Sam Mellinger

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Sam Mellinger: Chiefs’ draft class backed with reason, guts, and loads of potential

The Chiefs traded up for a quarterback in the first round to get Patrick Mahomes, added depth and presence along the defensive line with Tanoh Kpassagnon, moved up again to get a running back in Kareem Hunt. For one NFL draft, at least, the Chiefs answered their fan base’s wish list.

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Sam Mellinger: Royals offense is grounded until Hosmer can put the ball in the air

When Eric Hosmer hits the ball on the ground, he is batting .125 with no extra base hits. When he hits the ball in the air, he is batting .348 with a .522 slugging percentage — an MVP candidate, essentially. If Hosmer is an anomaly, it’s only as a strong, 6-foot-4, cleanup-hitting first baseman. League wide, ground balls are producing a .237 average and .260 slugging percentage. Balls in the air are producing a .385 average and .849 slugging percentage.

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Sam Mellinger: How new K-State AD Gene Taylor will work with Bill Snyder

Bill Snyder is 77 years old, and recently underwent treatment for throat cancer. So maybe Snyder wants to talk to Gene Taylor about his future plans, and why he believes his son Sean should be the next head coach. Taylor won’t say it, at least not publicly, but he must know this is the most important thing he will deal with in the job that will define his professional life.

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Sam Mellinger: Royals owner David Glass wants to win while rebuilding and saving money? Good luck

Here is the fundamental conflict of David Glass and the 2017 Kansas City Royals: They are willingly, and now openly, choosing the more difficult and less efficient way of getting back to baseball’s mountaintop. Respect the ambition, but if it’s the difference between being good enough to hope and in a few years being good enough for another pennant or two, we’ll all remember this as the moment the Royals made the wrong choice.

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

For the first time in 34 years, the Chiefs drafted a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Kansas City Star sports writers Terez Paylor, Blair Kerkhoff, Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger react to the selection of Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech at No. 10 overall Thursday.
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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

By the numbers: Eric Hosmer, ground balls and power 0:49

By the numbers: Eric Hosmer, ground balls and power

Mellinger Minutes: What's wrong with the Royals' offense? 18:16

Mellinger Minutes: What's wrong with the Royals' offense?