ATLANTA - The 60-yard dash is always the first test for a teenage baseball player who attends a big-league tryout camp in the Dominican Republic. In 2008, when Maikel Franco auditioned months before his 16th birthday, his time neared eight seconds. That scared scouts.
Will it be a September to remember for baseball fans in Kansas City? The Royals were in first place on Aug. 31 for the first time in decades and are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Check out this special collection of stories and charts to get you prepared for the critical final month.
The Royals called up Terrance Gore to bolster the team’s need for speed down the stretch. Outfielder Josh Willingham has been given the OK to play after sitting out the last few games because of a sore intercostal muscle.
Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Tuesday night’s Royals-Rangers game for live stats and updates from Andy McCullough, The Star’s Royals beat reporter, and other Star sportswriters and editors. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Kansas City.
The Royals catcher is one of the rarest forms of a baseball player — young and established, a friendly star, the clubhouse bridge between Americans and Spanish speakers, a defensive force at a premium position with enough pop to hit in the middle of the lineup.