Dayton Moore took what was then among the worst jobs in professional sports 10 years ago this week: general manager of the Kansas City Royals. Asked what he’s most proud of today, Moore does not talk about the World Series.
Ned Yost has been in professional baseball for more than 40 years and says he’s never seen anything like the collision between Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas. Now, the Royals must find a way to move on.
The Big 12 is now packed into the family station wagon, playing the license plate game, with no real schedule to keep. Texas is driving, Oklahoma is barking out directions. Kansas and K-State and others are keeping to themselves, mostly, hoping they all arrive safely.
Former big-leaguer Charles Dobson drank so much, so often, for so long, he began to think that’s how he would die. All these years later, he’s still alive at age 72, with a peace of mind he could not have imagined before.
With a hot summer, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer could at least approach the home run record for baseball’s smallest franchise. He is having the kind of season for which he will likely field offers of $100 million or more when he becomes a free agent after next season.
This week’s Mellinger Minutes tackles the Jose Bautista-Rougned Odor bout, whether Royals pitcher Danny Duffy should start or relieve games, the Kansas City streetcar, the new Kemper Arena proposal, sports wishes for kids and more.
Of all the things that needed to go right for the Royals in their encore to last year’s World Series championship, Yordano Ventura (finally) filling into his prodigious talent was among the most precarious. And of all the things that have gone wrong for the Royals over the last two weeks, the starting pitching is among the most troublesome.
The Royals are below .500 for the first time since July 2014. Their problems are all over the place: hitting, pitching, energy. Also: No matter your age, there is a 90 percent chance you think the generation after you is soft.
Tyreek Hill walked to the microphone in a Chiefs jersey Saturday for one of the biggest moments of his life. This is Hill’s new reality now, and it’s one that he created with a horrifying burst of rage, hitting and strangling his then-pregnant girlfriend 18 months ago. Last week he became the source of rage in Kansas City and nationally about domestic violence in the NFL and beyond.
We’re all guessing here, but the talent and work ethic and track record of this Royals team makes any serious worry about being 14-13 while playing terribly come off as silly, and/or a product of amnesia. The Royals are good now, in other words. Even when they’re not.
The Royals walked it off Tuesday night, and a 14-12 start includes more to be encouraged about than not. A good question is asked about Tyreek Hill: are second chances not allowed? Talk of the streetcar and advice on How To Move Without Losing Your Sanity.
Lifelong Kansas Citian and former major-leaguer Chuck Dobson talks about pitching a game while very drunk and high on amphetamines -- and his feelings associated with the experience. Dobson, a former pitcher for the Kansas City and Oakland A's and California Angels, is a recovering alcoholic and counselor. Video by Jill Toyoshiba, email@example.com