Royals Minor League outfielder Jose Martinez had such a breakthrough season in 2015, winning the Pacific Coast League batting crown after hitting .384 for Triple-A Omaha, that he decided to keep on playing.
The popular narrative about the defending World Series champions is that they are operating in a short two-year window of opportunity.
Yes, they have the bullpen and the hitting and the defense, but what sets the Royals apart is their staying power, plan and tenacity.
To most, Black History Month is a time of reflection on the accomplishments of African-Americans in our society and culture. For me, every day, every week, every month of the year, I reflect on the accomplishments of African-Americans in our society and culture. That reflection is not just limited to 29 days of the year.
Tuesday not only was the Royals’ first full workout day, it also was the day many of the players were fitted for their World Series championship rings.
Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson never has considered himself a backup. But now, this will be his first Spring Training in which he’ll actually have a chance to prove that.
One of the factors that drew right-hander Dillon Gee to sign a Minor League deal with the Royals this offseason was his observation that they seemed like a tight-knit group.
The Royals came into camp with two main questions: Who will be their second baseman, and which two pitchers will claim the final spots in the rotation? “That’s what Spring Training is for,” manager Ned Yost said. “We sort through this stuff. And you keep an open mind.”
Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando’s only intention in terms of an offseason tattoo addition to his body was to create an extension on an existing one on his arm.
Spring Training always is a numbers game, and that is especially true in regards to the Royals’ bullpen this season, where as many as nine guys are competing for just one or two spots.
So, what was Royals second baseman Omar Infante’s reaction to now having to compete for the second-base job with Christian Colon? A shrug of the shoulders.