<![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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Brace yourself: The Royals’ offense may actually be worse than you think http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article82847467.html#storylink=rss A lot of the attention has been on the pitching, particularly Yordano Ventura, but the hitters aren’t giving them a chance

The problems are easy to see on the surface, but in some cases are even worse with a deeper look

For instance, did you know the Royals are swinging more often and making less contact than any other season this century?

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:51:27 CDT

On the Yordano Ventura problem, and a grown-up team without time for this http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article82479232.html#storylink=rss A year ago, Ventura showed signs that he was beyond these spats of immaturity

His major weakness seems to be an inability to handle failure

He’s a talented starting pitcher on a team in need of starting pitching, and right now he’s holding the Royals back

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:45:19 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: Stop the LeBron hate, the Royals Coaster and lots of other important stuff http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article82209192.html#storylink=rss It’s good to be back from vacation! No, seriously!

Your LeBron hate may be blocking you from seeing a heck of a story

Lots of Royals stuff, including ... DFA Infante?

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 08:25:57 CDT

Here’s what keeps Royals officials up at night http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article77709232.html#storylink=rss By itself, the Royals’ slow start isn’t reason for major panic

But unlike past years, the club doesn’t have the minor-league inventory to pull off a major trade

A year ago, landing Ben Zobrist and Johnny Cueto near the deadline boosted the team’s talent and morale

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Sat, 14 May 2016 19:21:53 CDT

Dayton Moore’s decade with Royals: defiance, humility, championships ... and a new perspective http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article80334137.html#storylink=rss He took what was then among the worst jobs in professional sports 10 years ago this week

Asked what he’s most proud of, Moore does not talk about the World Series

His worldview has evolved over these 10 years in a way that fits his baseball philosophy

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Fri, 27 May 2016 13:07:37 CDT

Remember when the Royals were lucky and good? Yeah, not so much anymore http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article80200967.html#storylink=rss The record of teams the year after winning the World Series is less than stellar

The Royals have already faced more than their share of obstacles

In more than 40 years in pro baseball, Ned Yost says he’s never seen anything like this

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Thu, 26 May 2016 19:17:39 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 Yordano Ventura and Manny Machado brawl: What next? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article82434292.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 23:53:45 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article82434292.html The promise and frustration of Big 12 expansion, seen as inevitable by many and needless by some http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article79790137.html#storylink=rss The league is (finally) in a strong negotiating position

That’s great! The expansion candidates are less great

Meetings next week are generally seen as the most important yet

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Wed, 25 May 2016 11:30:52 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: Alex Gordon’s injury, key to the Royals, Streetcar, Sporting, and my old man project http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article79529202.html#storylink=rss If the Royals are going to make a major trade, they’re going to have give up a major talent

It’s just a thought, but that might mean Yordano Ventura

I’ve been challenged to name three great non-barbecue places in KC. Could’ve named 20

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Tue, 24 May 2016 11:55:09 CDT

Alex Gordon's wrist, Royals rotation, this week's games and more http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article79293197.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 12:18:22 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article79293197.html Indifferent to baseball and thankful for alcoholism: the survivor’s tale of Charles Dobson http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article78893282.html#storylink=rss Born and raised in Kansas City, Dobson pitched at Municipal Stadium for the A’s

He led the league in shutouts in 1970, but his career derailed from an injury and alcoholism

He says he’s thankful for all of it, particularly the lows, for providing the natural highs he feels now

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Fri, 20 May 2016 15:03:58 CDT

Chuck Dobson once pitched a game while drunk, now battles back from demons http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/article78863322.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 13:33:54 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/article78863322.html Three reasons Eric Hosmer might be launching Royals’ most credible threat to Steve Balboni’s record in years http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article78610357.html#storylink=rss This is not a prediction that the Royals’ single-season home run record of 36 will fall

But there are factors both in and out of Hosmer’s control that mean it’s at least possible

One of them is that he is hitting more long home runs than anyone in baseball

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Thu, 19 May 2016 11:45:13 CDT

Discussing the Royals, 40 games into the season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article78516987.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 19:36:28 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article78516987.html Recapping the Royals' 8-4 win over Boston http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article78255782.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 23:25:48 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article78255782.html Wade Davis, Royals have been knocked down but remain resilient in defense of title http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article78257097.html#storylink=rss Closer Wade Davis says mindset in clubhouse remains positive

Team has won back-to-back games for the first time in nearly four weeks

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Tue, 17 May 2016 23:27:33 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: The Punch, unwritten rules are dumb, free Danny Duffy, and parking downtown http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article78046642.html#storylink=rss In which I say I like Jose Bautista, and bring up overlooked parts of Rougned Odor’s punch

More on whether the Royals should have Duffy start or relieve

Sports wishes! For kids!

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Tue, 17 May 2016 08:23:33 CDT

On Yordano Ventura, the Royals’ struggling would-be star, and the search for answers http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article76844557.html#storylink=rss Some of us thought Ventura would have a next-level season, but he’s struggled, particularly lately

Watching him, it’s hard not to wonder if he’s pitching through discomfort

The fix for Ventura has always needed to come from within

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Tue, 10 May 2016 18:22:50 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: Not as early for Royals as it used to be, generational comedies and dumb comments http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article76730892.html#storylink=rss The Royals are below .500 for the first time since July 2014

Their problems are all over the place: hitting, pitching, energy

No matter your age, there is a 90 percent chance you think the generation after you is soft

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Tue, 10 May 2016 11:37:14 CDT

Looking at the Royals' options in the starting rotation http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article76733032.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 12:03:39 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article76733032.html