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  1. Inside Ned Yost’s head

    Apr 2, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Have you ever wondered what Royals manager Ned Yost is thinking when he puts in pinch-runner after pinch-runner, rather than maybe hitting for the guy who was arguably the league’s worst hitter last year?

  2. Picking the Royals to win … again

    Apr 2, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

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

  3. Omar Infante cleared for Opening Day despite battling elbow, shoulder problems all spring

    Mar 30, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

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    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star has the update … Omar Infante still feels a pinch in his right elbow when he swings and throws, but he said he is good to go. The 25-man roster is set. — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) March 30, 2014 Infante also dealt with some right shoulder inflammation early…

  4. Must-Click Link: a neerrrrrrrd in the clubhouse

    Mar 13, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

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    As a nice companion piece to my thing about reporting what one sees in the clubhouse, here’s our friend Eno Sarris writing over at the Hardball Times about being an inexperienced reporter in the clubhouse. Eno’s particular challenge, apart from simply being a new BBWAA member and still learning the ropes of how one operates…

  5. 2014 Preview: Kansas City Royals

    Mar 12, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

    Ned Yost and his flexible thumb

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Royals finally ready to contend? Kansas City made a big jump…

  6. The Royals 2014 marketing slogan: “Be Royal”

    Feb 4, 2014, 8:22 AM EDT

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    Lots of teams come up with marketing slogans — we highlighted the Dodgers’ rather curious effort the other day — but the Royals are the ones I always notice. In 2012 the Royals used “Our Time” as its slogan. Last year it was “Come to play.”  This year? “Be Royal.” Which seems like quite a…

  7. The “Killbillies” vs. the “Thump Monkeys”

    Jan 23, 2014, 9:26 AM EDT

    Ned Yost

    Because you always wanted to know how Ned Yost spends his offseason, Brett Frazee of the KC Star goes and visits the Royals manager at his offseason home in western Georgia. Actually, you do want to know about this. You want to know that Yost lives in the same neighborhood as comedian Jeff Foxworthy and…

  8. Kendrys Morales a fit for the Royals?

    Jan 3, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio suggests free agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales would be a good fit for the Royals. The market for Morales is fairly quiet right now as he is tied to draft pick compensation and doesn’t offer much aside from his ability to hit. However, Duquette also suggests that signing Morales would…

  9. The Royals and Blue Jays discussed a Billy Butler trade

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail is reporting that the Royals and Blue Jays have discussed a trade involving first baseman-slash-DH Billy Butler. He clarifies that there has been no movement on a deal beyond the initial discussions, and adds that the Jays would receive prospects along with Butler in such a deal. It’s…

  10. Report: The Mariners are still interested in Nelson Cruz

    Dec 12, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    After shocking the baseball world by agreeing to a 10-year, $240 million contract with second baseman Robinson Cano last week, the Mariners reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with Corey Hart today while picking up Logan Morrison in a trade with the Marlins. However, they aren’t done attempting to remake their offense. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick…

  11. Royals haven’t offered three years and $48 million to Carlos Beltran

    Dec 5, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran Getty

    We heard earlier this week that free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran had a three-year, $48 million offer in hand from an unidentified team. Most assumed that it came from the Royals, as they have been the hottest team on him recently, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that no such offer was made. Sources: #Royals…

  12. Royals “insist” they’ll pursue Carlos Beltran, appear willing to offer three-year deal

    Nov 30, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran AP

    The Yankees were mentioned as the favorites to sign Carlos Beltran earlier this week, but the Royals haven’t given up hopes of reuniting. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals “insist” that they will pursue Beltran and appear willing to meet his preference of a three-year contract. This comes on the…

  13. The Lorde song “Royals” was inspired by . . . George Brett?!

    Nov 20, 2013, 5:34 AM EDT

    Lorde

    Remember last month when I (regrettably) linked that fan version of the Lorde song “Royals,” only with lyrics talking about how awesome being a St. Louis Cardinals fan was?  Man, that was the worst thing ever. But not only was it awful, it wasn’t even the most valid baseball connection to that song from the…

