Bruce Chen showed why he has been the Royals best and most consistent pitcher in recent history by keeping the Minnesota Twins off balance throughout Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory. Chen (5-5) outdueled Francisco Liriano allowing only four hits through seven innings with no walks. Chen was pulled out of the game in the eighth inning with only 88 pitches thrown. Greg Holland held Minnesota in check in the eighth and Jonathan Broxton, in typical fashion, made things interesting in the ninth by allowing runners on first and second before eventually picking up his 14th save. Kansas City’s only run came in the second inning after Eric Hosmer reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole second, and scored on a Brian Pena single to left.
Side Note: Eric Hosmer continues to show signs of improvement raising his batting average to .218. Prior to this week, Hosmer had hit in 11 of 12 games for a .356 average with six of 16 hits going for extra bases.
The Royals get outfielder Jason Bourgeois and catcher Humerto Quintero in a trade with the Houston Astros for minor league lefty, Kevin Chapman and a player to be named later.
Humerto Quintero, 32, will be sharing the catching duties for the Royals while Salvador Perez recovers from his knee injury. Quintero will get $1 million this year and hit free agency after the 2012 season.
Look for Jason Bourgeois to become the Royals 4th outfielder this season. The 30 year old Bourgeois can play all three positions and has also played some second base. Bourgeois will be arbitration eligible for the first time after the 201 season. They Royals place Manny Pina on the 60-day disabled list to make room for the new acquasitions.
Looks like Brayan Pena will be getting more work than at first though. After innitial reports had Salvador Perez out only a few weeks, the Royals announce today that the star catcher will be missing 3-4 months instead. This means the Royals won’t have the services of Perez until mid-June at the earliest.
This means the catcher will be missing the first half of the season. Bad news for the Royals who just signed Salvy to a long-term contract extension that could keep him in a Royals uniform up to 2019.
The Kansas City Star reported the Royals may be interested in 40 year old vet, Ivan Rodriguez as a possible replacement. This news came before the announcement of how long Salvador was really going to be out.
Kansas City Royals 21 year old catcher Salvador Perez will be earning his newly signed 5 year, $7 million contract from the disabled list, at least for the short-term. Perez hurt his knee while warming up newly acquired pitcher Jonathan Sanchez on Tuesday. On Wednesday Perez tweeted, “Heading to KC today — Thanks to all the fans for the support. I will work hard to be back as soon as possible. God bless you.” Early reports have stated that the catcher has a torn meniscus and could miss up to 8 weeks, but the severity of the injury has yet to be determined.
Perez, who is known for his strong arm and defense behind the plate, made a splash during his rookie campaign in 2011, by batting .331in his first 39 major league games and gunning down several base runners.
Being a Royal’s fan born after 1985 just isn’t very fun. They have basically never been watchable. We have seen stars come up in the system and then go when the team couldn’t afford them. We were then sold on “The Process” by new General Manager Dayton Moore. Finally, last year, signs of hope were finally seen. While Mike Moustakas couldn’t hit left handed pitching to save his life, Alcides Escobar is as anemic on offense as most back up catchers and Johnny Giovatella is as effective with the glove as 97% of Congress, positive signs existed. Escobar lead the league in several defensive metrics and definitely had the most “wow” plays. Moose showed some really solid power (even though I have never seen more 50 feet off foul balls), both Manny Pina and Salvador Perez showed incredible defensive catching skills and at least some pop at the plate. However, the man who gives us hope is Eric Hosmer. The Wizard of Hoz.
The kid is a physical specimen and a dedicated athlete of the highest order. The type of guy that the Royals never seem to acquire. The type of guy that got me to sit down and watch every single Royals game that was broadcast on Fox Sports Kansas City. I’ve always been primarily a basketball and football type of guy, mainly because the Royals were always awful. Something was different about Hosmer. The way he walks up to the play, the way he stares down the pitcher. Even if he only finished 3rd in the AL Rookie Of The Year voting, I will always remember 2011 as the year that got me reinterested in baseball.
