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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. --Theodore Roosevelt, April 23, 1910.

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Non-Tender Candidates


A subjective list of non-tender candidates by Tim Dierkes on MLBTR. He lists Chris Getz and Brayan Pena.


Is it too early for 2012 projections?

I've seen the Hardball Times releasing ZiPS projections one team at a time, though no Royals yet (East Coast Bias). Anyone have any full Marcel or ZiPS or other projections for '12 yet?


Royals Review TV Episode #2: Jonathan Sanchez Trade

As recently reported by Will McDonald  Somewhere Over Dwayne Bowe Annoyed Grunt, Melky Cabrera was traded to the San Francisco Giants in return for Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo.  We hope you...

Bo Jackson's Surprising Post-Sports Career


Article on Yahoo's Shutdown Corner column about Bo Jackson and what he's been up to recently. Excerpt: A devoted husband whose three children have all left the nest (his daughter, Morgan, is scheduled to be a senior at Auburn), Jackson is still an avid sportsman who divides his time between golf (a reported six handicap, of course), fishing and hunting. He's so dedicated to the latter that he even has a room in his basement -- dubbed "the hole" -- full of hunting gear and arrows for his trusty crossbow (is there anything more terrifying than being chased by Bo Jackson with a crossbow?)


Hard Cap on the Draft: Cause for Concern?

Jon Heyman of SI reported last week that Bud Selig is miffed at the rising amounts teams like the Royals, Nationals, and Pirates are spending on the draft, and that he is set on adopting a new...

Angels, Jered Weaver Agree on 5-yr. Extension


Not saying the Royals could have been serious bidders here, but might this be a cautionary tale? Many have panned this offseason's FA starting pitching, but can the Royals afford to wait to make a splash?


Update: Francoeur Seeing 20/20

About a month ago, DanielSmith presented the notion that Francoeur appeared to be on pace to hit  20 HR and steal 20 bases this season.  The Frenchman really heated up at the end of the month,...

OT: Brian Waters Release goes into overflow thread @ Arrowhead Pride


This is about the equivalent of what? A little less fan vitriol than the Greinke trade, but more backlash than a Melky Cabrera trade?

Trade Rumors: Raul Mondesi Jr. and Melky Cabrera


Giants, Angels, and Phils still reported to have interest in Melky. Looks like the Royals may have the inside track on Raul Mondesi's son, 16-year old Adalberto Mondesi.


OT: Omar Vizquel

Flew to Chicago a couple months ago for a bachelor party, which was awesome, that included many of the requisite stops.  Nearly being blown into Lake Michigan at the end of the Navy Pier was fun....


ZiPS(U) Francoeur

If Frenchy hits .281 / .324 / .475 with 23 HR and 91 RBI, playing for $2.5M, that would be a win for GMDM, would it not? Or do we run the risk that such a season would lead to a 3/36 contract...


Best fans in baseball

At a retirement function yesterday for our boss, who put in 38 or 41 years of service (depending on who you ask), some folks from our satellite St. Louis office made the drive over for the party. ...


2011 Royals Lineups (fun with Baseball Musings Lineup Analysis)

I love toying around with the Lineup Analysis generator on Baseball musings. The last ST lineup we saw yields 4.53 runs per game using PECOTA projections, for roughly 734 on the season. If...



Today's Lineup vs. White Sox 1.     Mike Aviles – 3B 2.     Melky Cabrera – CF 3.     Alex Gordon – LF 4.     Billy Butler – 1B 5.     Kila Ka’aihue – DH 6.     Jeff Francoeur – RF 7.     A...

Had a layover in Minneapolis on a business trip last week, so of course I wasted time at the Mall...


Had a layover in Minneapolis on a business trip last week, so of course I wasted time at the Mall of America. I came to terms quite early with dealing Greinke, but seeing it like this kinda hurt.


OT: Hotdish Challenge

Sorry for invading with an off-topic post, but many baseball fans have seen the recent fan "flow chart." As a Kansas City Royals fan, I think BBQ sauce is probably more accurate than gravy for...

Miguel Cabrera popped for DUI


Pulled a Ron Burgundy and took a pull from a bottle of scotch in front of the officer. Keep it classy, Detroit! Still a top 5 fantasy draft pick.

No Pujols Contract


Facebook meltdown commencing

It's All in the Numbers: Yost Salutes Dale Earnhardt


Also, Francoeur is #21 if you were going to take advantage of that sale on customizable jerseys.

Starting Prospects in the Bullpen


From a Kaegel article back on Friday: "We may have a guy who has been a starter the whole time in the Minor Leagues and we may put him in the bullpen, let him get his feet wet and maybe halfway through the season begin to incorporate him into the rotation," McClure said. "I was brought up that way. A lot of guys were."

Damon and Manny sign with Rays


1-year deals, Damon gets $5.25M w/ $750K in performance bonuses, Manny gets $2M

LT Johnston Reports for (Catching) Duty


Had to share this story about a graduate of my alma mater getting a shot to play ball after completing his service commitment. Look for GMDM to make a minor league move to acquire this guy, Grit Factor is off the charts...



There are only 2 players on the current 40-man roster who were born before the 1980's: Bruce Chen and Jason Kendall. The next oldest Royal? Jeff Francis, who just turned 30 on January 8th. ...

I hope Jeff Francis brings the humidor with him.


I hope Jeff Francis brings the humidor with him.

South Korean baseball fight, apparently incorporating "chicken fighting" technique.


South Korean baseball fight, apparently incorporating "chicken fighting" technique.


Royals Review TV: Episode 1 (Just Like Greinke, I Quit on the Royals Too)

This episode is brought to you by the Boulevard Smokestack Series (Harvest Dance, in particular).  This project has tested my patience, sobriety, and 6-year old Compaq desktop severely.  I also had...

Arias, Zawadski Clear Waivers


Assigned to AAA Omaha Royals Storm Chasers


Is Kevin Millwood Next?

It's not an overstatement to say the starting rotation becomes a major question mark for the Royals with the departure of Greinke.  But how bad do things look for 2011, really, and what do you...

Crazy Money Going to Relief Pitchers


Passan article on Yahoo today: "Multiyear deals for relief pitchers almost never work. GMs should be forced to wear down a piece of chalk to its nub rewriting this concept. They ought repeat it in their sleep. Instead, they go out and make the same silly mistake year after year, history more an impediment than something by which they can educate themselves."

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