Sam Mellinger

Royals fortunate Alcides Escobar escapes serious injury after Brett Lawrie’s reckless slide

It was reckless, how the A’s Brett Lawrie slid into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar in the seventh inning Friday. There is no need for Lawrie to come in with his spike high and off the base — directly into Escobar’s leg. But there is no reason to believe it was malicious, and there is an important distinction here.


A minority woman in tech: Jeanette Prenger on being more than a ‘double check mark’

Young women still aren’t flocking to careers in science and technology, and figuring out why can be a real head-scratcher. They have the skills and academic wherewithal but still choose other disciplines, a recent study showed. And researchers point out that female students often outperform male students in math and science. So what gives? Jeanette Prenger, founder and president of Ecco Select, an IT consulting firm in Kansas City, sees mostly culture and tradition at work.


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Judging the Royals

Beware the letdown series

After the Royals swept the Angels (a 2014 playoff team) last Sunday, I wrote that they should watch out for the Minnesota Twins (a team many people are picking to finish last in their division). Guess what: The Twins took two out of three games from the Royals. So am I really that smart? Nope — but other people are.


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