Top Ramen

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1985 DVD Contest: 2011 Season Post-Mortem

Guess I'll throw my hat into this one.  Rather than detail a bulletpoint plan, breaking down every possible move between now and the start of the 2012 season, I'm going to follow in the path of my...

Meche gets hammered in rehab start

"RHP Gil Meche(notes) gave up seven runs on eight hits in four innings Monday in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha against New Orleans." Not good.


Royals Managers 2005-Present: A Summer Blockbuster Trilogy

Inspired by the heated discussion on managerial skills from Will's thread, a decided to revisit the days of the Royals last 3 managers, including Ned Yost.  It turns out the Royals had a series of...


The one where we fisk Jose Guillen

So Jose went off on his team through the press again.  Here's the original article.  Not that it needed it, but we analyze Jose's statements after the jump.

OT - Good news everyone! Futurama lives!

Futurama returns tomorrow. Even though they pretty much answered all unanswered questions in the movies, here's hoping it doesn't suck.


Comprehensive scouting report on Yuniesky Betancourt

I've been able to get my hands on a comprehensive scouting report on Yuni.  Don't ask me how I got it, you don't want to know.   Be forewarned, you might want to be sitting down for this.    D...


This Week in Royals-related Internet Memes (TWIRM)

Well, it's been a while since I've done a FanPost.  Previously, we explored the behind the scenes look at the trade for Yuniesky Betancourt, the decision making behind Opening Day 2009 (aka...

Matt Herges won't be in your video game

Found this on deadspin -- It's a fairly interesting article on the players who crossed the picket lines during the strike and how it affected video games. There are only five active players left who crossed the picket lines left during the strike. Due to being banned from the MLBPA, none of the five:Brendan Donnelly, Matt Herges, Ron Mahay, Jamie Walker and Kevin Millar have been or will be in any video games. Interestingly enough, the Royals signed 3 of them in recent years.

Royals now considering Thames, Gomes

"The Royals are looking to add a power hitter, writes Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. The bat would slot into right field or the DH spot, depending on the health of Jose Guillen. ... Gomes, 29, was non-tendered by the Reds after hitting .267/.338/.541 in 314 plate appearances. Thames, 33 in March, hit .252/.323/.453 in 294 plate appearances for the Tigers and was cut loose in November." Depending on the size of the deal, I wouldn't mind either as a DH. Picking either up turns the roster into a trainwreck through -- Fields, Gomes/Thames, and Callaspo all fighting for the DH spot.

The 2008 offseason explained in relation to Jason Kendall

It's been a while since we've been able to unearth anything groundbreaking from the Royals.  After the Yuni-Gate transcript was released, many of our contacts dried up (or we been busy, and...


A Recap of the Post-Season Awards Banquet

Well, it's been a while since we've unearthed a Royals transcript, and not much interesting has happened in the meantime.  Let's see, Ron Mahay got traded, Aaron Crow just signed, and the Royals...

Royals brass use tact in addressing Bradley rumors

"Royals officials dismiss — in strong terms — reports of possible interest in acquiring outfielder Milton Bradley from the Cubs. "Idiots" was one of the nicer comments directed at those offering such speculation."

Crow Signing To Be Announced Soon

The Kansas City Royals are on the verge of an agreement with their No. 1 draft pick, pitcher Aaron Crow, for a major league deal that will pay him between $3 million and $4.5 million, sources said. ... Crow will start playing in the instructional league.

"The real test of a coach's mettle is not the decision itself, but how you deal with the criticism...

"The real test of a coach's mettle is not the decision itself, but how you deal with the criticism when that decision inevitably backfires. Most coaches either A) Ignore the criticism graciously, or B) Say they're ignoring it, then allow it to influence future decisions in negative ways." "After saying that Saturday, there was no way Hillman could use Soria in the same situation Sunday, when it actually might have been a good idea. Eventually, you get to the point where you can't do ANYTHING without contradicting something you said earlier, and that's the point where you might as well hang it up." Interesting Ron Prince @ KSU comparisons.

