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  1. Some fun with baseball splits

    May 9, 2013, 9:14 AM EST

    Division Series - Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees - Game Three

    A few fun early season statistics using Baseball Reference’s amazing new “Split Finder.” The Kansas City Royals’ No. 3 through No. 6 hitters have six homers all year … by far the lowest total in baseball. The Royals, even in the midst of a three-game losing streak, are off to a very nice start, and…

  2. You asked me questions on Twitter. I shall answer them.

    May 2, 2013, 1:32 PM EST

    Luke Leia

    The more basebally ones will be saved for tomorrow’s HBT Daily. Here are the ones that don’t lend themselves as well to video: Q: Better BlueJays manager? John Gibbons #1 or John Gibbons #2? Which one was played by Dick York? I liked that one better. Q: Why do you hate kittens? This is inspired…

  3. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 2, 2013, 6:57 AM EST

    Mets Marlins Baseball

    Mets 7, Marlins 6:  Jordany Valdespin hit a pinch-hit three run homer in the sixth to put the Mets up to stay, breaking their six game losing streak. But Terry Collins is on the hot seat! No he isn’t! Yes he is! She’s my daughter! [slap] My sister! [slap!] My daughter … Nationals 2, Braves 0: The Nats finally…

  4. Tigers intentionally walk Jeff Francoeur in 10th, lose 8-3 to Royals

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:03 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    It wasn’t the worst call of Jim Leyland’s life. It may not have even been the worst call he made today. But  Leyland opened the floodgates for a five-run 10th inning when he intentionally walked Jeff Francoeur in the 10th inning Thursday against the Royals. It was a 3-3 game at the time, but the…

  5. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 11, 2013, 6:53 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I spent the evening seeing a preview showing of the Jackie Robinson movie, “42,” — review coming later today — so I didn’t get to watch really any baseball. Kinda glad I didn’t too. After seeing and thinking about Robinson I would have probably just thrown something at my TV if I had to watch…

  6. Royals set lineup has a disastrous debut

    Apr 1, 2013, 11:42 PM EST

    Mike Moustakas

    Despite facing a very tough left-hander in Chris Sale, the Royals had Mike Moustakas batting cleanup today. Why? Because Ned Yost wants a set lineup. Pay no attention to those splits behind the curtain. That set lineup: LF Alex Gordon SS Alcides Escobar DH Billy Butler 3B Moustakas C Salvador Perez 1B Eric Hosmer CF…

  7. 2013 Preview: Kansas City Royals

    Mar 21, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

    Royals Shields and Davis Baseball

    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 2013 season. Today: the Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Royals finally ready to contend? For a while the Royals were a…

  8. Heading to Arizona for some Cactus League action

    Feb 27, 2013, 6:30 AM EST

    Sunrise Cactus

    It’s gonna be a lot of radio silence from me today as, by the time you’re reading this, I will be on an airplane heading west. Yep, it’s that time of year again. I’m off to spring training for the fourth straight year. And for the third straight year I’m doing it up Cactus League-style.…

  9. Youk As Yank: Just kind of weird

    Feb 26, 2013, 11:52 AM EST

    New York Yankees infielder Youkilis takes batting practice during a workout at the team's MLB spring training complex at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

    Hey, it’s my first post on Hardball Talk. Very exciting. I still cannot believe that Calcaterra and Gleeman didn’t save the “Jeff Francoeur is in the best shape of his life” post for me. Kevin Youkilis plays for the New York Yankees now. I’m not typing those words as a fact. I’m typing those words…

  10. The Braves will retire Chipper Jones’ number on June 28

    Feb 19, 2013, 9:10 AM EST

    Chipper Jones

    The Atlanta Braves have announced that they will retire Chipper Jones’ number 10 and induct him into the Braves Hall of Fame on June 28.  That’s a Friday night game against the Dbacks. Number 10 will be the 10th number retired by the Braves, following Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro…

  11. Great Moments in post hoc ergo propter hoc: the Royals, and everyone else, are looking for “winners”

    Dec 13, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Jeff Passan has a great piece up about how teams are looking for “winners.”  Or at least players perceived to be “winners.” Players like the ones who propelled the San Francisco Giants to two World Series titles in the past three seasons and who, as a result, are now in demand regardless of whether or…

  12. Royals misjudge their talent, Wil pay the price

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:58 PM EST

    Dayton Moore, David Glass

    Royals GM Dayton Moore has told us for years to “trust the process.” For better or worse, he put forth his endgame on Sunday night, sacrificing top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi, not to mention third baseman Patrick Leonard and left-hander Mike Montgomery, in order to bring in James Shields and Wade Davis from…

  13. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    gold glove

    I stopped caring about the Gold Glove awards sometime between designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a “first baseman” and Derek Jeter winning five as a “shortstop” but MLB has announced three (or four) finalists per league at each position and here they are: (Note: Coaches and managers vote for the Gold Glove award…