None of this is to say that he is already perfect as a ball player. Most defensive metrics show that he was actually a horrendous defensive first basemen. Many scouts agree that this is as a result of his positioning, so it is something that is fixable. His 19 homeruns last year was good, but if he is going to be the type of impact player the Royals need, he needs to be hitting around 30. The 11 stolen bases were very nice, showing the potential to possibly become a 30-30 guy. As a rookie, his Offensive WAR was 2.3 (his defensive WAR is another story); if he just doubles that number, he qualifies as a superstar. However, his largest flaw is that he simply just does not walk. The guys over at Royals Review recently wrote an article covering his woes (http://www.royalsreview.com/2012/1/26/2732992/will-hosmers-walk-rate-limit-his-upside). This is the area he most needs to work on. Recognize the off speed stuff and don’t chase in the dirt. Simple, but certainly not easy.
So, yeah, Royals fans. Be optimistic. Finally, the franchise has given us reason to believe in their positive words. All of the young guys, in addition to some significant upgrades made in the pitching rotation and bullpen (especially if they sign Edwin Jackson), and The Hoz…there is something there. The AL Central is a miserable division. The Prince Fielder signing may lead people to believe that The Tigers are a juggernaut but with his defense and going from the AL to the NL, it may not be as big of a difference as people believe. In short…Go Big Blue!
Get ready Royals fans. The losing tradition that has followed Kansas City Royals baseball since the late 80′s is about to become extinct. Over the years, fans have lost faith in our boys in powder blue, and understandably so. We’ve seen a managerial change every 2-4 years, repeated finishes in the AL Central cellar, and All Star calibre players traded away for prospects that never pan out. For the past few years we’ve heard all about the loaded farm system, the minor league championships and the top 5 draft picks. But still, the major league club has been one of the worst in the majors over the last decade. But finally, the wait is over. The Kansas City Royals future, for the first time, can be seen on opening day of the 2012 season.
You say: “This is the Royals, for crying out loud, they’ll never be a winning team again.”
Realistically, if you look within the division, the Royals are in a good spot. There isn’t really a clear cut number two team behind the Detroit Tigers. The hot start Cleveland Indians faded mightily down the stretch, losing their final 4 games and 6 of their final 10 to finish two games below .500. The Chicago White Sox are in a rebuilding of sorts after loud mouth manager Ozzie Guillen packed his bags and took the talents of the staff ace Mark Burhle with him to South Beach. It’s tough to say what first year manager Robin Ventura can bring to this club. Then there’s the Twins. They have two excellent hitters (Morneau and Mauer) who can’t stay healthy. They lost solid bats in Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer via free agency. I don’t see how Ron Gardenhire can mold this team into a playoff contender again without some major changes. The Royals are in a perfect spot to catch some teams by surprise and a 2nd place finish for the leagues youngest team is not out of the question. Watch for all the MLB projections to come out in the next few months and don’t be shocked to see the Royals up near the top of the division.
You say: “Yeah well as soon as their players become stars they’ll just trade them away.”
This used to be a legit concern. Anyone who still uses this reasoning for why the Royals won’t win is still living in 2002. Get with the program! Former GM Alan Baird built the tradition of selling high and getting minimal return. Not anymore. Dayton Moore has built this team from the ground up. The Royals have been one of the most active teams in all of baseball in international scouting and spending via the draft. They’ve overpaid for draft picks in order to lock down talented youth. The investment is starting to flourish. So after the painstaking years of throwing money into the grooming of youth talent of our system, it would be ludicrous to sell them away. In the recent seasons we’ve seen GMDM lock up lights out closer Soria and doubles machine Billy Butler. He’s spent loads of money to make sure we sign high draft picks like Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, and most recently, 5-tool talent Bubba Starling. Moore’s current project is working out an Alex Gordon extension after his breakout season. It’s apparent that Moore intends to keep our core group of players together. If there are any big names being swapped away via trade (ala Melky Cabrera) it’ll be for an impact prospect or major league contributor instead of middle class prospects like we saw throughout the 1990′s and early 2000′s.
You say: “This team is too young to be successful. The core group of guys need more seasoning.”
