Kelly’s Westport Inn and The Kansas City Baseball Vault Present: Rex Hudler

You either love him or hate him. He’s either an annoying cheerleader or wrapped up in passion for the game. There’s not always a lot of gray area when it involves Royals television analyst Rex Hudler.

Hudler took time to talk with us at the Kansas City Baseball Vault about his passion for baseball, his attitude as a player and how it has framed his daily approach as well as how he responds to criticism. We discussed optimism, getting over losses, and what he’s said to players since joining the Royals.

The Wonderdog also shared some of his personal stories of raising a child with disabilities and the ways his family has embraced the challenges and blessings involved.

This was a very forthright Hudler and a different side from what you’ll see on the Fox Sports Kansas City broadcast. Love him or hate him, he’s got something to say.

Kelly’s Westport Inn and The Kansas City Baseball Vault Present: Bob Dutton

Bob Dutton has been covering the Royals to some extent since 1987 and became the primary beat writer covering them for the Kansas City Star in 2003. He’s seen his share of bad Royals baseball and, on occasion, some good as well.

Dutton took some time out of his schedule to talk with us at the Kansas City Baseball Vault about the Royals in 2013. We made sure to nail down who’s going to play right field, asked about the fifth starter spot and sought insight into the 2012 struggles of Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. We also checked on the status of some prospects who might make it to Kansas City in 2013 including Yordano Ventura and Kyle Zimmer. We also talked about the second base battle and factors in the search for a utility infielder.

We finished off with some hypotheticals about what might happen if Kansas City is near the playoff hunt later in the year.