Pine Tar Podcast Season Recap with Royals Asst. GM J.J. Picollo

Pine Tar Podcast season recap and offseason preview episode with Royals Assistant General Manager J.J. Picollo. Talking Game 7 near miss, possible internal replacements at positions of need and the reaction of fans to the team.

Also David and Clint discuss the Gold Glove wins by Eric Hosmer, Sal Perez, Alex Gordon and the rest of the season ending awards.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault: Impromptu Parking Lot Reaction to Sweeping the Angels

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Following the Royals 8-3 win and three game sweep of the Angels, Troy and Mike recorded a very impromptu show from the parking lot at Kauffman Stadium, discussing the game itself, the playoff run so far, and the big plays and contributors to this point in the postseason.

The show also featured cameos by one of the very few Angels fans at the K, Troy’s friend Nick, as well as Superfan Chris.

The Kansas City Baseball Vault is brought to you every week via the Royals Podcast Network with the support of Kelly’s Westport Inn, the best bar to stop by to watch a ball game.

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Triple Play Podcast – Episode 31

Hunter, Matt and Reese mostly talk American League West this week. We start with the snakebit Rangers who will set a major league record for most players used in a season. They’ve shut down Yu Darvish and Shin-Soo Choo for the season.

The Mariners had some exciting behind the scenes drama when Jesus Montero chased down a scout with a bat. On a tamer note, Jack Zduriencik received a multi-year extension as general manager.

The A’s continue to build. They acquired Geovany Soto and Bryan Anderson, both catchers, to add additional depth to the expanded rosters.

We talked about Johnny Venters chances of returning after his third Tommy John surgery.

The Royals claimed Jayson Nix and DFA’d Bruce Chen to ready themselves for September. We also discuss Alex Gordon’s MVP candidacy.

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Pine Tar Podcast with Nate Bukaty of The Border Patrol

Nate Bukaty of 810 WHB’s The Border Patrol joined the show this week to talk about the job the front office has done, the Royals amazing turn around and how good Alex Gordon is. Also David and Clint discussed possible September call ups, Billy Butler and some possible offseason moves.

Audio from Christian Binford and Omaha Storm Chasers announcer Mark Nasser is included in the minor league spin.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault: Royals Remain in First, plus Alex Gordon, WAR, and Player Perceptions

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This week, we got a second straight show to celebrate your first place Kansas City Royals, so we took the opportunity to look ahead at the schedules for the Royals and their most likely competitors for a playoff spot, Detroit and Seattle.

We also talked about Alex Gordon’s unheralded value – you may not realize how good he really is – and where he stands as one of the best overall players in the game. We also talked about how first impressions and big moments can skew perception of a player.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault: First Place Redux, Trades, and Superfan SungWoo Lee

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After a week off so Jeff could get married (likely excuse), we returned to catchup from the trade deadline and to marvel about the now FIRST PLACE Kansas City Royals.

We discussed the hot streak, the resurgence of some key players, and looked ahead at the Royals’ schedule, as well as that of the Tigers.

We also talked about SungWoo Lee (@Koreanfan_KC), the Korean Superfan who visited Kansas City this week and basically captivated the entire Royals fanbase.

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Triple Play Podcast 25 – Injury Extravaganza! Molina, Tanaka, Vargas, Gordon

Hunter’s out, but Matt and Reese talk about injuries to Yadier Molina and Masahiro Tanaka that ended their seasons. We talk about their replacements and how it might affect their seasons.

We bash hard on the Royals roster construction that has robbed the team of depth during their own injuries to Alex Gordon and Jason Vargas.

Triple Play Podcast 24 – Samardzija, Ibanez, Hosmer, All-Stars

Matt, Hunter and Reese talk about Lou Gehrig for the 75th anniversary of his speech and use the Baseball Reference Play Index to dig up some cool stats about him.

The huge news is that the Oakland Athletics traded two of the games most highly touted prospects, Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, along with Dan Straily and a player to be named later for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

Eric Hosmer has been a trainwreck all the way up to the point we recorded this podcast, then promptly hit 4 extra base hits in the next 4 games. The Royals picked up Raul Ibanez and Scott Downs for some reason. They had better options.

We also talk about Royals All-Stars. Alex Gordon should have started the game. Alcides Escobar was snubbed despite being the best all-around shortstop in the league. Salvador Perez was a lock and Holland got in.

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Triple Play Podcast 21 – Polanco, Tigers, Surging Royals, Prospects

Hunter, Matt and Reese talk about the falling Detroit Tigers and the surging Royals. They are having tons of trouble at shortstop. The division is scrunched together and still a very tight race.

The Royals are hitting well, pitching well and they have great, gold glove defense all over the field. Danny Duffy has found some consistency and he’s limiting his pitch count. Moustakas has been average, Alex Gordon should be an MVP candidate, Escobar is on another hot streak.

We talk about how strong center field is in the National League. There are four center-fielders with above 140 wRC+.

We talk about some Royals prospects that have earned a promotion–Hunter Dozier, Christian Binford and Orlando Calixte.

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Triple Play Podcast 20 – Draft Recap, Morales, A’s, Hosmer & Alex Gordon

This week, Hunter, Matt and Reese discuss the Kendrys Morales signing and what it means for the Twins. We also talk about what it could mean for the Royals.

We had to talk about the Athletics. They are on fire. Not only are the crushing the ball at the plate, but they’re also pitching well, despite losing Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin with elbow injuries.

When we talk about the Royals, there’s plenty of bad news to go around, especially with Hosmer, but there’s some good news as well. For more than a month now, Alex Gordon has been hitting like he did in 2011, giving major offensive output.

Salvador Perez has also picked things up after getting some rest.

We recap the first few rounds of the draft and talk about how good or bad the picks are.

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