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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Hiatus 

This blog will be on hiatus for the bulk of the summer, as I am starting a new job that will greatly limit my internet access and blogging time. I may renew blogging in the fall, but I'm not entirely certain where I'll be or what I'll be doing then...
I plan to leave the site as it is for now, since I know that many of you use the links regularly. I encourage you to visit the other Royals blogs listed there for the latest news.
Until I return, here's hoping for a great season from the 2005 Royals!

// posted by Harley @ 8:47 AM

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Surprise Arrival 

Tony Graffanino has reported to spring training early. (MLB.com)
Brian L. Hunter signed a minor league contract with the Royals on Thursday. He'll get $500K if he spends the entire season in the majors. (KC Star)
On Saturday, Jeremy Affeldt lost his arbitration case. He'll get $950K for the season. (KC Star)

Around the Horn on the Royals bullpen. (MLB.com)
Royals mailbag on Ken Harvey, Kevin Appier, and the state of the infield. (MLB.com)
Jeff Passan talks to Allard Baird, with Frank Sinatra in the background. (KC Star)
Bob Dutton points out that the Royals have slashed more than 20% from their 2004 payroll. Baird and Glass say they'll use this money when opportunity arises. (KC Star)

RSTN has announced its TV schedule for Royals games. (MLB.com)
Bret Saberhagen is busy building a ball field for his high school team. (MLB.com)
Frank White visited the Independence Kiwanis last Tuesday. And Bill Althaus was there. (examiner.net)

Former Royal Nellie Briles died on Sunday at the age of 61. (KC Star)

Stadium Issue:
On Friday, the Royals said "no new stadium." They'll stay at Kauffman. (KC Star)
Joe Posnanski thinks we're living in Bizarro World. (KC Star)
This UMKC News article thinks David Glass wanting to stay in Kauffman is just another example of Walmart-style management: cheap. (unews.com)
Jeff Flanagan still likes the Truman Sports Complex. And he points out that saying "no" to a new stadium doesn't necessarily mean the Royals have to fear contraction. (KC Star)

2005 Previews:
With Spring Training so close you can taste the agave, here are this week's 2005 Royals previews:
MSNBC
USA Today
Joplin Globe
Lebanon Daily Record

18th & Vine:
Buck O'Neil will open the Negro Leagues Baseball Musuem exhibit at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station next Wednesday. (yahoo)
He visited Vanderbilt University last week. (Tennessean.com)
Artwork by St. Louis artists is part of the traveling exhibit. (stltoday)

On the Farm:
Jeff Flanagan on John Mayberry, Jr. (KC Star)
Meanwhile, Luke Greinke could go in the June draft this year. (KC Star)
Chris Lubanski is emblematic of the pro vs. college debate for high school athletes. (philly.com)
Former Royal Jose Rosado has signed a minor league contract with the Mets. (Scout.com)

Blogging the Royals
Royals Court reacts to the stadium decision.
And here's Bradford Doolittle's reaction.

// posted by Harley @ 9:02 AM

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Krispy Kremes at Kauffman 

At the Baseball Forecast Luncheon, Royals President Dan Glass made the announcement we've all been waiting for: The Krispy Kreme promotion will be back in 2005! (MLB.com)
The other highlight of the luncheon was Zack Greinke's Pitcher of the Year acceptance speech. (KC Star)

On Friday, the Royals purchased minor league infielder Ryan Lehr's contract from the Edinburgh Roadrunners from the independent Central League. (OSC)
Rob & Rany look at the Royals' talent drain. (robneyer.com)

Quick Hits from Spring Training gives a nice snapshot of the current state of the team. (MLB.com)
Around the Horn speculates on the Royals rotation. (MLB.com)
The Royals have released their promotions schedule for 2005.
Here are my favorites:
Sunday, May 22 vs. Cardinals -- '85 Series Pennant
Sunday, July 10 vs. Twins -- KC Monarchs Cap & Salute to Negro Leagues
Friday, August 12 -- Sunday, August 14 vs. Tigers -- World Series Reunion Weekend
And here's the full list. Individual game tickets go on sale March 12!
(MLB.com)

David Glass believes a new stadium won't solve the Royals' problems. (KC Star)
Joe Posnanski predicts the Royals will win the division. ~Yawn.~ (KC Star)
Dick Kaegel answers the Royals mailbag, with questions about first basemen, minor leaguers, and the June draft. (MLB.com)
Tony Pena says that Zack Greinke won't be the opening day starter. (KC Star)
Jim Molony predicts a last-place finish for the Royals. (MLB.com)
Jose Lima and other Royals players are optimistic about this season. (MLB.com)

Several Royals will be signing autographs at the Gloves for Kids event at Dick's Sporting Goods in Olathe, tonight. (MLB.com)

