Young, Scrappy, and Hungry (BP Kansas City Episode 120)

Is the Royals outfield wide enough? Are the Royals throwing away their shot? Kansas City sure didn’t wait for it and went out and signed center fielder Billy Hamilton. It might be nice to have Hamilton on our side. 

On top of that move, the Royals signed utility man Chris Owings, and carved out some space on the 40 man roster to make room for likely Rule 5 picks as they finish up a somewhat busy but curious Winter Meetings. 

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Young, Scrappy, and Hungry (Episode 120)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/12/13/the-show-where-it-happens-bp-kansas-city-episode-120.mp3 Is the Royals outfield wide enough? Are the Royals throwing away their shot? Kansas City sure didn’t wait for it and went out and signed center fielder Billy Hamilton. It might be nice to have Hamilton on our side. On top of that move, the Royals signed utility man Chris Owings, and carved out some space […]

The 40 Man Gauntlet (BP Kansas City Episode 119)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/11/29/the-40-man-gauntlet-bp-kansas-city-episode-119.mp3 The Royals took aim at locking down their 40 man roster, purchasing the contracts of three pitchers, claiming one and designating another for assignment. As they massage the roster, they also have some arbitration offers to consider. What will be the fate of Cheslor Cuthbert, Jesse Hahn, and Brian Flynn? Is new claim Conner […]

The Pitching Hour (BP Kansas City Episode 118)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/11/15/the-pitching-hour-bp-kansas-city-episode-118.mp3 The Royals made a couple more moves since our last episode, so we recapped the dearly departed, including some minor league free agents. But with new free agents come new signings, so we discussed the signing of post-hype prospect Michael Ynoa to a minor-league deal. It’s low-risk, high-reward, which is right in line with […]

An Early Look At The Offseason (BP Kansas City Episode 117)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/11/02/an-early-look-at-the-offseason-bp-kansas-city-episode-117.mp3 The 2018 season is over, and we’re now starting to see some transactions and roster decisions being made. For the Royals, their 2019 team is not likely to change that much from the team that ended 2018, but there are definite opportunities to improve the team for next year and beyond. We discussed how […]

Holding Ourselves Accountable (BP Kansas City Episode 116)

Every season, amidst the fun and games of spring training, we set some over/under marks for particular players and judge where we think they’ll land. 

This year, our array of predictions were hit and miss, but the journey is half the fun, right? We reviewed the predictions from March, what went right, what went wrong, and what was close.

Along with the over/under judgments, we also reviewed some bold predictions from before the 2018 season. Did we miss entirely? Did we nail them? Similar to the Royals disappointing-turning-into-optimistic season, it was a little of both.

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Holding Ourselves Accountable (BP Kansas City Episode 116)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2018/10/18/holding-ourselves-accountable-bp-kansas-city-episode-116.mp3 Every season, amidst the fun and games of spring training, we set some over/under marks for particular players and judge where we think they’ll land. This year, our array of predictions were hit and miss, but the journey is half the fun, right? We reviewed the predictions from March, what went right, what went […]

Milestones (BP Kansas City Episode 115)

For the fifth time in their history, the Royals have reached 100 losses. That’s not good, but we tried to add some perspective to the mark, in light of the Royals decent and much-more-watchable second half of the year.

Along with that is the emergence of Whit Merrifield as a consistent and dynamic star, Adalberto Mondesi as a hopeful phenom, and Ryan O’Hearn as a power-hitting giant. We focused mostly on Merrifield’s efforts this year and his consistency all season long, but Mondesi and O’Hearn have been so good that they sneak their way into any Royals discussion these days.

We also took a glance at the MLB playoff picture, including a potential chaotic finish, an easy team to root for, and some proposed changes to the playoff system. 

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Second Half Stardom (BP Kansas City Episode 114)

It’s been a difficult year, but the last month hasn’t been so bad. A number of Royals have started hitting, including surprises like Ryan O’Hearn, and a couple of pitchers have been great.

It makes for a more entertaining second half and an encouraging finish to the season.

We discuss Jakob Junis, Adalberto Mondesi, Brad Keller, and O’Hearn as well as the very fun near-perfect game by Jorge Lopez. 

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Look Lively (BP Kansas City Episode 113)

This week we covered the end of Danny Duffy’s season and the impact his varied ailments might have on him going forward. We also talked about the shifting perception of his contract and trade value.

In other injury news, we expressed disappointment in Jorge Soler’s setback during his rehab stint. After a strong start, a flukey injury shut him down and his season is over. We speculated on his role in 2019 and beyond in light of his abbreviated season.

And then we covered some odds and ends: Ryan O’Hearn mashing, Whit Merrifield’s great year, the Drew Butera trade, what to expect from Jerry Vasto and Ben Lively, and the emergence of Brad Keller and some other rookie arms who’ve shown promise this year.

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