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I-70 Conversations: The Night Shift Host Nolan Woodford

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Nolan Woodford, the host of ‘The Night Shift’ on 610 Sports Radio took a few minutes out of his schedule to talk with me. We discussed The Royals, focusing on the Shields/Myers trade with the benefit of some hindsight, how he would rate their season in general, and answered some mid-season award questions.

Paul: At the halfway point of the season, how would you evaluate the year? And what letter grade would you give it?

Nolan: The season hasn’t been a total disappointment so far – this is the closest the Royals have come to contending in a decade.  They’ve done some outstanding things and have loads of potential, but the results have been average at best, thus far.  They’re right on pace to go 78-84, which is where I had them at the start of the year.  But with the talent on this team and the way the starting rotation has performed, being under .500 should be considered underachieving.  So I would give them a C.  It’s going to be enough to get most everyone through the year, but it’s not a grade you’re particularly proud of.  There are certainly going to be opportunities for the grade to go up in the second semester.

Paul: Would you consider the Royals hitting .500 this year a success?

Nolan: Kind of.  I think the team has to go at least .500 for Ned Yost to keep his job.  But I think they’re clearly the second most talented team in the AL Central behind Detroit, which means they play a lot of games against teams they’re better than.  So while going .500 for the second time in the 21st century wouldn’t be a failure, they need to finish with a winning record.

Paul: In light of the Shields for Myers trade, does that make .500 not enough? Since KC only has Shields for 2 years and Myers is a potential future star, does that change the perception of what the Royals should do this year and next year?

Nolan: They need to make the playoffs either this year or next year.  And they have enough talent they can do so, especially if Eric Hosmer continues to produce like he has in the last few weeks.  But you traded away 6 or 7 years of Wil Myers for 2 years of James Shields.  Surely, the Tampa Bay Rays expect Wil Myers to guide them to the playoffs in that time.  So Shields needs to do the same in Kansas City.  You don’t trade away the Minor League Player of the Year if you’re not trying to win now.

Paul: Who would you consider to be the team’s MVP and Cy Young this year?

Nolan: I think the MVP is Salvador Perez with Alex Gordon a close second.  Perez is a year or two away from being the perennial All-Star starter / Gold Glove winner for Catchers in the American League.  The Royals went 2-7 when Perez was out after the death of his grandmother.  He just brings too much both to the line-up as well as the pitching staff.  There’s a reason he is considered the one absolutely untradeable commodity the Royals have.  Gordon is a close second because he’s also an All-Star candidate, a tremendous leader, and one of the best defensive outfielders in the game.  As far as Cy Young goes, while James Shields and Ervin Santana have pitched at an All-Star level, I’d give it to Greg Holland.  He averages nearly 2 strikeouts an inning and after a shaky first couple of weeks has established himself as one of the most dominant closers in baseball.

Paul: Who would you consider to be the AL’s MVP and Cy Young?

Nolan: Chris Davis is having a hell of a year in Baltimore, but to be the man you’ve gotta beat the man.  And Miguel Cabrera is still the man right now.  I would’ve gone Clay Buchholz for Cy Young before he went on the DL, but right now I’d probably go with Hisashi Iwakuma in Seattle.  At 13-0, Max Scherzer is in the discussion, but record doesn’t really matter anymore with the Cy Young voters.

Paul: Who would you consider to be the NL’s MVP and Cy Young this year?

Nolan: It’s not as easy a choice for MVP in the NL, but at this point in the season I’d go with Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks.  Carlos Gonzalez is having another MVP caliber season in Colorado as well.  Hands down, I’d go Clayton Kershaw for Cy Young with Matt Harvey as runner up.

Paul: What are your thoughts on Jeff Francoeur departing? Does that make the Myers trade harder to swallow?

Nolan: Nothing against Francoeur personally, but his departure was long overdue.  I think you have four very good outfielders in Gordon, Cain, Lough, and Dyson all outplaying Francoeur both offensively and defensively.  The Myers trade will only be hard to swallow if James Shields leaves without guiding the Royals to at least an AL Central Title.  Jeff Francoeur’s release only helps improve their chances of winning one.