  14. Tigers beat Royals to clinch AL Central

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:07 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera, Billy Butler

    The White Sox emphatically defeated the Indians 11-0 on Monday night, but it wasn’t nearly enough. The Tigers came through to beat the Royals 6-3 to clinch the AL Central. Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a homer in the win to move closer to the Triple Crown. He raised his average to .329, pushing him…

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

    Sep 21, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Nationals' Wang throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 2 of their MLB National League baseball doubleheader in Washington

    Nationals 4, Dodgers 1: Congrats to the Nats for clinching the first postseason birth for a D.C. team since 1933. Pour one out for Joe Cronin, Moe Berg, Lefty Stewart and Heinie Manush. Reds 5, Cubs 3: And congratulations to the Reds too, who clinched their spot hours before the Nats did.  The Reds are…

  16. Give the guy an error already!

    Sep 15, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

    Jeff Francoeur

    Baseball-reference.com has spent the evening counting down to the 500,000th error of all-time. Not that it’s really the 500,000th error, but at least it’s the 500,000th error in the best database the Internet has to offer. The Royals’ Jeff Francoeur pretty obviously committed what would have been No. 499,999 here — at least I think…

  17. Lorenzo Cain expected to miss rest of season with hamstring injury

    Sep 15, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    Lorenzo Cain Getty

    When the Royals traded Melky Cabrera to the Giants for Jonathan Sanchez over the winter, the objective was to give Lorenzo Cain an opportunity to be the regular center fielder. Things haven’t exactly worked out as planned. While Sanchez was a major bust before being traded to the Rockies for Jeremy Guthrie, Cain just hasn’t…

  18. No. 1 Royals prospect Wil Myers won’t be called up Sept. 1

    Aug 31, 2012, 5:59 PM EST

    Wil Myers

    The Royals have the need for another outfielder with Jarrod Dyson sidelined by a strained lat, but they won’t be calling up Wil Myers when rosters expand Saturday. The 21-year-old Myers will remain with Triple-A Omaha through the end of the minor league season, and because the Storm Chasers are in the playoffs, that could…

  19. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 22, 2012, 6:13 AM EST

    Nationals' Strasburg pitches in the rain during the second inning of their MLB game against Braves in Washington

    Nationals 4, Braves 1: I have been arguing against a Stephen Strasburg shutdown for a while now, but allow me to say that if those dudes are really gonna do that, I wish they would have done it before last night. Strasburg struck out ten in six innings, allowing a single run and winning his…

  20. And the worst outfield fans in baseball are …

    Aug 20, 2012, 5:37 PM EST

    Phillies-Fans

    … OK, that’s not fair. It was just one man’s opinion in the course of this long and fun article from Jerry Crasnick in which we hear all about the interaction between fans and outfielders across the majors. The good, the bad and the ugly. As for the ugly, Crasnick asked one guy who has a…

  21. Jeff Francoeur drew three walks last night

    Aug 18, 2012, 12:23 PM EST

    Jeff Francoeur AP

    I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the box score this morning, but there it was. Jeff Francoeur drew three walks in last night’s 4-2 win over the White Sox. The three walks were actually a career-high for Francoeur. The free-swinging outfielder came into last night’s action with just 20 walks all season.…

  22. Stephen Strasburg won’t pitch in the playoffs

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

    Stephen Strasburg

    It was reported on Friday that Stephen Strasburg‘s new innings limit for the season is 180.  Bill Ladson of MLB.com has a source telling him that that is not accurate, and that there is not necessarily a magic number of innings. Rather: The Nationals are expected to have right-hander Stephen Strasburg miss two or three…

  23. Jeff Francoeur just wants a little of what you’re having

    Aug 8, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Jeff Francoeur is the most inconsistent player in the game. He’ll give $100 to bleacher dudes for them to buy pizza, but then he’ll steal your popcorn.

  24. Shocker: public dollars given to a baseball team are being used in a questionable manner

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

    Royals logo

    Via Deadspin, here’s an investigative report from 810 WHB radio in Kansas City, detailing how millions of public dollars given to the Kansas City Royals for repairs and maintenance to Kaufman Stadium have not been used for repair and maintenance. Indeed, 91% of it has been used for things besides maintenance: The Royals have received at…

  25. Royals phenom Wil Myers hits 31st, 32nd homers in minors

    Jul 31, 2012, 2:20 PM EST

    Wil Myers

    Wil Myers reclaimed the professional lead in homers from Adam Dunn on Monday, smacking his 31st and 32nd homers in Triple-A Omaha’s game against Oklahoma City. The 21-year-old Myers has gone 7-for-12 with three homers, eight RBI and four walks in the series versus Oklahoma City. He’s hitting .294/.380/.596 with 19 homers in 255 at-bats…

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