This week the Kansas City Baseball Vault welcomed back Sam Mellinger from the Kansas City Star who talked about the Royals and their response to pressure after reaching (and falling out of) first place.
He discussed the offensive struggles of Eric Hosmer and how he should be moved down, as well as the Royals front office’s approach to praise and criticism. Mellinger also talked about his newest project, “The Art of Scouting”, a book by he and Art Stewart, Royals Hall of Famer and longtime scout. That book is due out in July.
After Sam went to go cover the game, Jeff and Mike talked about Hosmer some more and some of the factors that might have Ned Yost keeping him in the #3 spot. They also talked about lineup construction and its importance (or perhaps lack thereof) and looked at some alternative batting orders.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star stopped by to talk about Billy Butler‘s struggles, the event that could become a Yordano Ventura, predicting pitching injuries and Ned Yost media savvy. Also David and Clint ramble on about Kyle Zimmer, Bruce Chen and the Royals lack of offense.
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?
Hunter, Matt and Reese argue about the new joint-drug agreement between MLB and the Player’s Association.
They go into detail about the huge new contract extensions for Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout. Miggy has become the highest paid player in the game and Trout will get out of his contract at 29 in plenty of time to become the highest paid player himself.
They discuss Omar Infante‘s health and Ned Yost‘s insistence on batting Alcides Escobar second.
We give our official predictions for this season’s division winners and playoff victors.
Clint Scoles interviews with a number of different Royals from Spring Training. Interviews include Eric Hosmer, Danny Duffy, Mike Moustakas, Billy Butler, Jason Adam and more.
David and Clint were lucky enough to interview two of the most intelligent Royals media personalities around in Rany Jazayerli of Rany on the Royals and Soren Petro from 810 WHB’s The Program. With Rany the roster breakdown, Santana offseason and last man on the bench options were discussed. The conversation turned to the ownership’s commitment, whether Ned Yost is the right man for the job and GMDM performance. Clint and David also discussed David’s trip to Arizona and what he saw there.
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David Lesky was in the clubhouse this morning and got a chance to interview Bruce Chen, Danny Duffy, Eric Hosmer, Lane Adams, Louis Coleman and Wade Davis. He also got some audio from Ned Yost as well.