Paul: Do you think Brett will have an impact as hitting coach and help change the hitting for The Royals?

Nolan: Since George Brett took over as Hitting Coach (with Pedro Grifol) on May 30th, the Royals have the best record in the AL Central.  Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas have both shown improvements, and their success may be the biggest key to the Royals having success in the second half.  Plus, I think just having the greatest Royal of all time in the dugout can do nothing but help a young team trying to guide a once great franchise to its first postseason in a generation.

Paul: You mentioned Yost, who was on the hot seat earlier this year. Now he seems to be a little safer as manager. What are your thoughts on him as a manager and on him keeping or losing his job?

Nolan: I think there’s probably a better manager out there for the job than Ned Yost.  Some of his managerial decisions are downright baffling – such as his insistence on batting a player with a .279 OBP in the 2-hole because he “thinks it’s a good fit”.  I remember – when the writing was on the wall for Trey Hillman – voicing my hope that the Royals could bring in Clint Hurdle, a former Royal who was serving as the Rangers’ Hitting Coach.  Now he’s managing the team that has the best record in the National League despite having Vin Mazzaro on its roster.  But no matter what, Ned’s going to be here until his contract is up at the end of the season.  I believe bringing in George Brett was done to help add a needed new voice without firing the manager and in turn putting Dayton Moore on the hot seat.  If the team finishes below .500, I think Ned gets let go regardless of who ends up on the hot seat next.  If they do better, then anything’s possible.

Thanks again to Nolan for doing the interview with me. And those in the Kansas City market, look out for his show ‘The Night Shift’, where you can hear more of his thoughts on The Royals, baseball and sports in general.

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Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays Announce Makeup Date


KANSAS CITY, MO (June 21, 2013) – The Kansas City Royals announced today that the makeup game with the Tampa Bay Rays, which was postponed due to inclement weather on May 2, has been rescheduled for Monday, August 26 at 1:10 p.m. The game will be carried live on 610 Sports Radio and the Royals Radio Network.

School Day at The K ticket purchasers:

The original School Day at The K pre-game program on Thursday, May 2nd was rescheduled and performed on Wednesday, June 12th.  Any remaining School Day tickets from May 2nd are still good for the official make-up game on Monday, August 26th vs. Tampa Bay.  There will be no pre-game School Day program on Monday, August 26th.   If you are unable to attend the game on Tuesday, August 26th, you can exchange your original ticket from May 2nd to any future Royals home game during the 2013 regular season.

How to Exchange Your Tickets:

If you purchased your tickets from a Royals Group Sales Department and would like to exchange them for the August 26th game or another mutually agreed upon game as a group, please contact your Royals Group Sales representative.

All other May 2nd tickets can be exchanged for the August 26th game or any other regular season home game by visiting the Kansas City Royals Box office to exchange your ticket(s).

Please Note:

All seating is subject to availability at time of exchange.  The Royals will make every effort to provide seating as close to your original seat(s) as possible.  If seats in your seating category are unavailable for your game of choice, the Royals will make accommodate you in comparably priced seats.

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Kansas City Royals Spring Training Pics From Bob Fescoe

Bob Fescoe spent last week in Surprise, Arizona interviewing Kansas City Royals players and coaches for his morning show on Kansas City’s 610 Sports Radio.

When he was not on the air, he was taking in the sites of early Spring Training and snapping pics that he would later tweet out to his followers.

With Bob’s permission, we share those pics with you below:

Billy Butler BP

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Billy Butler takes BP with Frenchy and Hosmer looking on

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Gloves For Kids In Kansas City Monday 9-17

KANSAS CITY, MO (September 16, 2012) – On Monday, September 17, fans will have the chance to help provide baseball equipment for Kansas City’s disadvantaged youth at a special Gloves For Kids event presented by the Royals and Ryan Lefebvre’s Footprints Foundation.  Additional support is provided by Rawlings, Rally House and 610 Sports Radio.  The event will be held at Rally House-Kansas City North, located at 8650 N. Boardwalk Ave. in Kansas City, Mo., from 6-8 p.m.

