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Royals Review

Jeremy Greco

Spring Training game thread II: Rangers at Royals

Bobby Witt Jr. #7 of the Kansas City Royals poses for a portrait during photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 22, 2024 in Surprise, Arizona. | Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

This lineup should look a bit more familiar

The Royals are finally playing baseball. Took ‘em long enough.

The Royals played as the away team in the Surprise complex they share with the World Champion Texas Rangers yesterday and lost. Today they will play the home team as they try to get their...

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Jeremy Greco

Spring Training has started and you can still make a credible free-agent team

Matt Chapman #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays prepares to field during Game 2 of the Wild Card Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. | Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

More than half of the league seems disinterested in improving their roster through free agency

Spring Training has started and boy, there sure are a lot of free agents left on the market.*

*The first draft of...

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Max Rieper

Weekend Rumblings - News for February 24, 2024

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Vinnie is back.

Sam McDowell writes about how Vinnie Pasquantino turned his injury into a productive time.

That’s at least partially how he arrived at the productive aspect. See, there’s something you should know about Pasquantino, in case you don’t already. He hates free time. He spends his offseason working because, well, he enjoys it. On Sunday, the Royals had an off-day here at spring training. Know where Pasquantino spent it? At the...

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Max Rieper

Royals vs. Rangers Friday spring training thread

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Play ball!

The Royals have a baseball game today! They open the spring training schedule against their Surprise facility-mates, the defending champion Texas Rangers. Daniel Lynch IV will take the mound to start, looking to bounce back from an injury-filled 2023 season. He’s at a bit of a crossroads at his career and could use a good start.

Daniel Lynch IV heads to the mound in our Cactus League opener! pic.twitter.com/RvZ3cuXFlF

— Kansas...

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Greg Walker

Postseason heroics and groundballs to second: Reflecting on the enigmatic career of Eric Hosmer

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Hosmer leaves behind a legacy in Kansas City few can match.

Eric Hosmer recently announced his retirement from professional baseball. Almost 16 years after the Kansas City Royals made him the third overall draft pick, the first baseman will transition into a career in media. By any reasonable standard, Hosmer had an incredibly successful career in baseball: he played parts of 13 seasons in the majors, suited up for 1689 games (a figure only matched or...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Can Bobby Witt Jr. Bag an Extra Draft Pick for the Royals?

Bobby Witt Jr. is one of the most promising young stars in the game. After a disappointing rookie year by top prospect standards (he was still worth 2.3 fWAR), the 23-year-old burst onto the scene in his sophomore season.

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Max Rieper

Royals Rumblings - News for February 23, 2024

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IT’S BASEBALL DAY!

Daniel Lynch IV will start the spring training opener today.

Royals manager Matt Quatraro has been impressed with Lynch’s spring thus far.

“The impressions were great,” Quatraro said. “Even going back to how he handled the injury last year, going to winter ball and really working on things, he really embraced it. … Coming in here, he has been super focused.”

Jaylon Thompson writes about...

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Max Rieper

Royals sign catcher Austin Nola

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The veteran was released by the Brewers this afternoon.

The Royals have signed catcher Austin Nola to a Major League deal, according to Ken Rosenthal, just hours after he was released by the Brewers. Nola hit just .146/.260/.191 in 52 games last year with the Padres last year. He signed a minor league deal with the Brewers in January, but they let him go after finalizing a deal with catcher Gary Sanchez.

Austin Nola, the brother of Phillies pitcher Aaron...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Royals might have MVP candidate in big-money shortstop

Nowhere in Major League Baseball are the hopes and dreams of a franchise resting on a single player more than with the Kansas City Royals and 23-year-old Bobby Witt Jr.

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Jacob-Milham

Royals Rundown: The Hoz calls it quits, predicting spring training standouts

The wait is nearly over.

Jacob Milham and Jeremy Greco are gearing up for this week’s return of Kansas City Royals baseball! Well, spring training baseball at least. Who do they think is the Arizona MVP, or a prospect who will stand out? Plus, they talk about Eric Hosmer’s retirement and other MLB players making waves around the league. Tune in for the final episode before spring training starts!

You can follow the team on Twitter with Jeremy Greco at...

