Around the Kingdom: Royals Trade Options, Dee Ford, Lamar Hunt, and Levi Copeland


The Kansas City Royals dropped a disappointing game to the Twins 2-1 to open their 3-game set against Minnesota in Kansas City. James Shields again pitched well, but got stuck with the loss when the Royals offense got befuddled by Kyle Gibson, who came into the game with 4.19 ERA. The Royals managed to get only 2 hits and 2 walks off him.

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This offense could make a major-league pitcher out of Pee Wee Herman.

Or a batting T.

Training camp continues as the Chiefs firtst pre-season game (August 7) inches closer. In less than a week, numerous things have happened. Last season’s fan favorite Sean McGrath retired after looking like he’d established himself as a viable backup TE. Sean Smith got demoted to 2nd team corner in the early going, losing reps to Ron Parker and Marcus Cooper. Allen Bailey and Mike Catapano both bulked up trying to seize a DE job that opened up when Tyson Jackson left as a free-agent to Atlanta.

All of that, and more, happened in one weeek. No wonder the NFL is the best reality show on earth.


"As disappointing as it may be to think that the Royals could do nothing at the deadline, that may well be their best course of action. Marlon Byrd is the only player who truly seems like he would have been a real upgrade, at least as a power threat. However, he simply is not coming to Kansas City. The other options, Rios and Denorfia, likely would not be enough to make a real difference."

  • Royals Review –  Tyler Drenon argues the Royals should either make a big move, or sell:

"“Standing pat” should not be an option. Adding Raul Ibanez and Erik Kratz doesn’t count. They need to either aggressively hunt down and acquire one or more impact players or just give up. It’d be nice if they regressed to the mean and snuck into the postseason. But after almost 30 years, it’s time to stop hoping for a lucky break."

"The nonwaiver trading deadline expires at 3 p.m. local time on Thursday, and general manager Dayton Moore has instructed his operatives to cast a wide net in search of upgrades. According to conversations with multiple team officials and executives from rival clubs, the team has inquired, or at least had internal discussions, about a variety of players across the diamond."

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article829270.html#storylink=cpy


  • Arrowhead Pride – The good, the bad, the ugly of the first 5 days of training camp
  • Forbes.com – Dee Ford talks about going from poor to rich (video)

"Fortunately for Ford, he and his agent, Adisa Bakari, negotiated a warm-and-fuzzy, fully guaranteed four-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs for $8.16M, which includes a $4.25M signing bonus. Wealth like this isn’t without its challenges, however: We see it level unprepared recipients often enough. And while rampant in the professional sports arenas, wealth and fame’s victims are scattered, heavily, across the entertainment industry as well."


  • SportingKC.com – Sporting to induct Peter Vermes, Jimmy Conrad, and Lamar Hunt as franchise “Legends” in 2014:

"Sporting Club announced on Tuesday the three newest members of Sporting Legends. Peter Vermes, Jimmy Conrad and the late Lamar Hunt will be inducted into the hall of honor during an on-field ceremony at Sporting Park during halftime of Sporting Kansas City’s match against the Philadelphia Union on Friday."


  • Kansas City Star – MU receiver Levi Copeland suspended for 2014 by NCAA for banned substance

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