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Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City announce 2015 TV schedule

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City today announced a 154-game schedule for the 2015 season, featuring 150 regular-season games and four exhibition contests. The Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City are entering the eighth season of an agreement in which FOX Sports Kansas City is the exclusive television home of Royals baseball. The 150-game regular...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Sights and sounds from first week of Royals spring training

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- FOX Sports Kansas City reporter Joel Goldberg gathers some of the sights and sounds from the first week of Kansas City Royals spring training. Check out Mike Sweeney's comments after being elected to the Royals Hall of Fame, Sal Perez crashing an Eric Hosmer interview and more. NOTE: If the images do not appear, please refresh your browser.
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Announce Mike Sweeney Elected To Team Hall Of Fame

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 25, 2015) — The Kansas City Royals have announced that First Baseman Mike Sweeney has been voted into the Royals Hall of Fame.  He will become the elite group’s 26th inductee this season with a ceremony before a game at Kauffman Stadium, which will be announced at a later date. Sweeney was elected in his first ballot appearance in a vote of living...
Via i70baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mike Sweeney, Royals Royalty

If you look through the members of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame, you’ll notice a trend for most of the players. Almost all of them contributed to a great Royals team. It’s littered with pennant winners and World Champions. Of course, there are a small number who don’t fit that mold. Those would […]
Via Pine Tar Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Kansas City Royals

  The following is a team preview for the Kansas City Royals from a fantasy baseball perspective, contributed by Brian Dunshee. Offseason Review It would be an understatement to say that the Royals made their franchise relevant again last year. For the first time since 1985, the Royals made the playoffs and they took advantage of it; ultimately coming within one game of taking...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mike Sweeney joins Royals Hall of Fame

It will be hard for any Royal, past, present or future, to nudge George Brett off the Royals' throne. But at least when it comes to fan favorites, Mike Sweeney may well deserve the spot sitting at Brett's right hand. Sweeney was the most most popular player on a lot of losing Royals teams from 1995-2007. The five-time All-Star batted .299 in his Royals career (six points behind Brett...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: 2015 Outfielders; a force to be reckoned with

As Spring Training inches closer and closer, the Kansas City Royals are gearing up for the 2015 season in hopes of repeating last years post-season success. Kansas City has many different aspects of their roster in which they have success, but the position in which they may have the most is the outfield. Led by ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain in centerfield, the Royals are considered, by some...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Prospect Profile: Kyle Zimmer

The Kansas City Royals picked Kyle Zimmer fifth overall in the first round of the 2012 draft. He has all the potential to be an ace or at the very least the number two starter in any big league rotation once he has made his way through the minors. Unfortunately, Zimmer has been plagued by shoulder problems for over the past year and he has logged just 14 1/3 innings in the last...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Early Thoughts on 2015 Royals

So a sinus attack has me awake in the middle of the night. I get to watch the game from September 30, 2014 – again – in its entirety – for the first time since I watched it on live TV. No, I wasn’t at the K that night. I am sure in 25 years the attendance for that game will be 200,000 – but I won’t be one of them. I attended ALDS 3, ALCS 4, WS 2. What a great post...
Via Royals Blue
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeremy Guthrie Channels MJ In Announcing His Retirement From Collecting Sneakers

On Monday, Jeremy Guthrie shook the sneaker collecting world when he “formally” announced his retirement as an active sneakerhead. The Kansas City Royals pitcher has always been well known for his large sneaker collection but it now appears that Guthrie will be taking a break from the heartbreaking game that is sneaker collecting. Speaking at Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A Look at the Royals Defense in 2015

  Durham Bulls fictional manager Joe “Skip” Riggins once said, “This is a simple game. You throw the ball, you hit the ball, you catch the ball.” The 2015 Royals will definitely be expected to catch the ball. When Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer all take the field it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that these guys can play a little defense. All...
Via Royals Blue
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Spring Training All-Stars

Every year, as the Royals kick their spring training into high gear, I write an article about why it’s silly to look at spring training stats and use them in evaluation. Every year, the article is basically the same. I tell everyone about how the air is thinner in Arizona, about how sometimes pitchers are […]
Via Pine Tar Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Finnegan ready for whatever role Royals have for him

