<![CDATA[Sam Mellinger: Sports Columns & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/ en-us Wed, 21 May 2014 09:36:58 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Wed, 21 May 2014 09:36:58 CDT Sam Mellinger 60 Royals’ defense pays dividends in more ways than highlight-reel catches http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article26217640.html#storylink=rss In many ways, the Royals owe their June success to their outstanding defnense and run prevention. They went 15-11, extending their division lead from a half-game to 4 1/2, despite scoring just 3.6 runs per game.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:36:47 CDT

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Royals’ Chris Young brings the heat even with a slow fastball http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article26022109.html#storylink=rss None of Chris Young’s pitches is impressive on the surface. His fastball is one of baseball’s slowest, averaging 86 mph, the speed of some of his new Royals teammates’ change-ups. But Young makes up for that in so many ways. He is 6 feet 10 and has a naturally deceptive delivery. Then there’s his competitiveness.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:24:30 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Royals moves, ribs vs. tacos, and will Moose and Hosmer make the All-Star team? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article25826452.html#storylink=rss I love my job, and before we go any further I need you know I mean those words with my heart and brain. But one of the biggest frustrations is when you read something someone else wrote that is so good you wish you’d have come up with it first.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:03:49 CDT

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Royals are bloodied, bruised but still keep finding ways to win http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article25733197.html#storylink=rss This is the Royals right now. Banged up, probably tired, and can’t wait to play again. Oh, and winning. Steady winning. The Royals completed a three-game sweep of the previously hot A’s in Oakland with their center fielder, shortstop and first baseman hurt. Also, closer Greg Holland was unavailable after saves the last two days.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:51:09 CDT

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Royals’ Wade Davis is human, even if the statistics suggest otherwise http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article25688359.html#storylink=rss Kansas City relief pitcher Wade Davis struggled a bit during the Royals’ 3-2 win at Oakland on Saturday, but he still managed to avoid giving up a run. After securing the final out of the inning, Davis showed some emotion.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:36:10 CDT

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Kendrys Morales’ Friday homer shows KC's significant, crucial upgrade at DH http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article25649761.html#storylink=rss Kendrys Morales made hitting an solo home run look easy to start the Royals’ scoring during Friday’s 5-2 series-opening win at Oakland. Easy, but deceptive because it’s been a while since the Royals have had a designated hitter who can do this.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 01:36:24 CDT

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Five years after Manute Bol’s death, basketball tournament in South Sudan brings hope http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article25482787.html#storylink=rss The most significant basketball tournament of the summer is a world away from here in South Sudan. They played it against a backdrop of gory violence and human rights violations and in the name of something — actually someone — so much more important than a trophy: Manute Bol. Bol died five years ago this month, at age 47, while helping promote peace and progress in his native country.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:10:17 CDT

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Chiefs fan approaches cancer treatment with a game plan http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article25406599.html#storylink=rss Jim Weber of Stilwell is fighting multiple myeloma, and he’s using his fandom of the Chiefs to deal with the diagnosis. He wears the jersey of his favorite Chief to every treatment and is approaching the schedule like a football season. The Chiefs’ home opener is his Super Bowl. “I can only control what I can control,” he says. “Everything else is out of my hands.”

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:04:19 CDT

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Twitter Tuesday: Joe Blanton, Royals needs, All-Star bonuses, All-Star fixes and monster trucks http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/dont-kill-the-mellinger/article25215556.html#storylink=rss If not for Joe Blanton, the highlight of Monday night’s Royals broadcast may have been Rex Hudler explaining to the folks at home what a koozie is — you put your drink in it, but it’s not a cooler, Rex said.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:46:53 CDT

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Yes, the Royals are slumping, but they also have the best record in the A.L. http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article24137929.html#storylink=rss Kansas City’s bats have cooled considerably, but the team that overcame struggles multiple times last season and advanced to the World Series deserves the benefit of the doubt. That’s especially true because the Royals still are in first place in the American League Central.

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Sat, 13 Jun 2015 20:54:41 CDT

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Starting pitching continues to plague resilient Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article23934538.html#storylink=rss Columnist Sam Mellinger says the Royals still have the best record in the American League, but their starting pitching is letting them down.

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:14:02 CDT

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There’s a special connection between KC and baseball’s first draft http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article23545342.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City A’s picked Rick Monday with the first pick of the first baseball draft, and Royals Hall of Fame scout Art Stewart is part of the reason baseball decided to hold a draft in the first place.

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Mon, 08 Jun 2015 19:38:36 CDT

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Ned Yost poised to pass Dick Howser, Whitey Herzog for wins by a Royals manager http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article23315574.html#storylink=rss The traits that Ned Yost shares with former Kansas City Royals skippers Dick Howser and Whitey Herzog: He cares about his players. Works hard. He’s tough, determined, and ultra competitive.

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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 21:22:26 CDT

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With games on artificial turf, more FIFA blundering will be on display at World Cup http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article23224419.html#storylink=rss FIFA could make a simple yet significant step toward addressing its outdated and sexist views of women’s soccer by promising that this will be the end of giving the women’s game a second-class treatment by having all of the games in Canada played on artificial turf.

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 16:45:11 CDT

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Despite strengths, Royals’ weaknesses in rotation stand out http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article23163891.html#storylink=rss The Royals’ rotation is not the biggest short-term concern, but it is the biggest long-term concern, the team's most significant weakness, and the part under the most transition.

