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This Royals team appears on the verge of a breakthrough, but so have others in the franchises history that ended up crumbling under the pressure.
Mike Moustakas traveled to Venezuela in an attempt to uncover what was missing from a swing that once made him a star in waiting.
Tuesday night Yordano Ventura pitched seven innings while giving up four hits and only one earned run—but those numbers don’t tell the whole story. If I counted right, Ventura threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of the 28 batters he faced. (And if I counted wrong he still threw a whole bunch of first pitch strikes.)
When Clint Hurdle was the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies I asked him what he thought of Hal McRae as a hitting coach. Clint said hitters listen to some hitting coaches because they know how to hit; hitters listen to other hitting coaches because they know everything that doesn’t work.
As their big-league bullpen flounders in the early weeks of the season, the Royals are keeping their eyes peeled for external upgrades. The team will send a representative to two-time All-Star closer Joel Hanrahans showcase for teams on Thursday, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
The Royals look to bounce back from a miserable weekend in Minneapolis with a three-game series against the Astros. The game begins at 7:10 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.
The idea seems preposterous these days. A player builds a Hall of Fame career and never leaves his original, small-market team. In other words, a George Brett career. When Brett stepped down as the Royals interim hitting coach last week, he addressed the notion of longevity and loyalty to a franchise with a question. Where was I going to go?
When George Brett incurred some nuisance back problems in the late stages of his career with the Royals, he sought relief from a chiropractor in Overland Park. It turned out to be the man whose job Brett took in 1973. Paul Schaal laughs as he remembers what he said back then: You took my job from me at third base, remember that? Heres what Im going to do to get even.