An Upside Down Offseason Begins (BP Kansas City Episode 77)

With the Astros win in the World Series, the 2017 season has concluded.

That means that Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas and others are officially free agents.

We covered the next steps: the general timeline for the next month, the offseason milestones ahead, and what to keep in mind.

We also discussed some potential landing spots for the key Royals free agents and who might fill in for whoever doesn’t return.

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The Qualifying Offer And You! (BP Kansas City Episode 76)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/10/26/the-qualifying-offer-and-you-bp-kansas-city-episode-76.mp3 This week, a look at Collective Bargaining Agreements! Specifically, the qualifying offer. What is it? How is it applied? How does it matter for the Royals? In this episode, we tell you all about it, plus go through some of the Royals pending free agents and why the Royals would or would not extend […]

Reviewing Preseason Predictions (BP Kansas City Episode 75)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/10/19/reviewing-preseason-predictions-bp-kansas-city-episode-75.mp3 Well, I suppose it’s time to hold ourselves accountable. Back during spring training, we predicted some over/under targets for certain players and reviewed them at midseason. With the 2017 season completed, it’s time to pay up. We are very much not perfect and the results show it. Still, we took the time in this […]

Times They Are A-Changin’ (BP Kansas City Episode 74)

One thing we’re sure of is that the 2018 Royals will look quite different than what we’re used to.

How different? We’ll see. The big free agents are likely to go elsewhere, but with an opening in Atlanta, Dayton Moore’s name has come up again as a candidate for GM. Would he leave Kansas City? Ned Yost is back for 2018, but is there a manager-in-waiting already in the dugout?

And what if the market is shaken up and Eric Hosmer ends up returning?

We discuss all of these topics as well as a check-in about the postseason, as we gear up for a crazy offseason.

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Memories (BP Kansas City Episode 73)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/10/04/memories-bp-kansas-city-episode-73.mp3 This week was pretty simple. In this episode, we say goodbye to the foursome of Alcides Escobar, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Eric Hosmer, sharing our memories of their play, key moments, and what they meant to the last era of Royals baseball. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes and BlogTalkRadio. You can also […]

Processing (BP Kansas City Episode 72)

The Royals will not go to the postseason. In a week, there will be no more games for Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Jason Vargas as teammates.

We took a look at this season, what’s left, and the legacy of this Royals run, Dayton Moore, David Glass, and Ned Yost.

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Bye Bye Balboni (BP Kansas City Episode 71)

Finally.

After nearly three weeks of being stuck at #36, Mike Moustakas did the impossible, dethroning Steve Balboni as the Royals single-season home run record holder. On Wednesday night, just as we started recording, Moose hit home run #37 to set a new Royals record and we were excited.

We discussed the significance of the record, what else to track with Moose the rest of the season (do I hear 40?), and the relief that it has finally been broken. 

And Danny Duffy returned from the disabled list with a strong start at Cleveland. We talked about what to look at in the last week and a half of the season regarding Duffy and the rest of the rotation.

We also covered Alex Gordon’s strong September and hoped that it means good things for 2018 and 2019.

Finally, we talked about Mike Minor’s season and what the Royals should try to do to retain him this winter. 

Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes and BlogTalkRadio. You can also download this episode here (mp3).

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Ugly Numbers and Call-ups (BP Kansas City Episode 70)

Last week was very bad, but this week was…not *as* bad! 

The Royals suffered some ugly, ugly blowouts, and it seems like Jake Junis and Scott Alexander are the only pitchers doing well who are healthy right now. That’s not ideal.

And yet, the Royals are still hanging around in the wild card race. They need a blistering hot final 24 games of the year to do it, but it’s not impossible. 

Also, Mike Moustakas tied Balboni. We’re still waiting for #37…

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That Week Was Not Nice (BP Kansas City Episode 69)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/08/31/that-week-was-not-nice-bp-kansas-city-episode-69.mp3 That was…not a good week. The Royals got crushed by Cleveland and also went through an epic (and almost historic) scoring drought. And then Danny Duffy got into trouble. So, we try to pick up the pieces this week. We discuss Duffy’s DUI and how we’re processing it. We discuss the futility of the […]

Injuries and Bullpen Shakeups (BP Kansas City Episode 68)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kansascitybaseballvault/2017/08/24/injuries-and-bullpen-shakeups-bp-kansas-city-episode-68.mp3 The Royals didn’t take advantage of a matchup with Cleveland but they haven’t really lost ground on the teams in the wild card race. Despite injuries, their September schedule will give them a shot at the playoffs, but they’re going to have to take charge themselves, rather than expect the league to help them […]