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Bradford Lee

The stars of the 70s and 80s that spent their later years with the Royals

A look at aging stars with the Royals

With the adoption of the designated hitter by the American League in 1973 and the advent of free agency in 1975, many veteran players looked to extend their careers in the American League. The Royals were active in this market as they were constantly looking for veteran leadership or to add another bat or arm to their young, contending team. Often, the signings led to some positive publicity, but rarely worked out on the field.

I went back over the...

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Josh Duggan

The Rob Neyer Chats: Power Ball, Part Two

With the release of his brand new book, Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game, I was afforded the opportunity to sit down and chat with the inimitable Rob Neyer. The book—which I would gladly have bought were I not fortunate enough to have been given a copy to read/review—is seriously fantastic. It’s a must-read for any serious baseball fan.

What follows is the second of four portions of a 45-minute conversation between Rob and myself. Rob was gracious enough to sit down and...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for October 16, 2018

Brad Keller wins rookie honors.

Royals Rumblings - News for October 16, 2018

Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus looks at how the Royals increased their use of defensive shifts more than almost any other team in baseball.

You could say the Royals increase in utilizing the shift on the field represented a shift in organizational defensive philosophy. The Royals have long employed an analytics department and have over time incorporated their input into game preparation. This was perhaps the...

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The Academy – Comparing Position Prospects

The similarities between the Royals current system and 2009 are eery as I’ve written here before, so why not continue to compare the two teams in hopes that the new guys can recreate the parade the old guys did? This time, I’ll take a look at the position prospects. As we know, the ’19 Low-A players are coming off a championship like the ’09 players did which means a large number of their top prospects will start their seasons in Wilmington at the High-A level. At least seven of...

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Josh Duggan

NLCS Game 3 Open Thread: Brewers at Dodgers

The new Royals take on the team who the Royals ripped off for all their uniform ideas

With the NLCS knotted up at a game apiece, the Milwaukee Brewers venture into Dodger Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The lineups will look like this:

.@Jhoulys45 takes the hill for the #Brewers in game 3 of the #NLCS with this lineup behind him. #OurCrewOurOctober pic.twitter.com/pHfXAR7GrQ

— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) October 15, 2018

Today's GM. 3 Dodger lineup vs. Brewers:
Pederson LF

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Max Rieper

Which Royals would you protect from a hypothetical expansion draft?

Do we have enough players you would want to protect?

The season is over, but the off-season transactions haven’t really begun yet, so it is a bit of a dead time here at Royals Review. I did have an interesting email the other day from a baseball fan named H.W. Linwood that got my baseball-nerd senses tingling. What if there was an expansion draft this off-season? Say MLB was expanding to two more franchises this winter (they’re probably overdue for expansion, this is the longest period...

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Josh Duggan

The Rob Neyer Chats: Power Ball, Part One

With the release of his brand new book, Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game, I was afforded the opportunity to sit down and chat with the inimitable Rob Neyer. The book—which I would gladly have bought were I not fortunate enough to have been given a copy to read/review—is seriously fantastic. It’s a must-read for any serious baseball fan.

What follows is the first of what will likely be four or five portions of a 45-minute conversation between Rob and myself. Rob was...

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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 felt the shift was costing too many hits against their pitchers. Still, the Royals didn’t completely turn their back on this new school defensive alignment. The final numbers are in. No...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for October 15, 2018

Should Danny Duffy be a reliever?

Royals Rumblings - News for October 15, 2018

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City wonders if Danny Duffy might be more useful as a reliever.

The last couple years have been trying for him from a health perspective with multiple trips to the disabled list. It just makes me wonder if maybe the bullpen wouldn’t be a bad spot for him as the game has evolved so much from even a few years ago. If he’s utilized the way the Indians utilized Andrew...

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Max Rieper

ALCS Game 2 open thread

Will the Astros never settle or will the Red Sox do damage?

The Astros took a huge advantage in the series by taking Game 1 of the ALCS, a game that was really a comedy of errors, quite literally for Eduardo Nunez, Red Sox manager Alex Cora was ejected, and the contest included umpire Joe West getting hit square in the torso on a throw down to second from catcher Christian Vazquez. I can’t watch this enough.

Joe West pwned pic.twitter.com/n2jdHzNxpX

— Paul Sporer (@sporer) October 14,...

