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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Reyes Departs 

Dennys Reyes signed a 1-year, $550K contract with the San Diego Padres on Monday. San Diego also signed Rudy Seanez last week. (Capital-Journal)

The Royals Winter Caravan gets underway on December 2, with public appearances in Independence and Columbia, MO. (MLB)
The results of Tangotiger's scouting report have been released. Thanks to all of you who participated.
Jeff Montgomery is on the ballot for Cooperstown induction this year. The results will be announced on January 4. (KC Star)
Jeff Flanagan likes Bret Saberhagen and Mark Gubicza for the Royals Hall of Fame this year. (KC Star)
Joe Randa says he’ll always be a Royals fan. (KC Star)
Wait Til Next Year looks at the past, present, and future of the Royals. (All-Baseball)

Former KC Monarch Raymond Miller died at the age of 77. (Grand Rapids Press)
The Glass family has made Royals Charities a high priority. (MLB)

On the Farm:
The Royals have announced their 2005 minor league personnel. All of last year’s managers will return, including Frank White. Billy Gardner, Jr., who managed the Blue Rocks in 2004, will take over the High Desert Mavericks. (MLB, Capital-Journal)

On Friday, in the Dominican League, Denny Bautista threw 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2. His ERA stands at 5.57. (BA)

From the Backs of Bubble Gum Cards:
“Lonnie graduated from Centennial High School (Compton, Cal.), batting .425 in senior year.”
1987 Topps #69 Lonnie Smith

// posted by Harley @ 9:36 AM

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Stemle signed, Kettler hired 

On Thursday, the Royals signed minor league pitcher Steve Stemle to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Stemle spent 7 seasons in the St. Louis farm system, recording a 4.21 ERA in 850 IP, striking out 533 batters and walking 269.(ATM)
Mark Teahen, Ambiorix Burgos, Justin Huber, and Devon Lowery were also added to the 40-man roster, which means they are now protected from the Rule V draft. (KC Star)

Andy Kettler has been hired as the new strength and conditioning coach. (MLB)
Dick Kaegel with the Royals mailbag. This week: the health of young pitchers, Mike Sweeney, and spring training. (MLB)

The rest of the AL Central is much more active than the Royals in the free agent market. (KC Star)
Bret Saberhagen leads the candidates on the Royals Hall of Fame ballot. Other possible inductees could be Mark Gubicza, Mike MacFarlane, and John Wathan. (MLB)
CBS Sportsline has given Zack Greinke their 2004 Fernando award, for best rookie pitcher.

Dan Szymborski has his 2005 ZiPS projections up for the Royals. Among the projected numbers: 25 home runs for Calvin Pickering, and a 4.70 ERA for Zack Greinke. (Baseball Think Factory)
According to this Marginal Wins report, the Royals spent more than $4M per marginal win in 2004, 2nd only to Seattle. (BP)

With the failure of the BiState II Sales Tax, focus is now on the possibilities of a downtown stadium. (KC Star)

On the Farm:
On Saturday, the Phoenix Desert Dogs won the Arizona Fall League championship.
Donnie Murphy hit an 8th-inning grand slam to break a 2-2 tie in the 8th inning.
Wes Wilkerson tied for the AFL ERA title with an 0.98 mark.
Billy Keppinger led the league in wins with 5.
Keppinger and Mark Teahen were named to the AFL all-prospect team. Mike Stodolka and Wilkerson were given “other consideration.” (BA)

Mark Teahen was given the Darnell Stenson AFL Sportsmanship Award. (MLB)

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects in the Royals Organization:
1. Billy Bulter, 3b
2. Denny Bautista, rhp
3. Mark Teahen, 3b
4. Chris Lubanski, of
5. Justin Huber, c
6. Luis Cota, rhp
7. Shane Costa, of
8. Mitch Maier, 3b/of
9. Donald Murphy, 2b
10. J.P. Howell, rhp

From the Backs of Bubble Gum Cards:
“Doug enjoys skiing.”
1974 Topps #17 Doug Bird

// posted by Harley @ 10:32 AM

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

A Word From Zack's Sponsor 

Royals Baseball is now the proud sponsor of Zack Greinke’s page on Baseball Reference.

Don’t forget to vote for Denny Matthews & Fred White for the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick award. (MLB)
The 2005 Royals Gift Pack is up for sale. $50 gets you 2 tickets to the May 22nd game vs. St. Louis, the April 24th game vs. Chicago, and a blue cooler backpack. (MLB)

Buck O’Neill celebrated his 93rd birthday on Saturday. He also celebrated the hiring of Willie Randolph as Mets manager. (NY Post)
Long-time KC sportswriter Joe McGuff is in a grim battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. (KC Star)
Zack Greinke’s younger brother, Luke Greinke, has signed a letter of intent to attend Auburn University next year. Luke is an infielder/pitcher who hit .420 with 3 home runs as a junior. (AuburnTigers.com)

Scouts Needed!:
Fill out your Royals scouting report today!
If you saw at least 5 Royals games this season, please help sabermetrician extraordinaire Tangotiger with his fan scouting report project.
He informs me that Royals fans have submitted the fewest scouting reports thus far—so let’s do our share!

