I’m covering for Clark today here at Royals Authority and so it’s probably a good time to do a set of bullets in honor of Pitchers and Catchers reporting.

Let’s start out with a little mood music: Akron/Family – So It Goes

  • I know that it’s fun to think of what it’d be like if Albert Pujols became a member of the Royals.  It’s pretty much like buying a Powerball ticket. The fun part of buying the ticket is talking about what you would do with the money and thinking about the possibility, although remote that it could happen. Getting Pujols is also just like the lottery in that it’s not going to happen. There is no way that Pujols would come to the Royals. There is no way that the Royals will spend the money to sign him. Most importantly, signing him makes absolutely no sense. Let’s move on.
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  • Lately on Twitter, I’ve been noting things that have happened on this date in Royals history or a notable Royals birthday. The other day was one that I found really interesting. On February 15th, 1988 the Royals traded Van Snider to the Reds for Jeff Montgomery. Snider ended up getting 7 Major League hits while Monty got 304 saves. That’s one heck of a trade. The story behind the trade is actually even more interesting. As Jeffrey Flanagan wrote at the time, Montgomery idolized then Reds manager Pete Rose but when he got to the Big League club, Rose didn’t really like Monty.

“..Rose submitted a list of about six or seven players to new Reds general manager Murray Cook in February 1988. They were the names of players Rose had concluded could not play for him. Montgomery was on the list.”

Cook goes on to admit he’d never seen Montgomery pitch and that he coveted Van Snider because he “had all the tools. He seemed nearly a sure thing.” That’s astonishingly bad organizational management. I can’t imagine such a deal happening today, but I bet it does.
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  • Justin Bopp over at Beyond the Boxscore put together a beautiful graphic showing where Billy Butler got all of his hits. I’ve interviewed him for the upcoming podcast, so look for that probably tomorrow.
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  • The Kansas City Baseball Historical Society is having it’s monthly meeting tonight at the Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill. It’s $5 if you’re not a member. I hear it’s a good time. I’ll be attending tonight and I look forward to talking baseball. Come on out and join us.
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  • Apparently Jason Kendall is planning on being ready for Opening Day. I’ve never been a big fan of Kendall, but he does have a couple of things that I admire about him. One: the guy really, really, really wants to play baseball. Two: he can really, really, really annoy Craig here at Royals Authority.
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  • Adam Foster at Project Prospect has an extremely detailed scouting report on Royals pitching prospect John Lamb. I’m very high on Lamb and can’t wait for the kid to get his first taste of Major League action.
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  • So far the media member who gets the most credit for their Spring Training coverage is Bob Fescoe of 610 Sports. I’m not a big fan of his show in general, but his Royals coverage has been damn good this week. He’s had interviews every day along with  lots of tweets, videos and pictures.
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  • Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star Tweeted that the Royals have been showing interest in a Minor League deal for pitcher John Maine. I don’t see any reason not to give it a shot.
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  • There is still room if you want to come to the Royals Authority live event at The Well in Waldo. Drop me an email if you want me to reserve you a spot. Send it to brokenbatsingle [at] gmail [dot] com.
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  • In AL Central news, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was arrested late Wednesday night on drunken driving charges.
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  • I’m going to end this post with another video. Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to parachute into Kauffman Stadium? Wonder no more.
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    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/montgje01.shtml

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