7:59 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Royals' Butler Is Prime Example Of Fleeting Fame In Sports

Younger Royals players Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas may be tapped as future All-Stars.
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Over the past week, there was much ado about the marquis players in sports; Lebron James signed a contract with Cleveland and baseball showcased its stars in the All-Star game.

Heading into Friday night’s game at Boston, the Kansas City Royals are in transition as to who their biggest stars are. 

Just two years ago at the All-Star game in Kansas City, Billy Butler was in the midst of his most productive year with 29 homers and 107 runs driven in as the Royals designated hitter. He was the toast of the town as the Royals All-Star — this year Butler has only three homers.

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7:50 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Royals Outfielder Travels To All-Star Game To Bid Farewell To Jeter

In the Midwest, it’s not customary for fans and Kansas City Royals players to pull for anyone on the New York Yankees. Except for the last two years in the All-Star game.

Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is injured with sprained wrist and couldn’t play in this year’s All-Star game, but one of the reasons he still made the trip to Minneapolis, Minn., was to be part of the American League team that would bid its farewell to New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter.

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8:13 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Royals Head Into All-Star Break On A Winning Note

On the day before the All-Star break, the Kansas City Royals scored a first for this season. Until Sunday, the Royals were not able to beat the Detroit Tigers at home. They were 0-and-6 before Sunday’s 5-2 victory.

Royals designated hitter Bill knows how quick the season can turn.

“Nothing ever seems to be easy against them (the Tigers),” said Butler. “We can play as good baseball as we can. We were playing really good when we went into their place. I think that’s the way they feel right now.”

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.
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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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5:38 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

First Peanut Allergy-Friendly Royals Event Of Season Thrills Handful Of Fans

Twin brothers Camden and Preston Tyrrell watch the Royals with their father, Chris.
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For fifteen-year-old Antonio Franco, going out to something like a baseball game can be complicated, even dangerous.

“I accidently ate the wrong kind of cookie,” he says, remembering a severe allergic reaction. “We ended up having to rush to the hospital.”

Franco is one of an increasing number of children and teenagers who have severe food allergies, especially to peanuts. Because peanuts and foods containing peanut traces are so common, these kids and their parents are often limited in where they can go for fun.

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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.'
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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


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7:56 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Royals GM Fears Another 'Disastrous May'

With 30 games complete, there are ominous signs for the Kansas City Royals this season. The latest setback was a 9-4 loss against the Detroit Tigers Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

When the stadium gates opened, more than 22,000 fans filed in for Sunday’s series finale against the Tigers, the American League Central Division leaders and the team the Royals hope to challenge. But the Tigers pounded a total of 42 hits in the series and outscored the Royals, 26-8, in the three games.

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Up To Date
6:18 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

A Fan's Notes: Great Expectations

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The year got off to a promising start for the Royals and their fans. In January, the teen pop singer known as Lorde won Grammy Awards for Best Performance and Song of the Year for her hit “Royals,” which she claims was inspired by a picture of George Brett that she saw in an old copy of National Geographic. When she performed in Kansas City a few weeks ago, the Royals presented her with an autographed Brett jersey. Lorde, born 11 years after the team’s last playoff appearance, called it “one of the coolest things” she owns—and she owns two Grammies.

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3:35 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Day At The K With Up To Date

The Royals play the White Sox in their home opener at Kauffman Stadium.
Beth Lipoff KCUR

Take a look behind the scenes with the Up to Date team on our Day Opening  broadcast at Kauffman Stadium.

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7:39 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Live From The Royals Home Opener

The Royals play the White Sox in their home opener.
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Last year was arguably the best year for the Kansas City Royals in recent memory - 86 wins put the boys in blue above .500, but just short of the playoffs.

For this hour of Up to Date we take you out to the ballpark for the Royal’s home opener and Steve Kraske introduces you to some of the people who keep the team running.

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3:13 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Royals Fans Are Cautiously Optimistic About 2014 Season

The 2014 baseball season is giving the Kansas City Royals and fans a reason to look up on Friday, the day of the team's home opener.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR


Social media in Kansas City is abuzz this week with excitement over the Royals’ home opener on Friday.

Diehard fans are swapping predictions on Twitter for the new season via #Royals, #BeRoyalKC, #Royalsnation and other hashtags.

After the success of 2013’s season, KCUR’s Greg Echlin reports that players have high hopes for this season.

Fans do, too, according to our informal Tell KCUR poll on social media this week.

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7:48 am
Thu April 3, 2014

On The Eve Of The Royals Home Opener, Fans Have High Hopes

The Kansas City Royals play their home opener Friday at Kauffman Stadium.
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With the series finale set in Detroit for Thursday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals will head home afterward and play their home opener Friday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Coming off the success of last season, the Royals have high hopes this season. Not only on the field but, at the gate as well.

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3:03 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Tell KCUR: Is This The Year The Royals Will Make It To The Playoffs?

Is this the year the Royals will make it to the playoffs? Tweet your prediction with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Friday’s home opener for the Royals marks the beginning of the professional baseball season in Kansas City.

And we’re wondering about your predictions for the home team this year.

The Royals haven’t made it to the playoffs since 1985, when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Will they ever have a chance like that again?

Tell KCUR: Is this the year the Royals will make it to the playoffs? Why or why not?

Leave us your prediction in a voicemail at 816-235-2881.