18th & Vine:
Negro Leagues historian John Holway loaned several one-of-a-kind oral history tapes to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. And now no one knows where they are. (The Pitch.com)
The good news is that the museum's planned expansion is going ahead as planned. (Canada.com)

On the Farm:
The Burlington Bees will be auctioning off a game-used Donnie Murphy jersey, beginning at noon tomorrow.
Wait 'Til Next Year has an in-depth look at the man who could be the Royals' #1 draft pick in June, 2006: Andrew Miller, pitcher for the North Carolina Tarheels. (All-Baseball.com)

Blogging the Royals:
My latest Royals Court column is on possible lineups and platoons for 2005.
Kevin's Royals Blog offers some ideas for free talent the Royals could go after.
Royal Revival has a list of "prospects to watch" for 2005.
And be sure to check out H.G. Miller's "Who Are These Guys?" series. Butch and Sundance not included.

// posted by Harley @ 9:21 AM

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

The Countdown Continues... 

Pitchers and catchers report in 19 days! Here are a few minicamp videos from RSTN to whet your appetite.

Prospectus Triple Play looks at Kauffman Stadium park factors and those monster projections for Calvin Pickering. (BP)
Jose Lima‘s been his usual outgoing self in the Dominican League this winter. (KC Star)
Around the Horn looks at the Royals outfield. David DeJesus looks like a lock, but the corner outfield positions are a jumble, with Matt Stairs, Eli Marrero, Terrence Long, Aaron Guiel, and Abraham Nunez competing for playing time. (MLB)
Royals Mailbag on Kevin Appier, Jimmy Gobble, and spring training. (MLB)
Chris Truby doesn’t mind being a stop-gap player. (Indy Star)
Inside the Park previews the 2005 Royals. (Scout.com)
Jose Rosado‘s not dead yet. (MLB)

Frank White, Ryan Lefebvre and John Buck report from the Royals Caravan. Ryan talks about Jeremy Affeldt riding in a tank, and Buck describes Frank White‘s effect on the ladies. (MLB)
Affeldt took time to talk to Kurt Caywood when the Caravan stopped in Topeka. (Capital-Journal)
John Buck made his predictions in Manhattan. (The Mercury)
A Royals Baseball Clinic was held in Lebanon, Missouri, on Saturday. Ryan Lefebvre’s name still wasn’t spelled right. (Daily Record)
The baseball forecast luncheon will be held at the downtown Marriot on Thursday, with Tony Pena, Allard Baird, David Glass, Jose Lima Zack Greinke, and David DeJesus. (MLB)

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has some expansions planned. (KC Star)
Former Royals groundskeeping guru George Toma‘s handiwork will be on display on Super Bowl Sunday. (Herald Today)
Congrats to Hannah Storm, the winner of the 2005 SuperStar Screen Test. The ten-year old from Overland Park will star in Royals commercials this summer. (MLB)
Jeff Passan on the short, tragic life of Darrell Porter. (KC Star)

Stadium Debate:
A downtown ballpark may soon be a reality. (KC Star)
The St. Joseph News-Press points out that a new stadium wouldn’t solve the Royals’ problems.

Winter Ball Update:
In the Dominican League Finals, Jose Lima was the winning pitcher on Saturday, throwing 6 2/3 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, walking none and striking out 3. His ERA stands at 1.35. (BA)

Dick Kaegel reports from the Royals Academy. (MLB)

KC SABR Meeting:
The Monarchs Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research will meet at the Johnson County Central Resource Library in Overland Park on Saturday, February 5, from 1:00 to 4:00. The scheduled guest speakers are former Royal John Wathan and KC Star reporter Jeffrey Spivak. Email me if you would like more information.

Blogging the Royals:
Rich's Weekend Baseball BEAT with a fun interview of Joe Posnanski. (All-Baseball)
Bill Heeter has a thoughtful article on the stadium issue.
Wait Til Next Year looks at some of the Royals rookies and their chances to make the team:
Meet the American League’s worst team. The most exciting thing in Kansas City this year will be Zack Greinke, as he moves to his second year of experience as the Royals most hyped player in recent memory. He’ll likely help cloud the emergence of Mark Teahen, who only really needs to overcome Chris Truby and Tony Graffanino to win the third base job. Given the support he has from Royal brass, I don’t think that should be an issue. Besides him, you’re looking at the back-up catcher (Paul Phillips or Mike Tonis) and fifth starter spot (Denny Bautista, though not likely) being the most likely sources. Andy Sisco has a chance of staying, and it depends on Tony Pena’s decision to carry 11 or 12 pitchers, and his ability to be in the top two of the Shawn Camp, D.J. Carrasco, Dennis Tankersley, Sisco foursome.

And please check out my latest column at Royals Court, with all the meaningless stats you never thought to ask for!

This Date in Royals History:
February 1, 1996—Royals sign free agent Tim Belcher.

// posted by Harley @ 9:29 AM