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After nearly quitting baseball, Bubba Starling is closer than ever to the big leagues

In April 2017, Bubba Starling wanted to quit baseball. He started poorly in his sixth full professional year after signing with the Kansas City Royals for $7.5 million out of Gardner Edgerton High School in 2011. But after talking with his parents, he stuck with it. Since May 7, a span of 35 games, he is hitting .333 with a .367 on-base and .508 slugging percentage for the Class AAA Omaha Storm Chasers. Starling is as close as he has been to a major-league call-up. The worst baseball of his life, immediately followed by the best.

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Sam Mellinger: A working theory on why Chiefs and GM John Dorsey are ‘parting ways’

Firing widely respected general manager John Dorsey is not the Chiefs-iest move imaginable merely because of the bizarre decision and horrific timing: five weeks after letting a top assistant take another GM job, two months after the NFL Draft, and five months after the end of the season. It’s also because of the radio silence about what really happened from Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt and others. But, piecing together conversations with people in and out of the organization, plus some prior knowledge, here is some more background on why Dorsey is out.

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Sam Mellinger: Chiefs can’t cut Maclin and say they’re preparing for a Super Bowl run

If the Kansas City Chiefs really didn’t even bother asking Jeremy Maclin to take a pay cut, it only adds to a fundamentally mixed message after so long building him up as a man, teammate, and receiver. Because, let’s be clear: they are preparing for what they still hope to be a Super Bowl run by cutting their most accomplished receiver and a beloved teammate and leader at a position where they need more of that.

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They said he’d never be able to learn. With mom’s help, he has a college scholarship

The mother who listened to teachers say her son would never be able to read or write will watch, probably with tears in her eyes, as that same boy graduates from Hogan Prep this month. Jordan Huff overcame a learning disability eventually diagnosed as autism with the help of his mother Tilicia Robertson’s homeschooling, graduated fifth in his class and will play defensive back and study to be a physical therapist at MidAmerica Nazarene in the fall.

Videos

Mellinger Minutes Live: Chiefs, Maclin, most disappointing Royals & Bill Snyder

Sam Mellinger, in his June 6, 2017, Facebook Live session, analyzes the Kansas City Chiefs’ release of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, a list of the five most disappointing Royals players and the saga of Kansas State Wildcats football coach Bill Snyder and his reluctant release of transfer receiver Corey Sutton.
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Mellinger Minutes Live: Chiefs, Maclin, most disappointing Royals & Bill Snyder 33:05

Mellinger Minutes Live: Chiefs, Maclin, most disappointing Royals & Bill Snyder

A mother's love finds a way for her autistic son, who is now headed to college 5:29

A mother's love finds a way for her autistic son, who is now headed to college

The A-Team reacts to Chiefs signing a quarterback: Patrick Mahomes 1:47

The A-Team reacts to Chiefs signing a quarterback: Patrick Mahomes

Mellinger Minutes Live: Royals hitting slump, Chiefs draft and more 30:40

Mellinger Minutes Live: Royals hitting slump, Chiefs draft and more