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Up to Date
9:40 am
Thu October 17, 2013

KC Sports: Covering The Rollercoaster

As a columnist for the Kansas City Star, Sam Mellinger follows the ups and downs of teams such as the Royals.
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Covering sports in Kansas City can be a real rollercoaster. Often, you’re reporting on a losing season, but sometimes you hit a high point, like the current Chiefs’ season. 

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger about what it’s like to write about sports in this town.


  • Sam Mellinger is a sports columnist for the Kansas City Star.
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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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9:17 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Royals Walk-off Grand Slam Seals Winning Season

In pursuit of post-season play, the Kanas City Royals revived interest September baseball.  For the final home game at Kauffman Stadium a crowd of more than 27,000 gathered. Manager Ned Yost sensed the enthusiasm.

“We needed to get the crowd into the game early, and we couldn’t do it,” said Yost.

Then the Royals loaded the bases in the tenth inning of the scoreless ballgame when Justin Maxwell stepped to the plate.

“I was just thinking of trying to hit it hard,” said Maxwell.

There was no doubt when Maxwell hit it. It was a grand slam.

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7:39 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Royals Hold On To Post-Season Hopes

Heading into late September, the Kansas City Royals are holding on to their hopes of reaching baseball’s playoffs for the first time since their World Series championship in 1985. A late season surge reversed a downward spiral at the All-Star break.

A rocky start to the season  

This spring the Kansas City Royals tied a franchise record set only one year earlier for 11 straight losses at home. Manager Ned Yost seemed at a loss about what to do next.

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11:52 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Royals In The Play-offs?

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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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10:03 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Brett Leaves Dug Out For Front Office

Kansas City Royals legend George Brett is returning to the front office after almost two months as temporary hitting coach for the team. At a news conference Thursday, Brett was emotional when he said it wasn’t easy to leave the dug out once again.

The team is on the verge of traveling to three different cities on their current road trip, and Brett says traveling is rough on him.

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Up to Date
3:48 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

The Pine-Tar Game: Yankees Bat Boy Who Says It Didn't Have To Happen

Kansas City Royals player George Brett is held back by umpires after protesting the infamous "pine tar" bat call.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of a game between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees that made history. It would become known as the "Pine-Tar Game."

On July 24, 1983, in the top of the ninth, with the Royals trailing 4-3 and down to their last out, George Brett came to bat. Brett hit a 2-run homer that gave the Royals a lead in the game. But those runs were taken off the scoreboard when an umpire ruled that George Brett had too much pine tar -- a substance used to get a better grip -- on the bat.

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10:40 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Royals And Sporting Players Selected As All-Stars

It was a big weekend for All-Star announcements in Kansas City.  Both the Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC had multiple players named to their respective league’s All-Star teams.

Outfielder Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals wasn’t on the American League team last year, but he was there when the cheers for his teammate Billy Butler drowned out the introduction. 

“I don’t cry at all, but I actually cried when I saw Bill get announced and all the support he got,” says Gordon.

Gordon says playing with Butler for the past six years has been special. 

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Up to Date
10:28 am
Fri June 28, 2013

A Fan's Notes: The Long, Hot, Royal Summer

Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain (6) adds the bottle of Billy Butler Hit A Ton rally sauce onto his arm muscle in the dugout after hitting a two run home run in the ninth inning to tie during a game against the Detroit Tigers on June 12, 2013, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
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You think the road is long and difficult for the Kansas City Royals? Imagine how hard it must be for Royals fans.

Commentator Victor Wishna shares his thoughts on the roller-coaster team in this month's "A Fan's Notes."


The legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell was not the first or the last to say that, “Baseball is a lot like life…full of ups and downs.”

Well, if Royals baseball is like life, then life has been hard.

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6:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Kansas City Royals: Rocketing Start To Steep Decline

Pitcher James Shields high-fives third baseman Mike Moustakas after the Royals' win over at their home opener in April.
Credit Beth Lipoff/KCUR

How can a team that began the season so brilliantly currently be in the basement?

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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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9:03 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Royals Win Home Opener

The attendance for the sold-out game was 40,073.
Beth Lipoff KCUR

Seven games into their 2013 baseball season, the Kansas City Royals have a winning record for the first time. The home opener against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium took a dramatic turn late in the game.

Unlike last year when the Royals gave up seven runs in the first inning of the home opener, they kept the game close.  Down 1-0 in the eighth, Lorenzo Cain doubled and scored in an inning that produced all the Royals' runs in their 3-1 victory.

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KC Currents
12:51 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mike McCartney: The Voice Of The Royals

Royals announcer Mike McCartney
Mike McCartney

In recent years, baseball games have become highly-produced multi-media events. But despite all the changes technology has brought, two aspects of baseball remain the same: the sport and the announcer.

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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.
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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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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

A Royals Season Preview

The organ music, peanuts and even that occasional flying hot dog are all part of going out to Kauffman Stadium for a Royals game.

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Up to Date
10:46 am
Fri December 21, 2012

A Fan's Notes: The #1 That Got Away

Indianapolis Colts 2012 #1 draft pick, quarterback Andrew Luck, will take the Arrowhead Stadium field in this Sunday's match-up with the Kansas City Chiefs.

As the year comes to close, A Fan’s Notes commentator Victor Wishna looks back on “the year that was” in the world of Kansas City sports… with a glimmer of hope at what could be.

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Up to Date
12:34 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

A Fan's Notes: This Is Our Youth

Not one player on the 2012-2013 Kansas City Chiefs' roster is over the age of 30.

The Kansas City Chiefs open their regular season this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s hard to see underneath those protective uniforms, but this years’ team is….well, let’s not sugar coat it – young.

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