<![CDATA[Judging the Royals: Sports Columns & Blogs | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:02:37 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:02:37 CST Judging the Royals 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com It’s no surprise that Alex Gordon, a creature of habit, re-signed with the Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article58634713.html#storylink=rss A free agent at season’s end, he agreed last month to a four-year, $72 million contract

The left fielder is particularly well-known for his pregame rituals

People overlook the human element that goes into the decisions ballplayers make

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Mike Moustakas is no Pam Anderson, but as one of Royals’ biggest stars he’s in demand http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article58487103.html#storylink=rss Things have changed for Moose and his mates since they won it all

Unlike in LA, where he goes about unnoticed, he’s mobbed in KC now

Like many other Royals, he still likes to sign as many autographs as possible

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Why the Royals pitchers need to lead the league in hit batters http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article58125783.html#storylink=rss Pitching coach Dave Eiland doesn’t want opposing players hit; he wants more inside pitches

But, if the Royals pitchers do that, some batters might get hit

If pitchers don’t own the inside of the plate, hitters will stand right on top of it

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The Kansas City Royals are changing the game http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article57686633.html#storylink=rss Other teams have noticed how the Royals put together their pitching staff

Other teams are also working to copy the Royals’ strategy

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Did Joe Maddon and Jeff Banister deserve a Manager of the Year award? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article45339231.html#storylink=rss There is much more that goes into being a good manager than just wins and losses

Many of these factors are unknown to anyone outside of a team’s clubhouse

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Why the three Royals deserved to win a Gold Glove award http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article44400615.html#storylink=rss Lee Judge breaks down why Eric Hosmer, Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez are great defensive players

Those three Royals players each won a Gold Glove award

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Which Royals players deserved Gold Gloves? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article44252799.html#storylink=rss Why did Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas not win a Gold Glove award?

Many Kansas City Royals fans only see other teams when they play the Royals

Check in tomorrow: We'll discuss the Royals who did win Gold Gloves

 

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The Kansas City Royals: The anti-Moneyball team http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article43733337.html#storylink=rss Playoff games are played and managed differently than regular season games

The A’s, using ‘moneyball,’ have won just one playoff series

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Covering the Royals: Bogar’s rules http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article43442454.html#storylink=rss This is the time of year when the people who like this website thank me for what I’ve done over the season and the people who don’t like this website decide it’s not worth paying for an online subscription just to tell me I’m a horse’s rear end.

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Did Mets manager Terry Collins screw up? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article43223427.html#storylink=rss The New York media turned on the Mets after the World Series

Pitcher Matt Harvey: “No way I’m comin’ out”

It’s also possible to do the smart thing and have it backfire

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How Mike Moustakas helped turn the Royals into a winning ballclub http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article42809499.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

The Royals third baseman hit an 11th-inning home run in Game 1 of the 2014 American League Division Series

The next day he bunted in his first at-bat for a hit

That sent a message to his teammates: Forget your numbers, and do whatever’s necessary to help the team win

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The Royals’ World Series celebration was wild and long-lasting, and won’t soon be forgotten http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article42360141.html#storylink=rss Some of the most memorable moments of Sunday’s celebration occured in the wee, small hours

The visiting clubhouse at Citi Field was the Royals’ home the night they won the World Series

Players and coaches alike reveled in the afterglow until after 2 a.m. before returning to KC

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Aggressiveness helps Royals wrap up Series title http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article42185190.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 01:26:47 CST

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How an Eric Hosmer ground ball turned World Series Game 4 around http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article42128034.html#storylink=rss Groundballs put more pressure on defense than fly balls

Eric Hosmer’s groundball in Game 4 turned the game around

The Royals are one win away from being World Series champs

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The Royals’ aggressive base running pays off — eventually http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article42140277.html#storylink=rss Aggressive base running affects the defense in baseball

Daniel Murphy’s error allowed Cain to get an extra base

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The Kansas City Royals have a method to their madness http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article42141642.html#storylink=rss The Royals have a different approach to hitting

The team is proving their critics wrong

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Noah Syndergaard’s first pitch to Alcides Escobar http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article42069627.html#storylink=rss Noah Syndergaard’s pitch rubbed Royals players the wrong way

Syndergaard stood behind his pitch

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Mets catch up to Yordano Ventura’s fastballs in Game 3 http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article42042099.html#storylink=rss David Wright homers off of Ventura in first inning

Even Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard singles off Yordano Ventura

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What to watch for as Yordano Ventura takes on the Mets http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article41928561.html#storylink=rss The only hitter he’s faced in the New York lineup is Yoenis Cespedes

In his last start Ventura surprised everybody by pitching out of the stretch

Citi Field is smaller, so Ventura will want to keep the ball out of the air

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Johnny Cueto deals with adversity in middle of game http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article41772885.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:12:28 CDT

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The Royals’ Eric Hosmer knows how to stay cool http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article41683611.html#storylink=rss Hosmer got the dreaded in-between hop in the eighth inning

In the 14th, Hosmer got the pitch he needed and did his job

With bunt attempt, Lorenzo Cain’s heart was in the right place but his bat wasn’t

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Getting the ball down was, and remains, key for Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article41657373.html#storylink=rss Game 1 starter gave up three runs, including a homer on a pitch that stayed up

Lorenzo Cain was bunting in the eighth inning, but it didn’t go so well

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Lee Judge’s keys to the World Series http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article41510358.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 21:12:42 CDT

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Royals changing how the game is played http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article41439177.html#storylink=rss Their penchant for stolen bases drives other teams crazy

Unlike others, KC doesn’t work the count

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How the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista lost ALCS Game 6 and the Royals’ Mike Jirschele won it http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article41317512.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 13:01:06 CDT

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Feel free to second guess Royals manager Ned Yost http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article41295555.html#storylink=rss Yost sticks with Ryan Madson long enough for Madson to give up big eighth-inning homer in Game 6 of ALCS

Still, Royals prevail and it is Wade Davis who shots the door

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Kansas City Royals avoid the two-strike count http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article41195706.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:01:55 CDT

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Salvador Perez, ump Dan Iassogna and that borderline pitch http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article40879890.html#storylink=rss Catchers, hitters and home plate umpires talk all the time, and a lot of that talk is lobbying

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First-pitch fastballs catch up to Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/judging-the-royals/article40806546.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 20:39:21 CDT

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Somehow a fly ball pitcher without much velocity went into a launching pad

Why don’t we just wait until these games are over and then offer our opinions?

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