Kansas City Royals News
Royals manager Ned Yost delayed his return home to Georgia to undergo a skin cancer procedure on his nose on Friday in Kansas City. Yost said the surgery was minor for basal cell carcinoma.
Left-hander Danny Duffy was the only member of the Royals' five-man rotation who didn't get a postseason start, but it wasn't because manager Ned Yost lost confidence in him. It was because Duffy had a cracked rib.
Fresh off their World Series appearance, the Royals must now turn their focus to 2015 and reshaping their roster through free agency.
What's the obvious need for the 2015 Royals, fresh from their first World Series experience in 29 years? Right off the bat, you'd have to say more bats. Productive bats. Maybe even some that could get Kansas City off the bottom of the American League home run list. Yet, playing in spacious Kauffman Stadium means that the Royals will stay with their emphasis on pitching, defense and speed.
The Royals' dream season may have finished just short in the Fall Classic, but that doesn't mean there isn't still hope for the Kansas City fan base. Hunter Dozier, the No. 8 Draft pick in 2013, is among the top prospects working up the pipeline at the Arizona Fall League.
Honestly, not even fervent Royals believers might have forecast this: The team took the 110th World Series right down to the final out before turning loose of their finest and most improbable season in 29 years.
On the day after Madison Bumgarner dispatched the Royals with five more shutout innings, manager Ned Yost had a story about the Giants' Most Valuable Player of the World Series.
Pitcher Liam Hendriks' stay with the Royals was brief, and now he's returned to where he started the season. Hendriks was traded back to Toronto in exchange for Minor League catcher Santiago Nessy, the Royals announced on Thursday.
A memorable season is over for the Royals, but now fans can vote for some of the best plays of Kansas City's fantastic year. Major League Baseball's A-listers will take home MLB.com's 2014 Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) trophies -- the ultimate honors of the industry's awards season -- based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Amid a stunned home clubhouse still reeling from a season-ending 3-2 loss on Wednesday night, the second, third, fourth and even fifth innings -- when the Royals had opportunities to take control of Game 7 -- loomed large.
For the Royals' franchise, this World Series experience meant maturity, both for the players and the organization. Both have moved to a higher echelon in their sport.
With a little help from Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco, the Royals came oh-so-close to tying Game 7 of the World Series with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night, and Statcast tracking technology breaks down how Alex Gordon's hit nearly did it.
Though fans may always wonder if Alex Gordon could have scored in the ninth inning of Game 7, in the end, the difference is that one team had Madison Bumgarner and the other didn't, not that third-base coach Mike Jirschele didn't bet the season on one throw of the dice.
Pitcher James Shields heads a list of eight potential free agents from the Royals' American League championship club and, in the wake of Wednesday night's World Series loss, he said he'd like to return.
Unwilling to go down without a fight against a dominant Madison Bumgarner, the Royals got exactly what they needed when Alex Gordon reached third base on a two-out single and an error in the ninth inning of Game 7. But as he did throughout the World Series, Bumgarner recovered to thwart the Royals' last-gasp rally.
The Royals' clubhouse was eerily quiet and somber as general manager Dayton Moore went through and hugged each of his players at their locker. The club's improbable postseason run was over as Madison Bumgarner and the Giants earned a 3-2 win in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night.
Caps from Madison Bumgarner and Bruce Bochy, a bat from Pablo Sandoval and spikes from Game 7 winning pitcher Jeremy Affeldt were among the final artifacts that representatives from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum curated in the celebratory Giants clubhouse after their 3-2 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night.
It took the full seven games before the 2014 World Series was decided Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. And that was only fitting. This was the 22nd Fall Classic that Allan H. (Bud) Selig has presided over. And also the last. Selig will step down as Major League Baseball's Commissioner in January, handing the reins to Chief Operating Officer and Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred.
The day they buried Dan Purtell, his friends and family gathered in a bar in Binghamton, N.Y. They shared the stories of a life fully but all-too-shortly lived. They cried, they hugged, they laughed and they drank. And then the clock struck 8 p.m. ET, and all eyes turned to the television sets hanging above. And they rooted for the Royals and their hero, Jeremy Guthrie, in Game 7 of the World Series.
Barely 12 hours had passed since the Royals' first postseason team since 1985 had absorbed a tough 3-2 loss to the Giants in World Series Game 7. But an estimated 15,000 fans piled into Kauffman Stadium on Thursday morning to say thanks to the Royals. Mostly, though, the team thanked the fans.
More than four hours before Game 7 of the World Series, Royals manager Ned Yost outlined how he planned on setting up what he hoped would be the franchise's biggest win since 1985.
Billy Butler, Kansas City's favorite adopted son, with the nickname "Country Breakfast," stares down impending free agency this winter. The Royals almost certainly will not pick up his $12.5 million option for 2015, making him a free agent for the first time in his career.
Royals manager Ned Yost addressed the media following Game 7 of the World Series in Kansas City.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out on the winning end of a replay challenge in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night. The Royals' Eric Hosmer dove headfirst into first base trying to break up a double play in the third inning, and he was ruled safe by umpire Eric Cooper. But after a two-minute, 57-second review, the call was overturned and Hosmer was ruled out.
The Royals, perhaps attempting to recapture some of that Game 7 magic, contacted Brett Saberhagen in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's Game 6 and asked him to throw out the ceremonial pitch for Wednesday night's finale. Saberhagen said yes without hesitation.
They amazed, energized and captivated a community hungry for postseason baseball after a 29-year lapse and, although they couldn't capture the final prize, the Kansas City Royals made it a battle right to the end. They yielded the World Series championship to the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, in Game 7 on Wednesday night as a hopeful crowd of 40,535 rocked Kauffman Stadium.
There's nothing like a first World Series appearance in 29 years to bring players from the championship team of 1985 back to Kauffman Stadium.