Sam Mellinger

Last year’s taste of success emboldens, motivates Royals manger Ned Yost

Pull up a chair. KC Royals manager Ned Yost is going to tell you all about his offseason, facing criticism and nearly winning the World Series. This is the new Ned — same as the old Ned, just more with even less filter. More confidence. More comfort. Success looks good on him. This will be fun.

Sam Mellinger

Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele: ‘a baseball man’s baseball man’

Mike Jirschele’s place in baseball and with the Royals is so much more interesting than the dramatic, one-dimensional depiction of a third-base coach given a split-second decision that would’ve made him infamous. Even the chance for him to make the decision to hold Alex Gordon in game seven of the World Series was both a miracle and a lifetime in the making; he didn’t reach the majors until he was 54.

Sam Mellinger

A newfound love of sports helps 12-year-old girl combat bullying

The best part of 12-year-old Claire Tietgen’s story, the one her parents want you to hear, is better than the nine gold medals she’s won in mixed-martial-arts competitions. It’s what her newfound talent has done for her self-esteem. For the way she sees herself now and responds to bullies who once made her contemplate taking her own life. “It’s like seeing her breaking out of her shell and then dancing on the broken shells,” says her MMA trainer.

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