Mike Moustakas is on pace to smash the Kansas City Royals' single-season home run record. The Royals have played 84 games through July 6, 2017. Moustakas has hit 25 home runs in 76 of those games, putting him on pace to hit 48. Steve Balboni has held the
Sam Mellinger, in his June 6, 2017, Facebook Live session, analyzes the Kansas City Chiefs’ release of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, a list of the five most disappointing Royals players and the saga of Kansas State Wildcats football coach Bill Snyder and his reluctant release of transfer receiver Corey Sutton.
Year after year, schools told Tilicia Robertson of Kansas City that her son, Jordan Huff, was mentally retarded and would never be able to read or write. She didn't believe that and taught Jordan in her home while working full time. Huff was later diagnosed with autism. He is graduating from Hogan Prep and has a college scholarship to attend MidAmerica Nazarene this fall.
For the first time in 34 years, the Chiefs drafted a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Kansas City Star sports writers Terez Paylor, Blair Kerkhoff, Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger react to the selection of Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech at No. 10 overall Thursday.
The core of the Kansas City Royals came up through the minor leagues together, overcame growing pains in the majors and thrilled Kansas City with a two-season run that culminated with the 2015 World Series championship. But last year’s 81-81 season left fans wanting more. The 2017 season is likely the last that stars Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain will play together in KC. Can they reign again? With video by David Eulitt and narration by Sam Mellinger, we answered that question over six episodes shown in their entirety here.
In the sixth and final installment of the video series "Crown Chasers," the Royals are trying to get back to the top of the American League with a lot of familiar faces but a fundamentally different look, relying more on power hitting.
In the fifth installment of the six-part video series "Crown Chasers," Sam Mellinger recalls the massive challenge for Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore on his hiring in 2006 to reverse the culture of losing inside the team's clubhouse. Moore did exactly that over the course of eight years by finding players that shared a common trait: baseball players who had a burning desire to be great. They used that attitude to win the World Series in 2015, but need to recapture that attitude and spark in 2017.
In the fourth installment of the six-part video series "Crown Chasers," Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost faces new challenges in 2017. Will they hit for more power? Will the bullpen still be as dominant? The answers Yost finds will define the upcoming season and perhaps his decision on retirement.