December 8, 2013
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About Craig BrownA lifelong Royals fan, Craig has been venting at Royals Authority since 2004. This spring, he published The Royals Authority 2009 Annual which is a complete look at the Royals heading into the 2009 season. He lives in Kansas City with his wife and daughters, who tolerate his baseball obsession.
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With all the focus on the big free agents and trades this offseason, here's a look at what teams in the bottom half of baseball's payroll structure are up to.
How to watch the World Series when your team isn't in the Fall Classic.
Five starters have had outstanding seasons in the American League. But only one can win the Cy Young Award.
The best player nobody ever seems to talk about.
Three years ago, trying to identify the next generation of outstanding ballplayers, Sports Illustrated tabbed "8 Who Will Be Great." It's time to check back on the eight and see how they're doing.
Inspired by the five cycles in the books this season, a look at each team's last brush with this rare hitting gem.
The best hitters at getting to 3-0
A breakdown of the Cardinals starter's epic ground ball extravaganza on Tuesday against the Mets.
A look at this year’s group of hitters who specialize in making the defense work reveals a surprise.
The aftershocks of the Washington third baseman's recent 30-game hitting streak could be felt for the rest of 2009.
Because it's never too early.
The march to .500 continues.
Four perennial losing organizations and the steps they've taken to get on the right track for this season.
The opposition didn't need to sweat the defense when these guys came to the plate.
After a couple of troubling years, Zack Greinke took a step forward in 2008 and the Kansas City Royals rewarded him with a contract extension.
Next stop, Chicago!
Scott Boras says Oliver Perez deserves a huge payday. Does he?
According to Royals general manager Dayton Moore, it's pitching.
As owners prepare to splash the cash once again this winter, a look at some clunker free agent signings from last year.
Although October is all about the postseason, here is what some teams have done already to position themselves for 2009.
Manny Ramirez is set to join the pantheon of great League Championship Series players.
The Twins' sweep of the White Sox means a crazy weekend is in store for the AL Central. It's likely to extend into Monday.
Only six teams have wrapped up a division title earlier than the Angels did this year. Here's how they prepared for the postseason.
As the Tampa Bay Rays continue their push to the postseason, do their starters have them poised for a deep run in October?
Never heard of the guy until this year? That’s okay. You’re not alone.
Mike Mussina's turnaround is one for the ages.
The Rays have a chance to become the second American League team to go from last place to the top spot in a single season. And the first was....
Some of the more questionable All-Star reserve selections of the past 30 years.
A review of the latest edition of the popular baseball sim.
The top contact hitters so far this season.
Expectations were high following a breakout 2006 season. How it all went wrong.
Using the Three True Outcomes, a look at players who made a living putting the ball in play from 1920 to 1955.
Using the Three True Outcomes, a look at five players who specialized in making the defense work.
Great Aprils from 1981 to the present.
Opening Day 2008 featured some outstanding baseball. How did this year's games compare to the more notable openers since 2000?
Everything's magnified on Opening Day
There's a bit of optimism in KC. Is it warranted?
A look at the increase in walk rate as a harbinger of future decline.
Twenty years ago last month, arbitrator Thomas Roberts granted no-risk free agency to seven players.
Continuing our reckless spending to put together an outfield (and DH)
To the list of things that money can't buy, add performance.
For some teams, sub-.500 finishes have become routine. Here's a look at four of those, and what they've done this winter to get on the winning side.
Guest author Craig Brown chronicles the downs, ups and outs of the Royals' young third baseman.