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Anthropology grad student in Michigan.

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Luke Hochevar is still fixed?


Written on a tablet, so bear with me. Since Yost claimed that Hoch was fixed last year (July 15, 2011), here is the reality of Hochevar. ERA: 4.58 HR/9: 0.75 WHIP: 1.29 SO/9: 7.59 BB/9: 2.87 H/9: 8.75 SO/BB: 2.64 IP: 131.67 128 Hits / 67 ER / 42 BB / 111 SO / 11 HR These stats include today's performance. I don't know that any of this means anything, but there it is. Post-fixed Hochevar is performing at the level of a number 3 starter. Discuss? I wish fanshots could be short articles rather than having to choose a category like link or quote.

Question about reading Baseball Reference


When reading Baseball Reference's yearly league leaders, some of the players will have either a * or a # after their name. The key at the bottom only explains what + and ** mean. Does anyone know what the former two symbols mean?

TOP 500 MLB players on ESPN (401-500 includes 3 Royals)


Chen at #440 Cain at #477 Paulino at #483 Methodology is at top of the story after clicking the link (look at me explaining how to use the internet). Use the left button on your mouse.

Zack Greinke's new job


Hopefully, this hasn't already been posted. Dual purpose players are the new market inefficiency. At least, we have Kendall and Maier.

OT: Help me find a specific baseball card


I have been trying to track down a specific baseball card for the past couple of hours. I know that I have owned it, but I don't know if I still have it. Here is what I remember: 1) It was from a subset of the larger set (like a Diamond King or something like that) 2) The image on the card was drawn. 3) The subject has a comically huge batting eye (as if to express that the batter was really patient) Here are things that I think I know 4) It was from the 1990s and probably a California Angel 5) The player in question may not have actually been a very good hitter...maybe Gary Disarcina or Garret Anderson. The main thing that I remember was that the drawing had the player with one eye that was much, much larger than the other. I know that's not a lot to go on, but I have faith in this board's knowledge base on obscure baseball cards.

How Kila Ka'aihue helps explain the compounding error of SSS.


Just a short blurb to show two things 1) Applying a small streak to a small sample can radically change the inference of a statistic 2) It is way too early to make any sort of judgement on Kila's performance this year. Kila is hitting a horrible .195/.295/.317 line this season. Obviously, he is struggling and a good many people are ready to give up on him. However, over his last 8 games, Kila is hitting a fairly mediocre .276/.344/.448 for a 1B. This has raised his BA almost 50 points, his OBP 25 points, and his SLG 72 points. If Kila were to repeat the best 8 game stretch of his career, Kila would be hitting .232/.317/.464 on the year and we would be praising his rebound and high effort character. If you were to remove his worst 8 game stretch of this season, Kila would be hitting .245/.344/.433 on the year and we would be disappointed, but probably not having the send Kila down discussion. A change of just 8 games can make a pretty drastic change on a how one interprets a player's season when it is this early. It is probably too early to make any real judgement on the guy one way or another. Interesting side note: If Kila were to repeat his best 8 game streak, it would increase his CAREER OPS 50 points. That's pretty dramatic. Interesting side note #2: Kila has never been hit by a pitch in his MLB career. Kendall thinks he's weak.

This really doesn't need to exist, but I was bored.


This really doesn't need to exist, but I was bored.

Funny video...


that you have no doubt already seen at some point. I am rarely topical.


Does this mean that even Yost questions the abilities of Frenchy and Melky?

In a recent article (link) on the Royals website, it appears that Neddy boy might have let slip that he isn't 100% on the longevity of his starting outfield build.   

The Best Trade in the History of Each MLB Team


It's a pretty cool article even if I disagree with some of them. What do you guys think?

Two questions: Jared Camp fiasco and Rule 5 query.


Okay, let me see if I have this straight. He was drafted by the Brewers and spent 3 years in their organization. Then, the Twins picked him in the 1999 Rule 5 draft first overall. The Twins traded him to the Marlins for Johan Santana (who was picked second in the Rule 5 draft) with the Marlins sending $50,000 to the Twins [In essence, the Marlins paid the Twins for the honor of taking Johan Santana off their hands]. Now, here is my first question. Somehow, this Jared Camp was on the Marlins, but never actually played in their minor league system. In fact, the year he was picked...he played in the Cleveland org. Does anyone know how this happened? Second question: based on this from wikipedia. "To prevent excessive turnover in the minor league levels, each draftee costs $50,000. If the draftee does not stay on the selecting team's 25-man (major league) roster all season, the player must be offered back to his original team at half-price. Organizations may also draft players from AA or lower to play for their AAA affiliates (for $12,000) and may draft players from A teams or lower to play for their AA affiliates (for $4,000)." As some of you might know, Santana was a Rule 5 pick and as such was forced to be on the Twins MLB Roster for the entire first season even though he was pretty bad. However, he was only on the A-ball team for the Astros when picked...so why did he have to be on the MLB Roster? According to that above rule, they could have just put him in the minors. Any insights?

