<![CDATA[Sam Mellinger: Sports Columns & Blogs | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:05:59 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:05:59 CST Sam Mellinger 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Do not look the monotony of Chiefs training camp in the eye http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article92356657.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:23:47 CDT

The Royals’ comeback win is context for the more important question http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article92293497.html#storylink=rss Comebacks like Wednesday are why the Royals won the last two pennants

But they are highly unlikely to make the playoffs again this year, which is putting the front office in an interesting spot

The executives who run the Royals are particularly hesitant to trade away players, even when other clubs might

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:29:31 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: Royals at the trade deadline, Chiefs at training camp, Big 12 expansion and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article91896347.html#storylink=rss Does Tim Kaine forward top 10 lists he appears on to all his friends?

How should the Chiefs use Jamaal Charles this season?

A theory on why the Royals are striking out so much more this season

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:53:20 CDT

Baseball Hall of Fame opens for Buck O’Neil, but he’s already earned something better http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article91579447.html#storylink=rss A change in election process means O’Neil could be considered for induction again

The Negro Leagues Committee made a widely recognized mistake in leaving O’Neil off the induction list 10 years ago

Even so, O’Neil has earned better recognition with how he and others reacted to the snub

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:59:53 CDT

Why we need sports, now more than ever http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article91470057.html#storylink=rss Recent tragedies, including those in KC, 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

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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:38:10 CDT

Royals, after two ugly losses, must begin to consider selling at trade deadline http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article90895477.html#storylink=rss Team openly labeled this home stand crucial to their season, and lost the last two games 18-7

The roster is flawed and the playoffs are a (very) longshot

Royals can take advantage of a trade environment currently rewarding sellers

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:08:25 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: Big 12 expansion (maybe!), Royals playoff push (maybe?), and Eric Berry http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article90758157.html#storylink=rss Alex Gordon is having a nightmare, and here’s a predictation about what will be said in the offseason

Should Eric Berry have shown more loyalty to the Chiefs? (No, but please read why below)

Local beers!

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:30:18 CDT

Royals’ magical victory over the Indians makes it feel like 2015 again http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article90458517.html#storylink=rss Royals beat the Indians 7-3 on Monday night, with all of their runs in a wild eighth inning

KC has been waiting for a moment like this, believing it was coming

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 23:59:09 CDT

Cam F. Awesome and what to do after the dream dies http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article90091082.html#storylink=rss Awesome (yes, that’s his real name) missed out on the Olympic boxing team

He’s now trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life — same as any of us after losing a job or marriage

The first step is staying so busy he doesn’t think about what’s lost

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Sat, 16 Jul 2016 17:58:00 CDT

No deal between Eric Berry and the Chiefs: a failure for both sides http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article89892552.html#storylink=rss The star player and team each had plenty of reasons to get this done

Their mutual failure makes it less likely Berry will be with the Chiefs beyond this season

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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:16:07 CDT

The Royals’ second half presents complications and far-reaching consequences http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article89602767.html#storylink=rss They are in the middle of a pack of 11 teams within eyesight of a playoff spot

Unlike last year, a major trade is unlikely for a variety of reasons

The next two weeks are particularly important and could influence the club beyond this season

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Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:22:05 CDT

Missouri is down an athletic director — and can be better off in spite of it http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article89438042.html#storylink=rss Mack Rhoades left for Baylor after 15 unimpressive months on the job at MU

The next athletic director in Columbia will have much to fix and address

The university has every reason and opportunity to make the right hire

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Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:51:45 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: Johnny Cueto starts All-Star Game, the Royals buying or selling and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article89081197.html#storylink=rss Why it’s far more likely the Royals add than sell at the deadline (but don’t expect much of either)

Three up and three down, Royals first-half style

Does Sal Perez have a chance at the Hall of Fame?

