Roster Math and the Extensions


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The Royals are in camp at spring training. Games are approaching on the calendar. A World Series title defense is about to begin. Pretty awesome, right?

This week, Craig Brown of Royals Authority fame joined Mike to discuss some of the roster decisions ahead, pitching depth (after the additions of Ross Ohlendorf, Brian Duensing, and Mike Minor), and the contract extensions of Ned Yost and Dayton Moore … and perhaps a future re-working of Salvador Perez‘s deal.

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Gearing Up For the Offseason

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Now that the dust has settled on Kansas City’s World Series victory (dang, that’s fun to say), we talked about what’s next in the offseason.

That being the case, we talked about Alex Gordon’s free agency and his legacy with the Royals. We also expressed a desire to bring Ben Zobrist back, and we looked at other potential targets briefly.

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The World Series Show

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There’s not a lot of analysis in this one, so if you like the numbers and the breakdowns week to week, this isn’t the one for you.

What we did, though, was reflect on the journey of following the World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. In 2015. Over the course of our fandom. All of it.

We brought on Troy Olsen, who’s been along for the ride from afar, and shared stories of how we’ve come to appreciate this team and their story.

The Royals are World Series Champions.
Really.

Thank you for listening.

AND — we’re back on iTunes! Here’s where you need to go to find us. Of course, you can also follow the podcast on SoundCloud or via Stitcher depending on your podcast app of choice.

Also, we’re happy to mention that we’re a new affiliate of DraftKings.com. If you’re into playing daily fantasy games, we’d love if you signed up through our affiliate link HERE or by using promo code “KCBBV”. DraftKings offers daily fantasy games for baseball, football, MMA, golf, and many many more along with deposit bonuses and free games or games as low as a quarter.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault: First Half Rundown (and ASG Watch Party Info)

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The Kansas City Royals have finished the first half with 52 wins. They lead the American league. They’ve had seven players selected to the All Star team. They’re defending AL Champs.

So what elements have come together so far for this run? Jeff and Mike discuss the team approach and identity and the breakouts that have brought the Royals to this point. We also revisted our semi-bold predictions from just before Opening Day.

We’ll talk more about the first place Royals and what lies ahead on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

There will be baseball, beer, drink specials, friends old and new, pizza in the back (at Joe’s), and we’re working on some special guests and giveaways.

Giveaway items:
-1 Autographed copy of Frank White’s book “One Man’s Dream”
-1 Copy of Willie Mays Aikens’s book “Safe At Home”
-1 Copy of Chris Kamler’s (@TheFakeNed) book “The Silence, the Series, and the Season of SungWoo”
-Watch party t-shirts
-KCBBV/Kelly’s hats
(giveaway items subject to change and availability – but the books are guaranteed, at least)

Invite your friends, come on out, and enjoy the Royals on the national stage. (21 and older). More information will be posted here: www.facebook.com/events/822763797838454/

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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.

Kansas City Baseball Vault: Playoff Picture and Dayton Moore Speculation

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Right after the Royals (finally) finished the suspended game against Cleveland and while Danny Duffy was dealing, Mike and Jeff talked about the Royals improving (or dwindling?) playoff odds in light of a near-disaster against Detroit and how the rest of the contenders shape up.

Also, we discussed Dayton Moore as a candidate for Atlanta’s open GM position and what it means for him and his legacy. He’s done good things for the organization, but has he done enough? And could (or would) a different GM do everything he’s done, but better? Or worse?

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Triple Play Podcast 30 – Machado & Richards out, Tigers slipping, Expanded Rosters

This week, we talk about Rusney Castillo’s monster signing of 7 years and $72.5 million with the Red Sox as well as how Cuban players are affecting not only major leagues, but other international leagues as well.

Umpires have gotten a lot of attention lately. Jayson Stark wrote an article about the best and worst umpires and which one has the “lowest ERA” or highest. We touched on this and an article from earlier this year published by Columbia University Business School that shows umpires get “star-struck” by all-star pitchers, creating the Rock Star Strike Zone.

The Tigers have been slumping lately, recently getting absolutely pummeled by the Twins. We poked them a bit. We prodded them some too. Perhaps we laughed at their misfortune. We also analyzed their problems and talked about what to expect from them for the rest of the season.

Two first place teams, the Angels and the Orioles, lost prize players to knee injuries. The Orioles now have to learn to live without Manny Machado, who has been a good run producer at the plate and a great run preventer at third base. The Angels have to do without the best pitcher on their staff, Garrett Richards, who had a dazzling 2.61 ERA until his injury. That leaves the Angels scrambling for upgrades in order to fend off the talent volcano that is the second place Oakland Athletics.

On the Royals front, Dayton Moore has managed to turn one of the worst benches into one of the better ones in the American League. By trading Valencia for Eric Kratz, promoting Christian Colon, and acquiring Josh Willingham to oust Raul Ibanez from DH, the bench is now solid on defense and provides legitimate power on offense.

We also delve into the impending call-ups that accompany expanded September Rosters.

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