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  1. Game 1 of the 2015 World Series arrived on the same day as the death of Edinson Volquez’s father, Danio. The news reached Royals general manager Dayton Moore, who relayed it to manager Ned Yost, before Volquez knew. With game time approaching and Volquez slated to take the ball for the Royals, a decision was needed. Would the team let Volquez know? The team made the call in consultation with the Volquez family. Edinson wouldn’t be told. He pitched six solid innings and the Royals went on to win in 14 innings. On today’s SportsBeat KC, Yost recounts the hours before the game and what communication was happening behind the scenes with Star columnist Vahe Gregorian and host Blair Kerkhoff. Story links: In postseason of epic Royals comebacks, none were more poignant than Edinson Volquez’s Relive the crowing of the 2015 Royals: Here’s how they won it in Game 5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  2. The Royals had pushed through the Houston Astros in the division series and the Toronto Blue Jays to win the American League. It was on to the World Series for the second straight year. The series tone was set in Game 1 against the New York Mets. Alex Gordon’s dramatic home run in the ninth sent the game to extra innings and the Royals won in 14. In five games, they captured the second World Series championship for the franchise. Star columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian along with SportsBeat KC host Blair Kerkkhoff were part of the coverage team, and so was Royals beat writer Andy McCullough. In his two years in Kansas City, McCullough, who now works for The Athletic, covered two World Series. On today’s episode, he joins his former colleagues in remembering the Royals of 2014 and 2015 with an emphasis on the 2015 World Series and a Game 5 performance every bit as clutch as Eric Hosmer scoring from third base in the ninth to tie the game. Story links: Reliving the crowing of the 2015 Royals. Here’s how they won it in World Series Game 5 In a postseason of epic Royals comebacks, none were more poignant than Edinson Volquez’s That time the Royals changed Kansas City’s relationship with baseball forever Andy McCullough: “It was time to win. Inside the Royals’ trade for James Shields and Wade Davis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  3. My eyes have always enjoyed Mellinger MInutes, you know the Tuesday column on steroids by the Kansas City Star’s Sam Mellinger. Now, I get to add a sense: Mellinger MInutes for Your Ears. Sam and producer Savanna Smith have been putting together this podcast since late March and it’s been terrific stuff. Sam’s landed some great guests and he answers your sports questions. This week Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele visits with Sam about the two biggest decisions in his career involving sending/holding a runner. You know them: holding up Alex Gordon in the ninth inning of Game 7 in the 2014 World Series, and sending home Lorenzo Cain in the eighth inning of Game 7 in the 2015 American League Championship Series. And there’s this thing about Arby’s fish sandwiches. All the subscriber-exclusive episodes are available at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  4. In 1980, the sports world was focused on Kansas City and George Brett. Could he become the first player since Ted Williams in 1941 to hit .400 in a season. Brett came as close as anyone, carrying a .400 batting average as late as mid-September before “settling” for a .390 average. Brett recalls that summer of fun and some frustration on SportsBeat KC with Star columnist Vahe Gregorian and host Blair Kerkhoff. Brett started slowly that season but it was about this time 40 years ago that he heated up, and by mid-August he topped .400 for the first time. Then things got crazy. Story link: About to turn 67, Royals icon George Brett reflects on 50 years with franchise and KC Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  5. The 2015 American League Championship Series matched the Royals against the Toronto Blue Jays, and although Kansas City never trailed in the series the six-game set was filled with huge moments, clutch plays and intense drama. The comeback that started with a misplay pop fly in Game 2, the Lorenzo Cain dash around the bases and Wade Davis’ closer role extended by rain in Game 6 were some of the memorable moments relived on SportsBeat KC with columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian and Blair Kerkhoff. Story links: Relive the crowning of the 2015 Royals: Here’s a flashback to ALCS Game 2 Relive the crowning of the 2015 Royals: Here’s a flashback to ALCS Game 1 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  6. Not the most talented team Ned Yost had managed or coached, but the 2015 World Series champion was the closest and most clutch. They proved it time and again in the playoffs and World Series, with eight of their 11 victories posted in comeback fashion. Yost joined Star columnist Vahe Gregorian and SportsBeat KC host Blair Kerkhoff in a conversation about how he, the staff and front office had to suffer through some growing pains to reach the top, and how coming up just short in the 2014 World Series served as motivation for the 2015 team. Also, Yost details the decision to return to the mound Wade Davis in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays, after a 45-minute rain delay and more than an hour between pitches for his dominant closer. Story links: Ned Yost reflects on Royals’ rise, a vast 90-foot contrast, and when 2015 championship sunk in What we remember from the Royals ALDS-clinching Game 5 vs. Astros 2015 flashback: Stories, photos, pages from Royals’ Game 5 ALDS clinching victory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  7. While baseball is away, we’re putting a regular podcast on semi-hiatus since there isn’t a whole lot to talk about. Instead we’ll be running “Rewind Yourself”, a look back at some of the overlooked moments in Royals history - the good, bad, and ugly. In today’s episode, Max Rieper talks to Clint Scoles at Royals Academy about the 2006 draft, where the Royals had the #1 overall pick. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  8. With no real baseball being played, we’ve got some time to watch old baseball movies. Max Rieper and Hokius sit down and re-watch the 1989 film Major League and we discuss whether Jesus Christ could hit a curveball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  9. Ben and Sam banter about the brilliance of Roger Angell, then discuss the latest Ned Yost news, Jacob deGrom’s supposed pitch-tipping, and more.
