The Kansas City Star’s Royals coverage will have a new feel to it this season but also a tinge of familiarity.
Meet our new Royals beat writer, Rustin Dodd.
Some of you know Rustin from his coverage of the Kansas Jayhawks for the past four years. While on the KU beat, he covered a Final Four, earned Top 10-award recognition from the Associated Press Sports Editors for a series he helped produce on the Southeastern Conference, and won first place in the Football Writers Association of America’s Best Writing Contest.
Others might recognize Rustin’s name for his stories about high school sports in the area. A native of Kansas City, he joined The Star in 2009 and soon became part of The Star’s coverage team on several topics, including the Masters for the past several years.
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But Rustin’s passion has always been baseball, and close followers of the Royals will readily associate his byline with The Star’s coverage of the reigning World Series champions. Rustin has been at Kauffman Stadium for most of the Royals’ major accomplishments over the past six years, working alongside former Star beat writer Andy McCullough and his predecessor, Bob Dutton. McCullough now covers the Dodgers for the Los Angeles Times.
You might remember his 2014 story on the lost generation of Kansas City baseball fans who were about to witness their first Royals postseason game. Or that Rustin was the one who found the fan who nearly interfered with Mike Moustakas’ home run in Game 6 of the ALCS. Or his story about Salvador Perez’s journey from Venezuela to World Series MVP, filed from New York in the early-morning hours after the Royals won the championship.
Rustin sees the game of baseball from myriad angles. He’s fluent in today’s advanced metrics yet knows what interests the casual fan. He can cover hard news in the clubhouse and as a lifelong Kansas Citian can relate to that euphoria in the stands.
We’re excited that Rustin will be there every step of the way as the Royals embark on their 2016 season. Trust him to keep you informed and entertained via The Star’s growing array of channels, including our True Blue app, weekly podcasts and a growing array of video features.