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Pine Tar Podcast World Series Preview 10.20.14
David and Clint preview the upcoming World Series with the San Francisco Giants with a large focus on Game 1 that features superb Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner. Also featured on this podcast Dayton Moore to Atlanta is discussed, Ned Yost comfort level, the play of Eric Hosmer as well as predictions for series MVP.
Kansas City Baseball Vault - 10/1/14 - "Wild"
After 29 years, postseason baseball returned to Kansas City. Jeff and Mike talked with Kevin Scobee about Tuesday night's wild card game and the elements that went into the Royals' comeback. But we looked a little past just the events of the game. We talked about the impact a game like this has and what it means about how the Royals have been constructed, including a focus on specialists, speed, leadership, and an emphasis on contact in a strikeout world. Then Kevin took off, but we kept going, this time talking about some of the weird moments - the Ventura decision, the bunts, the double "steal" - and how it fits with Ned Yost's track record. But it's a happy time, so we had to also talk about what is to come and the Angels and the ALDS and what other impressions we have from the Wild Card game.
Kansas City Baseball Vault - 10/16/14 - World Series Bound (LIVE Show Recording)
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.
Kansas City Baseball Vault - Playoff Race Anxiety
As the season enters its final weeks, the pressure is mounting. The Royals offense has sputtered and some players are showing signs of wear. We talked about the remaining series against Detroit, the expanded rosters, tried to do some schedule math (we failed - that suspended game crosses everyone's wires...) and talked about the impact of Danny Duffy's injury. We also looked at what options exist to fill in for Duffy in his next start and the quick ascent of Brandon Finnegan. We also talked briefly about Lorenzo Cain in comparison to Jarrod Dyson. And now...we see what the Royals have left in the tank.
Pine Tar Podcast with Nate Bukaty of The Border Patrol
Nate Bukaty of 810 WHB's The Border Patrol joined the show this week to talk about the job the front office has done, the Royals amazing turn around and how good Alex Gordon is. Also David and Clint discussed possible September call ups, Billy Butler and some possible offseason moves. Audio from Christian Binford and Omaha Storm Chasers announcer Mark Nasser is included in the minor league spin.
Kansas City Baseball Vault: First Half Thoughts and The Ballad of Billy Butler
After a week off, we got caught up by talking about the Royals first half and some of the key positives and nega---areas for improvement. Then we brought back Troy Olsen for a discussion of Billy Butler - why he's struggled, what expectations are placed upon him by fans and the organization, if he can return to form, and what happens next for him and his future with the Royals.
KCBBV All Star Game Watch Party from Kelly's Westport Inn - Pt 2 - Royals ASG History & 1st Pitch
In Part 2 of our show during the Kelly's Westport Inn All Star Game Watch Party, we tracked the Royals in the starting lineup, talked about a few Royals highlights, and shared some All Star Game memories involving Royals, including thoughts on Bo Jackson. (Note: This is Part 2 of 3 to be posted this week. Each part is under an hour in length, however.) Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel, and event producer Chris Kamler at @TheFakeNed. Lesky can be found on Twitter at @DBLesky. And for your beverage needs, check out @KellysBarKC.
KCBBV - All Star Voting And Rotation Discussion
This week we still couldn't believe the incredible turnout by Royals fans in this year's All-Star voting so far and offered some theories for the explosion and discussed the general enthusiasm of the Royals fanbase. We also discussed some of the injuries to Royals starters and the depth of the organization and how it might all factor in down the line.
Riding the Royalcoaster and Talking Plate Approach
This week, the Kansas City Baseball Vault covered a lot of topics, starting with the controversial decision by MLB Advanced Media to pull the plug on multiple fan podcasts on iTunes. The Royals Podcast Network was among the iTunes casualties, and we explained where things stand - long story short, not much is going to change at all, and if you're listening now, you've found other ways to hear our show. Keep checking in on Soundcloud, Stitcher Radio, any other podcast app, or RoyalsPodcast.com for new episodes. Then we covered the crazy weekend, the awful Monday night loss in San Diego, and the small bit of redemption through Wednesday. The Royals seem to be showing some life after a rough start to May that brought back painful memories of last season's awful May. The bulk of our discussion centered around plate approach and the importance of valuing at bats and getting on base. We compared some Dayton Moore quotes to some winning teams' track records with OBP and other stats to find a consistent model for winning and where the Royals are in fitting that mold. Finally we talked about the upcoming series in Seattle and the upcoming homestand. Thanks to Kelly's Westport Inn for helping us bring you Royals discussion every week.
