<![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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why no amount of 'due diligence' can predict Tyreek Hill’s future with the Chiefs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article76334742.html#storylink=rss “No sir,” he said when asked if was aware of the criticism surrounding his pick

Hill is not used to this attention, or scrutiny, not on the level that comes with the NFL

The Chiefs have reasons both personal and broad to know they can’t be sure how this will turn out

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Sat, 07 May 2016 18:06:47 CDT

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill addresses the media for the second time http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article76289762.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 07 May 2016 13:31:19 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article76289762.html We interrupt your regularly scheduled Royals freakout to provide some perspective http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article75797547.html#storylink=rss The Royals’ new normal means a new standard

They are playing “terrible,” in their own words, but ...

But there’s a lot to be encouraged about in their start to 2016

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Thu, 05 May 2016 11:00:06 CDT

Mellinger Minutes: Are the Royals good again? What’s behind the Tyreek Hill pick and reaction? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article75540212.html#storylink=rss The Royals walked it off Tuesday night; 14-12 start includes more to be encouraged about than not

A good question is asked about Tyreek Hill: Are second chances not allowed?

Also: Advice on How To Move Without Losing Your Sanity

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Wed, 04 May 2016 10:38:40 CDT

Nationals’ Bryce Harper is more than baseball’s most prodigious hitting talent http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article75038842.html#storylink=rss His numbers are ridiculous, particularly for a player his age

Harper, who will be in Kansas City on Monday, sometimes wears a “Make Baseball Fun Again” hat

His individual style is like the Royals’ collective style, both of which are good for baseball

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Sun, 01 May 2016 17:47:29 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 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 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 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 What's wrong with the Royals? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article76575677.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 15:48:37 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article76575677.html Getting to know Chris Jones, the Chiefs' top NFL draft pick http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article75702527.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 19:57:20 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article75702527.html John Dorsey and Andy Reid on drafting Tyreek Hill http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article75646802.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 16:57:41 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article75646802.html Tyreek Hill on explaining himself during NFL draft process http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article75369007.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 14:53:02 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article75369007.html The Chiefs, who brag about their character, draft a man who choked his pregnant girlfriend http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article74976132.html#storylink=rss Tyreek Hill pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement after his pregnant girlfriend walked into an emergency room

He allegedly punched her in the face and stomach; later signed guilty plea that says he choked her

The Chiefs claim comfort in their vetting process, and are asking for trust

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:30:49 CDT

With the draft over, time to look forward for the Chiefs — good and bad http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article74902407.html#storylink=rss Their draft class is heavy on depth, but light on obvious immediate impact

With different circumstances, the Chiefs may have drafted QB Paxton Lynch in the first round

What remains true is that the Chiefs will succeed or fail in 2016 based on the players fans already know

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:34:58 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article74902407.html
The Chiefs turned the NFL Draft into the feeling of being stood up on a first date http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article74606812.html#storylink=rss When you think about it, nobody really knows anything certain about the NFL Draft

All we can do is evaluate the thought process and track record of those making the decisions

On both those points, the Chiefs’ current leadership group stands up well

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:51:06 CDT

Ten players the Chiefs should target in the NFL Draft http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article74433207.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:35:32 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article74433207.html Chiefs GM John Dorsey called his shot with Marcus Peters a month before 2015 draft http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article74291957.html#storylink=rss Selection of Peters at No. 18 is the best pick of Dorsey’s three drafts in KC

Chiefs’ GM had to become comfortable with the reasons Peters was still available

The way he and the team arrived at this conclusion is a window into the draft process

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:23:56 CDT