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Joe Posnanski

  1. Pat Neshek’s soaring triumph tinged with sorrow

    Jul 15, 2014, 2:15 PM EST

    pat neshek getty

    MINNEAPOLIS — The most remarkable and wonderful part about the Pat Neshek story is that it isn’t one story. It is 10 different stories going over top of each other like different children’s hands working their way up the handle of a baseball bat in that game to decide who hits first. When Neshek starts crying…

  2. MLB All-Star Game’s continued irrelevance could be saved by going international

    Jul 14, 2014, 2:47 PM EST

    84th MLB All-Star Game

    MLB All-Stars vs. Japanese League All-Stars, anyone?

  3. Rick Porcello’s 0-walk, 0-strikeout shutout was miraculous

    Jul 2, 2014, 7:46 PM EST

    Rick Porcello

    It had been almost 25 years since a pitcher had thrown a shutout without walking anyone or striking out anyone. Then Rick Porcello did it and showed what the game could look like.

  4. The remarkable career of Raul Ibanez

    Jul 1, 2014, 12:48 PM EST

    raul ibanez royals

    Why have so many teams and so many teammates loved Raul Ibanez?

  5. Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera and the silent majority

    Jun 27, 2014, 11:34 AM EST

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    Nelson Cruz could be elected to the All-Star Game. Melky Cabrera and Ryan Braun, too. Shouldn’t the public be more upset about this?

  6. Back to the Future

    Jun 18, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    For a minute, it’s 1985, and the Royals are in first place. Savor this moment.

  7. Moneyball and Bubba

    Jun 3, 2014, 10:44 AM EST

    Sonny Gray

    Three years ago, the Kansas City Royals took high school phenom Bubba Starling with their first-round pick. It looks like a mistake … and one the Oakland A’s never would have made.

  8. The hardest team to love

    May 27, 2014, 5:49 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals

    Many group of fans will try and tell you that they have it worse than any other group of fans in sports. But only one team can be the toughest in sports to love: That’s the Kansas City Royals.

  9. Down with the pitchers win, up with the Tango

    May 19, 2014, 4:21 PM EST

    ARGENTINA-TANGO-WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

    For more than 100 years, people have used won-loss records to determine the best pitchers. That’s not great policy but hey, if we’re going to do it, how about we come up with a won-loss record for the 21st century? Enter: The Tango.

  10. No runs, no hits, no action

    May 17, 2014, 2:38 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Baseball is on pace for more shutouts this year than any season in the history of the game. But the problem isn’t the lack of scoring. It’s the lack of action.

  11. Reconsidering Field of Dreams

    May 16, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

    AMPAS Reception Honoring Screenwriters Featured In Oscar Marketing Campaign

    Field of Dreams has been losing ground. Is there still enough magic in the moonlight for us to love such an openly mawkish movie?

  12. Jose Abreu and amazing home run starts

    May 14, 2014, 11:51 AM EST

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    Jose Abreu’s great start has put him in some very interesting historical company.

  13. The Biogenesis Sudoku game

    May 13, 2014, 1:50 PM EST

    AP Anthony Bosch

    The Biogenesis nightmare is a magnificent thought puzzle featuring slimy people from all walks of life. If you have a notebook handy, I’ll get you started and you can play along.

  14. If the Devil ever gives me one pitcher to play for my soul …

    May 12, 2014, 12:16 PM EST

    Pedro Martinez

    Joe Posnanski on the best pitcher he’s ever seen … and so much more.

  15. Ron Washington may have ordered the worst intentional walk ever yesterday

    May 12, 2014, 8:56 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    We now have a scale to measure this — The Intentional Walk Rage System — and Ron Washington darn near broke it yesterday

  16. The Royals still aren’t hitting home runs

    May 11, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

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    The Kansas City Royals have hit 14 home runs in their first 36 games this year. That is not just the worst home run rate in baseball by far in 2014, it’s among the worst in recent baseball history.

  17. Papi’s popup, Yu’s missed no-no and the stupidity of errors

    May 10, 2014, 1:15 PM EST

    Darvish Odor Rios AP

    1. Ninety-nine percent of baseball fans believe that ball absolutely should have been caught.

    And …

    2. Ninety-nine percent of baseball fans believe it should not be ruled an error because neither guy touched the ball.

    This is the stupidity of errors in 21st Century America.

  18. Ned Yost almost broke the Intentional Walk Rage System last night

    May 9, 2014, 10:36 AM EST

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    All intentional walks stink. Some, however, stink worse than others. As a service, Joe Posnanski has created the Intentional Walk Rage System to gauge these things. Ned Yost darn near broke the thing last night.

  19. Which major-league managers were the best players?

    May 2, 2014, 9:15 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Cincinnati Reds

    Joe Posnanski ranks all 30 MLB managers by how good they were during their playing days.

  20. The Timeless Game (and, maybe, the myth of closers)

    Apr 30, 2014, 11:19 AM EST

    95 percent pie chart

    If the number is always 95 percent, is there anything special about modern closers?

  21. Michael Pineda and The Obviousness Factor

    Apr 24, 2014, 2:42 PM EST

    michael pineda pine tar

    Joe Posnanski says not to overlook The Obviousness Factor when it comes to Michael Pineda and pine tar.

  22. The Royals: A history of (no) power

    Apr 21, 2014, 12:46 PM EST

    stevebalboni

    You probably know this, but the Kansas City Royals single season home run record is 36, and Steve Balboni set it almost 30 years ago.

  23. How rare is the Royals’ season-opening homerless streak?

    Apr 9, 2014, 3:20 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    The Kansas City Royals have not hit a home run all season. That’s seven games, that’s pretty rare stuff.

  24. Don’t diminish Hank Aaron’s greatness by calling him The Home Run King

    Apr 8, 2014, 5:25 PM EST

    Hank Aaron AP

    Henry Aaron is NOT The Home Run King. That sounds like I’m going to follow with some rant about Barry Bonds breaking his record and how terrible that was … but I’m not. My thought here has nothing to do with that. Henry Aaron is not the Home Run King because that silly title would do nothing but diminish his greatness.

  25. Picking the Royals to win … again

    Apr 2, 2014, 11:19 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Joe Posnanski picks the Royals to win the division for the 17th consecutive season.

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