WalkOff Talk Episode 22: Dear Lord(e)

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?

Kelly’s Westport Inn Presents The Kansas City Baseball Vault 12 3 2013

Note from Troy: This show has its demons. We apologize that it isn’t as good of quality as we like.

“We threw together a live show last week during what turned out to be one of the busier transaction days in recent years. The big story of the day was the Carlos Beltran Kansas City visit, and while rumors of a three year, $48 million offer to the outfielder swirled, the easy connection was that the Royals were offering him a deal.

Of course, by now, he’s going to the Yankees, but we compared Beltran to other outfielders on the market and the implications of the roster had he signed. We talked about Billy Butler’s trade value and what kind of options the Royals would have with him around. There’s still a few outfielders out there, and the Royals may make a move yet (following up on the Norichika Aoki acquisition), so Butler could still be on the move.”