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This Date In Royals History–1985 Edition: October 6

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Royals’ World Series title, Pine Tar Press presents a day-by-day look at the 1985 season. Check Pine Tar Press every day for a new edition of This Date In Royals History. Faced with a meaningless game, the Royals chose to rest most of their regulars. The result […]
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Royals Opponent a Mystery – Who Do They Want?

As the world prepared for the American League Wild Card game in 2014, Royals fans nerves were probably at an all-time high. We hadn’t seen our favorite team in the playoffs in nearly three decades and there was a legitimate discussion around town about whether or not making it to the one-game playoff was even […]
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2 hours ago  |  Discuss

How they fared: The Royals against the rest of the American League postseason teams

Regular Season records really don’t matter once you get to October.  We take a look at the Royals records versus the rest of the postseason teams. It’s that time of the year where every “expert” starts to look at regular season stats to predict how the postseason will play out.  In reality, nobody knows how the postseason will play out.  Who would have guessed that...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Royals’ Kendrys Morales leaves Scott Boras, now repped by Wasserman

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales has left agent Scott Boras, according to multiple league sources. Morales, 32, is now represented by Wasserman Media Group, sources said. In 2014, Morales signed after the June draft and played in only 98 games where he hit .218 with only eight home runs and 42 RBI and it left many wondering if his best days were behind him. That...
Via Baseball Essential
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Enter the Playoffs with a Strong Offense

Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer, right, celebrates with Alcides Escobar after he scored on a double by Ben Zobrist to break the tie in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Minneapolis. The Royals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) In 2014, the Kansas City Royals made a magical run to the World Series on the backs of their pitching and some clutch hitting, but...
Via The Sports Journal
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Royals' revamped bullpen may be deeper, more dynamic than a year ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- By the time the Kansas City Royals had run roughshod through the American League playoffs last year, everyone in baseball knew exactly what H-D-H meant. Herrera, Davis, Holland. The big three relievers at the back of their bullpen. With the dominance of Kelvin Herrera in the seventh inning, Wade Davis in the eighth and Greg Holland closing out, the Royals effectively...
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Twins vs. Royals preview

Given that they have the AL's second-best home record, the Central-champion Kansas City Royals insist they're going hard after home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. A day after eliminating the Minnesota Twins from playoff contention, the visiting Royals can lock up the league's best record Sunday by closing out the regular season on a five-game winning streak. Kansas City...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Iron Giant: How Chris Young saved the Royals season.

Chris Young was a last minute signing for Dayton Moore.  However, without him, the Royals may not be in the position they are in. I remember watching a game in last June when the Seattle Mariners were in Kansas City playing the Royals.  I remember watching this very tall pitcher for Seattle that couldn’t throw more than 86 mph and was in the strike zone.  Still, the Royals...
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Wade Davis Set Up for Success as Royals' Closer

A little over a week ago, Wade Davis officially took over as closer for the Kansas City Royals after spending most of his time with the club as Greg Holland's set-up man.Last season, as the Royals made their famous run through the wild card to the World Series, one of the biggest pieces that kept them going was the back-end of the bullpen. The 7-8-9 combination of Kelvin Herrera...
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Kansas City Royals go from Hunter to Hunted

Kansas City Royals’ Paulo Orlando reacts after being thrown out at first on a throw from shortstop Alexei Ramirez to first baseman Jose Abreu, after Orlando singled to right fielder Avisail Garcia, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) “You get to that point and you don’t score,” Royals manager Ned...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals' Guthrie remembers Oregon hometown after shooting

CHICAGO -- Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie fondly remembers those days growing up in Oregon - riding his bike all around Roseburg, going to the local swimming pool and cheering on the basketball team at Umpqua Community College. All those memories came flooding back after a gunman opened fire at the school on Thursday, killing at least nine people before dying in a shootout...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Reconsidering Ned Yost (Part 1)

If the Royals win the World Series this year, whole books will be written about Ned Yost, and how misunderstood he was. Until then, we'll just have to settle for Bruce Schoenfeld's feature-length apologia in this week-end's New York Times Magazine. Of course it's overwrought, with backhanded stabs at sabermetrics and the practitioners of that dark art. But it's mostly about people...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