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Brandon Finnegan would have to do quite a lot to top what he accomplished in 2014. He helped pitch TCU into the College World Series in June, the same month the Kansas City Royals drafted him in the first round. He began his pro career in Class A, was promoted to the majors in September and then got a couple of big outs for the Royals in the World Series. '...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals, Alex Rios, and Hitting Everything in Sight

You might expect the Kansas City Royals to have a big offseason after their fabled run to the World Series that reignited a love of baseball in the entire region of Missouri which doesn’t root for the Cardinals. Maybe they would sign someone to fill the offensive power void and boost run production, or try […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Sign Franklin Morales To Minor League Contract

Morales pitches for the Royals in 2014. Karl Gehring, The Denver Post. The Kansas City Royals announced on twitter that they have signed left-handed pitcher Franklin Morales to a minor league contract. Morales served as the Colorado Rockies swingman last year, but ended up starting 22 games in 38 appearances out of necessity. The 28-year-old lefty joined the spotty Rockies rotation...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

GMDM stays perfect, but at what cost?

  When it comes to arbitration hearings Dayton Moore must shutter like a KU fan come football season.  To date, as General Manager of the Kansas City Royals, Moore has signed every arbitration eligible player to a deal before reaching arbitration. What is arbitration?  This is an excellent question and one many baseball fans do not understand.  Arbitration is a right...
Via Royals Blue
7 days ago  |  Discuss

First baseman Eric Hosmer, Royals agree to $13.9M, 2-year contract

  First baseman Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $13.9 million, two-year contract. Hosmer gets $5.65 million this year under Wednesday's agreement and $8.25 million in 2016. The 25-year-old hit .270 for the American League champions with 35 doubles, nine homers and 58 RBI. He won his second straight Gold Glove. He made $3.6 million last...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Hosmer, Royals avoid arbitration, agree to two-year, $13.9M contract

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- First baseman Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $13.9 million, two-year contract. Hosmer gets $5.65 million this year under Wednesday's agreement and $8.25 million in 2016. The 25-year-old hit .270 for the AL champions with 35 doubles, nine homers and 58 RBIs. He won his second straight Gold Glove. He made $3.6 million...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals head to spring training with high expectations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- That old, familiar baseball refrain made famous by fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers took on an entirely different meaning for the Kansas City Royals this offseason. No longer was "Wait `til next year!" the battle cry of a beleaguered franchise grasping at hope. The slogan had become quite literal: After snapping a 29-year playoff drought with a trip to the World Series...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Defensive outlook

Left fielder Alex Gordon is known for his strong play in the outfield (rantsports.com). The Kansas City Royals look to build off of their success they had in 2014 by improving areas of weakness and building off of their defense and pitching that led them to an American League Pennant. The Royals outfield is arguably the best in the league and combined with the solid play from Gold...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Kansas City Royals

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Kansas City Royals. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: The importance of Danny Duffy

Royals and starting pitcher Danny Duffy agree to a 1-year deal (kshb.com). The Kansas City Royals made the playoffs last year for the first time since the 1985 season and much of that success can be contributed to their strong bullpen as well as the pitching staff in general. Arguably, there is no one more important to the Royal’s rotation than left-handed starter Danny Duffy...
Via isportsweb.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

This new Kansas City Royals billboard is awesome

In recent years, the Kansas City Royals have created some pretty cool billboards in the Kansas City area. This year’s billboard doesn’t even have a player’s face on it, yet it’s pretty fantastic. Burning up the basepaths? That’s what speed do! Drive by #Royals billboard on I-35S @ Cambridge Circle. #ForeverRoyal pic.twitter.com/Avsog4QSNW — Kansas City Royals (@Royals...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading The Kansas City Royals Offseason

The Kansas City Royals had a lot to be proud of as they walked off the field last season. Regardless of the fact they didn’t win the World Series, they were a team that was projected to be close to making the playoffs, and in fact did make it to the World Series. After a team has so much success, should they alter their lineup and bullpen to improve, or keep it relatively the...
Via i70baseball
24 days ago  |  Discuss

James Shields need to adjust his contract expectations

We’re just a few days away from the beginning of February, and James Shields is still a free agent. Shields is far and away the best free agent left on the market, and while we’ve seen pitchers dangle in the wind this deep into the offseason before (Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kyle Lohse, Ervin Santana to name four), they all had more red flags than Shields. Yet, Shields...
Via The Outside Corner
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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