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Check the numbers, and it’s easy to see why Royals pitcher James Shields is this year’s winner of the Joe Burke Special Achievement award in a vote by members of the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Shields will return next year after the team exercised the $13.5 million club option in his contract.
Put the Royals on the gold standard.
Less than a year after dispatching outfielder Wil Myers, the consensus 2012 minor-league player of the year, to Tampa Bay in a franchise-altering trade, the Royals still possess one of the games top farm systems. According to Baseball America, anyway.
It could be a golden offseason for the Royals. Five Royals were chosen as finalists for Gold Glove awards, Rawlings announced Friday. They are catcher Salvy Perez (pictured), first baseman Eric Hosmer, shortstop Alcides Escobar, left fielder Alex Gordon and center fielder Lorenzo Cain.
Bubba Starling, the Royals’ top draft choice in 2011 from Gardner Edgerton High School, showed signs of improvement in the second half of his season at Lo-A Lexington, hitting .311 after Aug. 1 and increasing his walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
It isnt a foregone conclusion, Royals officials insist amid meetings this week, that veteran right-hander Ervin Santana is heading elsewhere in the free-agent market. Look at what happened last year with Kyle Lohse, one top club official said. You never know whats going to happen.
Royals manager Ned Yost looked to his past Thursday after deciding to shake up his coaching staff by dismissing third-base coach Eddie Rodriguez and bench coach Chino Cadahia. Yost tapped Dale Sveum, fired earlier this week as manager of the Chicago Cubs, to fill one of two vacancies. Whether Sveum will serve as bench coach or infield coach will be determined later.
The Royals’ postseason push fell short, but Fox Sports Kansas City can feel as if it won the ratings World Series after boosting its audience by a whopping 70 percent over 2012.
It was five years ago that the Milwaukee Brewers, 16 games over .500 but in the midst of a 3-11 funk to start September, fired Ned Yost.
No surprise: Ned Yost is sticking around as the Royals’ manager.
Put it in the books. The Royals closed their best season in 24 years Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
The problem with throwing fire, a favored phrase of Royals rookie Yordano Ventura, is in the big leagues, you can get burned. So maybe Saturday provided a good lesson for Ventura, an unquestioned talent, to take into the off-season. He was singed for three homers in four innings in a 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
James Shields got victory No. 100. Jamey Carroll got hit No. 1,000. And Alex Gordon made a catch that seems likely to enjoy a long life in highlight reels (or whatever they’re called in the digital age).
The end to the Royals’ first real postseason chase since the days when MTV still played music came quietly and peacefully Wednesday night in a pulseless 6-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. The Royals’ biggest season-long shortcoming, an inconsistent attack, flat-lined for a second straight night — this time against Hisashi Iwakuma, who yielded just four hits in eight innings.
While negotiations remain on the horizon, Royals general manager Dayton Moore left no doubt Wednesday that he wants to retain Ned Yost as the club’s manager.
It isn’t over yet for the Royals. Not officially. But Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners puts them on the brink when parlayed with events elsewhere earlier in the evening. Justin Smoak delivered the knockout blow with a three-run homer in the fifth inning against Bruce Chen after the Mariners mounted a two-out rally on a double and a walk.
Salvy Perezs two-out RBI double Monday lifted the Royals over the Mariners 6-5 in 12 innings. Kansas City twice blew two-run leads but also rallied from a 3-2 deficit and escaped a major Seattle threat in the 10th inning. Greg Holland got his 45th save, tying the franchise record.
Scoreless game in the 10th, two outs, bases loaded, full count, postseason survival on the line in the home finale.
Its like this for the Royals as the season winds down. They have almost no margin for error in what already loomed as a long-shot quest to reach postseason for the first time in 28 years.