Again, a legit concern for the 2012 club, especially in the starting rotation. But keep in mind that this group of players have played together for several seasons and, most importantly, they’ve been successful at every level. These kids, most of whom will be in the lineup come opening day, have dominated the minor league system. Last season, even though the elite prospects were already in the bigs, both the Omaha (AAA) and Arkansas (AA) affiliates won their divisions and made the minor league championships. The Royals will have 4 positional players (all infielders) entering their sophomore campaigns. The old men in the starting group are Gordon and Frenchy, both of whom had excellent seasons defensively (with Gordon winning a gold glove in LF – his first full season at the position). In fact, Gordon and Francoeur finished 1-2 in the majors in OF assists. Alcides Escobar, the oldest of all infielders at 25 years old, led the majors in putouts at the shortstop position and he has multiple gold gloves in his near future. The projected starting lineup of the 2012 Royals has an average age of 25 years old. Let that sink in for a minute. The major difference between the 2012 Royals and the Royals of the past is that this seasons squad expects to win. They’ve done it at every level and it won’t be long before they take the AL Central and, perhaps, the AL Pennant. You can enter your own “Angels in the Outfield” quip here, but still, the dream season could actually happen. The talent is there and it won’t take long for this group to learn how to win at the big league level and when they do, watch out!
Maybe at halftime you guys should have yelled out your safe word, because you were getting raped. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed the destruction of a team as much as I did yours on Saturday night. Much like the Titanic your were sunk en route to your final destination and died and icy death. Hope you enjoyed it because next year won’t go as well. I think now everyone knows how to stop that 1994 Lee’s Summit High School offense.
Giggling and now a huge Patriots fan.
Dear New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49’ers,
Wow I know shootouts are a common occurrence in the Bay Area, but you guys took that to a whole new level. Did Barry Bonds sneak in and jack you guys up with steroids? One thing you guys may want to invest in for the future is defense. I’m surprised the lights didn’t go out in this one.
The guy that is glad he didn’t bet on the over/under for that game.
Dear Vernon Davis,
I know emotions run deep in sports, but I couldn’t tell if you just caught the game winning touchdown, watched your first child be born or a found out a relative just died. If that catch was to win the Super Bowl I may have got it, but it was a divisional playoff game. I know the Golden Globe Awards were Sunday Night and maybe you were trying to win for Best Dramatic Performance, but you were a bit late getting nominated.
The guy wondering if you take your own Facebook photos.
Dear New York Giants,
Wow!! You guys must have watched Rocky 4 Saturday Night. You straight knocked out Drago. You proved to the world that the Packers were not a machine, that they were indeed human and in the middle of the tundra. This is why I have been saying all year that Eli Manning should be MVP. Careful though both your and the Niners are coming off dramatic wins and next week is anyone’s game.
That guy that should have picked you to win.
Dear Anthony Davis,
I don’t know you were old enough to have starred in the early 80’s movie called Enemy Mine. You and Dennis Quaid worked beautifully together in that movie. Cheesy special effects but still. It’s good to know you ball like a boss and are a gifted actor. Tell Coach Cal I said hi.
Big Wildcats and Sci-Fi fan.
Dear Kansas City Royals,
I know your owner is the former penny-pincher, cheap skate, clueless about baseball, CEO of Wal-Mart, but why the freak are you guys not signing Roy Oswalt? I know you guys suck and you probably always will, but really? Don’t forget that the All-Star Game is in Kansas City this year and its going to be a bit embarrassing if we don’t have any players on the team.
The guy that thinks Planned Parenthood should be your sponsor because you are indeed the abortion of MLB
Everybody in Kansas City knows that Zack Greinke doesn’t come across as the brightest bulb on the tree. There were times when fans didn’t know what was more exciting, his slider that often times seemed unhittable or his post-game press conferences. Greinke was once asked if he was thinking about winning the Cy Young award and he came back with this gem, “Not really, I’ve been playing this World or Warcraft game.” Another great moment in Zack Greinke interview history is when Zack insisted that reporters watch a certain movie before they write about him, “You’re not allowed to write about me unless you’ve seen the Shawshank Redemption. See it, then get back to me.” Greinke often comes across as a flakey California surfer; however, at the same time he is playing Jedi mind tricks on those around him.
