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Royals Review Radio: Episode 7 - The Way Too Long Episode

In where we set a record for longest podcast and talk to John Sickels

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.

Available on iTunes here.

Previous episodes here.

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)

Johnny Cueto

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

Taking risks


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