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: Kansas City looks to cope as more tragedy touches the game

Any premature death is tragic, be it a former baseball phenom like Andy Marte, a 30 year old man trapped inside his Mississippi trailer home in yesterday’s tornadoes, a 23 year old Stradivarius of a pitcher named Jose Fernandez, or a 25 year old kid named Yordano Ventura. Many of remember how distraught Ventura was […]

Coffee and Clippings: Royals are World Series champs

Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) of the Kansas City Star wraps up the World Series as the Royals are once again World Champions…. The win followed a blueprint authored by this club all postseason. The Royals collected their eighth comeback victory, and their sixth with a multiple-run deficit. Silent for eight innings, the team conquered Matt Harvey […]

Coffee and Clippings: Wright rewards Collins’ faith as some began to question it

Mike Vaccaro (@MikeVacc) of the New York Post discusses the faith Terry Collins has in David Wright, as it finally payed off in game 2… Collins had been referring to his back, a condition that isn’t maximized by playing baseball on 40-degree nights. If he’d been stiff, he might’ve suggested a night off. But that was […]

A ChickenPOX On Your House

Usually this time of year a sickness infects the dugouts of major league teams that has symptoms that includes heart palpitations, headaches, muscle fatigue, stomach cramps and sleep apnea. It’s easily diagnosed by the teams trainers as a case of “Pennant Fever”. But for two Royals players, pennant fever isn’t the problem, it’s chicken pox. […]

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: Managers sit and live on “The Hot Seat”

The search for the next manager to be fired has become part of baseball coverage’s daily routine. It begins in March with prognostications about which managers could be on “The Hot Seat,” and continues on through the season, which happened in September, 2008 in Milwaukee when Ned Yost was fired while tied for first place […]

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 […]

Coffee and Clippings: Ned Yost expects Royals to carry seven relievers on Opening Day

Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) of the Kansas City Star writes that Royals manager Ned Yost expects the team to carry seven relievers in the bullpen on Opening Day… With Brandon Finnegan dispatched to the minors, the Royals roster picture has nearly clarified. Manager Ned Yost indicated that he was now leaning toward carrying seven relievers on […]

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 […]