Dayton Moore

Keeping the rebuild on a timetable

It’s not even the middle of November and we’ve already reached the winter of our baseball discontent.  Last off season, at least we had the Eric Hosmer saga to follow. True, it had the allure of a multi-car pileup on a snowy morning (Seriously, it’s mid-November and we’re talking snow? Get me out of here.) […]

MLB: World Series-New York Mets at Kansas City Royals

The defense rests just a little too much

As we settle in for a long (and likely uneventful) winter, it’s worth noting that baseball awards season is here. Obviously, there’s not going to be a lot of Royals traction for the big hardware, but they’re getting a couple of defensive accolades thrown their way. The Fielding Bible awards are always fun, if anything […]

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals

Tracking Yost’s tendencies

Baseball Reference unveiled a neat addition to their managerial stat pages with what they call managerial tendencies. The tendencies break down how often a manager calls for steals, intentional walks and substitutions. It also measures successful sacrifice bunt attempts. It breaks those numbers down into what they call Rate+, which is a metric that determines […]

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals

How the Royals were built

One of my favorite spreadsheets I keep during the year is what I call “The Royals Family Tree.” Basically, it’s a list of the Royals 40-man roster, along with how they were acquired. In the past, it’s been a fun exercise. The most recent roster construction has rendered this mostly boring. That’s because the Royals, […]

Alcides Escobar

Shifting on the shift

It was obvious almost from the first game of the 2018 season: The Royals were employing the shift more than they ever had in the past.  Indeed, they were shifting a lot, ranking second among teams using this particular alignment through the first month of the season. Then, they decided to pull back as they […]

Sep 4, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Brandon Maurer (32) sits in dugout after being relieved in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Estimating the arbitration eligibles

We’ve reached our first milestone of the offseason. MLB Trade Rumors released their arbitration estimates on Tuesday. With the first year of a rebuild in the books, and contention seemingly far in the future, it’s not a surprise the Royals list is thin and relatively uninspiring. All told, they have six arbitration eligible players on […]