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Around the Kingdom: James Shields, Stephenson, and Jurgen Klinsmann

The Royals returned from yesterday’s off-day with an afternoon game on the 4th of July. Yordano Ventura dominated the indians through 8 innings. More importantly, Christian Colon served notice that he could hit big-league fastballs slamming Indian pitching for 2 doubles and a triple in his first big league start. Now that he’s demonstrated he can hit the heater, we will really see what he’s got when pitchers start using their full bag of tricks on him.

Still, it was nice to see the Royals scoring some runs. Kansas City hung seven scores on the Tribe, including a 3-run dinger by Mike Moustakas.

Aside from the big club, the international signing period opened up on July 2. International prospects have gained increasing importance for the Royals due to their much more reasonable price than U.S. draftees. I think these players are more important to the long-term future of Kansas City than the much more familiar prospects from the June draft, because a small-market team can land the all-important bargain players.

The Royals were about the only thing going in KC sports on the 4th of July. The Chiefs continue to enjoy some dead time before the start of training camp in mid-July, Kansas, Missouri, and K-State are preparing for the fall-semester, and Sporting KC gets back Matt Besler an Graham Zusi from their stint in the World Cup.


  • Royals Review – Tyler Drenon reports that the Royals have signed Dominican shortstop (what else) Ricky Aracena
  • Kings of Kauffman  – Aaron Reese argues that James Shields struggles have been mostly due to bad luck

When James Shields is pitching, an alarming number of groundballs have been skating by infielders and batters have been outrunning throws on choppy infield dribblers. Year in and year out, American League batters reliably hit around .250 on groundballs. It has been constant for years. In his past eight starts, hitters have a stupefying .310 batting average on groundballs that has helped contribute to a very high .344 BAbip during that period of time.


I decided to break down the playoff game because it shows me the most about Stephenson in a big moment. Anybody can play well in some throwaway game versus the Oakland Raiders, but I wanted to see this kid in the biggest battle of his football life.


  • Kansas City Star – Jurgen Klinsmann was right, the U.S. wasn’t ready to challenge for the World Cup

His message to players is they don’t do enough. They don’t play twice a week, like Champions League stars. They don’t face condemnation from their community after losses and poor performances.

There you have it KC fans—the news Around the Kingdom.

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