An internal audit of the city-owned National Baseball Congress’ books shows its operators are more than a quarter-million dollars in debt and two years in arrears to the city on lease payments for Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
This loss was more familiar, at least. For the most part, anyway.
The early returns from the Royals’ new-look lineup offered promise Thursday night by producing three home runs in a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
The good news, if you want to look hard enough, is that implosions like the Royals experienced Wednesday night in the fifth inning are now fairly rare.
The continuing battle with Mother Nature is beyond the Royals’ control, but they’d better find a way to fix a suddenly leaky bullpen after Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
It shouldn’t matter as much as it seems certain to matter Friday, when the Royals meet the Red Sox at Fenway Park in the first ballgame in this city since Monday’s tragedy.
Well … Chris Getz broke his long homerless drought Tuesday night, but the Atlanta Braves went deep five times in a 6-3 victory over the Royals at Turner Field.
For players and coaches, there’s nothing normal about the six-month grind of a baseball season.
James Shields pitched his first complete game as a Royal on Saturday night and yielded just two hits in doing so. And, still, it wasn’t enough because of one swing by an old adversary.
Wet, cold, miserable and happy.
Take a look at those standings. That’s right, that’s the Royals sitting atop the American League Central Division.
This wasn’t drama to rival the Mendy Lopez/Carlos Beltran miracle comeback in 2004 but, hey, it still wasn’t bad Monday when the Royals opened their home schedule by rallying for a 3-1 victory over Minnesota.
The most anticipated Royals’ season in a generation opened Monday in a shutout loss to a pitcher they bypassed in the 2010 draft in the belief he was too slender and quirky to pitch effectively as a starter.
It’s rare that any player truly serves as the face to a franchise. Not unknown, though.
There was less than a week remaining in spring training when a reporter mentioned to manager Ned Yost that he’d likely be surprised to learn the level of interest and anticipation surrounding the Royals in Kansas City.
It’s almost time for the games that matter.
The presence of a left-handed bat proved decisive Friday when the Royals selected George Kottaras over Brett Hayes as the backup to starting catcher Salvy Perez
Veteran right-hander J.C. Gutierrez won the final spot in the Royals’ bullpen Thursday morning, but the decision on a backup catcher appears certain to go down to the wire.
Lorenzo Cain spent the winter learning how to run.
The final spot in the Royals’ rotation goes to right-hander Luis Mendoza after a series of strong spring performances.