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Updated: 2014-10-02T00:33:22.715-05:00


Royals Notes: Brown and Bale


On Monday, I wrote that Kansas City's 2007 Pitcher of the Year would not win "by virtue of being the best of a very poor group of candidates." Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the team's runs batted in leader this past season, Emil Brown. In yet another illustration of just how anemic the Royals offense was all year, Brown's 62 RBI was the lowest team-leading total in all of baseball.

Pitcher of the Year: The Case for Gil Meche


A poll on the Royals' official Web site asks fans who they believe Kansas City's Pitcher of the Year should be. For the first time in quite a while, the winner of the award won't take the trophy by default, by virtue of being the best of a very poor group of candidates. Much has been made of the quick turnaround the Royals made in keeping the other team from scoring, and that is beared out in the

Welcome Back ... Again


Mark Teahen and Alex Gordon are cool


After torching Oakland pitching for five hits in his first eight at-bats over the four-game weekend series, Mark Teahen was finally cooled off in the final two games, as the Royals third baseman went just two-for-nine with one RBI on Saturday and Sunday. In fact, he’s taken quite a few one-for-fours and one-for-fives in the past week or so. However, Teahen’s performance over the past month was so

Gordon has a great day, KRB reports from game two...


For the second time in as many nights, the Wranglers and the Cardinals put on a thrilling show at Hammons Field, complete with a clutch three-run homer in the top of the ninth by Dee Brown, some stellar defense, and a young right-hander making his Double-A debut. The two clubs couldn't have picked a better time to impress; not only was a record crowd of 10,139 on hand, but I got to watch most of

KRB reports from Hammons Field!


While the Royals were in the process of narrowly taking down the Cardinals at the new Busch Stadium, Kansas City's Double-A affiliate, Wichita, was busy doing the same to the Springfield Cardinals, squeaking out a 4-3 victory at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. It was a hard-fought contest, as the Wranglers had to overcome a 3-0 deficit to improve to 5-3 in the Texas League's second half.However

Wichita in Springfield


Photoblogging the first two games of the Wichita Wranglers' series in Springfield, MO:Alex Gordon took time out for a pictureGordon signing autographsKyle Middleton works a bullpen session......then gets some instruction from pitching coach Larry CarterKila Kaaihue (L) and GordonGordon warms up during pre-gameAngel Sanchez leadin' offDamaso Espino entertained the fansReliever Derrick Depriest

Devil Rays 6, Royals 3


Even though the Royals were facing Seth McClung, an inexperienced, 25-year-old righthander with a history of control problems (he'd walked 10 batters in eight innings of work coming into his third start of 2006), I was pretty unoptimistic that they'd find a way to end their five-game losing streak on Saturday night. It was really just a hunch, albeit a strong one, as the Royals offense has a



I apologize for not posting during the past week-and-a-half or so. Lately, my focus has been working on the Season in Preview commentaries for Royals Corner, and there just hasn't been time to do any original stuff for KRB. Just bear with me for awhile longer; we'll be up and running again soon.In the meantime, check out these articles if you missed 'em:Royals CornerRC Interview with Chris

Where am I?


Last night, I finished part one of a five-part "State of the Royals" series that will begin on Monday over at Royals Corner. Also last night, I pondered just how I'm going to come up with original writing topics for three sites. Everyone loves a challenge, I guess.

Not Watchin' The Road


As easy as it is to fall into a "the world is against my baseball team" mindset when "my baseball team" is the Kansas City Royals, I’m surprised that I stayed out of the muck this long. With that said, I’ve never, ever believed that ESPN and other national media outlets make a concerted effort to avoid talking about small-market baseball, at least in a vicious sense. Sure, in a perfect world, all

A Rehashed Rumor


I guess we should be surprised that it took this long.Thanks to's Ken Rosenthal, the trade rumors involving Cincinnati Reds outfielder Austin Kearns have started again and, as usual, the Royals are named as a potential suitor for the 25-year-old. According to Rosenthal's report, the Royals have not been willing to include Zack Greinke in any deal (and rightfully so), but may be

Sensible Lineups? No Such Thing...