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Greg Walker

Royals Rumblings - News for February 22, 2024

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Spring Training games begin today!

ICYMI, Eric Hosmer is hanging it up:

“Really proud of Hoz’s career and everything he did for our organization,” general manager J.J. Picollo said. “His legacy is going to live forever as part of that world championship team, being one of the leaders. The big hits, the big moments that he had personally that affected our city – he’s a pretty special player. You don’t get too many players through the course of...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Eric Hosmer will go down as a Royals legend

Hosmer played the final stretch of his career with the San Deigo Padres, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, but speaking of legendary, there's one place where the 34-year-old will always be a legend: and that's in Kansas City.

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Max Rieper

Former Royals star Eric Hosmer announces retirement

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The former All-Star first baseman and post-season hero embarks on a new venture.

Former Royals All-Star first baseman Eric Hosmer announced his retirement today on his new podcast Diggin’ Deep. Hosmer enjoyed a 13-year career with the Royals, Padres, Red Sox, Cubs, with 1,753 career hits. He was a four-time Gold Glove winner, won All-Star Game MVP in 2016, and won a Silver Slugger in 2017.

Hosmer was originally the third overall pick in 2008 by the...

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Max Rieper

The 2024 spring training Royals roster prediction thread

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Will you make the team?

The Royals will begin playing exhibition baseball games on Friday to prepare for the 2024 season. They have over 50 players in camp, but unlike the past few years, many roles are already set.

Still, there may be some roster battles this spring. Here is my stab at what the roster will look like for the March 28 season opener against the Twins.

Catchers (2) - Freddy Fermin, Salvador Perez

Not much doubt about this one, Salvy...

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Max Rieper

Royals announce first uniform ad patch with QuikTrip

This space for rent!

The Royals have announced a multi-year partnership with QuikTrip that will place uniform ad patches on Royals players for the 2024 season. The Royals announced the partnership as part of a youth literacy initiative.

“The Royals have a long history of inspiring fans on the ?eld and lifting up our community and serving its needs well beyond the ballpark,” according to Royals Vice President Sarah Tourville. “This unique partnership with QuikTrip allows us to...

Yardbarker: Kansas City Royals

Royals World Series Champion Retires, Starts New Career in Media

Eric Hosmer did plenty of things during his 13-year career in the majors. The first baseman officially announced his retirement today, but he won’t be away from the sport entirely.

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Bradford Lee

The history of deaf baseball players

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Can you hear me now?

Baseball is unusual compared to other sports. To excel in football, it helps to be big, strong, fast, and athletic. In basketball, being tall is a plus. You also need fast twitch muscles, great eye-hand coordination, and extreme athleticism. Tennis? You had best be athletic. Hockey? Those guys are athletic, strong and tough as nails with some endurance added in.

Baseball? Baseball takes players of all shapes and sizes. You...

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Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Royals Rumblings - News for February 21, 2024

Bobby Witt, Jr. appeared on MLB Network as they announced him as the #20 overall player in the Majors:

"Simplified things as much as possible... everything I do off the field kind of helps my game on the field."

Bobby Witt Jr. talks about the improvements he made on both ends leading to a 72-spot rise on this year's #Top100RightNow!@Royals | @BwittJr pic.twitter.com/YXtUKSQNgt

— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) February 21, 2024

At Sports Info Solutions, here’s what it would take for Bobby to...

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Max Rieper

What to know about 2024 Royals spring training

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Play ball!

Baseball players have congregated in the warm climates of Arizona and Florida to begin preparations for the 2024 season. The Royals have had all players report to spring training and will begin games this week. Here’s what you need to know about spring training.

Where is spring training?

The Royals train in the Phoenix area, in Surprise where they share a facility with the Texas Rangers. They play games at Surprise Stadium, which...

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Matthew LaMar

If I hear any more complaints about downtown parking I’m going to lose it

It’s not even on the list of things to worry about

There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical or even hostile to the Kansas City Royals’ stadium pitch and proposed Crossroads location. It starts with the fact that the Royals could simply renovate the stadium they have right now. Lots of people like Kauffman Stadium, which is arguably one of the top five most iconic Major League Baseball stadiums currently standing.

Then, of course, there’s the fact that the Royals and Chiefs are...

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