On the Farm
On Monday, Mark Teahen went 2 for 4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. He’s hitting .382 in Arizona.
In the Dominican, Denny Bautista threw 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out 9 batters in the game and dropped his ERA to 3.18. (BA)

This Date in Royals History:
November 17, 1983—Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens, Jerry Martin, and Vida Blue plead guilty to purchasing cocaine and are sentenced to 3 months in prison.

// posted by Harley @ 9:30 AM

Friday, November 12, 2004

Third Baseman signed 

Yesterday, the Royals signed free agent third baseman Chris Truby to a one-year contract. It’s a split contract that allows the Royals to send him to the minors, and has a maximum value of $340,000. Truby appears to be the "stop-gap third baseman" the Royals have been looking for.(MLB, KC Star)

Truby will be 31 years old next season, a veteran of 12 minor league seasons and 4 MLB seasons. Last year in Nashville, he hit .300 with 25 home runs and a 925 OPS. However, in 263 big league games, he checks in with a .231 average and a 657 OPS. He also played well in the Houston minor leagues, under manager Tony Pena. (Baseball Cube)

Rob & Rany like the Tankersley & Long trade. (robneyer.com)
Joe Posnanski hopes Tankersley will be the strikeout pitcher the Royals are sorely lacking. (KC Star)
Jeff Flanagan is hoping the trade will go unnoticed outside of Kansas City. (KC Star)

David DeJesus was the surprise winner of the Royals Player of the Year award. (KC Star)
Allard Baird is committed to a building a younger Royals team. (MLB)

The Tacoma News-Tribune reports that Seattle manager Mike Hargrove has been hinting that the Mariners will hire Frank White as a coach within the next week. (TheNewsTribune.com)

On the Farm:
In the Dominican League, Denny Bautista threw 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 2. His ERA is 3.38.
In Arizona, Mark Teahen went 2 for 4 with a home run, a walk, 2 RBI, and a run scored. He’s hitting .412.

On Monday, Teahen went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI, a run scored, and was hit by a pitch. (BA)

This Date in Royals History:
November 12, 2003--Tony Pena named AL Manager of the Year.

// posted by Harley @ 9:18 AM

Monday, November 08, 2004

Trade: May & Bukvich for Tankersley & Long 

The Royals announced a trade with San Diego tonight: Darrell May and Ryan Bukvich for right-handed pitcher Dennis Tankersley and outfielder Terrence Long. San Diego also sent cash to offset the salary differences between Long ($4.7M) and May ($3.2M). (MLB)

Dennis Tankersley was born in St. Charles, Missouri and went to college at St. Louis Community College – Meramec. He’s 6-2, 185 lbs, bats and throws right-handed, and will be 26 years old next season. In his 3 major league seasons, Tankersley has a 1-10 W-L record with a 7.61 ERA in 86.3 IP, 61 walks, and 68 strikeouts. He has been used primarily as a starter. In 6 minor league seasons, he went 42-31 with an 0.96 ERA. He walked 265 and struck out 732 in 683 innings, allowing only 32 home runs. (Baseball Cube, BB-Ref)

Terrence Long is 6-1, 190 lbs, bats and throws left-handed, and will be 29 years old next season. In six major league seasons, Long has a batting average of .268, an OBP of .319, and an OPS of .730. He has averaged 31 doubles, 14 homers, 42 walks, and 87 strikeouts per 162 games. In 2002, he was Oakland’s everyday center fielder, but other than that season, he has split time pretty evenly between the outfield positions. (BB-Ref)

Darrell May departs as the active franchise leader in wins and strikeouts.

Here’s the Baseball Think Factory discussion thread on the trade. In my opinion, this is an excellent trade—the Royals gain a couple of players with good potential, and lessen the logjam of lefty relievers and mediocre starters, without taking on extra salary. I’m a little sad to see Darrell depart, but I don’t really see him doing much better than 2004 in the future.

The Royals also signed utility infielder Chris Caplinski to a minor-league contract. Clapinski will be 34 next year. He has a 758 OPS in 70 MLB games. (KC Star)

Dick Kaegel with the Royals mailbag on the possibilities of signing John Buck and Zack Greinke to long-term deals, acquiring Jose Lima or Moises Alou, and where Benito Santiago, Tony Graffanino, and Chris George will show up in 2005. (MLB)

Zack Greinke finished 4th in AL Rookie of the Year voting. Bobby Crosby won the award. (Sports Network)

On Saturday night, Mark Gubicza was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. “Gubie” ranks 3rd all-time on the franchise wins list, and 2nd on the strikeouts list. (Pittsburgh Live)

// posted by Harley @ 8:20 PM

Vote Matthews/White in '04! 

