This week the Kansas City Baseball Vault welcomed back Sam Mellinger from the Kansas City Star who talked about the Royals and their response to pressure after reaching (and falling out of) first place.
He discussed the offensive struggles of Eric Hosmer and how he should be moved down, as well as the Royals front office’s approach to praise and criticism. Mellinger also talked about his newest project, “The Art of Scouting”, a book by he and Art Stewart, Royals Hall of Famer and longtime scout. That book is due out in July.
After Sam went to go cover the game, Jeff and Mike talked about Hosmer some more and some of the factors that might have Ned Yost keeping him in the #3 spot. They also talked about lineup construction and its importance (or perhaps lack thereof) and looked at some alternative batting orders.
We’ve enjoyed the support of Kelly’s Westport Inn for years and we’re now also glad to partner with Baseball-Reference.com and their Play Index service for the near future. Help support the show by hopping over to Baseball-Reference.com and signing up for the Play Index by using promo code “Royals” to save $6 off the regular yearly price of $36 – it’s a great tool for detailed baseball stat research, and something we play around with every day.
If you find any great Royals stat trivia or trends using the Play Index or Baseball-Reference, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Near the end of July, we’ll give away copies of Willie Mays Aikens’ book “Safe At Home” to three listeners. I’m also adding a copy of “The Art of Scouting” to the contest.
References for this week:
- Baseball Musings Lineup Analyzer
- KC Star: Royals have to show they can handle pressure of winning
- “The Art of Scouting” on Amazon
- Sam Mellinger on Twitter
- Eric Hosmer as a #3 hitter (Via Baseball-Reference Play Index)
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