Sam Mellinger

Times are changing, and so should major league baseball

If the Royals are being targeted for over-celebrating or showing too much emotion — and there are people around the game who believe this to be true — that says more about baseball than it does about the Royals. Respect for the game is important, but so is being free to show natural emotion.

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Live updates from Saturday's Royals-Athletics game

Follow along on your mobile device or desktop for stats and updates by Star sportswriters and columnists from Saturday evening's Royals-Athletics game. First pitch is 6:10 p.m. The game is televised on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Oakland vs. Kansas City: Don’t overlook the seventh inning

After Friday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics there was plenty to talk about: Billy Butler’s return to Kansas City, Paulo Orlando hitting yet another triple and Brett Lawrie’s takeout slide of Alcides Escobar. But don’t overlook the seventh inning.

Oakland vs. Kansas City: Don’t overlook the seventh inning

After Friday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics there was plenty to talk about: Billy Butler’s return to Kansas City, Paulo Orlando hitting yet another triple and Brett Lawrie’s takeout slide of Alcides Escobar. But don’t overlook the seventh inning.

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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.