Peter Gammons: Spotlight on the 2017 Royals

SURPRISE, ARIZONA—This is one of those springs where the Royals needed to get out and play. Raul Mondesi, who annually roomed with Yordano Ventura, needs to play and concentrate on showing Ned Yost he is ready to play second base in the big leagues. “We all need to play,” says Salvador Perez. “Focus on baseball.” […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: December 27, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 12/27/15 Zack Greinke was the only starter (min. 30 starts) in 2015 who did not allow a homer leading off any inning; Greinke faced 226 batters leading off an inning. Through his age 25 seasons, Starlin Castro has 991 hits and 62 homers. Through his age […]

Batting ninth…not a second leadoff batter

We often hear teams explaining that they like to place a batter in the nine slot “because in essence, it gives us two leadoff batters.” Well, the truth is that you don’t really want a guy who hits .235 with an OBP of .291 as your leadoff batter, which is what the 30 batters hit […]

Around the majors report: Stats report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez set the major league record for hits by a player whose first name starts with A and is 5th vs. the league average. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia,) Rodriguez moved into 9th place for […]

Around the majors report: Pirates-Orioles trade

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) The Pirates traded RF Travis […]

Kansas City is happy to be home

Hail, hail, the gang’s all here. And by here, I mean Kansas City. In eight of the last 10 World Series in which a team has returned home down 3-2, that team has won the Series. And that’s just one of things that the Royals are banking on. Ironically, the Royals were not a great […]

The Yostseason continues as the Royals head to the Series

With Kansas City manager Ned Yost becoming the first skipper in history to start his postseason career with eight consecutive victories, and everybody writing so much about the LCS, I didn’t want to feel left out. Congrats to the Royals and their fans The Royals are riding an 11-game postseason winning streak, having won the […]

The Royals steal one from the A’s

I think the A’s will have to agree that Royals should be arrested for thievery. They were running wild last night in Kansas City tying the postseason single-game record with seven steals. There have only been 11 postseason games prior to this with as many as five steals Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt SB ▾ […]

Stats report: Mike Trout makes more history

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. 1) Yesterday, Angels CF Mike Trout […]

MLB Video Highlights: Hunter, Cabrera go back-to-back in the 9th, deGrom fans first 8 batters

Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs in the 9th to carry the Tigers to a 8-6 win Your browser does not support iframes. Lorenzo Cain hits a walk-off single in the 9th Your browser does not support iframes. Albert Pujols clears the bases with a double down the left field line and […]