KC Royals announcer Ryan Lefebvre predicted pitch, home run, AND location said HR would be deposited

Kansas City Royals announcer Ryan Lefebvre, Mike Moustakas at the plate. "He's gonna sit on a hanging curveball right here and hit it into the Royals bullpen. Are you kidding me, Ryan Lefebvre, with the call tonight for the Kansas City Royals!?!? LOL!!! #ForeverRoyal #SCtop10— Brad Robinson (@bgrhawkeye) October 1, 2015Done and done. BAM.Please follow...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cueto takes the hill for first time since Royals' title clincher

The Kansas City Royals had a rough offensive night on Chicago's North Side but should find things easier as they head to the South Side. That's because they will face Chicago White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija, who has lost seven straight home outings heading into Tuesday night's three-game series opener. Kansas City (90-66) fell 1-0 in 11 innings to the Chicago Cubs on Monday in...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Kansas City Royals be Concerned with Pitching Staff’s September Struggles?

BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 13: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Kansas City Royals is taken out of the game by manager Ned Yost #3 in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) The Kansas City Royals are headed to playoff baseball for the second straight season, having clinched...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading the Royals’ Division-Winning Celebration

We live in the age of multiple playoff levels and one of the results of this is we get many different playoff winners, and each playoff winner has to have a playoff winner celebration. Celebrations used to be more sedate than they are now, but things have changed since Don Larsen struck out Bill Mitchell and jogged solemnly off the mound after having thrown the first and to date...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Postseason rotation uncertainty

Danny Duffy may be the odd man out of the rotation come October. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) The Kansas City Royals clinched the American League Central Thursday night for the first time since the realignment in 1994, and their first division title since 1985. The Royals did so with ten games renaming in the regular season, and became the first team in 2015 to lock down their...
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The Royals Central Division Championship is Truly Special

  For the first time in 30 years, the Kansas City Royals are division Champions. Winning the division is the entire reason teams play a grueling 162 game schedule that stretches from reporting to camp in February until the end of the World Series scheduled for the first part of November. It is the all encompassing hope and desire to be rewarded with a berth in the postseason...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Young on Working Up (and Down) in the Zone

Chris Young, of the Kansas City Royals, is known for both his Princeton pedigree and his height. The 6-foot-10 right-hander is also known for getting outs up in the zone, with a slow fastball. Young’s four-seamer averages 86.4 mph, and he has the highest FB% (58.2) and the lowest BABiP (.217) among pitchers who have thrown at least 100 innings. The velocity and fly balls are in...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals clinch first division title since 1985, celebrate by popping bottles (video)

MLB’s longest drought between division titles is officially over. The Kansas City Royals defeated the Seattle Mariners, 10-4, in front of a packed house at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night. With the victory, the Royals clinched their first division title since 1985, and it’s the first time they’ve won the AL Central in franchise history (they had won the AL West in the past...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Greg Holland has ‘significant’ tear in UCL, will miss rest of season

The Kansas City Royals will have to do without reliever Greg Holland for the rest of 2015, and possibly even longer as the former closer has been shut down due to an ongoing sore elbow. As Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star notes, Holland has a significant tear in his UCL and will be seen by doctors next week in L.A. It’s possible he may need the dreaded Tommy John surgery...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals are basically the best contact team ever

A funny thing about doing a job like this is that you’re expected to write all the time. Which means you’re expected to write early in seasons, and you’re expected to write analytically, and when you write analytically early in seasons, you can end up looking like a moron. Earlier this season, for example, I remember writing reasonably positive things about Carlos Peguero....
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: September Letdown

Danny Duffy’s poor pitching performances have seen him bumped out of the rotation. It took 5 horrid starts, but we finally saw the Johnny Cueto of old on Saturday night. Even though he was unable to get a win, he managed to limit the runs against him. This is great news for the Royals, but as we see Jeremy Guthrie return to the rotation and the demotion of Danny Duffy to the bullpen...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Indians set off fireworks for wrong team

Alex Rios homered for the Royals against the Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday night. Following the homer, the poor soul operating the fireworks at Progressive set them off…despite the fact that it was an opposing player that went yard. The 2015 Indians in a nutshell, folks. The post Progressive Field employee shoots off fireworks for Royals home run appeared first...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

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