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Max Rieper

Royals Review Radio: The checking in on other rebuilds episode

How are the rebuilds in Miami, Detroit, and Chicago going?

We’re taking a week off from talking Royals baseball to look at other rebuilding teams around baseball. Our Max Rieper talks to Luis Davila at Fish Stripes, to discuss the Marlins, Rob Rogacki at Bless You Boys, to discuss the Tigers, and Brett Ballantini at South Side Sox, to discuss the White Sox. Among the topics we discuss:

Will Marlins ownership commit to spending money once they are ready to compete?

Is the Tigers front...

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David Lesky

Baltimore Orioles Series Preview: This series is less fun than 2014

Aug 18, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Baltimore Orioles second basemam Jonathan Villar (2) high fives Baltimore Orioles third baseman Renato Nunez (39) along with Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Trey Mancini (16) after hitting a three run home run during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher | Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

It’s only five years on the calendar, but there’s been an awful lot of losses since the Royals 2014 ALCS sweep.


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Craig Brown

Dayton Moore’s free agent nightmare season mercifully comes to a close

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It couldn’t have gone much worse.

With Billy Hamilton designated for assignment the purge is complete. The Royals signed eight free agents who opened the season in Kansas City. All are gone.

In some cases, there were trades. In others, underperformance and/or trade deadline factors led to a release. Some players have found new clubs. Others—including Hamilton as of this writing—have not. This is Dayton Moore’s annus...

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Jesse A Anderson

Assessing the progress of the Royals’ rebuild

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

And how are the Royals stacking up?

Following the 2015 World Series win, I was one of many who called for a fire sale of the Royals best assets. I was not an official writer Kevin at the time, posting under the moniker ‘mrandersonmm”. Fishing through some comments I made at the time, I find this:

Keeping them together in 2017, and only reaping draft pick compensation for losing them is the recipe for several years of non-contention. A fire sale is the...

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for August 19, 2019

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When will Duffman return?

Royals Rumblings - News for August 19, 2019

Danny Duffy will throw another simulated game on Tuesday, writes Lynn Worthy.

“Everything is right on schedule,” Royals manager Ned Yost said on Saturday. “It was less than two weeks ago. His effort, according to the Rapsodo, on his sides is game-like. We just need to get him up to around 60 pitches and then he’ll be ready to go.”

Yost said sending Duffy on a rehab...

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Watch: NYM 11, KC 5 - 6-run 7th inning lifts Mets

8/18/19: 6-run 7th lifts Mets

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Ryan Landreth

Bullpen blows Royals chance to win series

Peter G. Aiken

The final score was 11-5.

The Royals took a late-inning lead into a baseball game against the Mets. That’s worked out pretty well in the past. This time, it did not. Oh, heavens, it did not.

New York beat Kansas City, 11-5, after training by a run entering the seventh inning. Glenn Sparkman rebounded from a rough first inning by cruising through the next six, but his work was completely undone by the bullpen.

We’ll get there, though. So the Mets get a three-run homer in...

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Ryan Landreth

Sunday Thread: Rubber Match vs. Mets

William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday baseball.

It’s a chance to take a series for the Royals! They take on the Mets at 1:15 pm CDT.

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Bradford Lee

Here are your 1981 Kansas City Royals

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The players go on strike.

Donkey Kong and MTV made their debuts. Metallica forms in Los Angeles. Muhammad Ali fought for the last time and the Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket Red Sox played the longest professional baseball game ever, a 33 inning, 8 hour and 25-minute affair.

Raiders of the Lost Ark dominated at the movie theater. The music scene was grim. John Lennon and REO Speedwagon had a couple of hits but the rest of the year was...

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Royals no match for deGrom, Lagares; lose 4-1

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There weren’t many positives to take away from this one

One take you’re going to hear a lot of in other places is that Jakob Junis pitched better than his line. Part of the reason you’ll hear that is because two of his three runs allowed scored on an infield single by Mets first baseman Pete Alonso. And, yeah, it was a pretty fluky play. But to say Junis pitched better than that is to ignore his entire night.

Before we get too deep into this I...

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Gamethread CXXIII - Mets at Royals

Maibrys Viloria has a pretty swing | Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

This is awkward.

Imagine for a moment that you’re known for screwing up every single thing possible. The internet has a cute nickname for it and everything. And also you’re two games above .500. Everyone with a record below that might feel pretty stupid, right?

