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 […]

Peter Gammons: What wins championships, Mattingly and the Marlins’ infrastructure

KANSAS CITY—There are no absolutes, no right way to get to the World Series. Of course the best way to build a pitching staff is with great arms of the deGrom, Harvey, Syndergaard, Matz, Familia and Wheeler school that overwhelmed both the Dodgers and Cubs. Easier thought than found. And, of course, it makes sense in […]

Late Movement Key to Ventura’s Efforts Against Blue Jays

At 24 years young, and with less than three years of service time under his belt, Yordano Ventura is far from what most would consider a matured major-league starter. But in some ways he already is. Last October, as you might recall, he was one of the key reasons the Royals faced a late uphill battle against […]

Medlen Strong in 1st Post-Tommy John Start

The Kansas City Royals enter play on Thursday with a 12-game division lead and the majors’ second-best winning percentage (.611), thanks to a blend of stellar defense (an MLB-best +58 Defensive Runs Saved), a deep lineup (99 OPS+, 8th in MLB) and a shutdown bullpen (4.8 Wins Above Replacement, 3rd). Yet, for a club that’s […]

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 […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Angels will place 3B David Freese on the 15 day DL Freese had to leave yesterday’s game due to a fractured right thumb. YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP RC/G AVG HR […]

Yordano Ventura’s Struggles

Despite being the opening day starter and a key piece to last year’s World Series team, the Kansas City Royals demoted Yordano Ventura due to inefficiency. He hasn’t been good at all this year. After starting the season in vintage Pedro Martinez fashion, starting numerous fights, he settled down on the mound but never truly […]

Yordano Ventura Doesn’t Look Broken

In a few short months, Yordano Ventura has devolved from the opening day starter for the reigning AL pennant-winning Royals to the newest member of the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers. Kansas City signed the 24-year-old to a five-year, $23 million contract extension this past spring, with a pair of $12 million club options that could […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Royals sent P Yordano Ventura to the minors and activated P Jason Vargas from the DL. Vargas then had to leave yesterday’s game due to elbow pain. VENTURA YEAR AGE RSAA ERA G GS IP […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Royals placed LF Alex Gordon on the 15 day DL, sent P Aaron Brooks to the minors, activated P Yordano Ventura from the DL and called up P Brandon Finnegan. Gordon has a strained left […]