<![CDATA[Judging the Royals: Sports Columns & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/ en-us Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:43:08 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:43:08 CDT Judging the Royals 60 Take me out to the brawlgame: Breaking down the Royals vs. White Sox fight http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article19415421.html#storylink=rss Like most baseball fights, Thursday night’s brawl in Chicago between the Royals and White Sox wasn’t nearly as bad as it looked. Friday morning I watched video of the fight — pretty much frame by frame — and I didn’t see all that many punches being thrown; it was mainly a lot of pushing and shoving by guys not that all that interested in really fighting punch.

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If you’re going to play rough, don’t be surprised if people retaliate http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article19340676.html#storylink=rss The A’s Brett Lawrie seems to forget that he started things with a hard, unnecessary takeout slide of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Going into the A’s series, the Royals and their fans were already upset by the number of Kansas City batters who had been hit by pitches.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:35:25 CDT

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Brett Lawrie’s a villain, Hal McRae is an icon http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article19239777.html#storylink=rss Let’s face it: There’s more than a bit of irony in Royals fans being outraged by Brett Lawrie hurting Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar with a takeout slide, but revering Hal McRae, a base runner so overly aggressive they named a rule after him.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:16:01 CDT

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So now the Royals are the bad guys? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article19165827.html#storylink=rss Let’s go back to Friday night, before the Royals played the Oakland Athletics. Coming into that game Kansas City hitters were getting drilled at a high enough rate that guys like me were criticizing the team for not responding; I didn’t think you could let the rest of the league use your batters for target practice and not retaliate.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:49:44 CDT

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This Royals vs. A's fight ain’t over http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article19035279.html#storylink=rss Hi. Remember me? I’m the genius that said if baseball would just let the players police themselves they’d enforce the unwritten rules of the game and harmony would return to our national pastime. And I was right…for an inning and two-thirds. That’s when Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain got hit with a pitch.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:56:22 CDT

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Let baseball players police themselves http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article18913224.html#storylink=rss Baseball’s very efficient justice system; there are unwritten rules and, when you violate one of them, unwritten punishments. Break a rule, get punished almost immediately and everything gets back to normal—the game goes on as intended. Baseball fans saw an example of that Saturday night.

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:28:36 CDT

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Oakland vs. Kansas City: Don’t overlook the seventh inning http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article18852726.html#storylink=rss 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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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:05:50 CDT

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Is baseball a game or a business? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article18785583.html#storylink=rss In “North Dallas Forty” — a movie about professional football — a player confronts a member of management and says: “Every time I call it a game, you say it’s a business. Every time I say it’s a business, you call it a game.” So what’s major-league baseball; a game or a business?

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:43:26 CDT

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Beware the letdown series http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article18754695.html#storylink=rss After the Royals swept the Angels (a 2014 playoff team) last Sunday, I wrote that they should watch out for the Minnesota Twins (a team many people are picking to finish last in their division). Guess what: The Twins took two out of three games from the Royals. So am I really that smart? Nope — but other people are.

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A pitcher’s job: Limiting the damage http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article18672972.html#storylink=rss Wednesday night, Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson limited the damage and gave the Royals their first loss of the season. Here’s how he did it. Also, Terrance Gore’s role, how Mike Moustakas is becoming a more complete hitter, Kendrys Morales vs. Billy Butler on the base paths, and how I screwed up on Twitter.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:30:41 CDT

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Lee Judge: How I got hit by a 92-mph slider http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article18582257.html#storylink=rss After all this hit-by-pitch talk, The Star decided to post the video of me getting drilled by a 92-mph slider and the video of me showing the bruise from that pitch. So I guess it’s a good time to tell the story behind the story.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:12:42 CDT

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How should the Royals respond to all those hit batters (poll)? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article18577763.html#storylink=rss Opposing pitchers 12, Royals pitchers 2: The category is hit batters. One of those was Alex Rios, now lost to the Royals for several weeks after Twins rookie pitcher J.R. Graham threw a fastball up and in, clipping Rios on the hand. Should the Royals respond? Answer in our poll. And check out video of Lee Judge taking one for the team.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:19:45 CDT

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When a strikeout is a good at-bat http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article18479507.html#storylink=rss If you pay attention and know what to look for, any game — even a 12-3 blowout of the Minnesota Twins — has its interesting moments, such as Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki’s second-inning strikeout.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:07:55 CDT

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For the Royals, 162-0? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article18393737.html#storylink=rss OK, I’m almost positive the Royals are not going to go 162-0, but the way they’re playing right now, anything seems possible. The winning formula we saw last year — starting pitching that’s good enough, a great bullpen, incredible defense and speed on the base paths — is still in evidence. Now add some power and you see a team starting the season 6-0 and looking good enough to make some fans show up wearing 162-0 T-shirts.