Growing up, I never really had a taste for or a desire to listen to any kind of music. I knew that bands like Matchbox 20, The Goo Goo Dolls, Bush, and Green Day existed, but unlike the rest of the kids I was in school with, I don’t think I listened to any band’s CD until I was in 8th grade. Looking back on it, I guess my excuse is that I simply never had a connection with any of those bands or

The End of the Line


Just as I expected, The Real Question – my article about steroids – rankled the feathers of at least one valued KRB reader. I’m still not sure how stating that it’s far more important to gather evidence, learn, and ask the right questions about drug usage in baseball than it is to make hurried judgments is almost always heard as, “I don’t think steroids are a problem,” but it

Stuff to Read


KRB has returned from its long weekend, but after quite a bit of searching with virtually no results, I unfortunately don't have anything new for you today. As a result, I'll use today to plug articles at the other two sites I'm affiliated with...Today at Royals CornerAn Interview With Billy Butler (By Dave Sanford)Today at SprayahenThe Real Question (By Kevin Agee)Expanding My Baseball Horizons

KRB's Talk with Dave Haller


Last night, KRB spoke with writer Dave Haller about the Battle of Champions, the Royals, and his time working for the leader in baseball analysis:KRB: You joined the Baseball Prospectus (BP) team as an intern in December of 2004. Here we are a year later, and you’ve made a meteoric rise from being a research assistant to writing feature-length articles, and even gaining the

What's a Sprayahen?


The Chiefs have their head coach, Kevin Appier apparently (and sadly) thinks he has something left, and Dick Kaegel penned more information-laced responses in his weekly mailbag commentary, but I really don't feel like writing about any of that tonight, so I'll use this space as a forum to make a minor announcement.This season, I'll be writing regularly for, a baseball site that

Royals Notes


The Royals finally cleared room on their 40-man roster for free-agent signees Reggie Sanders and Joe Mays on Friday, designating pitchers Devon Lowery and Kyle Snyder for assignment. If the two clear waivers as is expected, the club will have ten days to trade, release, or -- most likely of all -- outright both to the minor leagues.Given the rumors that the team was considering removing

Not So Picture Perfect


Folks, I apologize for the seemingly-random absences of KRB's photos. The problem lies with Geocities' hourly limit of megabyte transfers; once this page loads 4.2MB of pictures that are hosted there in one hour, KRB's Geocities "site" is shut down temporarily, meaning you, my valued readers, can't enjoy the visuals.I've shifted KRB's photo hosting service to, so if we have any

KRB Visits KC Caravan


Whether it's been through writing, speaking, or gesturing, I've almost always had a knack for communicating with people around me. Needless to say, those skills have proven themselves to be invaluable as I've made my way through school and in my relationships, and they almost never fail.However, funny things tend to happen to my speaking ability when I stand just inches away from people I admire

Royals Caravan, Springfield Style


For KRB readers living in the Springfield, MO area, the Royals annual Winter Caravan will visit Bass Pro Shops & Outdoor World next Thursday, January 5 from 7-8 p.m. Andrew Sisco, Mark Teahen, John Mayberry, Brian McRae, and Sluggerrr will be there. KRB will be in attendance as well, so after you've visited with the four former and current Royals, stop by and say hello to the kid wearing the KC

Open Thread, Anyone?


Kevin Millwood's a Ranger, Troy Glaus has moved to Toronto, and Jeff Reardon's trying his hand at robbing jewelry stores. If the mood strikes you, feel free to discuss that stuff or anything else in today's comments thread.

2006 ZiPS and More


We're back!I hope everyone in Royals Nation had a great holiday weekend, and that you got everything on your wish list. KRB ended up with quite the haul, and while Try! (John Mayer Trio's first album) hasn't been taken out of my CD player, my favorite gift is still the very-cool Mayer poster from KRB's best friend, Meagan. Well, that, and the gift of turning 21. Have I mentioned that John Mayer's

Another Festivus Miracle! Sanders, Mays In The Fold


I'm not sure what I'd rather have for Festivus ... A donation made in my name to The Human Fund, or Joe Mays as my favorite team's fifth starter, an idea that doesn't seem so bad now that I've been reminded of his recent Tommy John operation. At any rate, here's a warm KRB welcome to new Royals Reggie Sanders and Mays!

Reggie Sanders Agrees


Ken Rosenthal's report was correct. Reggie Sanders confirmed to Jeff Passan of the Kansas City Star that he has agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Royals, and that he expects to sign the deal today.In the same article, this bit of news is kind of interesting:The Royals have offered right-handed starter Joe Mays a major-league contract and view him as a potential fifth starter."We