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My name is Jack. I'm a student from Kansas City who loves rooting for the Royals and their eight Minor League affiliates by default.

I enjoy a good argument. I like challenging the status quo. I love discussing the Royals, no matter how the present might appear. Someday, my beloved 1994 Royals will re-emerge and dominate the AL West Central with guts and glory!

As for concrete resume factoids, I intern for the Royals Postgame Show on 610 Sports. I like to dabble in music appreciation from time to time. Sometimes, I can't stop myself from appreciating old Arcade Fire songs or new 009 Sound System songs on the vaults of YouTube. I delve into the Paranormal, as well. I assistant coach an eighth grade baseball team. I also work at a gym. Perhaps you can file me under the Miscellaneous category.

In the meantime, here's a salute and a cheers to the Royals fanbase. No matter how cynical some fans get on RR and other such fansites, I feel the future is bright. .......Or do I? Argue with me to find out. The answer will be revealed sometime in 2134. But, wait....by then......

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I just performed a rather rudimentary study. According to Baseball Reference's wins above...

I just performed a rather rudimentary study. According to Baseball Reference's wins above replacement, since 2001, 53% of the Twins' total WAR has come from homegrown players. 47% of their total WAR has come from players acquired outside of the organization. During that timespan, Minnesota have averaged a 162-game record of 87-75 in which homegrown players comprise a greater amount of their total team WAR. Their average, 162-game record over a season in which players acquired outside the organization comprise the greater total team WAR is 92-70. A couple notes: - BBRef WAR isn't perfect, I'll admit...in fact, it's far from it. However, it is at least consistent. - Only in 3 seasons was the team WAR particularly close between homegrown & outside acquisitions. Interpret the second note above as a grain of salt. So... Total MIN WAR from homegrown players since 2001: 53% Total MIN WAR from outside acquisitions since 2001: 47% What conclusions can and should we draw from this matter?

RHP Chris "Disco" Hayes has allowed one ER in his last 18.2 IP of relief with Southern Maryland for...

RHP Chris "Disco" Hayes has allowed one ER in his last 18.2 IP of relief with Southern Maryland for those keeping score. Which, obvs, I am!

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Royals Strategy in 2011 (and beyond): Go for broke

I don't intend this as a cheap blog promotion because I'd gladly discuss this topic here at RR. I want to gauge how people at RR and other places consider this strategy. This is more or less a combination of how I believe our 2011 parent club should be comprised as well as what I believe *will* happen. As for the minors and hypothetical trades, yes, that was my choosing. So it's probably 90% "my way", 10% "their way."

Royals prospect to AA?

A Royals prospect is being promoted to AA tomorrow. Who could this be? Any guesses?

Photo Caption Contest! (Hat-tip to cheddarb over at Royals Talk for originally posting this...

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Photo Caption Contest! (Hat-tip to cheddarb over at Royals Talk for originally posting this picture....but, yeah...let the caption contest begin!)

Royals have made pre-draft agreement with Grandal; will select him fourth overall

Royals have made a pre-draft agreement with University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal and will select him as the fourth overall pick on Monday. Details of the contract will likely be unknown until after the draft has taken place.

John Lamb (B.A. #7) to Wilmington, Keaton Hayenga (B.A. #18) to Burlington, IA

The Royals will move John Lamb to A+ Wilmington. Keaton Hayenga, a 6'4", 190-pound righty, will be added to the Burlington Bees' roster.

The #Royals have optioned Kila Ka'aihue to AAA Omaha. The #Royals have purchased the contract of...

The #Royals have optioned Kila Ka'aihue to AAA Omaha. The #Royals have purchased the contract of Bryan Bullington from Omaha.

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#Royals fine SS Yuniesky Betancourt for sloppy effort on dropped pop-up in Friday's 4-1 loss to...

#Royals fine SS Yuniesky Betancourt for sloppy effort on dropped pop-up in Friday's 4-1 loss to Rangers. http://bit.ly/aZrtf4

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#Royals make minor league trade dealing OF Buck Coats to White Sox for cash considerations. Coats...

