<![CDATA[Vahe Gregorian: Sports Columns & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/ 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 Vahe Gregorian 60 Chiefs may never have come to be without Jack Steadman http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article26560876.html#storylink=rss Lamar Hunt may well on his own have come to the conclusion that Kansas City was the right site for his pro football team, but the move at every stage was precipitated by the work and counsel of the steadfast Jack Steadman, who died Sunday at age 86.

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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:12:48 CDT

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Royals’ Don Wakamatsu carries lessons learned from grandparents’ ordeal in internment camp http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article26505454.html#storylink=rss A reaction to an envelope in the mail nearly 30 years ago prompted the beginning of a journey of discovery for Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, whose grandparents lived in and whose father was born in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. It’s a particularly reflective time for Wakamatsu in the wake of the recent death of his cherished grandmother, Ruth, 97, who will be memorialized Saturday.

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Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:09:45 CDT

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Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is master of his own psyche http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article26481742.html#storylink=rss Since disaster struck the Royals’ starter in the Bronx, he’s been a staple of consistency.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:59:31 CDT

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Eric Hosmer and Noah Wilson a Royal friendship not to be forgotten http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article26210830.html#storylink=rss Eric Hosmer and 6-year-old Noah Wilson, who died of cancer Tuesday, offer the perfect snapshot into the symbiotic relationship between the Royals and their fans.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:50:43 CDT

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Drowning of Chiefs’ Joe Delaney still haunts former Louisiana police diver http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article25675738.html#storylink=rss When the call came over his radio about possible drownings in Chennault Park the afternoon of June 29, 1983, Marvin Dearman of the Monroe Police headed to dive into the fateful Louisiana pond where Chiefs running back Joe Delaney lost his life trying to save drowning children he didn’t know.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:10:18 CDT

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120 miles from KC, Caitlyn Jenner’s former college coaches are happy for her http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article25096963.html#storylink=rss About 120 miles from Kansas City, the first exit in Iowa on Interstate 35 is for a remote town of about 2,300 named for a king in the Book of Mormon. It was against this improbable backdrop that Caitlyn Jenner — then known as Bruce, a Connecticut Yankee in King Lamoni’s court — became a star decathlete and future Olympian, before recently changing names and announcing she is a transgender woman.

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:39:08 CDT

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Hiring of Ned Yost helped revive the Royals and Dayton Moore http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article24945010.html#storylink=rss Star columnist Vahe Gregorian writes that for all the hiccups and swerves and exasperating moments that came with general manager Dayton Moore’s fantasy to save the Royals, maybe none was more personally deflating to him than firing Trey Hillman in May 2010. That’s when Moore turned to special adviser Ned Yost, now the winningest manager in Royals history (411 wins) after his team beat Milwaukee 3-2 Thursday.

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 22:54:27 CDT

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Ned Yost and the Royals are handling this All-Star fame just fine http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article24831109.html#storylink=rss Until someone proves, or even alleges, that Royals fans have engaged in some kind of hacking scheme instead of just going to extremes within the system, any anger or resentment at Royals fans over the voting for the All-Star Game is misdirected. And manager Ned Yost and the Royals themselves have handled this beautifully.

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:31:59 CDT

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Cheer if you must, but St. Louis Cardinals hacking report hurts everyone http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article24681538.html#storylink=rss If you’re not a St. Louis Cardinals fan, there is plenty of fun to be had over the team’s alleged hacking of the Houston Astros’ computer database. But the allegations, if proved true, would be a loss for all. It would diminish not just the Cardinals but also further bludgeon a flickering belief in our institutions and, more specifically, the notion that ethics prevail in sports.

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:18:21 CDT

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Salvador Perez provides salve for the Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article23428335.html#storylink=rss Royals catcher Salvador Perez’s eighth-inning home run Sunday  in a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers provided dazzling testimony to his point about the ebb and flow of a season … and perhaps a preview of better days ahead.

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Sun, 07 Jun 2015 18:43:06 CDT

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Yordano Ventura may be struggling to live up to expectations as Royals’ No. 1 starter http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article23309118.html#storylink=rss Yordano Ventura, who in his last few starts seemed finally to have shrugged off the volatility that defined the early part of his season, experienced a dramatic relapse Saturday as Kansas City lost 4-2 to the Texas Rangers.

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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 19:45:22 CDT

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Salvador Perez worth more than he’s being paid, but he’s no victim http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article23258991.html#storylink=rss Salvador Perez deserves money befitting his rising stature, and he has proven himself exceptional … but the Royals extended themselves before they had to and aren’t obliged to do anything more until they have to again.

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 22:14:10 CDT

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May nemesis no longer dictates Royals’ season http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article23193291.html#storylink=rss The Royals of the recent past almost always were eliminated from contention by May’s end.

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 12:35:45 CDT

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Salvador Perez can do plenty, but it’s hard to avoid occupational hazards of being a catcher http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article23062671.html#storylink=rss Catcher always has been and always will be an inherently vulnerable position, and more than anything else that explains why Salvador Perez was out of the Royals lineup on Wednesday. Short of encasing him in bubble-wrap or contouring him in Iron Man’s armor or simply not playing him, there is no way to ensure that he’ll get through any night unscathed.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 21:38:26 CDT

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Thirty years later, Darryl Motley remains entwined with Royals history http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article22865907.html#storylink=rss Darryl Motley, the star for the Kansas City Royals of game seven of the 1985 World Series, also has unique connection to managers Ned Yost and Dick Howser. Yost enters tonight’s Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland with 402 wins with the Royals and is about to surpass Howser for the most wins by a Kansas City manager.