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What will Brett Phillips’ 2019 role be?

Brett Phillips was acquired by the Kansas City Royals alongside Jorge Lopez, sending Mike Moustakas to the streaking Milwaukee Brewers. The young, talented Brett Phillips took a backseat role in the Milwaukee Brewers organization due to a plethora of outfield acquisitions in the offseason. So, it made sense to trade him to a team like […] Kansas City Royals: What will Brett Phillips’ 2019 role be? - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs,...

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Which player could help better the 2019 Royals?

The 2019 Kansas City Royals need a player who can turn their luck around. Thinking about it in terms of fantasy sports, which player could fill that role? There is no doubt that the 2018 season for the Kansas City Royals is not one that fans were extremely happy about. I am a huge fan […] Kansas City Royals: Which player could help better the 2019 Royals? - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Hokius

Saturday League Championship Series Open Thread

Two more playoff games, today.

The afternoon game will draw many Royals’ fans attention for the fact that the Brewers are playing but the pitching matchup might be more interesting than you imagine, at first. Hyun-Jin Ryu, making the start for the Dodgers, is definitely an interesting name to keep an eye on if you’ve never heard of him before. This was his fifth year in the league and he managed a 1.97 ERA, this year. The issue is that he only did it in 15 starts. He’s never made more...

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Hokius

Hok Talk: Reliving the Wild Card Game

Has it really only been four years?

Watching and reading about all the currently ongoing playoff games makes me wish for the good ol’ days of the 2014 playoffs. It makes my heart sing to see Lorenzo Cain cheer and Mike Moustakas drove in game-winning runs. Many of you may not know or remember this but I got my start on Royals Review by doing FanPosts where I attempted to analyze the Win Probability Added of various games. I’m not sure how much anyone else cares about it, but it...

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Max Rieper

Weekend Rumblings - News for October 13, 2018

Brady Singer is looking good in Instructionals.

Weekend Rumblings - News for October 13, 2018

Jim Callis at MLB.com covers Brady Singer and other Royals at the Instructional League

“He’s been outstanding,” Kansas City vice president and assistant GM for player personnel J.J. Picollo said. “He’s been really good with his fastball, with his command maybe off a tick, and his slider has been very good. He’s trying to bring his changeup along, and last Monday he threw three changeups...

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Max Rieper

National League Championship Series Game 1 open thread

MOOSE AND CAIN AND MOOSE AND CAIN

The Milwaukee Brewers are basically the Royals 2.0, with a small market of lovable players that include many players that were once in the Royals organization like Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Joakim Soria, Manny Pina, Jeremy Jeffress, and Erik Kratz. And like the 2014 Royals, they have swept through the post-season undefeated so far, having beat the Cubs in the one-game playoff to determine the division winner, then sweeping the Rockies in three in the...

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Singer, Pratto, Matias among Royals at instructs

Four of the top six Royals prospects, including No. 1 prospect Seuly Matias and 2017 first rounder Nick Pratto, are working hard to meet their goals in instructional league.

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Can MJ Melendez be the next Salvador Perez?

As most of us already know, Salvador Perez is not going to play catcher for the Kansas City Royals forever (I know, I know, Captain Obvious!). It is likely that Salvador Perez might be in his last year or two behind the plate with the Kansas City Royals, as his body is not going to […] Kansas City Royals: Can MJ Melendez be the next Salvador Perez? - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Patrick Brennan

Thinking out loud about the Royals future 40-man roster decisions

Breaking down a non-exciting offseason.

Truth be told, the Royals have a bad 40-man roster. This should come as no shock to people that just watched a 104 loss team decimated by free agent departures, trades, and an array of organizational fillers. But while the current roster doesn’t present much hope for the near future, there is still plenty of sorting to be made this upcoming offseason. You could even say the Royals have a glut of sorts, as some key decisions on certain player’s...

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Friday Notes

Two days of no baseball has maybe prepared us for the long, cold winter ahead. But now we get baseball again as the NLCS starts tonight with the Dodgers and Brewoyals. All my rooting interest is with Milwaukee. I want to see Cain and Moose get another ring and the rest of the former Royals on that club get their first. Call me sentimental, but those guys brought baseball back to Kansas City, so I think they deserve the very best every single season. I picked Houston against Milwaukee in the...

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