Voting is now open for the 2004 Ford Frick award for broadcasters. Denny Matthews and Fred White are both eligible. (Baseball HOF)

You’re invited to rate the Royals (and any other team you saw play at least 10 games) in tangotiger’s 2004 Scouting Report by the Fans, for the Fans. (Baseball Think Factory)

Ryan Lefebvre says he’ll listen if he’s contacted about going to Chicago. (KC Star)

On the Farm:
In the Dominican League, Ambiorix Burgos threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Friday, allowing a hit and striking out 1. His ERA dropped to 1.13. (BA)

Leaderboards:
Active Leaders, Doubles as a Royal
1. Mike Sweeney – 228
2. Joe Randa – 223
3. Angel Berroa – 64
4. Ken Harvey -- 51
5. Aaron Guiel – 47
6. Desi Relaford -- 41
7. Dee Brown – 37
8. Matt Stairs -- 21
9. David DeJesus – 15
10. Tony Graffanino – 11

// posted by Harley @ 10:43 AM

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Awards Season 

The Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writer’s Association of America named Zack Greinke and David DeJesus as their Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively. (KC Star)

The Check-Out Hunger program starts this weekend. Mike Sweeney, Nate Field, Paul Splittorff, and John Mayberry will be at the Shawnee Hy-Vee on Quivira Rd. this morning from 10:30 to 11:30. (MLB)

David Glass insists he’s committed to keeping the Royals in Kansas City, despite the failure of the BiState II Sales Tax. The failure disappointed George Brett, too. (KC Star)

On the Farm:
Royals Notes from the Caribbean. Abraham Nunez and Ambiorix Burgos are off to good starts. (KC Star)
Mark Teahen continues to do well in Arizona. Andres Blanco suffered a bruised rib cage in a game on Thursday. (MLB)

Leaderboards:
Active Leaders, Runs Scored as a Royal
1. Mike Sweeney – 588
2. Joe Randa – 489
3. Angel Berroa -- 180
4. Desi Relaford – 115
5. Aaron Guiel -- 108
6. Ken Harvey – 98
7. Dee Brown -- 86
8. David DeJesus -- 58
9. Matt Stairs – 48
10. Tony Graffanino – 37

Whatever Happened to...
Former Royal Ed Hearn, best remembered as the player KC got for David Cone, is now the spokesman for NephCure, a non-profit seeking treatments and a cure for kidney disease. (Zwire)

This Date in Royals History:
November 6, 1984—Dan Quisenberry finishes 3rd in the AL MVP voting, behind Willie Hernandez and Kent Hrbek.
November 6, 1987—Royals trade Danny Jackson and Angel Salazer to the Reds for Kurt Stillwell and Ted Power.

// posted by Harley @ 9:08 AM

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Flurry of Signings 

This offseason’s trade possibilities include the pursuit of an power-hitting outfielder and a fill-in third baseman. Shortstop Andres Blanco is apparently on the trading block.
10 players received non-roster invitations to spring training on Tuesday: Major leaguers Aaron Guiel, Alberto Castillo, Adrian Brown, and Justin Huisman; Draft picks Matt Campbell, Billy Buckner, and J.P. Howell; Byron Embry from the Northern League; Roberto Giron from the Brewers minors; and Santiago Ramirez from the Astros minors. Castillo, Brown, Embry, Giron, and Ramirez were signed to minor league contracts.

The Bistate II Sales Tax failed on Tuesday, despite passing in Jackson County, Missouri. Joe Posnanski predicts that the Royals will depart within 10 years if they don’t get stadium improvements.

Frank White’s interview with Seattle has not yet been scheduled.

Leaderboards:
Active Leaders, Games Played as a Royal
1. Mike Sweeney – 1026
2. Joe Randa – 1019
3. Angel Berroa -- 327
4. Dee Brown -- 263
5. Ken Harvey -- 259
6. Desi Relaford – 255
7. Aaron Guiel -- 211
8. Matt Stairs – 126
9. David DeJesus – 108
10. Brandon Berger -- 81

// posted by Harley @ 8:32 AM

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

6 Free Agents 

Joe Randa, Dennys Reyes, Juan Gonzalez, and Kelly Stinnett all filed for free agency this weekend. Desi Relaford and Kevin Appier both filed yesterday.
The Royals mailbag on the bullpen, free agents, trades, uniform numbers, and more. (MLB)
Frank White will be interviewed for a coaching job with the Mariners. (KC Star)

Joe Posnanski on the BiState II Sales Tax. (KC Star)

On the Farm:
Donnie Murphy walked, hit a solo homer and scored twice in Arizona on Monday. He’s hitting .226. (BA)

Leaderboards:
Active Leaders, Saves as a Royal
1. Mike MacDougal – 28
2. Jeremy Affeldt – 17
3. Nate Field -- 3
4. Shawn Camp – 2
5. D.J. Carrasco – 2
6. Jaime Cerda -- 2
7. Ryan Bukvich – 1
8. Justin Huisman -- 1

// posted by Harley @ 9:14 AM