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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:27:54 CDT

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Ronda Rousey is a one-of-a-kind MMA star whether fighting or supporting others http://www.kansascity.com/sports/article22570593.html#storylink=rss Arguably the best female athlete in the world at the present time, mixed-martial arts phenom Ronda Rousey is comfortable arm-barring opponents in the ring as she was signing copies of her new book Thursday night in Kansas City.

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Thu, 28 May 2015 20:11:15 CDT

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Rookie Chiefs receiver knows what Eric Berry’s going through in battle with cancer http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article22619982.html#storylink=rss Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who has been undergoing treatment for lymphoma since early this year, has a kindred spirit and teammate in rookie wide receiver Kenny Cook, a free agent from Gardner-Webb who fended off cancer to play football again.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 14:25:46 CDT

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Adventurous day for the Royals’ Yordano Ventura belongs in eye of the beholder http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article22155732.html#storylink=rss Royals starter Yordano Ventura surrendered four runs in seven innings Sunday against the Cardinals and opened the game in an apparent funk as the first four Cardinals reached base. But he settled down and retired 14 in a row at one point.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 18:32:30 CDT

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Royals manager Ned Yost will have little say in All-Star selections http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article22081545.html#storylink=rss If Royals manager Ned Yost could have his way, he might be inclined to stock the American League All-Star roster with his own. But Yost isn’t going to have much sway or wiggle room in forming the team.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 21:40:38 CDT

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Perception of Royals manager Ned Yost has certainly changed http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article22003476.html#storylink=rss Last season, Royals manager Ned Yost was being fitted for a dunce cap by The Wall Street Journal. After an American League championship in 2014 and his success this season, he appears to have the Midas touch.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 18:44:27 CDT

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Resurgent Mike Moustakas epitomizes rise of Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article21774708.html#storylink=rss Exactly a year ago Friday, Mike Moustakas was lost in transition, gridlocked at a crossroads of his career and relegated to a remedial assignment in Class AAA Omaha. Now, Moustakas is one of the top hitters in the American League and the Royals are on top of the league.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 23:17:12 CDT

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Whitey Herzog a rare common denominator between St. Louis and KC baseball http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article21623337.html#storylink=rss Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog, to be honored Friday at Kauffman Stadium, resuscitated both the Cardinals and Royals franchises.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 17:40:44 CDT

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A revived Royals rotation sets the winning tone http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article21545739.html#storylink=rss As suddenly as starting pitching seemed to emerge as a concern for the Royals, just as suddenly it’s been revived. Punctuated by Jeremy Guthrie’s six shutout innings in a 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals tied the 39-year-old franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched with 24.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 00:07:09 CDT

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Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell and ‘NFL ACTION ’72’ http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article21401046.html#storylink=rss When I was 11 years old and we had just moved from Austin, Texas, to Ardmore, Pa., Sunoco put out a 56-page stamp album called NFL ACTION ’72. Acquiring the 624 stamps (24 per team, 26 teams at the time) to fill the pages became a quest.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 12:16:00 CDT

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Catcher Salvador Perez’s play makes needed rest a complicated issue for Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article21259845.html#storylink=rss Catcher Salvador Perez arguably is the most indispensable player the Royals have — which continues to create a confounding dilemma for them: How to maximize this remarkably astute investment (Perez continues to be an absurd bargain at $1.75 million this year) while not depleting him.

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Sun, 17 May 2015 20:04:44 CDT

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Former Chief Bobby Bell gets his biggest score yet: a college degree http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article21201822.html#storylink=rss A promise Bobby Bell made to his father decades ago was unfulfilled until Thursday, when he walked across a stage at the University of Minnesota to receive his degree in parks and recreation and leisure services.

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Sat, 16 May 2015 19:51:52 CDT

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Former Tiger Jeff Warren was a man to emulate http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article20715258.html#storylink=rss For a sense of who former University of Missouri basketball player Jeff Warren was and how he’ll live on after his death at age 44 on Friday, consider the gesture he made about a week before.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 19:39:31 CDT

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Royals’ bullpen works to compensate for struggling starters http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article20397753.html#storylink=rss Even with Greg Holland coming back and Luke Hochevar’s return increasingly imminent, a variable is surfacing that could either sabotage the enterprise or render it a lot less relevant. The rotation officially can be called wobbly after Danny Duffy got clobbered and KO’d without registering an out in the second inning on Wednesday in a 10-3 loss to Cleveland that illustrated some of the consequences of an overextended bullpen.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 23:16:33 CDT

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First impression of new Mizzou AD Mack Rhoades: This man has both energy and a plan http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article20191218.html#storylink=rss New Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades exudes confidence without audacity or the suggestion that he knows it all, has a plan but is open-minded, has both a sense of humor and a no-nonsense edge.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 13:24:03 CDT

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Royals-Tigers series makes for the start of a healthy rivalry http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/gregorian-chants/article20152092.html#storylink=rss Three games in the Royals’ series against the Tigers were sellouts. The crowds, of course, are testament to the Royals’ resurgence. But this was about something else, too: the anticipation of a budding — and notably respectful — rivalry with the Tigers.

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Sun, 03 May 2015 19:32:14 CDT

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