I guess what I’m trying to say is Zack Greinke is smarter than what you think. The guy has been known to play with the heads of opposing batters. Is it possible that Zack Greinke could be pulling off one of the biggest dupes in professional sports history in order to win a championship? Let’s think about it.
Following the 2010 campaign, Zack Greinke calls it quits on the Royals after seven seasons and one Cy Young award. Zack, out of frustration, starts calling out the Royals and some fear he could become a clubhouse cancer, as if David Glass wasn’t already cancerous.
“I kind of had to play the bad guy in order to do it. It would be nice if that didn’t happen, but the way things were in Kansas City, if I just kept on being the sweet person, the fans would have been outraged if I got traded. I kind of had to be the bad guy. It isn’t always your No. 1 choice.”- Zack Greinke on being traded
Greinke tells everyone that he is tired of rebuilding and can no longer wait for the minor league prospects, which are apparently only 2 years away. Greinke also speaks of Jennifer Aniston’s love life.
“I cried in bed, moaning ‘why, why did this have to happen?’” — Zack Greinke when asked how he reacted to the news of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston breaking up.
Before the 2011 season, the Royals grant Zack Greinke his wish and trade him and Yuniesky Betancourt to the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop Alcides Escobar, centerfielder Lorenzo Cain, and pitching prospects Jake Ordorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress. Greinke joins pitcher Shaun Marcum as a great improvement to the Brewers staff. While the Brewers make a playoff run, the Kansas City Royals begin their youth movement, bringing up first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, catcher Salvador Perez, and second baseman Johnny Giavotella. In the meantime, Billy Butler continues to hit doubles, Alcides Escobar becomes a human highlight reel, Jeff Francoeur will not allow anyone to run from second to home without being gunned down, Melky Cabrera rejuvinates his career, and Alex Gordon learns how to hit; however, one thing is missing……starting pitching. The Royals understand that Bruce Chen is a solid number five starter and lock him up for a few years and Luke Hochevar proves in the second half of the 2011 season that he is a solid number four guy. With this in mind, the Royals sell high on Melky Cabrera by trading him to the San Francisco Giants for left-hander and future number three starter Johnathan Sanchez and are set to bring up Lorenzo Cain who had been tearing it up in Omaha. The only thing the Royals are missing is a solid number one and two starter in the rotation.
Back in Milwaukee, Zack Greinke pulls Shaun Marcum aside and asks him if he’s ever seen the “Shawshank Redemption”. Marcum nods his head yes and Greinke agrees that it is okay to talk to him. Greinke goes on to tell him about his master plan that included coming to Milwaukee to do some recruiting. Greinke’s intention was to force the Royals to trade him to a contender knowing that they would get some good prospects in return, as they did with Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar. Greinke then goes on to explain to Marcum that all of the pieces are in place for the Royals to make their run and be solid contenders for the foreseeable future. Knowing that Shaun Marcum’s hometown of Excelsior Springs, Missouri is just 20 minutes north of Kauffman Stadium, Greinke begins to convince Marcum that they both should ride out their final year on their contract in Milwaukee and make the move to Kansas City; thus, taking over the number one and two spots in the starting rotation. Not sure if Marcum will agree to sign with Kansas City, Greinke promises to show him his samurai sword collection, which seals the deal.
“Mizuno gave me a samurai sword for winning the Cy Young. It’s awesome. … I’m going to hang it up and maybe start a collection. Not a gun collection, but a samurai sword collection. If you can do it. I don’t know if you’re allowed.” –Zack Greinke
Ok, so this story might be a bit far fetched. The truth is that the Royals are in dire need of a number one and two starting pitcher. It doesn’t look like Kansas City pitching prospects are quite ready to make that move, which would make a situation like this ideal. The bottomline is something has to be done so the youth movement does not go to waste. Is it possible that the Royal’s prospects Zack Greinke was tired of waiting for are now just what he was waiting for? Maybe it’s time for the mastermind to make this work.
