One cannot deem us at Royals Review as unremarkable. We strive to push proverbial barriers from our literal seats with each episode (see: Episode 6 - The Megacast). In this episode our feats of strength is not in sheer number, but sheer length.
For easier reference, below is the 3 parts of this edition's chronology:
Part I: In which the gang (Max Rieper, Matthew LaMar, and Shaun Newkirk) discusses
(Listeners and readers alike should note that this portion of the podcast was recorded the Sunday prior to airing)
The impact of having an "ace" in your rotation
Trading away prospect
Former Royals Brandon Finnegan, Cody Reed, and John Lamb
Foreshadowing a Ben Zobrist trade
What to make now of the rotation
Shaun Newkirk earnestly trying to ponder Jay Bruce, Justin Upton, and other trade targets and being shot down
Alex Gordon working at Craft and Draft
*See footnote 1
Part II - John Sickels of Minor League Ball (begins at 59:30)
Noted Kansan and Twins fan John Sickels joins us to talk prospects
His Top 75 midseason prospect list is here.
His Top 20 Royals prospect mid-season review is here.
Prospects traded away in the Johnny Cueto trade
Sean Manaea and Shaun's profound love for him
Raul Mondesi needing to show "results"
Union Civil War general George McClellan and not being him
Sleepers in the Royals system
The mystifying Paulo Orlando
See footnote 2
Part III - Max and Shaun Duet (begins at 01:34:00)
The trading of Ben Zobrist
The price of Sean Manaea
Shaun again confesses his profound love for Sean Manaea
Comparing the packages of recent trades
Thanking new members and listeners
The voice(s) of reason
Total run time: 01:54:41
Intro music: Cold War Kids - Royal Blue
Footnote 1. Interlude 1 music: Bastille - Flaws
Footnote 2. Interlude 2 music: King Charles - Wilde Love
Outro music: St. Paul and the Broken Bones - It's Midnight
On a parting note, the author and co-host (myself) regrets not realizing that Royal Blue by Cold War Kids is the perfect theme song for a Royals related media.
From now on wear my love for you loose
From now on I am just passing through
From now on trust my feeling is true
From now on call me Royal Blue