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7:37 am
Wed June 18, 2014

'Dynamic Pricing' May Be To Blame For Empty Seats At Kauffman Stadium

Empty seats at recent Royals games are a sign of the teams records, and dynamic pricing practices.
Credit Valerie / Flickr--CC

After stagnating for a month in the American League Central standings, the Royals have taken off in the last two weeks. But when the last homestand concluded with two of the Royals’ most traditional draws, their attendance didn’t take off as they hoped.

New York Yankee fan Mo Moffitt, recently moved to Shawnee, Kan., from The Bronx, found a way to attend a Yankees game in Kansas City.

“If you’re a diehard to your team, you’ll show up,” said Moffitt a Royals home game.

But plenty of diehard fans during the most recent homestand did not.

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Up To Date
11:35 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Former Royal Jason Kendall's Baseball Wisdom

Former Royal and All-Star catcher Jason Kendall joins Steve Kraske on Thursday's 'Up to Date.'
Credit Macmillan Publishers

There are secret rules and pieces of wisdom that most baseball fans don't even know exist. For example, don't ever look an umpire in the eye when you're arguing with him. 

On Thursday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sits down with former Royal and All-Star catcher Jason Kendall and sportswriter Lee Judge to discuss Kendall's new memoir of baseball wisdom, Throwback

Guests:

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Central Standard
1:10 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Wyandotte County Buys T-Bones Baseball Stadium

Leaders of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., have announced plans to purchase and renovate Community America Ballpark – the home of the T-Bones – for $8 million. It would join a growing list of publicly subsidized sports venues. It's good news for baseball fans and  for the Village West shopping and entertainment area – but how should taxpayers feel?  Host Brian Ellison discusses the pros and cons behind the decision with two of the decision-makers behind the proposed purchase. Guests:

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Former Royals Outfielder Looks Back

Former Royals outfielder Willie Wilson discusses his life in a new book, 'Inside the Park.'

From the highs of professional baseball and even the World Series to the lows of drug addiction and bankruptcy, former Royals player Willie Wilson has had quite the journey.

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Up to Date
3:18 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

A Fan's Notes: Little Big League

The 2013 Little League World Series is underway in Williamsport, Pa.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

This week the 2013 Little League World Series has bought teams from across the world to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The championship game will be played on Sunday.

In this month’s “A Fan’s Notes”, commentator Victor Wishna tells us what Major League players could learn from their Little League compadres.

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Central Standard
11:52 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Royals In The Play-offs?

Credit Wikimedia Commons - CC

It's nearly September, and the Royals have won more games than they've lost. This might seem like a minor achievement, but here in Kansas City, this is a huge deal. We haven't had a winning season since 2003 and before that, 1994.  An entire generation of baseball fans have not seen the Royals do well. To put this into perspective, Eric Hosmer, the Royals' first baseman is 23 years old. He was born in 1989, a full 4 years after the Royals last made the play-offs (and went on to win the World Series).

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Sports
7:53 am
Tue July 16, 2013

What Was Kansas City Left With After Hosting The MLB All-Star Game?

Fans look on to the field at a MLB All-Star event in Kansas City, Mo in 2012.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

When the Major League Baseball All-Star game is played Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York, it will stir up memories from last year in Kansas City, Mo.

The game returned to Kauffman Stadium in 2012 after a 39-year absence. But, besides the memories, what is Kansas City left with after hosting the mid-summer classic?

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said in 2010 a footprint would be left in Kansas City long after the All-Star game’s last out.

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KC Currents
12:22 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

How Mexican-Americans In Kansas Built A Community Around Softball

Angels players look on at the game from the dugout.
Credit Zack Lewandowski

Mexican-American fast-pitch softball is a tradition that runs deep in Kansas and Missouri. For decades, families have passed on the tradition of playing baseball or softball, but the legacy has been poorly documented.

The game was originally introduced to Mexican immigrants in Kansas and Missouri in an attempt to shed them of their cultural identity. But, that didn’t happen. The sport did nothing but help define and unite a new community. 

The experience

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Sports
7:41 am
Wed May 29, 2013

The Young Guys Let Down Royals, Again

What started out promising has turned into another nightmare for the Kansas City Royals.  

The Royals managed only two hits--both by last year's All-Star, Billy Butler--against St. Louis Cardinals pitching Tuesday night.

Much of the Royals' high hopes depended on the production of the young players they've developed such as Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. But they've been disappointing.

Manager Ned Yost is preaching patience.

"What do asking want me to do? Take my belt off and spank them? Yell at them? Scream at them?" said Yost.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Going Out To The Ballgame

Up to Date broadcast live at Royals Opening Day.
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

With a record number of spring training games won, the Royals started the regular season in Chicago last week with two losses and a win.

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2012 All-Star Game
8:54 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Kansas City As All-Star Host: How Did We Do?

All-Star Parade, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Mo. July 10, 2012.
Flickr user midtownkcpost.com

The All-Star game is over.  The National League has the home field advantage in the World Series and the New York Mets host the 2013 All-Star game. 

