Camp Cuts, Right Field, And A Big Announcement

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This week, we covered the Royals’ recent cuts to whittle down the number of players in big league camp. We talked about the addition of Dillon Gee to the 40 man roster, the role of Danny Duffy, Christian Colon‘s missed opportunity, and – oh – a big opportunity for this podcast.

On Monday, March 21, Baseball Prospectus will be launching a local site catering to the Kansas City Royals fanbase. This new site will combine two you probably follow: Royals Authority and Pine Tar Press. We’ve been invited to join them on this project and have accepted. All BP Kansas City content will be free at We’ll have more updates on Twitter in the coming days.

This podcast will still be on the same feed you receive it from now, whether that’s iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, or any other podcast app. We’ll still be doing the same kind of show, though we may try a few new things here and there. The only change will be moving under the BP umbrella, which is a nice place to be, I think.

In the second segment of the episode, we broke down the different combinations that might make up the Royals outfield bench. With Jarrod Dyson on the DL, it probably gives Paulo Orlando the opening day nod, but will Travis Snider, Reymond Fuentes, Terrance Gore, or Whit Merrifield back him up? We discuss and come up with the more likely ways it may end up.

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EVENT: Royals Spring Training Watch Party – March 19 at Kelly’s Westport Inn

It’s about time to shake off the rust and get back into the best game-watching shape of our lives.

You are cordially invited to join us from the Kansas City Baseball Vault and other Royals fans at Kelly’s Westport Inn on March 19, 2016.

The Royals take on the Rangers at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Kansas City. We’re hoping to meet up with many Royals fans ready to get back to watching baseball together while enjoying reasonably-priced drinks and some of the best pizza in town.

Who: Royals fans (ages 21 and up) – longtime or brand new, all are welcome

What: Watch Party slash Tweet-up

When: March 19, 2016 – 2 p.m. (though I bet many will start up a couple hours earlier than that, so feel welcome to stop by)

Where: Kelly’s Westport Inn – 500 Westport Road

Why: Because you’re a Royals fan who likes to watch baseball with other like-minded fans, and Kelly’s is the best place in town to watch a game (other than the K)

Kansas City Baseball Vault – More All Star Hoopla, and Talking About the Rotation


This week we still couldn’t believe the incredible turnout by Royals fans in this year’s All-Star voting so far and offered some theories for the explosion and discussed the general enthusiasm of the Royals fanbase.

We also discussed some of the injuries to Royals starters and the depth of the organization and how it might all factor in down the line.

There might have also been some Pitch Perfect 2 discussion and, in the outtakes, a prescient discussion of the Cardinals’ magical powers.

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Triple Play Podcast – Episode 62

This week we talk about the Huston Street extension, the Phillies promotion of Maikel Franco, the Astros promotion of Lance McCullers and the MLB/Atlantic League player agreement.

On the Royals side of things, we talk about Joe Blanton’s promotion, troubles with the rotation and the red hot Royals corner infielders.

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.

Javier Baez and Gary Sheffield
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.