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Your hosts Jeff Herr (@TheJeffReport) and Michael Engel (@michaelengel) present a podcast featuring analysis, opinion, and stories about Kansas City baseball: past, present, and future. Our focus is usually on the Royals, but we'll also discuss the Monarchs, the KC A's, and other teams in Kansas City's history.

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Your hosts Jeff Herr (@TheJeffReport) and Michael Engel (@michaelengel) present a podcast featuring analysis, opinion, and stories about Kansas City baseball: past, present, and future. Our focus is usually on the Royals, but we'll also discuss the Monarchs, the KC A's, and other teams in Kansas City's history.

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Great podcast for Royals info and class act for the episode in remembrance of Ventura

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Great podcast

By J Repplinger - Feb 02 2017
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Great podcast for Royals info and class act for the episode in remembrance of Ventura

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Kansas City Baseball Vault

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Your hosts Jeff Herr (@TheJeffReport) and Michael Engel (@michaelengel) present a podcast featuring analysis, opinion, and stories about Kansas City baseball: past, present, and future. Our focus is usually on the Royals, but we'll also discuss the Monarchs, the KC A's, and other teams in Kansas City's history.

Rank #1: Outrage! Grounders! Bullpen Roles! On the First Two Royals Games (BP KC Episode 3)

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After two Royals games to start the season, it was time to make some conclusions, small sample size or not. Okay, not really.

But we did talk about some of the hints we saw in the first series of the Royals season and what they might foretell for the Royals bullpen. We also talked about some Eric Hosmer ground ball tendencies, and even addressed the whole Noah Syndergaard/American Woman stuff that popped up after Tuesday's game.

Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com.

Note: There is one (1) unsavory word uttered in this podcast. Should you be opposed to one bad word, you might skip this one, or jump to about the 10 minute mark to avoid it.
Apr 07 2016
1 hour
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Rank #2: Royals World Series Preview With Guest Gary Mack of Mets Musings

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The Royals had their backs against the wall in Houston, came back, and won the ALDS. They faced a juggernaut. A powerhouse. A wrecking ball of an offense, but held on to beat Toronto in the ALCS.

And as a result, they won their fourth American League pennant and second in as many years.

What a world.

The Royals go on to face the Mets in the World Series, so we talked with Gary Mack from MetsMusings.com to get some insight on the Mets and to share our Royals thoughts with him and his listeners.

This is going to be a series of matchups: fastball throwers vs. fastball hitters. A powerful Mets team against a scrappy Royals team.

We also had to talk about the makeup of the Royals playoff roster and of course had to talk about the anxiety that we ran into during the Blue Jays series up until a remarkable Lorenzo Cain run, and Wade Davis's unlikely return from rain delay.

It was a fun show and we're hoping our next episode is celebrating a Royals World Championship.

Recorded 10/26/15

Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com.
Oct 27 2015
1 hour 40 mins
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Rank #3: On Comebacks and Previewing ALDS Game 5

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After another historic comeback win by the Royals in the postseason, the ALDS goes to a deciding Game 5.

It comes down to a Johnny Cueto start.

But first, we talked about the Game 4 comeback and the approach that saved the Royals season.

Then we looked at Game 5, wondering if the big comeback can fuel the Royals to another win and another big run like last season. We asked if Dallas Keuchel would pull a Madison Bumgarner, if Eric Hosmer has turned it back on, and if the Royals can pull it off.

Recorded 10/13/15

Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com.
Oct 14 2015
42 mins
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Rank #4: Second Half Surprise (Episode 139)

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The Royals have been playing well in the second half so far, with good offensive production and even a couple of shutouts.

We talked about the recent performances of Jakob Junis, Brad Keller, Jorge Soler, and others.

Meanwhile, the trade deadline is coming up quickly, and while the Royals have made some moves already, they have a couple of names who may still be dealt. And if that's the case, the Royals have some performers in Omaha ready to step in, with strong performances by Ryan O'Hearn, Brett Phillips, and Richard Lovelady.

There's an expected flurry of moves coming in the next week, setting up an interesting last two months of the season.

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And remember to rate and subscribe on iTunes or any other podcast app you like.
Jul 24 2019
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #5: Almost Go Time (BP Kansas City Episode 50)

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It's been an active winter for the Royals, full of difficult decisions and even more difficult emotions. On Monday, however, it's time for another baseball season and Opening Day.

