This week we have a big show. We talk about Hanley Ramirez, Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz, the Josh Donaldson trade, J.A. Happ, Yasmany Tomas, Andrew Miller and more.
We also, of course, talk about the few Royals bullpen moves involving Aaron Crow, Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar.
We knew this day would come but it was time to say goodbye to Billy Butler for his years of service in the Royals organization. We discussed what his move to Oakland may mean for him and what the A’s saw in him that the Royals weren’t going to pay up for.
We also covered the Yasmani Tomas signing by Arizona and what the Royals may have missed out on. Along with that, we caught up on some of the big transactions of the offseason so far, including the trade of Aaron Crow to Miami – a good move in our opinion.
Finally, we talked about tickets, awards, and odds and ends.
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We talked about two big contracts, Victor Martinez’s and Giancarlo Stanton’s. We talk about a few trades and the signing of A.J. Burnett.
The Royals in Arizona Fall League as well as a few less than choice comments by Aaron Crow. We talk about a few acquisition targets of the Royals as well: Yasmani Tomas and Jon Lester.
In the latest episode of the Pine Tar Podcast David and Clint discuss the recent Royals Ned Yost, Aaron Crow Sunday meltdown loss. As well as some ways Ned should be using bench players and how his management style could be leading to the mental failures of the team.
Also on this episode Clint discusses Aaron Brooks spectacular PCL pitching performance that lead Omaha to another AAA PCL title. Audio included from Brooks, the celebration and Chasers manager Brian Poldberg.
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In Episode 22, Ben and Audra finally – FINALLY! – get to cut their teeth on regular-season game analysis by dissecting the Royals’ Opening Day loss to the Detroit Tigers. Ben and Audra discuss whose fault it was, or whether it was anyone’s fault. Names that come up in the blame game discussion include: Ned Yost, Greg Holland, Wade Davis, Aaron Crow, Mike Moustakas, Omar Infante, Nori Aoki, and Salvador Perez. The middle segment contains a short bit of history on late Royal Dan Quisenberry. The final segment includes a discussion of pitching roles, more specifically the closer, and whether adherence to tradition is always the best strategy. Ancillary segments include: Who won Ben and Audra’s bet?, Are there spiders in Audra’s uterus?, and Is QuikTrip gasoline inferior quality?