Peter Gammons: Cueto’s presence being felt in Kansas City

Yordano Ventura won the afternoon the Royals traded for Johnny Cueto, but it had been a long month learning process before he finally won. There had been problems with a thumb cramp, an ejection for throwing at Brett Lawrie, a bench-clearing brawl thought to be instigated by him against the White Sox, a brief option […]

Peter Gammons: Blue Jays, Royals go all in for Today

Dayton Moore spent years building the Royals organization, then spent October watching his team come from behind in the play-in wild card game against Oakland and motor all the way to the tying run on third in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Seven of the World Series. “There comes a point where […]

Peter Gammons: Kansas City’s Young, Devout Leader

It was one of those late March days a year ago, and a scout who had the Royals in his spring coverage went to the day game. Salvador Perez caught seven innings. The scout went to a 6 p.m. game on the Surprise complex because it was for pitchers who needed work in a game […]

Peter Gammons: The Center of Power

SURPRISE, Arizona—Out here where they tell you to watch out for the scorpions, the first sound you hear is Salvador Perez, at first light, at stretching, around the batting cage. The Royals were a great October ride from the beginning comeback against Jon Lester until Madison Bumgarner got Perez with two out in the bottom […]

To Rake with Royals, Alex Rios Must Reclaim Inner Half

Though Royals general manager Dayton Moore was unable to woo Torii Hunter in the free-agent market this winter, who Moore himself admitted originally headlined his wishlist following his club’s improbable World Series run, that hasn’t stopped Kansas City’s top-ranking baseball operations official from praising Alex Rios — the man he was able to bring in for two years and $11 […]

Royals Bet that Rios’, Morales’ Bats Aren’t Dead

Fresh off a glorious season, 29 years in the making, that ended just one win shy of a World Series title, the Royals just added two free agents hitters who would rather forget that 2014 ever happened. Right fielder Alex Rios and designated hitter Kendrys Morales, whose collective contributions were 1.5 wins worse than replacement-level […]

Peter Gammons: Three questions as the Royals advance to the World Series

The countdown to the trading deadline began on the Ides of June, and here we are, four months later, waiting to see what difference all the mystics and statistics really made. On the first day that a team could be elevated to the World Series, the starting pitchers were Miguel Gonzalez, to block, Jason Vargas […]

Peter Gammons: Royals steal A’s thunder, giving baseball its first taste of the postseason

There were so many moments Tuesday when one stared ahead thinking of The Genius of Ray Charles singing “Drown in My Own Tears.” Anyone who understands small markets and the limits that are placed on their general managers, understood how Dayton Moore and Ned Yost realized that in today’s game in their Kauffman Stadium that […]

Peter Gammons: The struggles of top prospects in MLB

Baseball America’s Pre-season Top Ten Position Player Prospects and 2014 Numbers BA’s Preseason Top 10 Position Players, 2014 AVG OBP SLUG HR RBI 1. Xander Bogaerts, BOS. 21 .225 .294 .336 8 30 2. Oscar Taveras, STL. 22 .224 .263 .298 2 14 3. Javier Baez, CHC. 21 .231 .265 .492 5 9 4. Gregory […]

Royals building bridge back to success

Signing Jason Vargas wasn’t about saving the 2014 Kansas City Royals. Does four years seem a long time for a soon-to-be 31-year old with a career earned run average of 4.30? Probably. But the signing isn’t just about the vacuum around Vargas. It’s about developing Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura and Kyle Zimmer and providing […]