Royals catcher is one of the rarest forms of a baseball player — young and established, a friendly star, the clubhouse bridge between Americans and Spanish speakers, a defensive force at a premium position with enough pop to hit in the middle of the lineup.
Kansas City’s Tim Grimes is just 28, but he was recently given a grim diagnosis. However, the Royals’ winning ways have given Tim and his friends a rallying point. They’d find something else without baseball, certainly, but it probably wouldn’t be as fun.
If Hall of Famer George Brett thinks this group is more talented than the one he won a World Series with, isn’t that at least enough to completely buy in and see where the most interesting September of Royals baseball in a generation goes?
Let’s be clear and reasonable here: Only a fool would panic. After all, Saturday marks the latest the Royals have been in first place since — wait for it — 1985. Even with just 28 games left, it’s a stretch to talk about a season being at a true crossroads.
Your belief in the Chiefs’ looking better in the 16 games that matter than they did in the four games that don’t should be a direct reflection of your belief in coach Andy Reid. The spots where the Chiefs have shown inadequacies are the spots where Reid’s experience and particular expertise are most effective.
Kansas City manager Ned Yost took away from a spectacular ending with a clumsy, misguided, insulting and out-of-touch whine about only 13,847 people showing up on a school and work night with temperatures into the 90s.
Will it be a September to remember for baseball fans in Kansas City? The Royals were in first place on Aug. 31 for the first time in decades and are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Check out this special collection of stories and charts to get you prepared for the critical final month.
Yordano Ventura will miss his scheduled start against the Twins on Wednesday. In the meantime, the biggest takeaway is this feeds a growing organizational belief that Ventura is the most likely starting pitcher to move to the bullpen if the Royals make the playoffs.
The Royals are a legitimate national story now, and not just because of the (regional) Sports Illustrated cover or the quirky SungWoo Lee buzz or that the Royals played on national TV Monday, will do it again Tuesday and be host to Major League Baseball’s flagship Sunday night game for the first time since 1996.
There are not many franchises in the NFL whose identity is more entwined with defensive players — especially pass rushers — than the Chiefs. From Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith to Jared Allen to Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, the Chiefs stand out among NFL teams as an incubator of sorts for top-shelf pass rushers.
The Royals have a long history that predates every current player of doing enough good to lift the spirits of fans, and then enough bad to make them wonder why they believed in the first place. Today, they remain one of the hottest teams in baseball, and the two new Royals helped build the case that these are the new Royals.
Josh Willingham’s arrival in the Royals lineup on Tuesday represents much more than an upgrade from Raul Ibanez as the team’s primary designated hitter for as long as Eric Hosmer is on the disabled list and Billy Butler is at first base. For starters, it’s a flashing neon sign of a reminder about how quickly things can change in baseball.
The Kansas City Royals are the team with the longest playoff drought in North American sports, but they also have the longest winning streak in baseball this season, and son of a gun, they’re doing it again. No matter what, we all knew it would take something crazy for the Royals to get into the playoffs. Well, look around. Crazy is here.
It’s been 25 years since Bill Snyder started coaching football at Kansas State, which is why we are republishing Sam Mellinger’s column on Snyder from the Wildcats’ 2012 Big 12 championship season in which the coach, already famous for one Manhattan Miracle, turned around the program again.
The Kansas City Chiefs’ decision makers like Tyler Bray as a prospect, and they didn’t draft Aaron Murray to cut him. So Chase Daniel could not have had a much worse beginning to his night, taking a sack, coming up angry, and then on third-and-forever throwing an unacceptable pick-six. But then Daniel completed seven of eight passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, making as strong of a case for the Chiefs’ vice quarterback job as you could’ve expected.
The fight is approaching in the distance, and the Chiefs have found a friend. This is smart business, and with the right breaks can be something more important. The Chiefs play their first preseason game on Thursday, and while the coaches are consumed with things like their left tackle, defensive secondary and depth at receiver, much of the front office has been tackling a different kind of problem. Give them credit for their tactics, too.
Another NFL quarterback somewhere between average and the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers has another new contract worth tens of millions of dollars. The initial takeaway from some is that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith must be next. Don’t fall for it.
The expansion Royals needed to find a way to help develop players, so the Royals Academy was born in 1970 to try and turn athletes into baseball players. Former Royals Frank White and U.L. Washington were Academy graduates. The Academy closed in 1974, and the late Ewing Kauffman said “the biggest mistake I made in baseball was letting them talk me into closing the Academy.”