Feb 15

Opening Day Countdown: 50 days = 50 RBI by Alcides Escobar

A daily snack-sized meditation on how much closer we are to Opening Day than we were yesterday. Today:

50

is the number of RBI by Alcides Escobar in 2014.

 

There’s not much of a need to “analyze” someone’s RBI totals, but yay for nice round numbers, I guess? Moving right along. Alcides Escobar

Escobar played in a career-high 162 games last year, but ended up with far fewer PAs than previous seasons. He only had 620 PA last year, compared with 642 PA in 158 games in 2013, and 648 PA in 155 games in 2012.
The bulk of Escobar’s plate appearances in 2014 came in the 8th or 9th slots (440), compared with 256 PA in those spots in 2013 and and 171 there in 2012. In past seasons, he spent much more time batting 2nd.

It’s obvious to many people, of course, that weaker hitters should hit further down in the lineup to limit the number of times they’re likely to make an out. This is merely an example of how much of a difference it can make.

 

Now, is it April yet?

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Oct 15

Time machine: Royals in Omaha

This is apparently real life; it doesn’t seem possible but multiple sources confirm that the Royals are one win away from the World Series. One thing that tickles me about this Playoff team – among many things – is how many of them I’ve shot in Omaha.

It’s been a privilege meeting and shooting these guys who somehow, some damn how, have stolen the hearts of the sports world at large. I haven’t seen so many people in sports media just enjoy a pure sports spectacle in a long time. Maybe ever.

Here are all the former Storm Chasers and O Royals, as seen by a handful of my cameras through several years of learning on the job.
Tim Collins!
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Jul 06

Housekeeping – I’m at Royals Review now!

Right around the time Mike Moustakas was demoted to Omaha – remember that? It was such a brief blip – I got added to the staff at Royals Review.

My job there is to run down the Minors every week, looking for notable performances, or underperformances. Those recaps run at 9:00 every Monday morning.

As always, I’m here on Twitter, here on Flickr, and would be eternally grateful if you’d do your Amazon shopping here at my affiliate link.

And below is my favorite pic of the whole season. Baseball is great, isn’t it?

 

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
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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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