Kansas City Baseball Vault – Goodbye Billy, Goodbye Crow

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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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Kansas City Baseball Vault: 11/3/14 – World Series Recap and What Happens Next

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After some time off to watch the World Series, we put off recording the first offseason show long enough.

Of course, the Royals did not finish their dream run through the playoffs, but it was still a great showing. We talked about the memories, the new fans, and just how special the 2014 season turned out to be, even if Madison Bumgarner ended it.

And since the season is over, we looked at the impact of departing free agents, mostly notably Billy Butler (whose option for 2015 was declined by the team), James Shields, and Nori Aoki.

Is this the only time we’ll see the Royals in the playoffs this generation, or can they keep building on this?

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Triple Play Podcast – Episode 38

This week we recap the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. Hunter and Matt made appearances in person at games one and two. We talk about Madison Bumgarner, of course. We talk about the best moments and what they meant to us.

We also talk about a few moves and signings, as well as a few non-moves. Billy Butler was granted free agency and we talk about what his future might hold.

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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.

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WalkOff Talk Episode 37: Audra Gone Wild (Card)

Episode 37 brings you the first ever official Royals postseason edition of WalkOff Talk! Ben and Audra discuss postseason excitement, postseason joy, and postseason fever. The wild wildcard game, the possibilities in the upcoming ALDS, and more. POSTSEASON POSTSEASON POSTSEASON. The least sad these two have ever been on a show. Maybe. Enjoy! If we’re lucky, the next time you’ll hear us will be for an ALCS show.

Triple Play Podcast 33 – Royals

This week we only touch on a few national stories before moving to the Royals. Chris Davis was suspended for 25 games for using Adderall. This was after he bashed players during the steroid era of baseball as illegitimate home run leaders.

We also talk about the apparently invincible Angels, whose offense has been unbelievably tough to stifle. They had a 10 game winning streak in which they scored about 10 runs a game.

The Royals have been playing terrible baseball lately, but they’ve been holding onto a tenuous place in a tight playoff race due mainly to great pitching.

Billy Butler has been benched due to limited production and you can just about write his Royals obituary despite being one of the top ten hitters ever to wear a Kansas City uniform.

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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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Triple Play Podcast – Episode 29

Hunter and Reese talk this week about the surging Royals, who are in position to make the playoffs. We also talk about the heartwarming Sung Woo Lee sensation. It wouldn’t be Royals podcast if we didn’t complain a little. Ned Yost and Dayton Moore’s roster construction continues to be baffling as they carried 8 relievers into this week, despite using only five of them. Nonetheless, it was a great week to be a Royals fan and we were not immune to its charms.

Billy Butler’s production hasn’t gone unnoticed. We talk about his impressive numbers in the past few weeks and even talk about the possibility of extending him if the production continues.

The national scene was treated to an early showing of Javier Baez’s beautiful and powerful swing that looks a lot like Sheffield’s.

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Gary Sheffield and Javier Baez Side by Side.

We also take a moment or ten to reflect on the careers of Bobby Abreu, who was DFA’d after tailspinning, and Josh Beckett, who had a season-ending hip injury.

We break down a few trades along the way as well.

Kansas City Baseball Vault: First Half Thoughts and the Ballad of Billy Butler

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After a week off, we got caught up by talking about the Royals first half and some of the key positives and nega—areas for improvement. We also got sidetracked talking about Salvador Perez’s contract.

Then we brought back Troy Olsen for a discussion of Billy Butler – why he’s struggled, what expectations are placed upon him by fans and the organization, if he can return to form, and what happens next for him and his future with the Royals.

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 kansascitybaseballvault@gmail.com. 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.

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