Pine Tar Podcast with Michael Engel of Kansas City Baseball Vault
Michael Engel talks about his joining the Pine Tar Press team, the Royals bullpen, Mike Moustakas and much more.
Kansas City Baseball Vault: Royals Camp Cuts, Future Pitching Hopes, Hochevar, Herrera, More
We had a lot to cover this week and jumped right into talking about the first cuts of camp, including sending John Lamb, Chris Dwyer, Kyle Zimmer, and others to minor league camp. None of the cuts were that surprising, but some - like Dwyer and perhaps Zimmer - may end up in the majors sooner than later. That led us to dreaming a bit on the pitching prospects in this wave. Buoyed by impressive scouting reports on Sean Manaea, and a strong start for Yordano Ventura, we tried to project a Royals rotation for next year and beyond. Then Troy talked about his trip to Surprise and what he saw from Lane Adams, Jason Adam, and Lorenzo Cain. We shifted gears to talk about Luke Hochevar's UCL tear and resulting decision to undergo Tommy John surgery. As a result of losing Hochevar, Wade Davis shifts to the bullpen, and we talked about his viability there. Speaking of the bullpen, we talked about the strange hate for Kelvin Herrera by a chunk of Royals fans, Kansas City fandom, and David Glass - all the good KC topics.
Pine Tar Podcast Offseason Edition w/ Jeffrey Flanagan of Fox Sports KC
Jeffrey Flanagan informs the Pine Tar Podcast about what the Royals think of Billy Butler, who could win the 5th Starter job and how the Royals could finish in the AL Central. Also plenty of talk about Danny Duffy, Omar Infante, Alcides Escobar, Yordano Ventura and others.
Pine Tar Podcast with Asst. GM J.J. Picollo
A new format to the Pine Tar Podcast after a week off. This week David and Clint talked with JJ Picollo about player development in the Royals system. When does the organization know when a player is ready for the next level and they view a few players within the organization. A few players that were talked about include John Lamb, Kyle Zimmer and Lane Adams. Prior to that J.J. interview Clint spoke with Adams about his season to date and whether he thinks he is ready for the jump to AAA and the major leagues. Also included in this podcast David and Clint discuss the Boston Red Sox series and what they think the upcoming strategy should be for the major league club at the deadline.
KCBBV (06/04/15) - Replay, Weak May (Finish), All Star Voting Heyday
The Royals finished May with some weak offense, and it's led to a slight downturn, but we started out tonight talking about instant replay in baseball, focusing on the call that impacted the Royals in their loss against Cleveland on Tuesday, but expanded to talk about it generally and how it can improve. But the Royals didn't lose on Tuesday because of the replay call. They lost because they've had trouble scoring runs lately. Jeff and Mike talked about the slide and how worried it might make us, but also identified one opportunity for improvement: swapping Omar Infante with Christian Colon. After break, we talked about some progress from John Lamb and Kyle Zimmer, and a brief guess at the path ahead for rehabbing Kris Medlen. Then we finished up talking about attendance, fan enthusiasm, and the voting for the All-Star Game that has seen Royals doing well at every position on the diamond.
Kansas City Baseball Vault - 2-9-15 - Shields Signs And Pre - Spring Training Thoughts
So James Shields finally signed. After a week where we talked about how the Royals might have a slim chance to re-sign him, Shields agreed to a deal with San Diego. We looked at the fallout now that it's official and talked about the comparisons to the players the Royals signed ahead of Shields, as well as presented a theory on why two Royals starters - Shields and Ervin Santana - have had to play the waiting game in each of the past two offseasons. Then we discussed the bullpen and some of the factors in play in Spring Training. The primary roster is pretty well set, but the bullpen can have some intrigue to it. As always, the Kansas City Baseball Vault is brought to you with the support of Kelly's Westport Inn in Kansas City, Missouri.
Kansas City Baseball Vault 1-12-15 - Offseason Options, Finnegan's Role, And Royals Hall Of Fame
This week Royalman Troy Olsen joined Mike to talk about the offseason and general impressions, the Royals payroll surpassing $100 million, and what Jarrod Dyson might bring in a trade (and if there's a viable replacement in the system if something might happen). We also discussed Brandon Finnegan's future and how he might fit as a starter or reliever. After a break, we then discussed the Royals Hall of Fame candidates, including Gil Meche, Kevin Seitzer, Mike Sweeney, and the phenomenal Bo Jackson.
