Sam Mellinger

Last year’s taste of success emboldens, motivates Royals manger Ned Yost

Pull up a chair. KC Royals manager Ned Yost is going to tell you all about his offseason, facing criticism and nearly winning the World Series. This is the new Ned — same as the old Ned, just more with even less filter. More confidence. More comfort. Success looks good on him. This will be fun.

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Billy Butler still adjusting to life with Oakland, away from Royals

Even if Billy Butler left Kansas City for his new job with the Oakland A’s on good terms, even if he understands this game is a business, the reality still gnaws at him. He spent eight seasons as a Royal, but it is the last month that sticks with him.

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.