#Royals make minor league trade dealing OF Buck Coats to White Sox for cash considerations. Coats was playing for Omaha (AAA).

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Moustakas is on the way! 07 1st rounder Mike Moustakas will be in the lineup Thurs (via...

Moustakas is on the way! 07 1st rounder Mike Moustakas will be in the lineup Thurs (via @NW_Ark_Naturals) ~ Greg Schaum via Twitter, 4/20

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I discussed the latest Royals game briefly today with someone I work with. Someone who possesses...

I discussed the latest Royals game briefly today with someone I work with. Someone who possesses barely a passing interest and limited knowledge for the sport of baseball. Oh, sure, he has watched and attended sports games in his life but he really knows very little about the game....or rather, The Game. After the Royals bullpen promptly and predictably gave away the game on a most joyous of Tuesday afternoon, he turned his head to my general direction and muttered (and I'm paraphrasing), "you know, I want to like baseball, but I don't understand some of the tactics. Why are closers almost never used? You'd think that since teams pay them so much money, they would be used more often." Later, he exclaimed (and again I'm paraphrasing), "certain elements of baseball strategy I just don't understand. Much of the conventional wisdom in baseball today...is just inherently flawed." We could have delved into more specific issues, particularly regarding our Royals ballclub, but in my opinion, he's merely a rational mortal who possesses very little knowledge about the game. In this instance, though.....he did possess knowledge. He hasn't been bred to believe RBI are the end-all, be-all offensive statistic and that saves are reserved only for the ninth inning but then again he hasn't been bred to believe anything at all regarding the sport. Sometimes, a fresh perspective coupled with an ability to think critically and independently......helps.

Become a part of the phenomenon of Royalman, who is taking Kauffman Stadium by storm. He has...

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Become a part of the phenomenon of Royalman, who is taking Kauffman Stadium by storm. He has appeared on the scoreboard numerous times, has been interviewed by Joel Goldberg, and has been featured on local television stations. Help Royalman become a national phenomenon, resulting in the recognition of a once-proud franchise. Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Royalman/110335335665320?ref=ts

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Progressive Organizations

In 2003/4, the Boston Red Sox officially became a "progressive" organization. After Theo Epstein was hired, the front office was revamped and an emphasis on a progressive, new-school...

I just wanted to inform the RR faithful that the 610 Sports (KCSP AM) M&I Bank Postgame Show has...

I just wanted to inform the RR faithful that the 610 Sports (KCSP AM) M&I Bank Postgame Show has invited me back to intern for the 2010 season and I have gracefully accepted their offer. I don't want to grandstand the issue but I just thought I would inform you in case any confusion might occur. Perhaps my spring and summer nights (and occasional afternoons) on RR can be spent serving as an intermediary of sorts between you, the fan (or analyst, or whatever you wish to deem yourself) and the Postgame Show. Keep in mind that I will continue to participate as a normal fan would, providing commentary in a diplomatic and objective fashion. In addition to performing the gopher work necessary for an office intern, I will be providing daily Diamond in the Rough reports, game previews, and other "background" assistance for a website. I would encourage everyone to call into the program at (913) 576-7610. That guy screening your calls might be me...who knows? Nevertheless, many details of this endeavor are being hammered out, so if I've omitted any information, that's probably why. Preliminarily (is that even a word?) I will be essentially performing the duties I performed last year. As you probably know, I'm greatly looking forward to this opportunity. In a shameless blog promotion, I have re-opened The Royal Treatment and hope you will join me in my Royal revelations (is that a blog title, yet?) throughout '10. I really tried to post there often last year but my time was heavily consumed by contributions at Left of the Foul Pole, the 610 Sports Royals site. Anyway, if you have any questions, let me know. Now, back to business as usual....

Greg Schaum has found out from a viable source that 6 or 7 teams have told people close to Luke...

Greg Schaum has found out from a viable source that 6 or 7 teams have told people close to Luke Hochevar that he has been tipping his pitches since the beginning of his rookie season. He is twitching his wrist; this is allowing teams to tell which pitches are coming. Luke Hochevar is looking forward to fixing this problem.