How Do You Spell Relief? (BP KC Episode 38)
The rumor mill has stopped churning out tidbits for now, so Jeff and Mike made a wishlist of three relievers each who they'd like to see the Royals go after this offseason.  We weighed some pros and cons for each and wondered if the payroll freed up by the Wade Davis trade would allow Kansas City to go after some of them. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
Hasta La Vista, Wader (BP KC Episode 37)
It was hinted and suggested and assumed, and then it was finalized. Wade Davis was traded for Jorge Soler.  We discussed the way the market developed, the implications of the move, Soler's potential, Davis's history, and where it leaves the Royals. Then we continued to talk about some Jarrod Dyson rumors and his sneaky value. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
From the Vault: Gar Ryness, the Batting Stance Guy (BP KC Episode 35)
Due to the holiday, we took this week off from a live recording, but we dug through the Vault and found a fun interview we did back in 2012 on the old Royalman Report. We're sharing our chat with Gar Ryness, the Batting Stance Guy - a fun discussion about baseball and fandom and goofing around with the game of baseball. You can follow the Batting Stance Guy on Twitter at @BattingStanceG. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn. Happy Thanksgiving!
Wild Cards and Whiffs (BP Kansas City Episode 24)
The Royals ran into a rough patch at home with some awkward bullpen situations and some painful one-run losses. That put them on the outside of the wild card chase, but with the way schedules finish up, one big hot streak might get them back to the playoffs. We explain how it might work out better if the wild card teams end up around 91 wins rather than, say, 87. It seems weird, but work with us here. In the second segment, we went over how the Royals have struck out more in 2016 and what impact that has had on the lineup this season. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
Working Through It (BP Kansas City Episode 21)
So the Royals aren't doing well this year for various reasons. What to do as a fan? The intensity is down, the games matter less, and while a Mantis-fueled hot streak might be out there, it's unlikely. We talked about the disappointing season to this point and offered some perspectives on what this season means in relation to the previous three and going forward and pointed out a few bright spots. Also, there were a couple of praying mantis stories. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn. *(this episode may contain a couple of curses - nothing very bad though)
The Deadline and a Good Day (BP Kansas City Episode 20)
Two weeks ago, we talked about who the Royals might acquire at the trade deadline. Last week, we talked about who they might sell at the deadline. Turns out, after injuries to Luke Hochevar and Wade Davis, the Royals ended up with a pretty quiet deadline. We talked about the factors that lead to the lack of activity and what might happen next.  After the break, we talked about Danny Duffy's incredible start against Tampa and what it may mean for him going forward. He's had a rocky road, but his work in the rotation this season could signal an emergence as a force. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
A Little Help? (BP Kansas City Episode 18)
The Royals have opened the second half with a stumble, losing two winnable games in Detroit, then getting hammered in two losses back home against Cleveland. They sit at .500 as of this recording and are nine games out of first. There's still time, but the Royals are going to have to find some pitching help. Their regulars are inconsistent, and the fifth spot is a nightmare. Will it come from the minors? Will it come via trade? We argue that the help is more likely to come from a trade and go over some names and approaches. We're hoping the Royals will right the ship, but it's probably going to require a change somewhere. The trade deadline is less than two weeks away... Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @ TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
Lorenzo Cain's Injury and Projecting Rookies (BP Kansas City Episode 15)
This week, we talked about the injury to Lorenzo Cain and what it means if he's out for longer than expected. The Royals have faced some injuries, and Cain is another big name to get hurt this year.  We also looked at how the Indians are shaping up against the Royals this year and asked if they're going to start running away with the division. After the break, we posed a question about a Danny Duffy contract and compared the rookie performances of Cheslor Cuthbert, Whit Merrifield, and Brett Eibner.  Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
A Tale of Two Streaks (BP Kansas City Episode 12)
After a week of Royal dominance and frenzy hitting, it all went cold. It all went dark. The best of times have turned into the worst of times and the Royals have lost every game on the road trip so far, scoring just barely over a run per game and giving up way too many. Then Yordano Ventura went out and beaned Manny Machado and restarted all of the fretting about his antics from last season. We tried to come up with some answers - for the offense, for Ventura, and what the Royals might do to handle the skid. Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com.
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Podcast Details
Started
Jan 17th, 2014
Latest Episode
Oct 11th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
267
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
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