  10. Ben and Sam follow up on a story from last week and discuss the Royals’ rotation secrecy, Ruben Amaro’s new job, managing for the Marlins, and more.
  11. Ben and Sam banter about how this year’s playoffs compare to last year’s, then discuss the postseason performances of Clayton Kershaw and David Price, the crazy Astros-Royals reversal, and more.
  12. Ben and Sam preview the Royals’ season with Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Andy McCullough, and Sahadev talks to KC Star columnist Sam Mellinger (at 25:53).
  13. Ben and Sam discuss the breaks that went the Royals’ way in Game 6, then preview the final game of the 2014 season.
  14. Ben and Sam discuss the deceptive stats, mistaken managers, and rejuvenated Royals of World Series Game 2.
  15. Ben and Sam discuss James Shields, Madison Bumgarner, and what World Series Game 1 reminded us about the Royals.
  16. Ben and Sam talk to Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Andy McCullough about the World Series and covering the Royals.
  17. Ben and Sam discuss the Dodgers’ hiring of Andrew Friedman and the Royals’ latest postseason victory.
  18. Ben and Sam talk to Rob Neyer about bringing stats to Fox Sports 1’s NLCS Game 1 broadcast, plus the Royals, postseason managerial moves, and more.
  19. Ben and Sam preview the Royals’ season with Craig Brown, and Nick talks to Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Andy McCullough (at 25:35).
  20. Baseball wrapped up the strangest of drafts and undrafted free agent signings over the past few days and the Royals like where they stand. College pitching again was the emphasis, as three of the six drafted players and three of the undrafted free agents were college pitchers. Also, the Royals appeared to have benefitted from their position announced last month that all minor leaguers would be paid this year. One undrafted free agent shared his story with Royals Lynn Worthy on SportsBeat KC, The Star’s daily sports podcast. Story links: Asa Lacy, the Royals’ top draft pick, was dubbed a first rounder at the ripe old age of 8 Royals’ Whit Merrifield embraces potential return of baseball as MLB and MLBPA trade barbs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  21. The Royals made news on Friday with the organization saying it would continue to pay its minor league players, more than 200 of them, throughout the summer. The minor league season is in doubt because of COVID-19. Also, general manager Dayton Moore said that Royals employees would avoid furloughs and layoffs even with baseball’s future uncertain. We’ll hear from Moore, Royals beat writer Lynn Worthy and Star columnist Sam Mellinger on this move that has received overwhelmingly positive reviews in the sport, and talk about the future of the baseball season on SportsBeat KC with host Blair Kerkhoff. Story links: Royals won’t layoff or furlough baseball operations employees despite MLB uncertainty Royals will pay their minor-league players, won’t cut any, despite new MLB mini-trend Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  22. The Royals had their backs against the wall in Houston, came back, and won the ALDS. They faced a juggernaut. A powerhouse. A wrecking ball of an offense, but held on to beat Toronto in the ALCS.And as a result, they won their fourth American League pennant and second in as many years.What a world.The Royals go on to face the Mets in the World Series, so we talked with Gary Mack from to get some insight on the Mets and to share our Royals thoughts with him and his listeners. This is going to be a series of matchups: fastball throwers vs. fastball hitters. A powerful Mets team against a scrappy Royals team. We also had to talk about the makeup of the Royals playoff roster and of course had to talk about the anxiety that we ran into during the Blue Jays series up until a remarkable Lorenzo Cain run, and Wade Davis's unlikely return from rain delay.It was a fun show and we're hoping our next episode is celebrating a Royals World Championship.Recorded 10/26/15Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to
  23. On this special bonus edition of The Strike Zone podcast, hosts Ted Keith and Stephen Cannella wrap up the World Series, as they discuss how the Royals won their first title in 30 years, Matt Harvey's ill-fated ninth inning in Game 5, Eric Hosmer's race to the plate, and what the off-season holds for the Royals and Mets.
