The KC Royals surprised much of MLB by trading closer Kelvin Herrera so early, and without a consensus top prospect in return. But look closely, and you can see the pieces line up, or at least the thought process of Dayton Moore.
Is anyone more confusing than Alcides Escobar? The Royals are a lock for 100 losses, right? At what point does there need to be accountability for this mess? Are the Chiefs' corners good enough? What's the chances we actually host a World Cup game? A predictive list of things to look forward to?
This is not a call for the Kansas City Royals to trade catcher Salvador Perez. It is a call for them to at least be open to trading their most valuable piece, because that's the surest way to inject the organization with much-needed talent.
KC Royals fan Bill Palcher has been sending letters to players and managers for 10 seasons now. Some are thrown away immediately, others are read with great interest. This is his story, told here in The Star for the first time.
Kansas City has heard "no" more than "yes" when bidding for major events and projects. Rarely, if ever, have we been this well positioned, not just to play host to a World Cup match, but for international "friendlies" and training opportunities for the national team. Rarely have we had more self-esteem on the line, too.
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Cliff Illig, Kansas City's billionaire entrepreneur via Cerner and one of the principal owners of Sporting Kansas City, may be better positioned than anyone else in the world to talk about KC's viability as an NBA market. He expresses skepticism, focus and an open mind.
Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, one of the nation's brightest baseball prospects, went undrafted this week because he pleaded guilty to child molestation. That's natural. That's the first reaction. But is it the right one? The case of KC Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill presents a reason to at least think again.
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The Kansas City Royals had five of the first 58 picks in the amateur draft on Monday night. They went heavy on college pitchers, but the stuff that really matters going forward is making sure this isn't the end of a talent infusion for a depleted farm system. They need to focus on trades.
Jacob Sykes is The Star's Boys Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He lettered in four sports at Rockhurst, including football. He won a state history contest, scored a 34 on the ACT as a freshman, and signed to play defensive line at Harvard.
The first real week of Patrick Mahomes' first real offseason as the KC Chiefs' starting quarterback is over. He threw two interceptions on the only day reporters were allowed to watch this week's practices. This doesn't have to be a bad thing.
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Sheahon Zenger did not have a great case to remain the Kansas Jayhawks athletic director. But the timing of his firing by KU makes it more difficult for the current football coach, David Beaty, and perhaps the next one, too.
Purely in terms of talent, cost, age and what's coming for the future, the 2018 Kansas City Royals may be in worse shape than in 2006, when Dayton Moore took over. At least they have some front-office experience on their side.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy is relentlessly hard on himself. That's part of how he made it this far, to enough major-league success for a $65 million contract. It's also part of what's holding him back at the moment.
The story of how Jose Martinez went from Kansas City Royals non-prospect to St. Louis Cardinals slugger is a classic baseball tale involving coincidence, identity, unpredictability, two teams and two men with the same name.
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