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.” […]

Peter Gammons: Reflections and notes from the Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—Slowly, sometimes reluctantly, major league baseball executives are trickling into the Gaylord Hotel—which they will find is larger than Newfoundland– here on the Potomac River. There is a strong sense of relief that Commissioner Rob Manfred reached a deal with Tony Clark and the Players Association, yet most are in freeze-frame because until […]

Peter Gammons: Trade rumors, Hall of Fame, and more notes from July

We are in the crazy time when there is a trade rumor a second. A few things heard: –The Royals have entertained dozens of scouts with the Angels in town. Some were in to look at Hector Santiago and Huston Street, but many others were in to see if Kansas City would seriously talk Wade […]

Video: Peter Gammons and Brian Kenny prior to Game 1

Peter Gammons sits down with Brian Kenny at Kauffman Stadium prior to Game ! of the World Series to talk about Matt Harvey feeling strong, Bartolo Colon having an impact from the bullpen, Lorenzo Cain’s baserunning, and more

Acknowledging the Royals’ Extraordinary Late-Game Postseason Production

If someone in your peer group attempts to justify that this year’s World Series doesn’t (and/or won’t) feature a flurry of intriguing story-lines, nail-biting matchups or thought-provoking Harold Reynolds quotes from beginning to end, don’t listen. That person is factually wrong. The Royals and Mets arrived at this point through distinct avenues; avenues, it just so happens, […]

Nine to Know: Mets/Royals regular season homer feats in games

Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Files: HR feats by the league champions The Royals homered in 95 games and went 64-31. The Mets homered in 93 games and went 63-30. The Royals hit one homer in 62 games, the fourth most in baseball, and went 37-25, the only team with more wins when […]

Peter Gammons: World Series preview and questions to be answered

KANSAS CITY—In the 55th season since the first expansion from two eight leagues, the American and National, in 1961, there never was a World Series held between two teams that came into existence since the Dec. 24, 1960 expansion draft. A draft that began with the name Eli Grba and included Haywood Sullivan, Jim Fregosi […]

Lorenzo Cain: Baseball’s Most Underrated Outfielder

Lorenzo Cain is one of the most valuable players in baseball. He won’t finish in the top-3 of the AL MVP voting, but he’s an incredibly important piece who dictates how successful the Kansas City Royals are. The 29-year-old is entering his third season as an everyday player and he’s having a career year. In […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) NATIONALS 3, ORIOLES 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Nationals 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 […]

Gerardo Parra is Playing Himself onto a Contender

With the 28-year-old lefty playing for a team that was eliminated from the playoff race two weeks into the season, it’s almost guaranteed at this point that Gerardo Parra gets traded to a contender. The Kansas City Royals recently lost Alex Gordon for the foreseeable future due to a groin strain, and there’s a good […]