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Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:12:41 CDT

The Royals are doing something that hasn’t been done since World War II, so what gives? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article87106337.html#storylink=rss The Royals are on pace for more than 50 wins at home, and 50 losses on the road

No team has had this kind of split since 1945

Let’s go through some of the possible explanations

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:30:58 CDT

A simple plan for the NBA Draft that benefits players, colleges and the pros http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article86912367.html#storylink=rss Improvements have been made to the process, but they’re always incremental and administrative

It’s time to offer college prospects cash in the form of no-interest loans

Players can make more considered decisions, colleges can keep stars longer, and the NBA can get better rookies

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:47:02 CDT

On Pat Summitt, Buddy Ryan and the parts of their stories that the next wave of coaches should be hearing http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article86462152.html#storylink=rss Pat Summitt was a transcendent figure in basketball and women’s sports

Buddy Ryan was one of the most successful defensive coaches in NFL history

Both died Tuesday, both were famous hard-asses, and both had subtle strengths that made them great

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:13:36 CDT

Poking holes in Ned Yost’s theory that Royals closer Wade Davis is better with less rest http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article92405617.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:19:05 CDT

Sam Mellinger tries to make sense of the Royals' historic home-road split http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article87193637.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:55:25 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article87193637.html KU coach Bill Self on NBA Draft: 'There's so much false hope' http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nba/article86906302.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:31:22 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nba/article86906302.html Mellinger Minutes: Paying the Stupid Tax, Kendrys Morales is awesome again and a Vomit Index update http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article86394317.html#storylink=rss A weekend mistake turned into the Best Stupid Tax ever

Kendrys Morales’ BABIP over the last eight games is .500, so that’s probably not sustainable

A bonus and random PED rant!

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:25:46 CDT

On the complicated issue of Royals’ (in)ability to develop starting pitching http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article85797682.html#storylink=rss A study proposed by scouts and used by The Star shows Royals in MLB’s bottom half

The issue is full of nuance, good and bad for the Royals

“We ought to be able to develop starting pitching,” Dayton Moore says

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:38:56 CDT

Why your Chiefs optimism should start with Mitchell Schwartz http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article85481247.html#storylink=rss He is the most important improvement the Chiefs made this offseason

He turns one of the league’s worst right tackle spots into one of its best

That’s particularly important for Alex Smith, who doesn’t handle pressure as well as some others

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:35:23 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: A thousand reasons the Royals are champs, relating to the Cavs and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article85035332.html#storylink=rss The Royals’ World Series championship involved a number of unlikely events

Where will the Chiefs finish in the AFC West?

What was the best game ever?

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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:11:17 CDT

George Brett on growing up and why he chose baseball http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article84605537.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 14:11:17 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article84605537.html George Brett has never stopped trying to please his old man, in spite of it all http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article84481842.html#storylink=rss George has read stories that say he hated his father; he prefers the word “complicated”

Jack Brett was wounded in World War II and raised his four boys in a military way

George still thinks about his father every day, even 25 years after Jack passed away

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:24:06 CDT

Omar Infante did his job for the Royals, but it’s time to go http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article84067927.html#storylink=rss Everyone knew this day was coming

Infante will be remembered as Dayton Moore’s biggest free agent mistake

But it can also be said the Royals would not have made the 2014 World Series without him

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:52:53 CDT

Chiefs rookie receiver Tyreek Hill as a football player? Pretty dang good so far http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article84027672.html#storylink=rss He’ll always be remembered in part for pleading guilty to assaulting his then-pregnant girlfriend

He’s trying to make it as a receiver and kick returner, and has been the star of many offseason practices

The most encouraging part of Hill’s journey in Kansas City may be that he understands how little that means

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:02:28 CDT

Whit Merrifield: A bat flip, a long journey here and a curious path forward http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article83621062.html#storylink=rss You saw that bat flip, and you know he’ll fit in with these Royals fine

Merrifield has been the nicest surprise in a season full of plot twists

He also comes without much precedent in big league history — a 27-year-old rookie having a breakout season

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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:33:19 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: The different Royals, Alcides Escobar’s run at history, the worst candy bar and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article83664897.html#storylink=rss A stab at what the 2018 Royals might look like

I will not argue with you on the point about the most delicious chips

And a message for those who don’t like sports

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:03:52 CDT

Sports stars can be part of the solution for domestic violence http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article83282692.html#storylink=rss The Royals’ Alex Gordon and wife Jamie were leading sponsors of a fundraiser for a domestic-violence agency

As domestic-abuse cases rock the sports world, athletes can send a message of support for women victimized by violence

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 23:26:38 CDT