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Wade Davis’ pitching evolution included a new mindset

Wade Davis was one of baseball’s best relief pitchers last year, and he begins 2015 knowing precisely what his role is — an eighth-inning specialist. His 2014 domination for the KC Royals was due in part to a mindset change that occurred in late June.

Does baseball need a pitch clock?

In 1981 the average time of a nine-inning big league baseball game was two hours and 33 minutes. In 2014 the average time was three hours and two minutes and that’s a problem; to many fans, ballgames seem slow and boring. MLB and the players’ association recently reached an agreement to speed up the game.

Does baseball need a pitch clock?

In 1981 the average time of a nine-inning big league baseball game was two hours and 33 minutes. In 2014 the average time was three hours and two minutes and that’s a problem; to many fans, ballgames seem slow and boring. MLB and the players’ association recently reached an agreement to speed up the game.

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Becoming Yordano: A journey to the launch point of the Royals’ rocket arm

Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.

 

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Could Alex Gordon have scored in the World Series? Watch our re-enactment of the play

The decision to stop the Royals’ Alex Gordon at third base in the most pressure-packed moment baseball can provide — bottom of the ninth, two outs, home team trailing by one run in the seventh game of the World Series — stands as perhaps the greatest what-if moment in Kansas City sports history. So, with the help of the Rockhurst University baseball team, we re-enacted the play and captured in photo and video what might have happened if Gordon kept running.

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Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele: ‘a baseball man’s baseball man’

Mike Jirschele’s place in baseball and with the Royals is so much more interesting than the dramatic, one-dimensional depiction of a third-base coach given a split-second decision that would’ve made him infamous. Even the chance for him to make the decision to hold Alex Gordon in game seven of the World Series was both a miracle and a lifetime in the making; he didn’t reach the majors until he was 54.