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I'm a law student at UMKC in my third and final year. I graduated from Saint Louis University (hence the name; suck it Cardinals). I went to high school at Rockhurst in Kansas City, but don't hold that against me. I just love the Royals and Chiefs. KC sports fans are an amazingly humble group that really 'gets' it in my opinion, but don't let me catch anyone wearing a Bono, Bloomquist, or Tony Pena Jr. jersey or t-shirt jersey.

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Joe Po: The Royals Inning

"Getz came up and it seems to me he had several opportunities to help the Royals win the game. He obviously could get the hit that would score the run. Or he could put the ball in play and hope for a defensive miscue -- he’s got some speed so it was not impossible. Or he could stay up at the plate, fight off a bunch of pitches, maybe spur Benoit into throwing a wild pitch -- Benoit has thrown two this year. Point is, what the Royals really needed there was a gritty and dogged at-bat, something Chris Getz should be able to provide since he is a gritty and dogged player. Instead, he started looking around the infield. "He might be looking to lay down a bunt here," the Royals announcer said excitedly. Oh no. First pitch, he turned like he was going to try a drag bunt. Oh no. He drag bunted toward first base, where Prince Fielder easily scooped it up and tagged him out. OH. NO. "What a good idea," the Royals announcer said, at which point I was screaming -- SCREAMING -- at the television. Good idea? Yeah, like Michael Bolton remaking "(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay" was a good idea. LIke making "Grown Ups 2" was a good idea. The Royals had a runner on first with three outs and they GAVE AWAY TWO OF THEM. I realize that Getz wasn’t trying to give away an out, but he did -- you telling me his chances of beating out a bunt there (and there isn’t exactly the element of surprise if the Royals announcer saw it coming first) was as good as is chances of punching a ball through the defense? And on the first pitch. He didn’t even give the at-bat a chance to develop, didn’t put any pressure on Benoit at all. It was awful to watch."

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Is this the Second Coming?

Eric Hosmer has 7 homers in his last 22 games, including 2 tonight to bring the Royals back from the dead. But really, are the Royals merely Lazarus to Hosmer's Jesus Christ? Signs from the Bible...

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My (Complete) Midseason Grades

To steal from a common sportswriter and SBnation theme (and not to steal from the readership of the fine editors doing something similar, I mean clearly there's no intent), here are my grades for...

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Where the Process Went Wrong

Oh what a journey it has been. We are at the breaking point. All of us. Ned and Dayton keep talking about confidence, patience, and spanking. Jose Guillen would be proud. This is my long,...

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One Weekend In: What Have We Learned?

Because there's nothing better do after a pretty solid weekend series win over the vaunted Angels of Anaheim or Los Angeles, formerly California Angels that used to wear blue sometimes... (is it...

Not Dubya's (hint hint) Top Farm Performers (4/5/12)

  1. Lane Adams (Low A Kane County): 2/4, 2R, 3B, HR, 4RBI, BB
  2. Kevin Kouzmanoff (AAA Omaha): 2/4, 2 2B, 3RBI
  3. Clint Robinson (AAA Omaha): 3/5, 2 2B, 3R
  4. Chris Dwyer (AA NWA): 4.1, 2H, 1ER, 5K, 1BB
  5. Jarrod Dyson (AAA Omaha): 2/5, R, 2B, SB
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Optimism gives way to reality

Mission 2012 is finally upon us. Spring Training began with abundant optimism. Would this finally be the year the Royals would get out of their own way and compete? Sure, the Tigers signed P...

I Hope We Aren't Planning on Playing This Guy....

baseball reference page link: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/q/quinthu01.shtml Humberto Quintero has to be one of the worst possible options out there. Give me Pena or Ramirez before this... Jeez. Overvaluing defense and game-calling strikes again...

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Royals 2011 Top Ten Plays

It has been an exciting year for Royals fans, as the super-hyped and talented mega-prospects have gradually made their way to Kansas City.  With that comes the amazing highlights of these young...

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Rey Navarro: the Prospect from nowhere?

On May 2, 2010, the Royals traded prospect reliever Carlos Rosa to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for shortstop Rey Navarro.  Navarro was a third round pick of the D-Backs in 2007 who hadn't...

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The Future is Now, but Where is the Pitching?

With the call-up of Mike Moustakas, the Royals are now much deeper into their rebuilding phase.  Eric Hosmer was the first taste of this, and boy have we loved that so far.  Hosmer has shown us...

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Familiar Patterns?

A lot has been made of the Royals recent struggles.  One of the familiar themes is that the Royals do this every year, and that prolonged slumps usually show themselves at the end of May, numbing...

