Sal’s Contract, Bubba’s Contact, Zimmer’s Opening Act, and Dyson Got Hurt…Fact


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As spring training games started up, the Royals started making a little bit of news. And Jeff returned to help host (after his first few weeks adjusting to parenthood).

The Royals signed Salvador Perez to a contract extension, so we talked about the money, the risks, and what it means for the organization.

We also talked briefly about Jarrod Dyson‘s oblique injury, Bubba Starling‘s rising hope, and we shared some thoughts about Kyle Zimmer‘s solid spring debut.

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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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And give our sponsor, Kelly’s Westport Inn, a follow at @KellysBarKC. If you have any group events or party planning to do, Kelly’s is happy to help. With drink specials and food options, they can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 200 people. Just send them a message at info@kellyswestportinn.com to inquire.

Also check out No Halftime.com – No Halftime is daily fantasy with a twist. Now you can pit individual players against each other, challenge friends, set up leagues, and have a lot of fun winning prizes. Sign up with Promo Code ROYALS at NoHalftime.com or download the app on iTunes.

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.

Royals/Mets World Series Preview Episode with guest Gary Mack From Mets Musings

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The Royals had their backs against the wall in Houston, came back, and won the ALDS. They faced a juggernaut. A powerhouse. A wrecking ball of an offense, but held on to beat Toronto in the ALCS.

And as a result, they won their fourth American League pennant and second in as many years.

What a world.

The Royals go on to face the Mets in the World Series, so we talked with Gary Mack from MetsMusings.com to get some insight on the Mets and to share our Royals thoughts with him and his listeners.

This is going to be a series of matchups: fastball throwers vs. fastball hitters. A powerful Mets team against a scrappy Royals team.

We also had to talk about the makeup of the Royals playoff roster and of course had to talk about the anxiety that we ran into during the Blue Jays series up until a remarkable Lorenzo Cain run, and Wade Davis’s unlikely return from rain delay.

It was a fun show and we’re hoping our next episode is celebrating a Royals World Championship.

Recorded 10/26/15

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Kansas City Baseball Vault: The Kelly’s Westport Inn 2015 All Star Game Watch Party Show

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With so many Royals involved in the 2015 All Star Game, we invited listeners and Royals fans out to Kelly’s Westport Inn to watch the American League in action. Guided by Ned Yost, the AL won, Lorenzo Cain provided two hits, and the Royals held their own despite media hand-wringing leading up to the game.

Throughout the night, we recorded some thoughts, talked to some guests, and shared some all-star and baseball memories. We’ve cut down the night into three parts for your listening ease.

Among those featured on this podcast playlist:

  • Brandon Nichols (@psaprez), who provided shirts and hats for our giveaway
  • Chris Kamler (@TheFakeNed), who lent his thoughts and production equipment
  • David Lesky (@DBLesky) from PineTarPress.com who talked about 2nd half improvements and potential trades
  • Craig Brown (@royalsauthority) from RoyalsAuthority.com who discussed the playoff atmosphere and the formative fan experience of last year’s team
  • Max Rieper (@maxrieper) from RoyalsReview.com who talked about fandom and the Royals fan internet presence.
  • Aaron Gnirk (@BIGDUMBFUNSHOW) from the Big Dumb Fun Show, who produced our first run of podcasts way back in 2011 and who showed us so much about how to do crazy things like these events.

We also talked about Billy Butler, 2012, Bo Jackson, and a little big of nonsense (couldn’t avoid it…)

Thank you to everyone who came out to the watch party. We got a turnout that far exceeded our expectations. Also a big thanks to Kelly’s Westport Inn for allowing us to take over their back room and for being so accommodating to us in the process.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault: All Star Game Election and Watch Party Info

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Mark your calendar for July 14 when the Royals invade the All Star Game. We’ll be out at Kelly’s Westport Inn recording a live podcast and talking baseball while Royals fans come out to enjoy a watch party. There will be giveaways and guests and a lot of fun. More information will be posted here: www.facebook.com/events/822763797838454/

The Royals will send a record six players to the 2015 All Star Game after a flood of fan votes and some wicked relief performances.

We talked about the elections of Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, and Alcides Escobar to the AL starting lineup, and the relief selections of Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis. Where do they stand in relation to others at their positions? What happened with the fan voting and what’s next in that process? We talked about it all this week. We also talked about Mike Moustakas as the Final Vote candidate.

And then, on July 14, we get to see all the Royals in the game when we host an All Star Game watch party at Kelly’s Westport Inn. For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/kansascitybaseballvault.

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Kansas City Baseball Vault – 1/12/15: Offseason thoughts, Finnegan’s Role, and the Royals Hall of Fame

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This week Royalman Troy Olsen joined Mike to talk about the offseason and general impressions, the Royals payroll surpassing $100 million, and what Jarrod Dyson might bring in a trade (and if there’s a viable replacement in the system if something might happen). We also discussed Brandon Finnegan’s future and how he might fit as a starter or reliever.

After a break, we then discussed the Royals Hall of Fame candidates, including Gil Meche, Kevin Seitzer, Mike Sweeney, and the phenomenal Bo Jackson.

The Kansas City Baseball Vault is brought to you every week via the Royals Podcast Network with the support of Kelly’s Westport Inn, the best bar to stop by to watch a ball game.

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Pine Tar Podcast Season Recap with Royals Asst. GM J.J. Picollo

Pine Tar Podcast season recap and offseason preview episode with Royals Assistant General Manager J.J. Picollo. Talking Game 7 near miss, possible internal replacements at positions of need and the reaction of fans to the team.

Also David and Clint discuss the Gold Glove wins by Eric Hosmer, Sal Perez, Alex Gordon and the rest of the season ending awards.

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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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Triple Play Podcast 20 – Draft Recap, Morales, A’s, Hosmer & Alex Gordon

This week, Hunter, Matt and Reese discuss the Kendrys Morales signing and what it means for the Twins. We also talk about what it could mean for the Royals.

We had to talk about the Athletics. They are on fire. Not only are the crushing the ball at the plate, but they’re also pitching well, despite losing Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin with elbow injuries.

When we talk about the Royals, there’s plenty of bad news to go around, especially with Hosmer, but there’s some good news as well. For more than a month now, Alex Gordon has been hitting like he did in 2011, giving major offensive output.

Salvador Perez has also picked things up after getting some rest.

We recap the first few rounds of the draft and talk about how good or bad the picks are.

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