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:43:51 CDT

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After blown call, baseball’s replay system in need of review http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article22980429.html#storylink=rss No single call can be completely blamed for a loss, but at least in the Royals’ 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, there was enough to pick apart. Like the mechanics of baseball’s replay system, which upheld a call that Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez was safe at first base on a potential double play in the eighth inning.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 01:15:27 CDT

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Call it another sign of baseball’s KC comeback: Royals looking flush with All-Stars http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article22832403.html#storylink=rss Major League Baseball released its second update of All-Star voting on Monday and the results remain, well, jaw-dropping. The Royals have picked up a lot of fans from their playoff run and hot start to this season, but there are members of players’ families who wouldn’t be this overwhelming in their support.

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Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:18:32 CDT

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It’s a different feeling for the Royals this season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article22120005.html#storylink=rss For so many years, expecting the Royals to be dogs this time of year was not pessimism. It was realism. Look at those Royals now. Memorial Day is Monday, and the Royals are the best team in baseball.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 22:37:56 CDT

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Around KU, a strong distaste about resuming Border War with Mizzou http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article21489522.html#storylink=rss One of MU athletic director Mack Rhoades’ talking points has been an open desire to play Kansas again, and his mention of having discussions with Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger has let fans and media fill in the blanks. This makes it a good time to mention that there is no indication from Lawrence that renewal is more likely now than before.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 14:18:58 CDT

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Yordano Ventura pitches through the drama, becomes a scene-stealer for the Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article21449031.html#storylink=rss Pitcher Yordano Ventura’s starts this season have been defined by drama — cramps, taunts, ejections, and too often lots of runs. But in pitching seven scoreless innings Tuesday night in Kansas City’s 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds, Ventura showed everyone why the Royals made him their opening-day starter and gave him a contract that guarantees at least $23 million.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 00:12:52 CDT

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Royals starter Danny Duffy is a complicated case http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article21216528.html#storylink=rss Danny Duffy knows they are watching as he walks off the mound. Fans. Coaches. Television cameras. He has come to understand he will be judged not just by his pitches, but his emotions. That part has been hard, particularly lately.

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Sat, 16 May 2015 23:12:40 CDT

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Dressed to the Nines event another sign of Negro Leagues museum’s staying power http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article21016860.html#storylink=rss The coolest, most ingenious, realest reason to believe in the future of an irreplaceable and often endangered crown of Kansas City is a pressed suit, sharp tie and matching pocket square. Dressed to the Nines is an idea that started a short time ago with a guy and his roommate, and already is an official Royals promotion with thousands of fans wearing suits and ties and even some red dresses for fun and to pay respect to the Negro Leagues and the baseball museum at 18th and Vine.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 15:20:19 CDT

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NFL can’t seem to make punishments fit the crimes http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article20720259.html#storylink=rss A not-so-independent investigation took way too much time to come to a non-conclusion about the air inside footballs, but that was enough for the NFL to come in like a panting dog with an historic penalty for what became Deflategate: The Patriots are fined $1 million, lose two draft picks, including one in the first round, and — here’s the kicker — Tom Brady is suspended for four games.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 21:12:11 CDT

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Big 12 needs to overcome its wishy-washy image http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article20593209.html#storylink=rss Near-death experiences often motivate major change, but the Big 12 is stuck in the same bad habits that helped contribute to its last crisis.

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Sat, 09 May 2015 16:23:51 CDT

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Eric Hosmer was already very good, and now he’s getting even better http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article20470737.html#storylink=rss Eric Hosmer is wildly talented, a combination of quick hands, smooth athleticism and natural power for which the Royals paid him $6 million after he graduated high school in Florida. He is now 25 years old, in his fifth big-league season. He is still young but no longer a young player. A few years ago his age was often referenced to explain his growing pains. Now it is a sign of strength.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 21:09:29 CDT By SAM MELLINGER

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How Chris Conley fares, especially because of trade, is key to success of Chiefs’ draft http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article20379438.html#storylink=rss If the biggest Chiefs draft in years — the one with nine picks, just as the roster seems to be maturing into a contender — is going to be great, it’s going to be with Chris Conley, the third-round receiver from Georgia, being at least very good. This is especially true because of the trade the Chiefs made to get him.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 17:52:12 CDT

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Royals fans are showing their passion for team http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article20319129.html#storylink=rss Attendance at Kauffman Stadium is up 51 percent from this time last year, and the Royals are on pace to break the franchise attendance record of 2,477,700 set in 1989. “I'm not surprised, just because I know the passion of our fans,” general manager Dayton Moore says. “I notice it every day.”

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Royals got April started with gusto http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article20084493.html#storylink=rss The Royals collected nine ejections and five suspensions in the first three weeks. National media began calling them the Bad Boy Royals. A Cleveland pitcher watched the first game of the series against the Royals wearing boxing gloves. Entrepreneurial fans printed up “Straight Outta Kauffman” T-shirts. And, son of a gun, the Royals are wearing it well. They entered May with the best record in the American League.

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Sun, 03 May 2015 01:00:00 CDT

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Productive offseason puts Chiefs in good position http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article20104236.html#storylink=rss The Chiefs are in a really good place right now. With natural progression and a productive offseason that is now mostly complete, they are in position to get back in the playoffs with 10 or 11 wins. With a little luck, maybe more.

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Sat, 02 May 2015 17:54:43 CDT

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Royals are way beyond being just a ‘pretty good’ team http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article20074476.html#storylink=rss The Royals, including Eric Hosmer, certainly have reason to smile this season. They have consistently awed opponents and fans alike with their stellar offense and defense.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 23:18:12 CDT

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