Select Royals players will sign autographs for fans who donate at least $25 toward new baseball gloves and other baseball/softball equipment for underprivileged youth in both the Kansas City area as well as the native countries of some of the event participants, including the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Royals players scheduled to appear include:

Pitcher Louis Coleman                                    Second Baseman Johnny Giavotella
Pitcher Tim Collins                                          Pitcher Jeremy Guthrie
Pitcher Danny Duffy                                        Pitcher Kelvin Herrera
Shortstop Alcides Escobar                             Catcher Salvador Perez
Second Baseman Chris Getz                         Manager Ned Yost

Session participants will be announced at Rally House at 5 p.m.  One group of players will sign from 6-7 p.m. with the other group to follow from 7-8 p.m.  Please note that a $25 donation is required for each session, and fans will be allowed to have one item autographed by each Royals player participating in that session.  Sales for both sessions will begin at 5 p.m., and each session will be capped at 150 people.  For details, visit www.royals.com/glovesforkids.

The event will also include a Royals Charities silent auction featuring unique Royals memorabilia, including autographed items from players including Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas and George Brett, which will run until 7:45 p.m.  In addition, Bob Fescoe, host of “Fescoe in the Morning” on 610 Sports Radio, the home of the Royals, will be reporting live from Rally House from 5-7 p.m.

Created in 2001 by Lefebvre’s Footprints Foundation, the Gloves For Kids event has raised more than $85,000 to provide new baseball gloves and related equipment for Kansas City area youth.

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Royals Spring Broadcasts Announced


KANSAS CITY, MO (February 15, 2012) — The Kansas City Royals and Entercom-Kansas City today announced the first 15 broadcasts of the 2012 Royals Spring Training Radio schedule that will air on 610 Sports Radio (KCSP-AM).  All Spring Training contests will be webcast on royals.com, including the games not on 610 Sports Radio.  The Royals and 610 Sports Radio will add five more broadcasts once the NCAA Tournament schedule is released due to 610’s commitment to University of Kansas basketball as well.

The 2012 spring radio broadcast schedule is as follows:

Sunday March 4 @ Texas 1:05 p.m.
Monday March 5 vs. Texas 2:05 p.m.  
Tuesday March 6 vs. San Diego (SS) 2:05 p.m.  
Sunday March 11 @ Oakland 3:05 p.m.  
Monday March 12 vs. San Francisco 3:05 p.m.  
Tuesday March 20 vs. Los Angeles Angels 3:05 p.m.  
Wednesday March 21 vs. Oakland 3:05 p.m.  
Monday March 26 @ San Francisco 3:05 p.m.  
Tuesday March 27 @ Milwaukee 3:05 p.m.  
Wednesday March 28 vs. Texas 8:05 p.m.  
Thursday March 29 @ Los Angeles Angels 3:05 p.m.  
Friday March 30 vs. Chicago White Sox 8:05 p.m.  
Sunday April 1 @ Seattle 3:05 p.m.  
Tuesday April 3 @ San Diego (PETCO Park) 9:05 p.m.  
Wednesday April 4 @ San Diego (Lake Elsinore) 4:05 p.m.  

                                *All Times Central – Game Times Subject to Change


For the 44th year, Royals Hall of Famer Denny Matthews will call Spring Training play-by-play action and he’ll be joined by Ryan Lefebvre, newcomer Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart.  The spring schedule for Bob Davis will be determined by University of Kansas basketball.  Stewart will anchor the exhibition webcasts.

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A Hero’s Welcome

At some point Albert Pujols will bat tonight. He may start, or it might be during a pitching change in the 6th inning. If the St. Louis Baseball Gods have their say it will be a pinch-hit AB in the 9th with the game on the line. Regardless of the situation, more importantly regardless of the outcome, Pujols will receive a Hero’s welcome. From listening to local sports radio today it is as if El Hombre, The Mang, was returning home victorious from conquests afar. In similar fashion, local TV news outlets paint a picture of Pujols riding into Busch Stadium atop a magnificent steed with the head of a dragon in his saddle bag.