Facebook! Yes, this actually happened.

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Facebook! Yes, this actually happened.

According to Daniel Gutierrez's Facebook, he is in the process of being traded to the Texas Rangers...

According to Daniel Gutierrez's Facebook, he is in the process of being traded to the Texas Rangers (2:47 p.m. CT). It's drawn several comments and sounds legitimate. Stay tuned.

Draft Review Part II

Part 2 of my player-by-player review of the draft is up on Left of the Foul Pole. (Draft picks 26-50 were reviewed).

My 2009 Royals Draft Review

I wrote a fairly extensive review of our draft for 2009. I actually highlighted each individual selection/player, giving some background info. on that player. I also tried to find which affiliate they will join. #s 1-25 are this week; #26-50 will be given next week. Enjoy!

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Trip to Northwest Arkansas, Part One

I traveled to AA Northwest Arkansas this weekend, and caught Saturday's contest against the Arkansas Travelers (Angels' affiliate) on Saturday.  I will travel out to the ballpark for Sunday's game...

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RR Community Project: Calculating Defense

I embarked upon an intriguing idea but several minutes ago.  Because many defensive statistics are highly debated among the sabermetric and scouting communities alike, and many statistics have...

Rick Porcello Earns Spot In Tigers' Rotation

3-year forecast predictions? Mine: 2009: 5.69 ERA, 103.1 IP, 52 BB, 65 K (1/2 year in AAA) 2010: 6.20 ERA, 106.0 IP, 55 BB, 51 K (arm injury, back injury, leg injury) 2011: 7.17 ERA, 36.2 IP, 44 BB, 29 K (arm injury, back injury, annnnnnndd boom goes the dynamite)

The Pre-Arbitration Eligible Position Player Roster

I post this not as a shameless blog entry, but I've been really looking forward to posting this at RR and (hopefully) generating some discussion. What are the chances a hypothetical position-player element of the roster actually *outperforms* our current position players? In other words, how many wins and losses would the current 13 men produce over our *actual* likely 13 men to make up the position player element of our Opening Day 2009 25-man roster? (Assume we have Greinke, Meche, etc. etc. on the pitching staff). Lineup: C - Brayan Pena 1B - Ryan Shealy 2B - Alberto Callaspo SS - Mike Aviles 3B - Alex Gordon LF - Chris Lubanski CF - Mitch Maier RF - Shane Costa DH - Billy Butler Bench: C - J.R. House 1B/DH - Kila Ka'aihue 2B - Tug Hulett UT - Tommy Murphy I didn't include bench players in my original post, so I may modify it upon later notice. I really feel this is an extremely relevant topic for RR. We all know Moore hasn't exactly done an exemplary job implementing payroll efficiency with keen understanding in what constitutes 'replacement' value. CHONE and PECOTA project 71 and 76 wins, respectively, for the "actual" roster. Is this roster really much, much worse?

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Spring Training Trip: Day Five

Unfortunately, the second consecutive Friday the 13th marked an overnight (roughly 12 a.m. until 10 p.m.) of tumultuosity between being awake, being pseudo-asleep, and being involved in an...

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Spring Training Trip: Days Three & Four

Below is a copy from notes from days three and four of my Arizona trip.  Keep in mind that day two was not devoted to baseball.  The Royals were told to stay away from camp, so I decided to delve...

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Spring Training Trip: Day One

I recently embarked upon the first of a seven-day excursion to the sunny pastures of Arizona.  I'll provide (extremely) brief daily synopses of the baseball action - as well as some pictures -...

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All-Time Greatest Ballplayer

*Note*  This isn't necessarily Royals-related.  However, I feel it's a topic relevant of extended attention on virtually any team-oriented medium. Which ballplayer do you feel is the greatest to...

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Current Players: Who Deserves The Hall?

I wanted to begin a discussion on which current Major League players are worthy of eventual enshrinement into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Here is a post that I compiled over at Royals...

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