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Raul Ibanez vs. Johnny Damon

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A quick poll to see which ex-Royal people would prefer to have back on the team.

Oh Billy, not like this

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I'm not sure if Billy runs his own account, or knows that we can see what he favorites, or if, like some, he favorites tweets ironically. But we don't have to go out like this. We have a lot of good memories, Billy! Just let it happen. Relax, Billy.

Aoki making it big time

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Aoki has made it onto Cracked.com Don't know how much longer we can keep him here, once they ask him to do some more gifs.

No, thank YOU, Salvy.

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For our non Spanish speakers, gracias por todo = thanks for everything.

minorleagueball -- prospect note mike montgomery

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http://www.minorleagueball.com/2014/7/8/5871645/prospect-note-mike-montgomery-lhp-tampa-bay-rays

Butler named AL LVP by ESPN

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Dayton was right the Royals are getting recognized around the league

Defensive advice from Salvador Perez, dubbed into Japanese

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Ever wanted catching tips from Salvador Perez which got dubbed into Japanese? today's your lucky day. Salvador Perez getting exposure on another continent? The title of the video translates to "The secret of the Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez catching Thor" (Kanzasushitiroiyaruzu sarubatōruperesu kyatchingu no gokui, カンザスシティロイヤルズ サルバトールペレス キャッチングの極意) the description: "Salva Thor Perez catcher belonging to the MLB Kansas City Royals. Have the explanation and operation to be performed in order to maximize the ability of the pitcher, and ready to catch the ball reliably." (MLB kanzasushitiroiyaruzu ni shozoku suru sarubatōruperesu hoshu. Pitchā no nōryoku ­ o saidaigen ni hakki sa seru tame ni okonau dōsa ya, bōru o kakujitsu ni kyatchi suru tame no junbi nado o ­ kaisetsu shite moraimasu / MLBカンザスシティロイヤルズに所属するサルバトールペレス捕手。ピッチャーの能力­を最大限に発揮させるために行う動作や、ボールを確実にキャッチするための準備などを­解説してもらいます。) Presumably actual Japanese speakers can make better sense of those sentences than Google Translate

Chemistry Isn't Everything---Until It Is

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You can rely on certain players to demonstrate the value of chemistry---or at least addition by subtraction. Pierzynski is not a great case from whom to make generalizations. But I'm sure you can substitute other names to build an argument from the sum of anecdotes. Here's a longish-but-telling passage:

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But the Red Sox couldn't hit, and Pierzynski at least represented an opportunity for some offense. Wednesday, it was deemed that dynamic wasn't worth keeping him around. Prior to the Sox' win, a group of about six or so players gathered over by where Pierzynski's locker used to be, including a few position players. Later, one of the participants revealed it was the first time this year that he had hung out over in the corner, where the lockers of Ross, Jake Peavy and Jon Lester also resided. Listening to voices throughout the room, it was clear the catcher's exit had opened previously closed doors in that room. While some murmurs of these issues had circulated throughout the season (surfacing a bit in an article written by the Herald's John Tomase), the Red Sox players were trying to put on a good face in regard to Pierzynski's presence all the way up until he was designated for assignment. But after the team's latest turnover, the time had come to take stock of what was an experience unlike something many veterans had ever dealt with. It's over. But, judging by voices heard Wednesday night, it's probably something that should have never started in the first place.

And you were worried!

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Poor Aoki.

Jonah Keri on Royals (ok on the Giants, but see the rankings) Luck

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This concept of "cluster luck" was new to me, but it looks like the Royals have been very lucky so far this season. At least Seattle has been too, because it has been hard to see them beating us in the WC standings.

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