The final installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the worst team to work for, what baseball would look like without outfield fences, when it’s okay to give up on high draft picks, and how Mariano Rivera compares to top starting pitchers.
Can the former No. 1 pick right the ship in shorter stints? Maybe.
Ben and Sam preview the Royals’ season with Craig Brown, and Pete talks to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger (at 26:26).
Was the Royals’ strategy in their swap of Wil Myers and more prospects for James Shields and Wade Davis based on a broken windows theory?
Ben and Sam weigh in on the Rays-Royals trade involving James Shields and Wil Myers a day after the dust settles.
The Royals get their front-line pitcher, and the Rays get their front-line prospect.
Ben and Sam discuss what we can learn from the rumors that Royals prospect Wil Myers is available via trade.
Ben and Sam discuss what the Ervin Santana trade says about the Royals’ rotation and the pitching market, then talk about what Rick Hahn’s ascension to the GM role in Chicago means for the future of front offices.
The Royals summon one of their top pitching prospects to the majors for some major-league seasoning.
Is something about Salvador Perez’s catching technique costing the Royals runs?
Ben and Sam reach a milestone (the 20-minute mark) as they tackle the topics of clubhouse chemistry and whether there’s more to Jeff Mathis than meets the eye.
Ben and Sam discuss the Royals, and then they discuss the Royals some more.
Baseball Prospectus and the Royalman Report Present All-Star Sunday at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The Durham Bulls are in the midst of a rare losing season, prompting Adam to wonder: How do fans of the Royals and Pirates live with losing every year?
While lot of what Jason sees in Arizona doesn’t matter, and some of it’s just shadows, there’s still a lot to report from Surprise.