I am as happy as any Cardinal fan that Pujols’ return is coming much sooner than expected, but let’s pull back on the legendary-career-defining-moment talk. Pujols is a “Machine” yes, and has been very durable and tough throughout the first ten years of his career. The more likely explanation in this case however is that the injury is not as severe as originally diagnosed. Remember it took three X-Rays to find the fracture in the first place, so let’s not act as if his wrist was hanging on by the tendon. And strong as my feelings are as a fan, and blogger, about his early return and the positive message it sends to the team…especially the younger players. They are even stronger about the Cardinals and their medical staff’s mismanagement of player injuries.

If his injury is aggravated, wow…look out, this will be the biggest egg-in-the-face moment for a proud franchise. We have seen it too many times in recent years. See: Scott Rolen seeking out the opinion and aid from another team’s medical staff for his aching shoulder; Chris Carpenter pitching in only 1 game in 2007 while the fans were fed lines that he was coming back multiple times that season; or look no further than this year and the handling of Matt Holliday’s quad injury. Cases like these are too plentiful for my liking.

Pujols coming back early is not a sign of super human recovery but rather another example of misdiagnosing or misrepresenting an injury. This is not Willis Reed coming back for the Knicks, Ronnie Lott cutting off the end of his finger to come back into the game or Al Macinnis coming back in game 7 against the Canucks. In those games, in those situations, the players were still hurt and played through it and with it. If Pujols IS STILL hurt, then we have a new story to cover and one that I venture will cost people their jobs.

Pujols got hurt and got better. And now he is now going back to work. Nothing more…nothing less. Just like the rest of us who miss time at work. When we get better….we go back. So if you want to applaud Albert upon his return, please feel free. But understand you are applauding for nothing more than someone doing his job and getting paid A LOT to do it.

As usual these are just my thoughts…if you’re smart you’ll most likely agree. If not keep on reading and you’ll get up to speed.

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These Guys Were All Stars?

Bo Jackson has the last RBI by a Royal in an All Star Game

There has been some discussion this week about who should represent the Royals in the 2011 All Star Game, in both the Twittershpere and Kansas City sports radio. This got me thinking about past All Stars from the Royals, both good and bad. Which also got me to thinking about the importance of the All Star Game in general.

Say what you want about Major League Baseball’s All Star Game. If you’re going to watch an All Star event from any major sport, Major League Baseball’s is the one to watch. Mostly because baseball lends itself to being the least effected by the event itself.

Unfortunately, Royals fans looking for solace from the teams losing ways shouldn’t look to the All Star Game. I only have one real memory about a Royal in an All Star Game. Bo Jackson’s 1989 1st Inning Home Run. That’s it. That was the last RBI by a Royal in the All Star Game. Think about that. Kids that watched Home Run on TV after their Little League Game, are now coaching Little League.

Of course in order to be show cased in the All Star Game a team must send some one who can make a difference. Ken Harvey did not have a very long Major League career. But a hot two and a half months made him an All Star. Same with Mike MacDougal. He’s not much, but he’ll at least be able to tell his grandkids he was an All Star. Mark Redman? These guys were All Stars? There’s three people that are fans of the “Every Team Gets Representation Rule”

This year is shaping up to be like most years of late. The Royals will get one representative. Don’t look for it to be Eric Hosmer, his name isn’t even on the ballot, and there is a log jam of talent at first base. It most likely will be Alex Gordon. Don’t look now but he appears to be the best left fielder in the American League. You could call Alex Gordon a late bloomer, or you can just call him The Dominator. Most likely you’ll be to call him an All Star after July.

Which brings us to next years All Star Game. The one being played at Kauffman Stadium. Surely, with Hosmer, Gordon, and some strong arms out of the bullpen the Royals will send more than a token representative to their own yard. Then you can say: These guys were All Stars. Except this time it will be a statement, not a question in more ways than one.

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