Sam Mellinger

Sam Mellinger

Baseball Hall of Fame opens for Buck O’Neil, but he’s already earned something better

The metaphorical door that had been locked and shut forever to Buck O’Neil is open again, just a sliver, enough for the light to come through but not enough to see what’s on the other side. A hundred possibilities come from the Hall of Fame’s announcement of structural changes. The one of most interest around Kansas City is a rewrite of how folks from the Negro Leagues will be considered.

Sam Mellinger

Why we need sports, now more than ever

Recent tragedies, including those in Kansas City, have shaken many around the country. Particularly during this campaign season, the news is full of divisiveness. There’s a tendency to think sports is irrelevant in the bigger picture, but it’s quite the opposite.

Sam Mellinger

Royals, after two ugly losses, must begin to consider selling at trade deadline

The Royals have compared the importance of this home stand to one in late September, in the middle of a playoff race. On Tuesday, manager Ned Yost said it was “go time.” Since then, the Royals have lost two games by a combined score of 18-7. The team’s playoff hopes are now in critical condition, and those words will be read as wildly optimistic by fans disgusted at such an ugly showing.

Sam Mellinger

On Pat Summitt, Buddy Ryan and the parts of their stories that the next wave of coaches should be hearing

All across sports, particularly in the traditionally very different worlds of football and women’s basketball, they are telling reverential stories about two of the greatest and most intense to ever do it. Pat Summitt helped changed the way women’s sports are viewed, making it OK for our sisters and daughters to be coached like our brothers and sons. Buddy Ryan was one of the NFL’s all-time great defensive coaches, and he did it with fire, insults, rebellious ideas and an insatiable swagger.

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Sam Mellinger tries to make sense of the Royals' historic home-road split

The Royals are on pace for more than 50 wins at home, and 50 losses on the road. Sam Mellinger tries to make sense of it.
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Sam Mellinger tries to make sense of the Royals' historic home-road split 3:46

Sam Mellinger tries to make sense of the Royals' historic home-road split

KU coach Bill Self on NBA Draft: 'There's so much false hope' 1:37

KU coach Bill Self on NBA Draft: 'There's so much false hope'

George Brett on growing up and why he chose baseball 10:24

George Brett on growing up and why he chose baseball

Yordano Ventura and Manny Machado brawl: What next? 1:58

Yordano Ventura and Manny Machado brawl: What next?