When I was growing up, in a town where summer baseball meant everything, it wasn’t unusual to for a kid to pick a player or players and try to mimic their every move. I was a HUGE Royals fan back in those days. Who wouldn’t be….it was the mid 1980’s and we actually had a good team. Or should I say we had a decent team surrounded by good pitching. It was an everyday occurence to run around acting like I was stealing second like the speedy Willie Wilson. I’m sure the neighbors enjoyed watching me slide into third to immediately hop up and take imaginary swings at the face of Graig Nettles, like George Brett used to do. Luckily back then, nobody called social services as they witnessed me running around the yard with a toothpick in my mouth like U.L. Washington. What I remember the most was throwing a raquetball against the concrete foundation of our house, diving from left to right and taking short hops for hours on end. Really, was there anything better than the defense of Royals second baseman Frank White? Those were some great times!
Alright, now to the point of this story. After taking the night off from the Internet, I woke up this morning to a tweet from a friend. He was tweeting that I should blog about the firing of Frank White. My first reaction was, “What the hell!” I hadn’t heard. 610 sports, one of my Kansas City news sources failed to send me a text alert on this move. I wonder why? The answer to that falls under the contract of 610 Sports and the Kansas City Royals. Of course 610 Sports isn’t going to report this, they are the “Home of the Royals”; however, Frank White was a weekly contributor to the show. What had left me speechless soon turned to anger and here I am putting it on “electronic” paper.
Who is Frank White? Frank White helped build this organization from the ground up and I mean that literally because he actually worked on the crew that built the stadium. He was home grown. He grew up near the stadium and even attended Longview Community College. Frank White was a living made-for-TV movie as a hard working, hometown boy that fulfilled his dreams of playing for his hometown team. He didn’t just play…..he played great! With 18 seasons under his belt, Frank White was selected to five All-Star games, accumulated 8 Golden Gloves, one American League Championship Series MVP, and one World Series championship. That one championship means the world to this town and Frank White was a key contributor. White also worked as a hitting coach shaping the swings of Billy Butler and Alex Gordon and worked in the broadcast booth for the past few years. If you walk beyond the centerfield wall you will find a statue of Royal’s Hall of Famer Frank White that is a symbol of gracefulness, hard work, and dedication to an organization and a city.
So how do you repay a guy that has given so much to the organization and city? I’m almost certain that firing him probably doesn’t cut it. Frank White has given nearly 40 years to an organization that has given the city one championship in that same 40 years. Why would you fire a guy who has done nothing wrong? Are you afraid of the backlash and cries from fans for White to take Ned Yost’s job at the end of an unsuccessful 2012 campaign, because the organization continues to fail to provide pitching? While this organization has turned their backs on Frank White, I start wondering why the city hasn’t turned their back on the organization, because the work they have done in the past 30 years doesn’t come close to the work Frank White has done for them. I don’t personally know Frank White but I do know that person I grew up idolizing on the baseball field will take this in stride and be the bigger man. I’m sure he is upset. I’m sure he is disappointed and I wouldn’t blame him for never taking another step in Kauffman Stadium again. One thing I’m also sure of is as my son grows up mimicking major league players, I will be quick to pull up Youtube videos of Frank White and tell stories of the second baseman that made me enjoy the game of baseball and explain to him that although hard work and dedication is often overlooked (as did the Royals organization), it can make a strong impact on your life and the lives of others.
Say what you want, but the Kansas City Royals signing of Bruce Chen for two years for upwards of $11 million was a huge step in the push for a title. Of course, Bruce Chen is not an opening day starter, but after leading the Royals in wins the past two seasons, Chen will be a solid fourth or fifth starter in the rotation. With the acquisition of left hander Johnathan Sanchez from the San Francisco Giants and rumors of the Royals being in the mix for pitchers such as Roy Oswalt and Mark Buehrle this could be one of the more interesting offseasons that Kansas City Royals fans have seen in a while; however, if the Royals do not make a move for a number one and two pitcher in their rotation, then the youth movement that fans have long anticiptated will be wasted. Here’s an idea, if the fans can stomach one more season of sub .500 baseball, could there be a possibility of a Zack Greinke return, along with Milwaukee pitcher Shaun Marcum? This scenario may not be as far fetched as you think. Greinke, who made it known that he wanted to leave because the Royals were too far from being a contender, might welcome talks to come back since the youth movement looks promising. Shawn Marcum is a native of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, which is 25 minutes north of Kauffman Stadium. For now, we will keep our fingers crossed for 2012, but 2013 could be an interesting year.
