Sam Mellinger

Sam Mellinger

In trading for Ben Zobrist, Royals’ front office again has players’ backs

Adding another key piece via trade in the do-everything Ben Zobrist, the Kansas City Royals again show themselves to be a club that is very clearly chasing the highest goals. A year after the players had the front office’s back, in other words, the favor has been returned.

Sam Mellinger

For these Royals, winning attitude really does make a difference

The Royals are the American League’s defending champions and current owners of the circuit’s best record, but they also are a bit like a fraternity that always throws the loudest parties no matter what the university administration says. This is all by design, too, cultivated by a strongly held belief from club executives that athletes who laugh together, win together.

Sam Mellinger

Good Yordano vs. Bad Yordano: Royals pitcher Ventura walks a thin line

Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura was dominant, then awful against the Pirates. He was a big-league starter, then being shipped to the minors. Now, after an injury to Jason Vargas, he’s coming back to the Royals dugout. His mental toughness appeared to be the primary issue spurring his demotion, and it is a question going forward after the psychological roller coaster Ventura has ridden the last few days.

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