<![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 ‘Delaney’ 30-for-30 film about Chiefs running back screened for fans http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/gregorian-chants/article29923645.html#storylink=rss Movie producer Grant Curtis remembers being “a card-carrying member of the Chiefs Huddle Club” when he was a youngster. So it made sense for him to be involved with “Delaney,” a ESPN 30-for-30 Short about Chiefs running back Joe Delaney which had an advanced screening Monday night in Kansas City.

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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 01:26:37 CDT

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Royals stretch run begins now with focusing on big picture http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article29644471.html#storylink=rss KC Royals executives and players weren’t appeased by reaching game seven of the World Series last season in the franchise’s first playoff foray in 29 years. Instead, the breakthrough whetted their appetite for more and to seize the moment and momentum that often are fleeting in baseball. That is why trading prospects for established players in Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist was a smart decision.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:35:13 CDT

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Watch: Vahe Gregorian on the Royals’ trade for Ben Zobrist http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article29165134.html#storylink=rss The Royals acquired Ben Zobrist from the Oakland Athletics for minor-league pitchers Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks on Tuesday. The Star’s Vahe Gregorian and CineSport’s Noah Coslov break down the deal.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:27:32 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article29165134.html
The Huddle on the Johnny Cueto trade http://www.kansascity.com/incoming/article28845097.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:01:14 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/incoming/article28845097.html With the Johnny Cueto deal, the Royals add an ace to a winning hand http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article28783480.html#storylink=rss Days of speculation and anticipation and fretting about solving the Royals’ most glaring vulnerability ended Sunday afternoon with the acquisition of ace pitcher Johnny Cueto. In one monumental burst arrived a harmonic convergence coinciding with a resurgence by Yordano Ventura that we could well look back on as the flashpoint when one of the best teams in baseball morphed into, in fact, the best.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:47:13 CDT By VAHE GREGORIAN

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Royals richer because of Latin Americans on the team http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article28735294.html#storylink=rss One day after ESPN dismissed broadcasting personality Colin Cowherd for his racist remarks about Dominicans, the Royals celebrated Hispanic culture at Kauffman Stadium — and celebrated a victory.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:39:19 CDT

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Replacement Royals paying big dividends http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article28480585.html#storylink=rss Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando are doing more than just keeping the Royals afloat in Alex Gordon’s absence.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:02:55 CDT

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Watch: What is next for Yordano Ventura after being sent to Class AAA Omaha? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article28319569.html#storylink=rss What does the future hold for pitcher Yordano Ventura and the Royals after Kansas City sent its opening-day starter to the minors? The Kansas City Star’s Vahe Gregorian and CineSport’s Brian Clark discuss the transaction.

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Yordano Ventura’s move to Omaha could be just blip in larger narrative for young starter http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article28073152.html#storylink=rss Jarring as this might seem, the notion of optioning Yordano Ventura to Class AAA Omaha was one the Royals needed to make lest they be perceived as being guided by one of the definitions of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:34:40 CDT

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One way or another, Royals’ fortunes altered after players-only meeting last year http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article27980434.html#storylink=rss Monday night after the All-Star Game a year ago, the Royals seemed lost and listless as they dropped seven of eight to tumble to eight games out of first in Chicago. All of which prompted “The Meeting,” which depending on your perspective either changed everything or was purely coincidental to what’s come in the year since.

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:13:41 CDT

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Aaron O’Neal changed coach Gary Pinkel and the course of Missouri football http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article27677632.html#storylink=rss Part of the legacy of Aaron O’Neal, who died 10 years ago, is the impact he had on coach Gary Pinkel and Mizzou football during a piercing and volatile period that defined the program then and going forward.

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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:22:47 CDT

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Timing was right for Justin Houston’s new contract with Chiefs http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article27359221.html#storylink=rss No doubt the Chiefs could have spent millions less to extend Justin Houston a year ago, before he led the NFL and broke Derrick Thomas’ franchise record with 22 sacks. But they wouldn’t have been spending with the same conviction that Houston, 26, is a cornerstone of the team.

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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:49:32 CDT

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Packed with Royals, Cincinnati becomes ‘Kansas City East’ for All-Star Game http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article27275065.html#storylink=rss Cincinnati might have been the epicenter of baseball once again for a night, but that was just a frilly wrapper around what was in the middle of it all: your Kansas City Royals, wall to wall and in Sensurround.

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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:53:01 CDT

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Despite strikeout, no negative moments for Moustakas in All-Star Game http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/gregorian-chants/article27282685.html#storylink=rss CINCINNATI — Following a night he says he’ll remember for the rest of his life, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was traveling on a team charter to Chicago and planned to get a flight from there to California early Wednesday morning to spend 24 hours or so with his ailing mother.

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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:57:05 CDT

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Ned Yost at last earns his own All-Star berth for first time http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article27181765.html#storylink=rss Royals manager Ned Yost has frequented the dugout in numerous All-Star Games in the past, but this time is different.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:11:37 CDT

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Royals season remains to be defined, but 2014 was no mirage http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article27060799.html#storylink=rss Safe to say that as the Royals enter the All-Star break this week, they at least have terminated any notion they were a fluke and reframed any discussion about them.

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:29:11 CDT

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All-Star Salvador Perez’s combination of play and playfulness makes him a revered Royal http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article27022948.html#storylink=rss Some combination of making of mirth and abundant worth on the field has made Royals catcher Salvador Perez an irresistible force among fans.

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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 21:20:07 CDT

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Mike Moustakas makes ailing mom proud with being named All-Star http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article27022909.html#storylink=rss When Royals’ third baseman Mike Moustakas abruptly left Sunday’s game to rush home to California for a family emergency, it was to be by his ailing mother, Connie. Upon his return Friday, enabled by his mother telling him “go back to work,” Moustakas didn’t want to elaborate on her illness.

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Fri, 10 Jul 2015 21:18:21 CDT

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Tuesday’s All-Star Game represents yet another improbable Royals coronation http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article27004978.html#storylink=rss The energy of last season’s breakthough is still being harnessed and gaining momentum, which is why the Midsummer Classic in the Queen City of Cincinnati will be a coronation of the Royals.

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Alex Gordon’s injury is a shock to the system for Royals http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article26839423.html#storylink=rss It’s a grit that makes Gordon in many ways the ultimate Royal, one for the ages and one to emulate as does his young son, Max, who’s known to declare “Here goes Alex Gordon” and run into a wall, fall down and lie there for a few seconds. But something was profoundly different when Gordon abruptly went down in the fourth inning Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 22:26:38 CDT

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Watch: Will the Royals make a move ahead of the trade deadline? http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/gregorian-chants/article26754430.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Royals sit atop the AL Central after their best first half since 1980. The Kansas City Star’s Vahe Gregorian and Noah Coslov discuss issues the Royals may need to address.

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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 13:43:06 CDT

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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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