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Wild Card hero Christian Colon looks to stay in the majors

Royals utility infielder Christian Colon took five years to reach the majors after the team made him the fourth overall pick in 2010, and he got there in time to become a catalyst in Kansas City’s Wild Card Game victory over the A’s. Now, Colon wants to remain in the big leagues for good.

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Royals lefty Brandon Finnegan is a playoff veteran who’s still a rookie

After a 14-month whirlwind that took him from the Big 12 to the big leagues and the World Series, left-hander Brandon Finnegan reported this month as the youngest pitcher in Royals camp and the most fascinating component of their roster construction. Team officials consider him their best left-handed option for the big-league bullpen and hope he could anchor a starting rotation. But he is still learning the etiquette of his clubhouse, and experiencing the rights of passage inflicted on rookies.

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.