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Royals stun T-Birds with two late third-period goals

VICTORIA, British Columbia – The late goal, the big play, or the missed opportunity. However its best labeled, it cost the Thunderbirds Friday night in Victoria. After dominating most of the game at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena, the Thunderbirds allowed two goals in the final three minutes to drop a frustrating 4-3 decision to the Victoria Royals. First, they allowed the game to be tied at 17:55 of the third when Igor Martynov won a puck battle behind the Seattle net and scored on a...

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Shaun Newkirk

Checking in on Shaun’s shadow Royals farm system

Every June, John Sickels and the fine folks over at SB Nation sister site minorleagueball.com do a community shadow draft. I’ve manned the Royals org for the past several years, but was unable to attend due to taking a test that day (CFA Level I - I passed!). That won’t be a problem next June, as they moved the test date (largely in part because of Ramadan - they felt it was unfair to force folks to take an eight hour test while having to fast all day too), so I’ll take the reins back...

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Friday Notes

Thanksgiving is one of those benchmarks of the offseason for me. Usually, it’s pretty slow ahead of the holiday and then once the weekend ends, rumors start to get going hot and heavy. There’ll be talk of this player here and that player there to lead up to the winter meetings in a couple weeks, and as we all know, that’s when things get nuts. So I guess if you’re still needing to get ready for the spring of the MLB offseason, now is the time because I think it’s going to start...

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Reasons Kansas City Royals fans have to be thankful this Thanksgiving

Kansas City Royals fans have likely experienced a lot of anxiety this offseason. But there are still plenty of things for which they should be thankful. The Kansas City Royals are in the midst of an offseason full of turmoil. Fans of the franchise are understandably wracked with fear about what the future may hold. […] Reasons Kansas City Royals fans have to be thankful this Thanksgiving - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Holiday Rumblings - News for November 23, 2017 (Thanksgiving and Black Friday)

What are you thankful for?

With the holiday, we have a bit of a scaled back Rumblings. Consider this your Rumblings thread for today and tomorrow.

The Royals made some front office moves that may have gone under the radar a couple of days ago:

The Royals announced a pair of moves Tuesday in their baseball operations department, promoting former pro scout Alec Zumwalt to director of baseball operations while bringing back Albert Gonzalez as assistant general manager of international...

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Kansas City Royals minor leaguer suspended for drug violation

A Kansas City Royals draft pick from 2016, Travis Eckert, landed a 50-game suspension by the commissioner’s office. It’s the second drug violation of his young career. Five minor league players — one of which is a pitcher in the Kansas City Royals system — were given drug-related suspensions this week. According to the Associated […] Kansas City Royals minor leaguer suspended for drug violation - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs,...

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Matthew LaMar

Is Alex Gordon the Royals’ 2018 center fielder?

It sounds crazy, but could it happen?

At the beginning of November, Alex Gordon won his fifth Gold Glove for his stellar play in left field. His five Gold Gloves since 2011 are tied for the most won by any player (alongside Nolan Arenado, Jason Heyward, and Yadier Molina). Only an injury-shortened 2015 prevented him from a sixth.

If Gold Gloves aren’t enough evidence for you (which considering the checkered legitimacy of the award is fair), he’s been good enough to win an even more...

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Inning By Inning

If someone can figure out how to predict both if a pitcher will break down and when it will happen if it does, they will become very rich. We’re not there yet, but sometimes you can see warning signs. For example, prior to the 2016 season, I was pretty concerned with Edinson Volquez following him throwing a career high in innings (by a lot) and throwing some very stressful innings in the postseason. Sure enough, he had a pretty horrible 2016 season and is now recovering from Tommy John...

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Patrick Brennan

Royals Rumblings - News for November 22, 2017

Were the Braves punishments too harsh?

Royals Rumblings - News for November 22, 2017

Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City goes over the recent 40-man roster moves that the Royals made.

Left unprotected are names you are probably familiar with like Frank Schwindel, Ryan O’Hearn, Elier Hernandez, Sam Selman and Yunior Marte. I’m trying to figure out why the Royals would protect the pair of left-handed relievers they did and not have Selman as one of their choices. Maybe it’s...

