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[Frank White] had a little smile that he would flash many times a game. I always took the smile to...

[Frank White] had a little smile that he would flash many times a game. I always took the smile to be not a sign of enjoyment, but a kind of coping mechanism; when he was dumped at second base, when he got his pitch and fouled it off, when he dived for a ball but was unable to make a play, he would get up and flash the smile. I always took it to be his way of saying to himself 'I can deal with this. That was nothing; let's focus on what we need to do.'

--Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 504-505. James ranks Frank White as the 31st greatest second baseman of all-time. [What this is]

Royals are Web-gemmy

Well we've all seen the statistics and the highlights about how the Royals are one of the better defensive teams this year, but this kinda hammers home the point that not only is this team doing well, but that it really is a team effort. Our Beloved Boys in Blue are currently second in Web gem appearences with 8, and no single player with more than 3. Compared to some teams like Detroit(Inge has all 7 of theirs) or the mets(6 of 7 belong to David Wright) this shows it really is a team effort.

Top 5 Most Valuable Royals in 2008 According to Fangraphs' Wins Above Replacement

  1. Gil Meche, 4.8
  2. Zack Greinke, 4.7
  3. Mike Aviles, 4.3
  4. David DeJesus, 3.7
  5. Alex Gordon, 2.6
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