LSU. KU overcame several injuries in winning this key road series. The Jayhawks will be back in the national rankings next week.

Rivals - KU Baseball Rising

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Just a nice little bit of national attention for the KU baseball team. Hopefully the team can win another one tonight at LSU and work their way back into the top 25 next week.

Kansas (9-3) @ #2 LSU (12-0). Series Preview and KU baseball notes.

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KU (9-3) @ LSU (12-0). Series Preview and a few KU Baseball Notes.

Kansas Jayhawk Baseball to Face Road-Shy #2 LSU this weekend.

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Kansas Jayhawk Baseball (9-3) travels to face untested #2 LSU (12-0) this weekend. A short series preview and some thoughts on SEC baseball.

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Iowa baseball drops three of four at Kansas

Hello Iowa Hawkeyes. I have been writing about Kansas baseball at the SB Nations site Rock Chalk Talk for the last four years. Iowa was in Lawrence this weekend for a four game series. KU took...

Kansas baseball takes three of four from Iowa. Will it be enough to keep their ranking?

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Kansas baseball took three of four games over visiting Iowa. T.J. Walz, Jimmy Waters, Cameron Selik and Jake Marasco all had great weekends in the Jayhawks home opening series.

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Kansas Baseball Home Opening Weekend vs. Iowa. Friday double-header at 1PM.

Just a quick note, today is the KU baseball home opener. The Iowa Hawkeyes will be visiting Lawrence this weekend for a four game series. The teams play a doubleheader today (Friday) starting at...

Kansas Baseball returns to Lawrence with a 4-2 record. Home Opener Friday at 3PM vs. Iowa.

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#25 Kansas baseball wraps up its season opening road trip at 4-2. More positives than negatives so far in 2010. The Jayhawks home opener is Friday, 3PM vs. Iowa.

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A note regarding baseball coverage

  As I am sure many (or at least a few) readers have noticed, I have not published season previews for the 2010 baseball season. I have had a very busy year and simply will not have the time to...

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Why it is still worth being a Royals fan, even after the Dayton Moore extension.

Royals owner David Glass has apparently decided to extend Dayton Moore’s contract as general manager of the Royals for four additional years until 2014.  Like most fans who follow the team closely...

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Dayton Moore and his unquestionable ability to build bullpens!

Do you know what would be an awesome bullpen? J.P. Howell – 59 games, 2.52 ERA, 15 saves. Ramon Ramirez – 57 games, 2.67 ERA. Leo Nunez – 60 games, 3.90 ERA, 16 Saves. Mike MacDougal – 42 games,...

Rockies DFA Matt Murton: Someone dial the phone and hand it to Dayton Moore RIGHT NOW!

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Now this is a DFAed outfielder that would beyond any question improve the Royals 25-man roster. Cube Murton here. Replacing Josh Anderson with Matt Murton is as obvious a no-brainer as exists in the world of baseball transactions.

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Poll: When did Dayton Moore lose your confidence?

I was very excited when Dayton Moore was hired as general manager of the Royals back in 2006.  I remained very happy with him for over a year.  The first major decision he made which I strongly...

Rank the 5 best current Royals drafted and developed in-house since 2000

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  1. Grenkie (1st Round, 2002)
  2. Gordon (1st Round, 2005)
  3. Butler (1st Round, 2004)
  4. DeJesus (4th Round, 2000)
  5. Luke Hochevar (1st Round, 2006)

Top five Sci-Fi/Horror TV series

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  1. Battlestar Galactica (2004 version)
  2. X-Files
  3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  4. ST:TOS
  5. Firefly
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Something left to cheer about. Royal’s chasing personal records in 2009!

Even though 2009 has long been a wasteland for the Royals as a team, there are a few players who are chasing personal records.  There has been a lot of talk about Billy Butler’s chase of the Royals...

Paul Smyth, Kansas RHP, taken in 35th round by Oakland

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Hello Athletic fans. Oakland drafted Kansas closer Paul Smyth in the 35th round this week. I've been covering Jayhawk baseball for the last three years at Rock Chalk Talk. I linked a short prospect profile of Paul above. Smyth pitched at KU for four years. He was mostly good. He has a lot of movement on his fastball when it is right. His velocity is in the high 80's to low 90's. He has a useful slider. He was frustrating in that he would go through rough patches and give up runs in bunches for 3-5 games in a row, and then be the model of pitching perfection for two or three weeks straight afterwards. Paul has good skills for a 35th round pick, a competitive mentality, and he still has more room to grow than one might expect from a 4 year NCAA starter with 129 games under his belt. He had an off senior year which may have been due to a non-chronic arm injury. I hope your coaching staff works with him and he makes it up the ladder.

Kansas Baseball draft round-up

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Round-up of KU players selected in the MLB draft, as well as notes on other area players selected.

Brian Heere, Kansas outfielder, drafted by Red Sox in 48th round.

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Brian Heere, Kansas right fielder, drafted by Red Sox in 48th round.

Paul Smyth, Kansas RHP, drafted by Oakland in 35th Round

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Paul Smyth, KU RHP closer taken by Oakland in 35th round.

Shaeffer Hall, Kansas left handed pitcher taken by Yankees in 25th round

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Hello Yankee fans. today New York drafted Shaeffer Hall, a shortstop out of the University of Kansas, in the 25th round. I have been covering Jayhawk baseball at Rock Chalk Talk for the last three years. I've linked a profile of Shaeffer above. He's a fairly well developed left handed pitching prospect. We'll miss him quite a bit here in Lawrence should he leave.

David Narodowski, Kansas shortstop taken in 15th round by Arizona

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Hello Diamondbackers. today Arizona drafted David Narodowski, a shortstop out of the University of Kansas, in the 15th round. I have been covering Jayhawk baseball at Rock Chalk Talk for the last three years. I've linked a profile of Nardo above. He's a very good prospect. We'll miss him quite a bit here in Lawrence should he leave.

Shaeffer Hall drafted by the Yankees in the 25th round

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KU LHP Shaeffer Hall drafted in 25th round by New York Yankees.

David Narodowski drafted by Arizona in 15th round

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David Narodowski, KU shortstop, taken in 15th round by Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009 MLB draft

Why the T-Bones released Ken Harvey

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Sad to say, but one of our old heroes Ken Harvey was released by the Kansas City T-Bones of the Northern League this week. Nothing wrong with Grimace's play, he was just a victim of the number's game: "Ken's a professional and he understood," McCauley said. "He'd like to stay, but I know Lincoln has had some interest and Wichita. We'll see what happens. He'll catch on somewhere, maybe in our own league."

Was the Big-12 overrated? Breaking down conference performance in the regionals.

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Seven of eight Big-12 teams were eliminated from the NCAA baseball championship tournement in the regional round (the round that reduces the field from 64 to 16). I published my thoughts on the conference's performance last weekend at Big-12 Hardball. For those who follow Big-12 baseball, hop over and give it a read. It will not be the worst use of the next ten minutes of your life.

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