Carlos Beltran photo above courtesy Keith Allison/flickr
Audio: George Brett in Cooperstown, 1999
By Ian Echlin
I have a special fandom toward Carlos Beltran ever since we were paired on-field. I was an honorary lineup participant around ten years old before a Sunday afternoon ballgame, and our short back-and-forth chat sticks with me to this day. Continue reading Saying Goodbye To Carlos Beltran→
Perhaps the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame executive board needs to be re-assessed. Curt Nelson of the Royals Hall of Fame seems to be the only one who appreciates the roots of the success in the Royals franchise. Sid Bordman, a former sportswriter for The Kansas City Star, wrote stories about the Royals from the team’s inception in 1968 and well past the first game in franchise history in 1969. But he has never been asked to be a part of the committee that considers those from the Royals’ early days. Consequently, some of the important early figures in the history of the Royals go unrecognized.
On the baseball diamond, the 88th All-Star game will be played with no World Series home field advantage on the line for the first time since 2002. So what’s really going on amid the All-Star break festivities in Miami? Most likely, a lot of text messages between GMs all over baseball and the Kansas City Royals are no exception. The non-waiver trading deadline is just around the corner.
Time. Something we take for granted. We thought, with time, that Yordano Ventura would be one of the best pitchers in baseball. But Yordano’s time ran out tragically with a one-car accident that took his life at age 25 in his native Dominican Republic. Though we figured that there would be so much more, the right-handed Ventura provided Royals fans with some electrifying pitching moments in his shortened Royals career. Link to Full Story with AudioContinue reading Fans and Teammates Reflect on a Tragic Loss→
Seldom does Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore tip his hand on his off-season intentions. But, given his pattern in the past, it’s becoming more predictable on what to expect as he re-tools the Royals for 2017. Continue reading Dayton Moore Trades With No Fear→
A part of history for the 1908 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs started in the small town Muscotah, Kansas, the hometown of Hall of Fame shortstop Joe Tinker. “Joe Tinker Day,” an event organized by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, featured descendants of the Cubs shortstop, a vintage baseball game and a billy goat.
With the billy goat in attendance, the Tinker relatives made their attempt to reverse the curse on the Cubs. As the Cubs’ World Series drought ends in 2016, the Tinker descendants can finally be relieved.