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Rany Sort of Endorses the "Kougar"


Rany, I'm a regular reader and fan of yours. I'm not going to pretend that I have the same relationship with Kauffman thay many do. But this semi-endorsement of Sam Mellinger's "Kougar" nickname for Kauffman Stadium is horrifying. It's worse than Mellinger's "GREAT!" verdict on the Jose Guillen contract last June. Worse than you using FRAA do evaluate Alex Gordon's defense. Worse than all the "Should we resign Kyle Davies?" blogs after his first two starts this season. Worse than you trying to start nicknames last year, us beating you to the punch, then you saying they didn't "grab" you as if you were the judge of what was appropriate for nicknaming. Then again, who am I do judge a guy who still pimps Pythagenport long after its creator has disowned it? If I had any idea what it meant, I'd say it is very close to being "on."

Monthly Individual OPSes by the 2008 Royals Worse than Mike Aviles' .518 in April 2009 (non-TPJ division)

  1. Ross Gload, May: .380
  2. John Buck, August: .411
  3. Miguel Olivo, July: .445
  4. Jose Guillen, July: .446
  5. Joey Gathright, June: .479

BtBS on Three Facts about the 2009 Royals, or, R. J. Anderson is Stealing All My Best Lines


Part of a cool, efficient, season preview series at Beyond the Box Score. Worth checking out, if for no other reason than to read R. J., a relatively "neutral party," re: the Royals (he's a Rays guy, and yes, from before last season), basically echo three things I beat into the ground this whole offseason. What are those three things? You'll have to read to find out...

Richie Ashburn combined the Pete Rose virtues and the Pete Rose style of play with the virtues of...


Richie Ashburn combined the Pete Rose virtues and the Pete Rose style of play with the virtues of dignity, intelligence, and style. Like Rose, he was a three-hundred-hitting singles hitter who ran out every ground ball of his career, a player who got out of his body every pound of ability that the Lord had put in there. Unlike Rose, Ashburn did not extend his career beyond its natural boundaries to break any records. At the time he retired, he had only 188 hits fewer than Rose had at the same age, and had more than many of the 3,000-hit men had at the same age. He didn't need records to tell him who he was. Ashburn was a reader, a family man, a man of restraint and taste. My favorite Richie Ashburn story... One time Ashburn hit a line drive into the stands, striking a young woman in the side of the face and knocking her unconscious. The stadium gasped, Ashburn stepped out of the box and watched in alarm as medics rushed to her side. In a few minutes the woman revived, the stretcher came, and the ballgame resumed. And Ashburn hit another line drive foul, and struck the poor woman again as she was bring garried out of the stadium. Ashburn visited the woman in the hospital after the game, invited her to come down and meet the players, befriended her and her family, and corresponded with the woman for the rest of his life."

--Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 735. James ranks Richie Ashburn as the 16th greatest center fielder of all time. [Why I'm doing this "series.".]

Decision 2008: God, Hoagy, I'd've Died for You; or, Nicknaming Brandon Duckworth

  Remember when I was going to post a nicknaming poll every week or so? I'm sure I don't have to tell you that didn't happen. Only morale boosting victories from earlier this summer prevented...

Real Nicknaming for a Real Royals Blog: Updates and Suggestions


Hello all. I'm on vacation again with a mystery wireless connection. I didn't want to take up a whole FanPost with this stuff, but I did want to update people on the Nicknaming situation (the link above is to my original post), as well as see where we wan to go with this. This is particularly relevant at the moment since Rany has finally come around and given a nickname to Butler. Congrats, I guess, to finally catching up, despite poo-pooing our own series. Shall we review the results so far? (If you weren't around or missed this whole thing, you might want to start by reading the original post linked above, then go through each of the following in order. 1) AVILANCHE. Mike Aviles, the subject of so much debate before his callup, was claimed by us long before the rest of KC got on the bandwagon. This is a good one, and it started here. 2) Hoagy Manwich, Team Baby Inspector. It's be initially witty, yet becomes less funny each time you hear it. "Hoagie/Hoagy/JoGui" won, and I think that's the base, but, as philofthenorth opined, the combination of several suggestions into "Hoagie Manwich, Team Baby Inspector" does sound like a Will Farrell or (shudder) Rob Schneider vehicle. And "Hoagie" is clever on many levels -- can be spelled without reference to Jose Guillen but still makes one think of him automatically, calls to mind his weight problems (and obliquely recalls "Manwich"), while also falling into/mocking the "A-Rod" boring nickname trend. 3) RamRam. This one is canonical, as I've heard that it's been used on broadcasts. It feels too easy, like we're running out of steam, but, hey, who am I to argue with the people? So that's where we're at. We've only got about two months before Rany does another one by fiat, and I admit that I don't know exactly where to take it next. I hope that people will use the comment space here to suggest 1) who to do next (that's what she said), and 2) nominate nicknames for the players that are left. Initially, I was hoping to do the bench players and "grinders" and avoid the "stars," and I still think that is more fun, in a way, but people can do what they want. Let's hear it! (And, yes, if people want to abandon this mission, I will resign myself to that, too.)


Decision 2008: No Respect, or, Nicknaming Ramon Ramirez

What can you say about Ramon Ramirez? I'd say, as some recent discussion have shown, that he's currently the most underappreciated Royal. But the only issue I can pinpoint with respect to Ramon...


Decision 2008: Nicknaming Jose Guillen, or, Won't Someone Please Think of the (Bleep)ing Babies?

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern...

Joakim Soria worked the ninth with his usual Mexicutioner efficiency


Joakim Soria worked the ninth with his usual Mexicutioner efficiency

Bob Dutton, Kansas City Star

Decision 2008: The Time of the Hero, or The Nicknaming of Mike Aviles Poll

  "Homer, I don't use the word "hero" very often, but you are the greatest hero in American history." --Lionel Hutz, RIP And so it begins with Mike Aviles, the man who is changing the...

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