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GRIT-OFF!!! Treanor v. Kendall

via mlblogsroyals.files.wordpress.com The Royals are facing a dilemma that some are already discussing.  Dayton Moore quenched his thirst for veteran presence behind the plate and grit...

Frenchy Suck Alert

"Look for outfielder Jeff Francoeur to get extended playing time over the next several days in an attempt to jump-start his nonproductive bat. A similar extra-work approach succeeded with Alex Gordon and Chris Getz. "Now, we’ll get (Francoeur) going," Yost said. "He’ll be all right. His swing is fine. It’s just timing. I don’t have any concerns with him." Francoeur is mired in a zero-for-20 skid after going hitless Friday in four at-bats. He is four for 34 overall." MY TAKE: there is nothing in here about why we ALL should be worried about this, even though it is just spring training, because we all feared Frenchy production of this nature; furthermore, did it REALLY "work" with Chris Getz? As if he now can hit. C'mon.

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Baserunning and Outs: Stats Request

I want to know if there is any measurement or source that can simply account for outs made on the bases.  I know Bill James has a widely respected plus/minus system that is often invoked.  Of...

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Update: I now have no qualms wishing for Kendall to be injured

via media.scout.com Jason Kendall is such a prick. I REWOUND MYSELF, and a week ago, I put a post out suggesting that it is wrong to hope for injury to a player for personal reasons, but it...

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Jason Kendall, and Hoping for Injury

There is a major ethical dilemma lurking around the 2011 Kansas City Royals.  Their veteran catcher and future hall of famer Jason Kendall is progressing way ahead of schedule in his return from...

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Royals 2011: 2006 Scouts' Dream?

Well, I was looking at what our team looks like, and well, it sucks.  There's potential sure.  But there's also a lot of major league at bats that have yielded poor results.  See (punchline)...

This Just In: Rany is better than I am

I gave my grades with my impressions. Rany makes me look like what I am, an amateur, though my grades seem to stand up. Good write up by Rany. Check out the gems on Kila, Aviles, and Betancourt. On Yuni: "More to the point, of the 10 Royal hitters who batted 300 times this year, only Jason Kendall had a lower OPS than Yuni’s .259/.288/.405 line." On Kila: "He rebounded in Septemer, hitting .261/.367/.511 the rest of the way – a reasonable expectation for what he can hit in the majors. Interestingly, his strikeouts increased significantly – he whiffed 26 times in 92 at-bats. But he also drew more walks (8 before September 1st, 16 after) and hit more homers (2 before, 6 after). His batting average on balls in play, which was an abysmal .178 through the end of August, was still just .295 afterwards – meaning that while he was miserably unlucky early on, he wasn’t benefitting from unusually good fortune in September. That’s a really good sign that what we saw from Ka’aihue is sustainable."

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The Perfect Storm of Former Royals in Game 2 of the NLDS

In one of the most exciting postseason games thus far, the Atlanta Braves defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-4 in extra innings Friday night.  What got that victory to occur is a series of...

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2010 Season Grades

As a Royals fan, I don't know if I've seen many seasons like this one.  At first glance, 95 losses seems normal for me.  After all, I'm in that lost generation (Born December 1985).  But this...

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Wilson Betemit and his place in the Process

via media.kansascity.com Wilson Betemit's 2010 is hardly new to discussion here at RR.  Rany recently had a mini-section discussing him as the team-leader for homers this year (clubhouse...

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Two Weeks: Enough to Change Minds about Yuni?

I honestly can't remember a two week period where so many people have voiced so many different opinions about Yuniesky Betancourt.  Traditional haters smart writers that so many of us love,...

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Recent developments in the rotation, where are we headed?

Coming into this season, back in March 2010, Royals fans had at least some reasons (however silly they seem now) to be optimistic about the rotation.  Greinke just won the Cy Young!!! Meche has...

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Lee Judge of the Star's "Judging the Royals" tells intelligent fans to "Get a life"

There have been numerous posts throughout this season about the laughable attempt by the Kansas City Star to document Royals games on a daily basis using "stats."  They assigned Lee Judge,...

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My Madden '11 Review

My Madden '11 Review

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A Positive Take (for once) on Greinke's Comments on Rebuilding

As most media types have noted, Zack is disappointed with some of the recent moves and is skeptical of the team's competitiveness before the end of his contract in 2012.  He makes very astute...

Next order of business: KILA

Moore indicated the club expects to clear playing time for Omaha first baseman Kila Ka'aihue in the near future. That points to heightened efforts to trade outfielder/designated hitter José Guillen prior to Saturday’s nonwaiver deadline. "It’s important to get Kila on our club and create opportunities," Moore said. "I’m not saying it going to happen (today), but we expect it to happen very shortly." This was quite a finish to an interesting piece. I don't know of any GM ever tipping their next hand so obviously, but whatever.

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