Dugout

February’s Opening Day Twenty-Five

One month ago, I revealed my first guess as to what the Kansas City Royals’ Opening Day roster might look like. At best, such an exercise is an educated guess, and certainly subject to variables that could not be foreseen. Since that post, for instance, the Royals signed Brandon Moss, Jason Hammel, Travis Wood, Peter […]

Young

Chris Young Matters

Last week our esteemed Mr. Lesky pointed out that the three players most important to a successful 2017 Kansas City Royals campaign might be Joakim Soria, Jorge Soler and Nate Karns. I think he is right. In particular, should Karns step forward as an every fifth day solid starter (or more) it not only makes the […]

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies

January’s Opening Day Roster

The bulk of this column was drafted late last week, before the terrible news about Yordano Ventura. Part of me feels like these thoughts are insignificant and maybe they are or even maybe they were. That said, life and even the insignificance of baseball goes on. Spring Training will come whether we want it to […]

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins

Gore In Motion

The Royals started 2016 with Terrance Gore on their 25 man roster.  He was there for one reason and one reason only: to run. Having a speedy guy on the bench is hardly unique, but having one whose only real major league baseball skill is running the bases is. One writer, advocating having just such […]

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers

Losing Luke

The Royals have had their share of injuries in 2016. Big names have missed real time for the defending World Champions: Gordon, Moustakas, Cain and Wade Davis. In the grand scheme of notable baseball players, Luke Hochevar probably does not fit on the same plateau as those mentioned. His absence, however, certainly has been felt. […]