Around the Kingdom: Ned Yost, Yordano Ventura, Chiefs Roster Cuts, Igor Juliao


Royals manager Ned Yost. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Wow. What a win for the Kansas City Royals. After scoring 2 runs in 26 innings, the Royals looked dead coming into the 9th inning Tuesday trailing the Twins 1-0.

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Not only did the Royals have their own offensive slump to deal with, they were also facing the only team in MLB with a better winning percentage than themselves in holding a lead after 6 innings (the Twins came into the game 42-2 when leading after 6 innings. KC was 53-3).

Alex Gordon changed all of that with one swing of the bat. His 2-run bomb in the 9th not only broke KC’s two game losing streak, it also maintains the momentum created by KC’s August run.

However, manager Ned Yost then showed how out-of-touch he is by whining about having only 13,000 in attendance on a hot Tuesday night with a starting temperature in the 90’s. Great way to alienate fans on a night where you should be celebrating a fabulous win.

The Chiefs trimmed their roster to 75 in the first round of cuts mandated by the NFL. The team will get down the their regular-season limit of 53 next week.

The Missouri Tigers unveiled a $45 million renovation to the East End of Memorial Stadium in Columbia. The improvements include 4,100 new seats and 1,200 premium seats—which is good news for both Tigers’ fans and the financial health of the program.


"Royals manager Ned Yost has announced, through Mike Swanson, that Yordano Ventura will miss his start tomorrow against the Twins due to mid-back tightness. Liam Hendriks will be called up from Omaha to make the spot start in Ventura’s absence. Certainly this isn’t the kind of thing the Royals would like to do in the middle of a playoff race, but if the injury is causing him too much discomfort, it’s much better to miss a start now than later."

  • Royals Review – Royals assign 6 players to the Arizona Fall League, a key developmental assignment for top prospects:

"While the players aren’t generally worrying about the score and more so whatever aspect of the game they are working on, this does give top tier guys looks at other top tier guys. Something the everyday life of the minor leagues rarely provides."

  • Kansas City Star – Ned Yosts whines about lack of attendence after Gordon’s home run propels Royals to inspiring walkoff win:

"“I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game?” he said in his post-game news conference.Then a few questions later came the rant that he should spend Wednesday afternoon walking back and apologizing for."


"Succop and Santos have been in a heated battle all training camp in an attempt to earn the Chiefs starting kicker job. The threat of competition has clearly motivated Succop to add some strength to his leg which has been noticeable on kickoffs. Santos, however, still has the stronger leg and has the added benefit of being significantly cheaper agains the salary cap."


  • MUTIGERS.com – MU cuts ribbon on $45 million East End Stadium revision:

"The new first-class addition to the home of Mizzou football, an ambitious project that adds more than 4,100 seats in addition to 1,200 premium seats and cost between $40 million and $50 million, was designed and built by Kansas City firms Populous and J.E. Dunn Construction."


  • Reporting KC.com – Igor Juliao: KC’s talented yet frustrating defender:

"The Brazilian loanee is described as an attacking force from the back who has “the best foot skills on the team,” according to MLSSoccer.com Sporting KC beat writer Steve Brisendine.  In the same breath, Vermes cautioned that: “What sometimes Brazilian players lack is a bit of organization and discipline in their game, and understanding the shape of a team,” he said. He might as well have been talking about Igor Juliao directly."

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

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