  24. The Star's Royals writer Andy McCullough and columnist Vahe Gregorian preview the Royals-Mets World Series, talk about Andy's days covering the Mets in New York, keys to the MLB series and more baseball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  25. Right before the Kansas City Royals celebrated their World Series championship with a victory parade Tuesday in Kansas City, The Star's Andy McCullough, Blair Kerkhoff and Vahe Gregorian described the season-long ride to the franchise's first title in 30 years.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  26. The Kansas City Royals lead the ALCS 2-0 and are in Toronto for Games 3, 4 and possibly 5 against the Blue Jays. The Star's sportwriters Andy McCullough and Blair Kerkhoff discuss the series so far, and Game 3 on Monday night (7 p.m. on Fox Sports 1) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  27. After the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 7-1 in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium, The Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough and Blair Kerkhoff explained how the Royals have taken control and look like the better team as the series shifts to New York for Games 3 and 4, and if needed, 5. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  28. On this week's edition of The Strike Zone podcast, it's all things World Series, as hosts Ted Keith and Stephen Cannella recap the first two games of the Fall Classic, break down how the Royals built their 2–0 lead, and debate whether the Mets can get back into the series as it shifts to New York.
  29. Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez explains his Chipotle celebrity card, why he impersonated Jeter growing up, and what it was like to watch teammate & AL home run champ Jorge Soler at the plate last season.
  30. While baseball is away, we’re putting a regular podcast on semi-hiatus since there isn’t a whole lot to talk about. Instead we’ll be running “Rewind Yourself”, a look back at some of the overlooked moments in Royals history - the good, bad, and ugly. In today’s episode, Max Rieper talks to Dave at Clubhouse Conversation about the Mark and Storm Davis signings of 1989. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  31. What would cause someone to live under a rock? Is there a real estate market for rocks as habitats? I should probably Google search this, but I don't think there are any creatures that live under or inside rocks. First, how would that creature get any air or sunlight? Secondly how does a creature live under a rock without dying? I think it may be possible to live in a rock, rather than under. Also are a creature's economics and current habitat so bad that they would or need to live under a rock? Somehow if you've defied my entirely fallible logic and have been living under the proverbial rock, you likely would have missed the Royals winning the World Series depending on how long you were under said rock for. So in this podcast we cover not only the Royals World Series title, but also the plans not just for KC but for Royals review over the coming month(s). Guests this episode include co-co-host Matthew LaMar, co-co-host Shaun Newkirk, and our Editor in Chief Max Rieper. Topics include: Eric Hosmer's poor but exceptionally fortunate baserunning A non-Plaza parade Wade Davis: Ridiculous and absurd Maybe paying Alex Gordon large sums of money Do we want to even live until 2018? Eric Hosmer vs Alex Rios Shaun forgets how posting fees work Internally replacing Alex Gordon, Ben Zobrist, et all... Conan O'Brien, Richter, and Comic the Insult Dog Matt hates Christmas A thanks to you, both readers and listeners #WilMyerstoKC Music Introduction: Lucero - Smoke Outro: The Faceless - Planetary Duality II Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  32. There's an old idiom about the fact that eventually even a blind squirrel will find a nut or some sort of indehiscence fruit. What this idiom does not describe though is exactly how many nuts this blind squirrel will find after the first nut. In the case of the Royals, they've found two consecutive nuts. Who is the blind squirrel in this scenario? One could argue it's Royals manager Ned Yost who despite all the critics and anti-saber ink spilled about him has found himself managing a World Series team in consecutive years. That's not an entirely crazy argument, but let me propose a different example: your humble co-host. Somehow despite all earthly logic, this author, co-host, and unreliable narrator of truth finds himself writing about a World Series team for the second consecutive year. Most importantly though (to the author) the team he finds himself writing about is in fact his favorite team. The nut from last year wasn't fruitful though. It was rotten...or at least it only beared an unfulfilling seed. The authors favorite team lost in seven games of the World Series. Hopefully the nut found this year births a bountiful harvest leading to trophies and triumphs. On this episode of the podcast