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Kansas City Royals make questionable roster moves ahead of Rule 5 draft

There’s always speculation about who will be added to the 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 draft. This year, the Kansas City Royals made some strange moves, leaving well-known players exposed. Like teams across baseball, the Kansas City Royals made roster moves in anticipation for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Unlike some of those […] Kansas City Royals make questionable roster moves ahead of Rule 5 draft - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News,...

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KC promotes Zumwalt to director of baseball ops

The Royals announced a pair of moves Tuesday in their baseball operations department, promoting former pro scout Alec Zumwalt to director of baseball operations while bringing back Albert Gonzalez as assistant general manager of international operations.

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Royals Release Spring Training Schedule

Days until pitchers and catchers report: 84!

If you’ve been perusing email in the last 24 hours, you may have seen the following news in your baseball inbox:

Pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise on Tuesday, February 13. Workouts for pitchers begin the following day, Wednesday, February 14. The remainder of the squad will report on Sunday, February 18 and begin workouts for the 2017 campaign on Monday, February 19.

The Royals also released their 2018 Spring Training schedule. ...

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Matthew LaMar

Former Royal Johnny Damon among new names on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Will another Royal go to Cooperstown?

After the Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series, former Kansas City Royal outfielder Carlos Beltran announced his retirement at age 40. Beltran has assembled a strong Hall of Fame case and will be seriously considered for the honor when he becomes eligible in a few years.

But for now, it is one of Beltran’s teammates in a talented late-90s Kansas City outfield, Johnny Damon, who has become eligible for Hall of Fame voting. On November 20, the...

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Roster Math At The Deadline

Monday was all about spring training caps, spring training schedules and some Rule 5 draft news. God help us all. As Major League Baseball is trying to get their house in order with regards to the Shohei Ohtani posting/free agency situation, it’s created something of a mid-November malaise. Nothing is happening, other than the self-imposed negotiating deadline between the leagues getting extended 24 hours. So where does that leave us in the days before Thanksgiving? Nowhere. Let’s start...

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 21, 2017

Remember Nate?

AAA Farmhand was called up for a spot start in the Rumblings today. Fittingly, the deadline to set 40-man rosters before the Rule 5 draft was last night. Read up on the rules if you need to.

The Rule 5 Draft will take place on the final day of next month’s Winter Meetings (Dec. 14) and allow clubs with open space on the 40-man roster to select Rule 5-eligible players out of other organizations. Rule 5 eligibility is dependent on the age at which a player signed and that...

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Royals add trio of prospects to 40-man roster

The Royals added three prospects to their 40-man roster ahead of Monday's 7 p.m. CT deadline, and now their 40-man roster stands at 38.

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Max Rieper

Royals add three players to 40-man roster, protecting them from Rule 5 draft

Lefty Eric Stout among those added.

The Royals added catcher Meibrys Viloria, and pitcher Tim Hill and Eric Stout to the 40-man roster today, protecting them from next month’s Rule 5 draft. Today was the deadline to add players. Players are eligible for the Rule 5 draft if they are not on the 40-man roster and were signed when they were 19 or older and have played in professional baseball for four years are eligible, or were signed at 18 and have played for five years.

Eric Stout seemed a...

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Royals' Lopez among AFL's breakout prospects

Every year there are players who might not be at the top of prospect lists, but who use the Fall League as a bit of a coming out party. These are players who can be considered breakout prospects, with the usual caveat about small sample sizes.

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Former Royal Damon debuts on HOF ballot

Former Royals outfielder Johnny Damon, one of the more popular players in Kansas City in the 1990s, made his debut on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot on Monday.

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Revisiting Royals Review’s preseason predictions

So many things wrong with this.

For whatever reason we ended up having both a pre-season round table with a bunch of predictions and plain ol’ predictions thread. While the other was much more specific to the Royals, this one hit a lot of general baseball stuff, too, which gave the Kevins that many more opportunities to screw up.

Royals’ record, player WAR leader and pitcher WAR leader

Every single writer successfully picked Danny Duffy as the pitching WAR leader by fWAR, though Jason...

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