The Mets are the Mets. They seem like they will always be the Mets. They’ve done bizarre thing after bizarre thing for years. And now, suddenly, they sit two...

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Max Rieper

Weekend Rumblings - News for August 17, 2019

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Maverick, you are clear for takeoff.

Weekend Rumblings - News for August 17, 2019

Jeffrey Flanagan writes about cutting ties with Billy Hamilton.

“It wasn’t really a challenge [with Hamilton],” Yost said. “It’s just that Billy had moved off the radar because Bubba was here and Dozier was here. But we’re going to play Phillips out there, just move everybody around, piece by piece.

“We gave Billy an opportunity. It didn’t work. Now we got a...

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Hok Talk: The Royals are getting in their own way

Ian Kennedy’s contract has been a problem from the moment it was signed and it’s only getting worse as time goes on. | Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

They need to spend their money more wisely; and I don’t mean on free agents.

The Royals have a bunch of bad free agent contracts on the books this year. That much is obvious to anyone and everyone. With Billy Hamilton being designated for assignment, yesterday, everyone they signed this year ended up getting released or traded for...

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Jack S. Johnson

Royals’ young guns end 22-inning scoreless drought as they go on to beat the Mets, 4-1

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Beating the Mets at Kauffman Stadium? I can’t remember that happening before.

Offense has been hard to come by for the slumping Royals. Heading into Friday night with an 18-inning scoreless drought, Kansas City would not be given mercy in facing Noah Syndergaard. Posting a sub-two ERA since the All-Star break, the pitcher known as “Thor” would be the first of three elite arms the Royals would face in this weekend series. Behind a second consecutive...

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Jack S. Johnson

Game 122: New York Mets vs. Kansas City Royals

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Billy Hamilton era is over.

New York Mets (62-59) @ Kansas City Royals (43-78)

Noah Syndergaard (8-5, 3.89 ERA) vs. Mike Montgomery (2-5, 5.19 ERA)

First pitch- 7:15 CT

Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Quick hits:

Brett Phillips called up from Omaha. He will bat fifth and play right field. Billy Hamilton was DFA’d to make room.

Royals are on a 18-inning scoreless drought.

Adalberto Mondesi took some early hitting on the field today per...

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Royals designate speedster Billy Hamilton for assignment

The Royals have designated outfielder Billy Hamilton for assignment. His active roster spot will go to Brett Phillips, who was recalled from Triple-A. Hamilton has long seemed a candidate to change uniforms — ever since he was signed over the offseason, in fact. The rebuilding Kansas City organization inked him for a guaranteed $5.25M (including a $1M buyout on a 2020 mutual option) after the Reds non-tendered Hamilton to send him onto the open market. The 28-year-old Hamilton has never...

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Max Rieper

Royals recall outfielder Brett Phillips, Billy Hamilton designated for assignment

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Welcome back, Maverick.

The Royals have recalled outfielder Brett Philips from Triple-A Omaha and have designated outfielder Billy Hamilton for assignment. The 25-year old Phillips was hitting .240/.378/.505 with 18 home runs, 22 steals, and 72 walks in 105 games with Omaha this year. He has been on fire much of the summer, hitting .277/.404/.613 with 13 home runs in 58 games since June 1, although much of Triple-A has had inflated offensive numbers...

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David Lesky

New York Mets Series Preview: Lately, “Metsing” has been a good thing

Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits an RBI single in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz | Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

We’ll always have the 2015 World Series.

The Royals and New York Mets will meet for the first time since June of 2016, which you might recall came just a season after the Royals beat the Mets in a little tournament called the World Series. Things have changed a bit since...

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Max Rieper

What’s the worst game you’ve ever sat through?

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Sometimes a day at the ol’ ballpark turns into hell.

We all love going out to the ballpark. But there are a lot of reasons a day at the ballpark can turn into a nightmare. A blowout, poor weather, cranky kids, behavior from other fans, a bout of diarrhea - all can lead to a terrible day at the ballpark.

You might think the worst game I ever attended was this 2007 School Day game that Tim Webber hilarious (and accurately) described. For some reason, I...

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Max Rieper

Let’s remember some guys from the 2014 Royals you probably forgot about

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They all contributed to a pennant in their own way.

It may seems hard to believe sometimes, but it was just five years ago that the Royals got hot and made a run for the post-season that would take them all the way to Game 7 of the World Series and would ultimately leave them just two runs short of winning a championship. They would cross that threshold the following season, but the 2014 season was a magical season that gave Kansas City its first taste...

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