we have two segments. The first segment includes two guests from Amazin' Avenues. Jeffrey Pasternostro (who also covers prospects and other non-Mets related content at Baseball Prospectus) and Greg Karam (who despite having a 30-grade Twitter presence, you should still follow). Topics include: Curtis Granderson: Not crazy old The Wilpons, a negative connotation Where's the power? featuring Dom Smith and Brandon Nimmo Yankee Fans Signing both Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes Bartolo Colon vs Munenori Kawasaki The book on Terry Collins Goodbye Cesar Puello, thanks for all the sunflower seeds The second segment doesn't feature quite as much non-Royals diversity however still features excellent guests. Those guests are still married Minda Haas and Matt Jackson of Beyond the Box Score fame. Topics include: Minda's feelings while driving to Walgreens Matt tries to not incite a pregnant lady Royals rotation plans Cueto home vs away World Series predictions Pitcher hair Barbeque vs Bagels: Why? Whiff rates Rumspringa MLB Network does incalculable math Lack of food around Citi Field Music: Introduction: The Wonder Years - An Elegy for Baby Blue Interlude: Billy Joel - A Matter of Trust Outro: Thrice - Melting Point of Wax Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  33. This particular podcast features two segments. The first segment your humble co-host is joined by Max Reiper, Gus Booth, and Matt Jackson; all writers on this very site. Topics include: Sir Joseph Bats Poor team decisions based on things Madison Bumgarner did The upcoming Blue Jays ALCS Ben Zobrist: Honorary ALDS MVP Sal Perez and unfortunate involuntary bowel movements The "vibe" around Toronto courtesy of Matt Jackson Throwing beer at babies Fallout from the August Royals/Blue Jays fight On the second segment we feature a rare guest, one Scott Clarke of Bluebird Banter. For the uninitiated, Bluebird Banter is the sister site to Royals Review but of course rather than focusing on the ALDS winning Royals, they instead focus on the ALDS winning Blue Jays. Why? That's a question for Scott and his colleagues that we unfortunately didn't cover. Topics include: The Blue Jays (of course) Canadian geography John Gibbons: gone but not forgotten and then returned The number of "bullets" in David Price's arm Aaron Sanchez is or is not a ROOGY but is definitely maybe not just a reliever Letting go of prospects Thomas John Surgery Over under the number of brawls in the ALCS? 2.5 How to like Josh Donaldson the player, not the man Baseball needs the hockey equivalent of a goon Also is hockey a sport? Music: Introduction: ILoveMakonnen - No Ma'am Break: Watch the Throne - Liftoff Outro: Periphery - All New Materials Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  34. Ben and Sam review the wild-card games and discuss the Rangers-Blue Jays and Astros-Royals Division Series.
  35. Ben and Sam talk to Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Andy McCullough about Alex Rodriguez, several Royals-related topics, and 1990s music.
  36. Ben and Sam weigh in on the Rays-Royals trade involving James Shields and Wil Myers a day after the dust settles.
  37. John and J.J. preview the World Series and look at how the Royals and Giants were constructed. Support this podcast at — Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
  38. Kate Fagan, Neil Paine, and Chadwick Matlin preview the World Series in our own special way. Plus a showdown between Chad and FiveThirtyEight's resident Royals fan.
  39. Ben and Sam discuss World Series hangovers and the Danny Duffy deception, then talk about what they learned from the Royals and the Giants.
  40. Discussion of the trades that helped formulate the two teams -- KC Royals and SF Giants -- that faced off in the 2014 World Series.
  41. Hot on the heels of a Kansas City Royals American League Championship -- no, really -- we threw it back to our roots. Back in the first months of the Vault, we did the show live and let things go where they would go so we did the same with this one, via a Google Hangout.So we brought Troy "KC Royalman" back to host and shared in the euphoria of an upcoming Royals World Series appearance.We talked about the path of the season, the perception of Dayton Moore, the likelihood of keeping the success going, and what it means as long time fans to see the Royals doing well, finally.We also discussed fandom and attendance, and who we want to see across from the Royals in the World Series. As always, we're sponsored by Kelly's Westport Inn, the official unofficial Royals watch party destination.
  42. As we start to count down to the 2016 season, we take a look back at the biggest moments from the Royals' 2015 season. Listen in as we relive the Royals' postseason run and World Series championship.
  43. Ben and Sam talk to Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Andy McCullough about why the Royals won the World Series and what their offseason might look like.

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