Austin Meek's KSU blog

The Betancourt trade recapped through Instant Messenger

Through the magic of instant messaging, we can bring you the events that led to the trade of Yuniesky Betancourt + cash to the Royals for Daniel Cortes and Derrick Saito.  This is the third...

Crisp to have surgery on other shoulder too

""It was pretty severe, I guess," Crisp said. "Initially, they thought it was just a slight tear, but it ended up being pretty bad in there. They had to put a pin in there, one on the front of my rotator cuff, then five in the back and a wire in there to keep it all together." " "Crisp pinpointed the injury to his right shoulder as occurring on April 15 against Cleveland at Kansas City." "The left shoulder, he recalled, was hurt on May 25 as he swung for a base hit against Detroit at KC. "I thought, 'Oh, it's not that bad,' and it just gradually got worse," he said. "And I said, 'Gosh, I can't hit from either side.'" From that point on, he had just three singles in 19 at-bats and then went on the disabled list. " Tremendous work all around.


Royals 2009 Offense vs. CHONE Projections

During the offseason, I put together a spreadsheet which looked at the Royals offense over the past 10 years.  It started out as a project to look at how the Royals lineup had performed with...


Slogangate: A spurious in-depth look at the unknown Royals 2009 promotions

In the first of a series of pseudo-investigative reporting, we take a look at the marketing promotion that nearly hit the KC airwaves this summer. We regret that this article is about as well...


Through the magic of Twitter

we can recreate the events that unfolded yesterday afternoon.  Most of the roster got involved, as well as a few special guests.


Somewhere in a KC office building

This conversation was taking place between an administrative assistant and his boss:  

Royal Odds

" The optimism surrounding the Royals hasn't reached the folks at Bodog Gaming, the popular online gambling service that sets odds on almost everything. Bodog posts 60-1 odds against the Royals winning the American League pennant, which are the longest on the board. The Orioles and Mariners are next at 50-1, while the Yankees are installed at 2-1 favorites followed by the Red Sox at 5-2. The service also posts over-under odds for the Royals' victory total at 75, which is what they won last season. Other over-under odds: 20 homers for José Guillen, 12.5 victories for Meche and Greinke, and 36.5 saves for Joakim Soria."

Willie Ballgame is underpaid

by at least one metric (MORP from BP)*: "Here's a quick rundown of the players Dayton has brought in with full control of their contracts. That means we include guys like Crisp, because the Royals made the trade knowing how much they'd pay, but not guys like Jacobs, because he's still in his arbitration years. The underpaid: Willie Bloomquist, by $150,000 Coco Crisp, by $500,000 Gil Meche, by $100,000 Juan Cruz, by $350,000 The overpaid: Guillen, by $8.875 million Olivo, by $375,000 Ramirez, by $675,000 Farnsworth, by $1.6 million Mahay, by $2.125 million Bale, by $350,000" * Please note that the opinions expressed regarding Willie Bloomquist by MORP do not represent those of Top Ramen.


Royals Offensive/RBI Analysis by batting order: 1999-2008

At the beginning of the offseason, I began work on a spreadsheet detailing the Royals offensive statistics by batting order position.  I used baseball-reference to create a spreadsheet which...

Bale will be back next year

No monetary details yet: "John Bale has agreed to a one-year contract with the Royals. Bale, a 34-year-old left-handed pitcher, was 0-3 with a 4.39 ERA in 13 appearances, including three starts, in 2008. The Royals did not tender him a contract last week, making him a free agent, though speculation was always that Bale would return to the Royals."

Rany on Grienke

Rany with one of his longest works yet. He really wants to sign Grienke, but doesn't think it will happen. What I found more interesting then everything though was the following quote: "Baird didn’t get Beltran signed to a long-term deal, but as it happens, it wasn’t for lack of trying, or even for lack of succeeding – negotiations with Beltran were proceeding well until factors outside of Baird’s control intervened. (The more I learn about the Allard Baird Era, the more I’m convinced that the Allard Baird Era was not the fault of Allard Baird.)" I'd love to hear that story.

Cubs showing interest in Teahen

When should we expect a "That's a lie. Anything you've heard about trading Teahen to the Cubs is a lie." rebuttal?

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