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:34:51 CDT

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Did the Angels’ Erick Aybar go crazy against the Royals? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article18333089.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Nah, of course not; but it’s just that kind of headline that drives traffic on the internet. You’re lucky I didn’t announce a "Beatles Reunion" or "Politician Found with Porn Star"—and one of those is a lot more likely than the other—but at least I now have your attention.

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Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:41:53 CDT

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Mike Moustakas gets plunked twice: What’s up with that? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article18267464.html#storylink=rss A buddy asked what was up with all the Royals getting plunked. The truth is I don’t know for sure, but I can make a pretty good guess in Mike Moustakas’ case: the pitchers were trying to go inside and missed.

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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:14:01 CDT

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I’m not kidding; I know ballplayers don’t read our stuff as much as those of us in the media like to think they do, but just in case some ballplayer decided to check this story out, I’m saying he should stop reading. Last chance — stop now because I’m about to write about something you do not want to read about.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:12:20 CDT

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When it comes to hitting, the odds change nightly http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article17923667.html#storylink=rss On opening day, Ned Yost made out a lineup with Mike Moustakas hitting second. Apparently a lot of people thought it was a dumb idea, so I tried to explain why a manager might do what Ned did.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:56:45 CDT

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Paying attention: it makes the game worthwhile http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article17874974.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Watching baseball — I mean really watching baseball — is difficult. Score, inning, number of outs, count, what pitch was just thrown, what pitch might be thrown next, incremental adjustments by the defenders, whether the pitcher is throwing from the slide step, where the catcher sets up; all of this stuff matters. And you have to pay attention if you really want to understand.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:07:06 CDT

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Why Mike Moustakas’ home run was a big deal http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article17587916.html#storylink=rss When you pick up 13 hits and win 10-1 a lot of guys had a good day, but Mike Moustakas’ home run in the fifth inning of Monday’s win over the White Sox might have been the biggest play of the day. Here’s why.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 21:46:37 CDT

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The 2015 Royals: A scouting report from spring training http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article17531489.html#storylink=rss I was only at spring training for a week, but if you want to know the impressions I formed of the 2015 Royals while I was there and what I think about the coming season, here you go.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:35:24 CDT

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Fantasy baseball and the productive out http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article17296271.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

If even a great hitter is going to make outs seven out of 10 times it makes sense to make some of those outs productive; try to accomplish something with the outs you’re likely to make. To the people who grew up playing baseball, that’s completely logical, but if you’re coming to real baseball with a fantasy baseball point of view, you might have a different reaction.

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Fri, 03 Apr 2015 10:47:53 CDT

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Why mistake pitches might not be the ones that get hit http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article17095328.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

The other day Jason Vargas gave up four solo home runs, and after the game he said one of them was hit on a good pitch. I asked Jason if that meant he was unhappy with the location of the other three pitches and he said he was more bothered by falling behind in the count and having to throw those pitches.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:14:20 CDT

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This time Mike Jirschele sends Alex Gordon from third base http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article16994432.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

The ball was in right field, not left, but the timing was very similar: Alex Gordon was arriving at third base as the cutoff man was fielding the ball and — just like the World Series — third base coach Mike Jirschle Jirschele had a decision to make.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:46:08 CDT

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How a pitcher working slowly can hurt a team’s defense http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article16898855.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

In a recent article story in The Kansas City Star, Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez talked about the need to slow his game down. That might be good for a pitcher, but it can hurt his defense.

In a recent article in The Kansas City Star, Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez talked about the need to slow his game down. Apparently, Volquez can start working too quickly and when that happens, he wants his catcher to remind him to back off and calm down. That might be good for a pitcher, but hurt his defense.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:22:11 CDT

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Mike Moustakas bunts and the game evolves http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article16752917.html#storylink=rss If you’re a Royals fan you probably saw Mike Moustakas lose a number of hits last season when he pulled a baseball to the right side of the field, directly into an overloaded infield shift. This season Royals fans may see something different.

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Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:35:50 CDT

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Has Eric Hosmer matured? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article16577222.html#storylink=rss Eric Hosmer has been working on his swing and is getting good results this spring; has he figured it out?

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:03:57 CDT

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My first day at spring training http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article16468517.html#storylink=rss Some spring observations: Rusty Kuntz imparted his wisdom on Mitch Maier, like how to turn on a generator. Also, why part of the batter’s box disappears during games and a lesson a TV reporter learned on the difficulty of hitting a baseball.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:02:42 CDT

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Jason Vargas and the 2-1 fastball http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article16362290.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

If we pay attention we get rewarded; a seemingly meaningless 2-1 fastball thrown in the fourth inning of a nearly meaningless spring training game can be a very meaningful moment.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:13:21 CDT

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Getting to spring training is not always an easy thing to do http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article16266854.html#storylink=rss Everyone back home sees those nice pictures of ballplayers frolicking in the sun and thinks covering spring training is a blast—and it does beat shoveling snow off your driveway—but it’s not nearly as fun as people think it is.

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:11:27 CDT

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