OT: MST3K people make a joke about the Royals


Rifftrax is a group that makes fun of movies. The members include Mike Nelson plus one of the Crow voices and one of the Servo voices. It rocks. Here they are making fun of Red Dawn. Watch the preview to hear them making fun of the Royals. This video is actually just Mike Nelson and Joel McHale (from the Soup and Community)

OT: KC in 6 Playstation commercial


This is a pretty funny ad from the future. Kansas City wins the WS in 6!


OT: What defines a Fanpost?

There has been some interesting discussion (again) about what should be required to make a Fanpost in the discussion of a different article found here.  I thought it would be interesting to get...

OT: Madden NFL exclusivity to be challenged?


I'm not sure that anyone on here cares, but just in case. This might imply a challenge on Madden having exclusive right on the NFL for videogames. Thoughts?


2008 Royals Update - Position Players

In honor of Trey Hillman, I decided it would be interesting to look at the team that Hillman had in his first year and see how the players are doing today.  I only included the players who are no...

10 Best Non-HOF Pitchers by WAR


The link takes you to an interesting baseball-reference page. That page has a couple links including one that has the best WARs by pitchers in the last 30 years (Greinke is good, btw). Go directly there by clicking here Why is Catfish Hunter in the Hall of Fame? They need to remove him and Jim Rice (amongst others).


OT: Make your 5 favorite player lists for my amusement.

I know this has been done before, but I am curious about the lists people would make on here.  I'd like people to make three lists: top 5 favorite Royals of all time,  top 5 favorite non-Royals of...

Once you exhibit a tool, you own it forever.


"I talked to Bill Walsh and his statement was, 'If I see it on film once, then my coaches should be able to get it out of a guy,'" said Horton, the Scouts Inc. founder and veteran NFL talent evaluator. "That always stuck with me. He was amazing at seeing things on tape. That '81 draft was a smart draft. You could look at that draft and you could see what teams were thinking." Weird, wild stuff.

Bill James will be in Lawrence on Sunday


$50/person. Lawrence Public Library. Sunday Apri. 25th at 7pm.


What ever happened to ... Dan Reichert?

Do you know those moments where you know that you should be doing something productive, yet you just can't make yourself actually do work?  However, you feel guilty about it so you won't let...

OT: Sweet, but strange bat trick.


I'm sure some of you guys have seen this already, but in case you haven't... This guy should start a baseball circus with Car Jumpin' Joey Gathright. Btw: The pitcher in the background is Jose Lima.

Shocking News: The Royals aren't good at baserunning


The 5 best and worst baserunners from 2005 to 2009 doesn't include any Royals, but as a team...we're uh...not very good.


30 in 30 ... kinda funny part

Did anyone watch the 30 clubs in 30 days special on the royals last night (MLB Network)? They interviewed Farnsworth about the bullpen and he listed of the players that would help... I'm going to...


OT: Lawrence, Kansas

I just got accepted into the PhD program at the University of Kansas and will be moving there in July.  I've actually never been there (or to Kansas at all in fact) and I was wondering if anyone...


Royals Favored!?

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview?gameId=280803107   According to ESPN's Accuscore, the Royals are favored to win Sunday's game with their chances at success at 57% compared to the underdog...


OT: Baseball thesis topic help

I hope this is appropriate to post here, but I'd like some input from people who come to this site (because you guys are awesome and smart [you are Royals fans after all..and I'm done kissing up]).I...



People at the ESPN message board are annoying.  Apparently, the last game is entirely on Rex.  They think that because his QB rating is 67.1 in 7 games, that he hasn't improved after the benching. ...


Apparently, we have already won 63 games...

From Baseball Prospectus Full Article hereSept 9, 2007 Kansas City and Washington didn't break out champagne flutes this week when it happened but both clubs felt relief when notching their 63rd...

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