  14. So, what’s the market for Billy Butler anyway?

    Oct 22, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Josh Phegley, Jerry Meals, Billy Butler

    This kind of doubles as a “what’s the market for Kendrys Morales?” post, too. Anyway, the Royals have let it be known that Billy Butler is available, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Had they done this a year ago, they would have been in line for a nice return. Now? Probably not so much. Butler…

  15. Billy Butler is available

    Oct 22, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Need a DH? Don’t mind spending $20 million for a guy whose best years are likely behind him? Call Dayton Moore today: Royals ready to talk about Billy Butler deal for teams that would take on DH owed $8 million in ’14, $12m in 2015. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 22, 2013   Butler is…

  16. The slowest player in baseball

    Sep 25, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    You know that dream where you are running and running but are not actually getting anywhere. I know people have all sorts of theories about this dream and what it means. Some say it indicates that you have too many things going in your life and can’t quite keep up. Some say it’s the body…

  17. Justin Maxwell hits walk-off grand slam as Royals defeat Rangers, clinch AL West for Athletics

    Sep 22, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Cleveland Indians

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” was the theme today as Royals outfielder Justin Maxwell hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning against the Rangers, clinching the AL West for the Athletics in the process. The Athletics entered the afternoon with a magic number of one, meaning that either a Rangers…

  18. A Thoroughly Enjoyable Season

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals

    Well, it’s Sept. 17 … and the Kansas City Royals have a shot at the postseason. It’s a bit of a longshot, sure. They are 2 1/2 games behind Texas in the wildcard standings right now, which is hardly insurmountable (especially the way the Rangers are playing). But they also have Cleveland and Baltimore ahead…

  19. The Roberto Clemente Award Nominees have been announced

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Clayton Kershaw won it last year.  The 2013 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. And now my annual complaint, albeit a minor one: Baseball has set…

  20. Eric Hosmer is quietly having a really good year at age 23

    Sep 9, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had a very nice rookie season as a 21-year-old in 2011, but then dropped off significantly last year and continued to struggle early on this season. There were even jokes made when Team USA chose the former No. 3 overall pick to replace Mark Teixeira in the World Baseball Classic…

  21. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 6, 2013, 6:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 3, White Sox 1: The Orioles win and, frankly, I’m going to credit playing at home. Yep, nothing like a home game. Makes all the difference. And if you think for a minute I’m irrationally beating this into the ground, go take a gander at the NFL Industrial Complex’s collective and concerted moaning and…

  22. Billy Butler goes 5-for-5, gets removed for pinch-runner

    Sep 5, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    When Billy Butler led off the bottom of the ninth with a single Thursday in a tie game against the Mariners, it gave him his third career five-hit game. It was also the end of his day; the Royals pulled him in favor of Pedro Ciriaco. The switch didn’t work out — Ciriaco was left…

  23. Video: Brett Lawrie makes a barehanded gem

    Aug 31, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie Reuters

    I could attempt to explain Brett Lawrie‘s barehanded gem last night against the Royals, but you are better off watching and enjoying it for yourself. Trust me on this one. Now that’s some improvisation. Sure, we probably wouldn’t have been talking about this play if someone speedier than Billy Butler was running, but that doesn’t…

  24. Royals sign Carlos Pena

    Aug 28, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays

    Released by the Astros on July 31, veteran first baseman Carlos Pena has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals. Kansas City is obviously set at first base and designated hitter with Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler, but general manager Dayton Moore is apparently looking at Pena as a left-handed bench option for September.…

  25. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 26, 2013, 6:10 AM EDT

    David Nied

    Rockies 4, Marlins 3: The Rockies won this game but the Marlins took the 1993 Expansion Cup for this season, closing out the year with a 4-3 record against Colorado. What — you don’t keep track of the 1993 Expansion Cup? There’s a great ceremony at the end of the series each year in which either…

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