Royals acquired left-handed pitchers Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo from the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Melky Cabrera. The addition of Sanchez immediatley improves the rotation for the Royals and inserting Lorenzo Cain for Melky at center field significantly improves the Royals defense. While Sanchez doesn improve the rotation, it didn’t quite address the Royal’s need for a number one starter yet. It was a smart move by Kansas City selling Melky at his peak stock value.
Speculations rose that Royals have sold the naming rights to Kauffman Stadium, but the team is in denial. Hopefully they don’t remove Mr.Kauffman’s name from the stadium, although I’m surprised it’s not already been renamed to Wal Mart Stadium.
No doubts here. The Royals name Alex Gordon as Player of the Year. This coming just a day after Alex won the 2012 golden glove for left field. Alex had a career year for the Royals last season, but that doesn’t mean he’s done yet
I haven’t been in the playoffs yet. First, you have to get to the playoffs and then you go from there. You look at the Cardinals. They were probably not the favorite team to win the World Series or even to make the post season. So it can happen.
Melky Cabrera was traded earlier today to the San Franciso Giants for left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez and Double-A pitcher Ryan Verdugo. In 2010 Sanchez went 4-7 with a 4.26 era while being hindered all year with bicep tendinitis. The 28 year old Sanchez through for a no hitter in 2009 which was an error away from being a perfect game. Jonathan has a high strike out rate, but gives up too many walks. The trade ads some much needed depth to the Royals pitching rotation though.
Dayton Moore had this to say about Sanchez…
He’s a very dynamic left-handed pitcher,” Moore said. “His hit rates are very low, his strikeout rates are very high, his walks aren’t something we’re overly excited about, but at the same time he’s very young. He’s somebody our scouts feel is a breakout candidate moving forward into 2012.
The trade also opens up center field for hot talent Lorenzo Cain. Cain should be able to step in nicely and more than fill the void left by Melky. Lorenzo hit .312 with 16 homers and 81 rbi’s for Triple A Omaha. This was a great trade for Kansas City. This gives the Royals the much needed pitching depth and they traded Melky while his stock was probably as high as it was going to get. It’s nice to see the Royals are still improving our team via the Zack Greinke trade.
During the 2010 baseball season, the talk around Kauffman Stadium was Alex Gordon and what the Kansas City Royals were going to do with him. A .215 batting average, a lack of power, and numerous strikeouts with runners in scoring position forced the team to send Gordon back to AAA Omaha and many doubted his return. Fans knew that Mike Moustakas would soon make the move to the majors, which would leave Gordon without a position. Little did we know that Gordon’s demotion would be a defining moment in his career as he was awarded the 2011 Golden Glove Award as the best defensive player in the American League. What’s most impressive about Gordon receiving the Golden Glove is that he didn’t make the transition from third base to the outfield until halfway through the 2010 season, following hip surgery. Gordon’s glove wasn’t the only thing that was impressive this year as he finished the season batting .303 with 23 homeruns and 45 doubles. Those numbers earned him the Royals Player of the Year, which was announced one day after the Golden Glove was awarded to him. Gordon’s turnaround couldn’t have come at a better time as the Kansas City youth movement has started. With Gordon’s numbers, the improving bat of Mike Moustakas, another solid year from Eric Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur, the vacuum-like glove of shortstop Alcides Escobar, and a few future additions to the starting rotation, the Royals could position themselves for a playoff run in 2012.
The Kansas City Royals Nate Adcock was picked last Monday as the pitcher of the week in the Arizona Fall League after pitching 3 shut out innings. The Royals future is so bright we gotta wear shades and by the looks of him, Nate Adcock should wear plenty of sunblock.
