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Five Bits of Advice for Sam Mellinger Upon His Promotion to Columnist for the KC Star

  1. If you're going to pick a pitcher for a man-crush and series of columns, make sure and do so during a season in which he's going to gets shelled into oblivion.
  2. Play your cards right, and one day you might just get an unsolicited phone call from Mike Sweeney in order to further explain his long-awaited admission that , during the 2000 season, after having a blackberry schnapps, he once snapped and called Ann Landers a "boring old biddy."
  3. "What is Ken Harvey up to now? " is good for at least one column a season.
  4. Savor the feeling of this promotion. You will remember this day for the rest of your life.
  5. Two words: Farnsy Log

Catching up with Sam Mellinger on the Royals, the Rany Ban, and an Increasingly Controversial Season

Royals Review interviews Sam Mellinger regarding the 2009 Royals, the team's "ban" of Rany Jazayerli, and the future of the Dayton Moore Era.

Trey Hillman has done plenty that's worth questioning -- the above paragraph included -- but no big...

Trey Hillman has done plenty that's worth questioning -- the above paragraph included -- but no big league manager should even have as an option substituting Hulett for Hernandez for Pena.

Mellinger. Dayton Moore isn't mentioned in the article.I guess it's just one of those things -- the team just has these guys, and can't do anything about it. I also like the part of the article where it talks about the Braves wanting to trade Yunel Escobar to some team, but only if that other team could offer a better-hitting SS in return. I can't imagine why they can't find a trade partner!

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."

Q&A with Sam Mellinger

Studly Sam Mellinger answers some questions and gives some awesome nuggets... like this "Mike Jacobs gels his hair even when he's about to put a hat on."

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Clarifying BABIP

Just the luck, a major area of baseball statistical interest for me gets a major post by Mellinger and I’m out of town with the Fanpost already falling down the main page.  Well, I want to...

Mellinger: Player Salaries are a Smaller Portion of MLB Revenue than NFL Revenue

"It's not talked about much, but ballplayers' salary increases have not kept up with owners' revenue increases. The past two seasons, salaries have held steady between 40 and 45 percent of the game's revenue. By comparison, the NFL -- often held as the shining example of how to keep salaries in check -- paid out around 62 percent in 2008. As my friend Jeff Passan pointed out last offseason, when Bud Selig became commissioner in 1992 payrolls accounted for 52 percent of revenues. In 2001, they spiked to 56 percent. So if anything, the players -- as a group -- have a case that they are now underpaid, when taken in the context of record revenue season after record revenue season." Very good (and diplomatically worded) article by Mellinger.

Was talking with a scout recently, trying to gauge how the outside world looks at the Royals. I...

Was talking with a scout recently, trying to gauge how the outside world looks at the Royals. I asked him if what he thought of Gordon, and he says, "Love him. We'd love to have him, what would it take?" Now, this scout works for a team with several young and established stars in baseball, so I joked that he could include those two stars. a low-level prospect, and the Royals would throw in Jose Guillen. It was a joke, obviously. I'm not sure the scout understood this. "No deal," he said, then he asked me where to find good Mexican food in Kansas City.

Sam Mellinger

So here comes Kila Kaaihue, or, as he could be known, 'Royals Cyberspace's New Justin Huber.'"

So here comes Kila Kaaihue, or, as he could be known, 'Royals Cyberspace's New Justin Huber.'"

--Sam Mellinger, Journalist and HERETIC
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