Mar 31

Opening Day Countdown: ZERO!

The Internet is a valuable resource when you’re looking for videos and images to convey an emotion you’re feeling. Today, I’m a lot like this:

and I know you guys feel the same way. We’re all on the very same page today, like this:

And then I found this one while looking for the babies.

ANYWAY. It’s Opening Day. We made it. Tim Scott shared this video from 2009 Opening Day at The K, and hoo boy it makes me feel FEELINGS.

But most of all, let’s usher in the best day of the year with the happiest 30 seconds of all.

Thank you, Mr. O’Neil. Play ball.

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Feb 28

Today’s Royals contracts, pictured.

Ed. note: The Opening Day Countdown has been on an unplanned hold for a bit while I deal with a medical mystery. I’m probably not dying or anything, but am tired by the time I get home from work!
Today the Royals announced the signings of a bunch of players to one-year deals. They are:

FRANCISLEY BUENO

CHRIS DWYER

DONNIE “DOJO” JOSEPH

JOHN LAMB

MICHAEL MARIOT

YORDANO VENTURA (right) AND ALSO CHRISTIAN COLON, OH HEY LOOK TWO IN ONE

PEDRO CIRIACO

LORENZO “YESWE” CAIN

JARROD DYSON

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Feb 16

Opening Day Countdown: 44(ish) Omaha innings by Louis Coleman

Let’s see if I can come up with a post every day of the rest of the offseason. Today, there are 44 days left until Opening Day on March 31.

44

(plus two thirds) is the number of innings Louis Coleman pitched in Omaha last year. He was terrific, striking out over 10 batters per nine innings, and pitching consistently in spite of a lot of juggling his life between Omaha and Kansas City. And he was dependable for long outings, going two or more innings 14 times.

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Feb 14

Opening Day Countdown: 45 double plays turned by Christian Colon

Let’s see if I can come up with a post every day of the rest of the offseason. Today, there are 45 days left until Opening Day on March 31.

45

is the number of double plays turned by Christian Colon last season. 3 posts this week have touched on the Royals’ possibilities at 2nd base this time last year. Now, Getz is gone and Omar Infante is basically the whole picture, right? So Colon will probably be back at Omaha.

 

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Feb 13

Opening Day Countdown: 46 hits by Chris Getz

Let’s see if I can come up with a post every day of the rest of the offseason. Today, there are 46 days left until Opening Day on March 31.

46

is the number of MLB hits Chris Getz had last season.

 

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Feb 12

Opening Day Countdown: 47 saves by Greg Holland

Let’s see if I can come up with a post every day of the rest of the offseason. Today, there are 47 days left until Opening Day on March 31.

47

is the number of saves Greg Holland had last year. Saves are a silly stat, obviously, but I’ll take any excuse to think about Holland’s amazing 2013. In pretty much every category, he was the best he’s ever been. Magic. Magic!

 

(This pic is so old, both Holland and Mike Moustakas were still in Omaha. Ahhh, memories.)

 

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Feb 11

Opening Day Countdown: 48 plate appearances by Johnny Giavotella

Let’s see if I can come up with a post every day of the rest of the offseason. Today, there are 48 days left until Opening Day on March 31.

48

was the number of Major League plate appearances Johnny Giavotella had in 2013.

 

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Feb 10

Opening Day Countdown: 49 hits given up by Crow

Let’s see if I can come up with a post every day of the rest of the offseason. Today, there are 49 days left until Opening Day on March 31.

49

is the number of hits given up by Aaron Crow last season, in 48 innings. It was the most hits, relative to innings pitched, Crow has given up as a Major Leaguer. So perhaps it’s not surprising that his FIP and xFIP were the highest they’ve been in his career.

I don’t have any pictures of Crow, so here’s a dog I met through MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue.

 

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Feb 09

Opening Day Countdown: 50 Storm Chasers players in 2013

Let’s see if I can come up with a post every day of the rest of the offseason. Today, there are 50 days left until Opening Day on March 31.

50

is the number of different players who put on a Storm Chasers uniform last season, per B-Ref. Some were everyday players, some bounced between Kansas City and Omaha, some came up from the lower minors to fill spaces for a short time. 24 were position players, and 26 were pitchers.

The exact combination of players led to an improbable, fully glorious, national championship.

Here are a bunch of them celebrating their conference championship.

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Feb 05

Concussion stories from around Twitter

You’ve heard my concussion story, so I asked for yours.

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