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2012 All-Star Game
9:05 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Waiting To Become An All-Star

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (16), Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles May 26, 2011.
Flickr user Keith Allison

There was a sense of “Finally!” when Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals was named for the first time to the American League All-Star team.  

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2012 All-Star Game
3:07 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

All-Star League Managers Reveal Kansas City Ties

All-Star Game, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
Chris Prewitt KCUR

While the managers of the American and National Leagues announced their starting lineups on Monday for tomorrow night's All-Star game at Kauffman Stadium, both acknowledged their links to Kansas City.

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2012 All-Star Game
10:09 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Celebrity Softball Game Elicits Cheers And Boos

At Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, baseball fans got a mix of the young and the old on the diamond. In the Futures game that featured top minor league prospects, the USA team pounded the World team, 17-5.  

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2012 All-Star Game
9:29 am
Mon July 9, 2012

2012 All-Star Game Stirs Memories Of Home Runs

When the Kauffman Stadium opened in 1973, the year of the last All-Star game to take place in Kansas City, it was known as Royals Stadium.

For Monday night's Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium, there is certain to be some tape measure jobs.  

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Sports
11:16 am
Tue May 29, 2012

A New Chapter In Frank White's Baseball Career

Frank White at the Kansas City T-Bones stadium.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

Five-time all-star Frank White always thought he would finish his baseball career at the Royals.  He was the hometown guy who played second base with the team for 18 seasons, starting in 1973. 

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Up to Date
10:14 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Willie Mays Aikens: A Second Lease On Life

Baseball’s Willie Mays Aikens has done a lot of living in his 57 years.  He’s now a hitting instructor for the Kansas City Royals, something he knows a thing or two about: he was the first major leaguer in history to hit two home runs in a game twice in the same series.

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The Royals
10:26 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Their 'Time' Is Still To Come

The marketing catch phrase for the Kansas City Royals this year has been, "This is our time."  But after a disastrous homestand, the Royals ad campaign has backfired.

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Up to Date
6:47 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Royals Opening Day At The K

It’s time for peanuts, cracker jacks and rooting for the home team ... so we’re heading out to the ballgame!

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Sports
7:00 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Negro League Stats, As They've Never Been Seen

Originally published on Sun April 8, 2012 11:07 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Up to Date
10:46 am
Fri April 6, 2012

A Fan's Notes: Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights?

Major League Baseball's opening day and Passover coincide this year
Image courtesy of the book "Matzo Balls & Baseballs" by Dave Cohen

Tonight, once again, families throughout Kansas City will gather together and reflect on a simple question: “Why is this night different?”

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Up to Date
1:51 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played & Games Are Won

The final dance of this college basketball season is tonight. Fans everywhere are counting on their team to pull off the big win in New Orleans.

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KCUR News
1:07 pm
Tue July 13, 2010

Royals Relief Pitcher Celebrated In Mexico

Anaheim, CA – Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Joakim Soria may be the long team representative at the All-Star game in Anaheim. But he's being more recognized by his fellow countrymen in Mexico. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.

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KCMO CIty Hall
2:07 am
Fri June 25, 2010

Council Expects 100:1 Return On All-Star Game

Kansas City will host Major League Baseball's All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in July of 2012.
Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Royals

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's city council honored the old adage "it takes money to make money" yesterday, voting to pick up the tab for the considerable expenses related to hosting the 2012 All-Star Game.


City Manager Troy Schulte gave the council what might have been a staggering cost estimate if not for his projected return-on-investment. Schulte told the council his staff estimates the city's expenses at $500,000, but expect an economic impact of over $50 million in return.

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KCUR News
10:46 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Central Missouri Mules Qualify For College World Series

Kansas City, Mo. – The Central Missouri baseball team qualified to go to Division II College World Series. In the regional final on Tuesday night on their home field, the third-ranked Mules defeated Abilene Christian, 11-4.

They'll travel to Cary, North Carolina where they'll be among eight teams at the Division II World Series. The Mules, now 51-9 this season, open against the University of Tampa, Saturday afternoon at noon.

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KCUR News
9:30 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Success Eludes Hillman While With Royals

Royals manager Trey Hillman

Kansas City, Mo. – Trey Hillman's stint as manager of the Kansas City Royals was shy of three full seasons. His firing was announced after the Royals victory over the Cleveland Indians Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. It was the hope of the Royals' front office that Hillman's success overseas would carry over to the big leagues in Kansas City. But it never materialized.

KCUR News
9:23 am
Fri May 14, 2010

Royals Dismal Season Seals Manager Trey Hillman's Fate

Kansas City, Mo. – After the Royals snapped their 7-game losing streak on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium, it was announced that manager Trey Hillman was fired. The Royals defeated the Cleveland Indians, 6-4. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more on the chain of events.

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore told Hillman after Wednesday night's game he was making the change. Hillman didn't want to end his Royals manager career with a losing streak, so he was granted permission to stay on one more game with Zach Greinke on the mound.

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