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Seeking Power in Kansas City

July 22, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Steve Balboni is the single-season home run king for the Kansas City Royals.
No one can touch Steve Balboni’s homer mark — or his porn ’stache.

As the Kansas City Royals’ promising first half fades into dust – they are now 5.5 games back of the 2nd place Indians as the AL Central morphs into a two-team race – one thing is certain.

Another year will pass with Steve Balboni as the team’s single-season home run record king, with the modest 36 he bashed in 1985.

After all, the All-Star break has come and gone, and the Royals still don’t have a double-digit home run man this year. That’s right, the current co-leaders are Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer, each with nine jacks.

A year and a half ago, we speculated about Gordon’s doubles turning into homers and him making a run at Balboni. Um, ya. Gordon hit 14 dingers last year and isn’t exactly bouncing back in a big way this year.

Never mind threatening Balboni, how about producing even a 20-homer dude?

That looks like a serious stretch unless one of those guys or someone else puts up a very big second half.

Billy Butler looked like he was emerging as a legitimate threat to the mark, smacking a career best 29 last year as he was entering his age 27 season. So, how’s that worked out? With just eight long balls, Butler is going to be hard-pressed to even reach 15 this season. Yuck.

So Balboni’s mark – as modest as it is (the next lowest total for a team record is 41 for the Mets) – endures.

What’s the dealio here?

Okay, so no one would call Kauffman Stadium a home run hitter’s park, but it’s playing nearly neutral this year and generally is always a mid-pack stadium from a home run output perspective. Yet KC can’t produce even a 30-homer dude.

In fact, you have to go all the way back to 2000 to find its last 30-jack man, when Jermaine Dye hit 33.

Wil Myers might have represented the best chance KC had to produce a real threat to Balboni, but he was dealt to Tampa Bay this offseason to address rotation concerns.

Yup, Bye Bye Balboni’s Royal record could stand for quite some time.

For those of you that don’t recall Balboni, here’s a scouting report for him from way back in 1980:

Now it’s your turn to sound off. Is there anyone in the Royals organization currently that could threaten this mark? Let us know in the comments below.

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Don Mattingly Has the Dodgers Rolling

July 20, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
After walking into Washington to win the opener of their three-game series against the Nats 3-2 Friday night, LA has moved above .500 for the first time since it was 7-6 in mid-April. The Dodgers are 18-5 since hitting rock bottom on June 21, and now find themselves in second in the NL West, just a game and a half back of Arizona, which is spinning its wheels of late, and three games up on the third-place Rockies, who are fading after a nice couple of months.
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June 24, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Losing two of three to the Tribe hurts as Minny has now fallen three games back of the second place Indians, but the Twins have played well enough lately to have extended their lead over the last place Pale Hose.
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Changes Coming for Struggling Minnesota Twins Rotation?

May 18, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
It’s a big reason why the Twins have gotten off to a better start this season after winning just 10 of their first 36 games last year to bury themselves by May.
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Tampa Bay Rays Reach New Offensive Lows

April 17, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Over the past few years, the Tampa Bay Rays have always been able to overcome the losses of key players and continue to contend (and often win) in the tough AL East. Five straight winning seasons, including three playoff appearances and an AL Championship attest to that.
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