Just a few weeks ago, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was batting a disappointing .175 and you would have thought that nothing was working for the Royals. Some things are certain in baseball…..nothing ever works for the Royals and Mike Moustakas is notorious for slow starts. Moustakas has slumped nearly every time he has made the move to the next level. George Brett had commented that Moustakas needed well over 100 at-bats before we would see an improvement. Brett was correct, 250 at-bats into the season, Moustakas is in the middle of a 15-game hitting streak and has improved his batting average to .235.
Fortunately for Moustakas, the Kansas City Royals organization has actually made a wise decision by ignoring the fan’s cries to send Moustakas back to Omaha to gain some confidence and allow him to work out the kinks against big league pitching. What is unfortunate is that the Royals could not end his slump earlier by exposing him in batting practice to big league pitching. We all know the Royals do not carry big league pitchers on their roster. Royals fans should continue to see great improvements from Moustakas from here on out. Expect him to continue this hot streak through September and pick up where he left off next April.
Kyle Davies was fired by the Kansas City Royals and then picked up for being drunken & disorderly conduct…all within a 24 hour period. He was picked up at 3am on August 9th. Not the best week ever for Kyle. Was he so excited about getting out of Kansas City that he decided to go party it up. Or was he so depressed about his release that he drank his pain away? I have no idea!? Nick Wright spread the story all over his twitter, that caught on like wild fire.
What I do know is I’m glad he’s out of Kansas City. His epic pitching fails haunted Royals fans and left us scratching our heads…why is he worth utilizing a 6 man rotation?? Now his creepy mugshot will haunt us.
Go to google…type in Kyle Davies…the first thing that comes up when you do is… “Kyle Davies worst pitcher ever“. I know Kyle has the reputation for being a decent enough guy and you wanted to get behind him when he was wearing the blue…but good riddance Davies.
I’m as excited about the Kansas City Royal’s future as anybody. They have the worst record in the AL Central…..again..and it appears they have the worst grounds crew, possibly ever. It was like watching the three stooges roll out the tarp. Watch the Royals Crew member stare fear in the eye, absolutely priceless.
I was fortunate enough to have great seats to the Kansas City Royals series opener against the Detroit Tigers on August fifth. I sat four rows up near the Royals dugout and was able to witness up close these rookies that the city and entire league are excited about. As I watched them warm up I noticed what looked like a 12 year old kid running around the field. I pointed him out to my son and his two buddies and told them that it looks like kids get to run the bases tonight. Come to find out, this 12 year old kid was twice that age and had just been called up from Triple A Omaha, where he batted .338. Welcome to the majors Johnny Giavotella!
At 5’8, 185 pounds, Giavotella will not intimidate many major league players, unless you ask Royals manager Ned Yost, who claims Giavotella is very ripped with his shirt off. We will save Yost’s comment for another article titled “Switch Hitting…..The Life of Ned Yost.” Giavotella did play linebacker in high school, which does show that he must have a no holding back mentality which was evident in his first weekend in the majors. The rookie second basemen started his career fearless going 5 for 11 (.455 average), hitting his first career homerun off of Detroit Tiger pitcher Matt Scherzer and also hitting two doubles in his first three games. As I witnessed his first game I noticed he brought some excitement to the 28,000 fans at Kauffman Stadium. He not only looked liked a kid, but he played like a kid, with a smile on his face and with 110% effort. I’m not for sure what was more exciting, watching him get his first hit or watching his father look like a cross between Joe Pesci and Don Rickles on an episode of “So You Think You Can Dance.” One thing is for sure, if Giavotella continues to play the game with passion, as he did the opening weekend of his professional career, there will be plenty of excitement for years to come.
Within the last nine games, Royals designated hitter Billy Butler has raised some eyebrows around the league by hitting six homeruns in a monsterous fashion. Some might think he is simply hitting the weight room or even juicing up and don’t be surprised if Butler gets drug tested within the next week. Let the truth be known, Butler is on something and it’s called beer and Doritos. He has even been given the nickname “Country Breakfast” by the media and Butler has embraced this new nickname. I’m not sure what the Major League’s policy is for Blazin’ Buffalo & Ranch or Nacho Cheese but it is possible that Billy Butler has finally found a performance enhancer that can beat the system.