We discussed the sneaky potential in the starting rotation, the depth of the lineup, and the makeup of the bullpen and what the season may hold for each element. 

Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.

And please, feel free to come out and join us on Opening Day on April 3rd at Kelly's Westport Inn. Check in to the Facebook event page here to RSVP.
Mar 31 2017
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #6: Pine Tar Podcast w/ Will Carroll Injury Expert and BP's C.J. Wittmann

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Will Carroll of Bleacher Report stops by to talk about the injuries to Yordano Ventura and Kyle Zimmer. He also speaks to what the Royals could be doing to prevent these injuries. Also on the show Baseball Prospectus Prospect team member C.J. Wittmann fills us in on the players the Royals have in Wilmington.
May 29 2014
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #7: Riding the Royalcoaster and Talking Plate Approach

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This week, the Kansas City Baseball Vault covered a lot of topics, starting with the controversial decision by MLB Advanced Media to pull the plug on multiple fan podcasts on iTunes. The Royals Podcast Network was among the iTunes casualties, and we explained where things stand - long story short, not much is going to change at all, and if you're listening now, you've found other ways to hear our show. Keep checking in on Soundcloud, Stitcher Radio, any other podcast app, or RoyalsPodcast.com for new episodes.

Then we covered the crazy weekend, the awful Monday night loss in San Diego, and the small bit of redemption through Wednesday. The Royals seem to be showing some life after a rough start to May that brought back painful memories of last season's awful May.

The bulk of our discussion centered around plate approach and the importance of valuing at bats and getting on base. We compared some Dayton Moore quotes to some winning teams' track records with OBP and other stats to find a consistent model for winning and where the Royals are in fitting that mold.

Finally we talked about the upcoming series in Seattle and the upcoming homestand.

Thanks to Kelly's Westport Inn for helping us bring you Royals discussion every week.
May 09 2014
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #8: All Or Nothing (Episode 131)

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The Royals offense has been clicking lately. A mix of patience, power, and speed has pushed them into the top five in runs scored in the AL.

Unfortunately, the pitching has not done much with that offense, as the Royals entered Wednesday with the worst record in the league, despite a Pythagorean projection closer to .500.

It mirrors some trends we've seen before, with some teams 20 years ago that had lots of talent at the plate ... and not as much on the mound. We looked at what might be sustainable as we approach the quarter post, as well as what lessons might be learned from this team.

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And remember to rate and subscribe on iTunes or any other podcast app you like.
May 09 2019
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Rank #9: Pine Tar Podcast Offseason Edition w/ Jeffrey Flanagan of Fox Sports KC

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Jeffrey Flanagan informs the Pine Tar Podcast about what the Royals think of Billy Butler, who could win the 5th Starter job and how the Royals could finish in the AL Central. Also plenty of talk about Danny Duffy, Omar Infante, Alcides Escobar, Yordano Ventura and others.
Feb 27 2014
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #10: Kelly's Westport Inn and The Kansas City Baseball Vault Present: Spring Training Week 1 (2014)

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The Royals are finally hitting the field and after Monday's intrasquad game there was a little bit of information to process.

But before we got into that, we talked about the potential problem facing the Royals if Ervin Santana doesn't sign with another team. He's reportedly willing to hold out until after the draft to sign - which would mean the Royals wouldn't get a compensation pick for him. We discussed the implications for the Royals and for MLB and what might be down the line for the next CBA.

Back to the intrasquad game. Nobody was terribly worried about any of the performances, nor was anyone raving about anybody's results. Some buzz is developing about Carlos Peguero, so we discussed his status and potential. We also talked about Yordano Ventura "laboring" (as 610's Josh Vernier described it).

And then we brought in Kevin Scobee (@scobes15) to talk about the Royals pitching development in light of their plans for Kyle Zimmer's 2014 workload, Ventura's offseason, and prospect Sean Manaea.

We finished up dissecting some of the factors Jeffrey Flanagan stated would put the Royals into the playoffs.
Bonus: March is coming, and it's one of the best months for, well, anything. The weather starts to change, there's March Madness (and other events), and baseball gets going. So we talked a bit about college hoops and fan expectations. And finished up with some nonsense because we wanted to make sure you knew it was really us.
Bonus: March is coming, and it's one of the best months for, well, anything. The weather starts to change, there's March Madness (and other events), and baseball gets going. So we talked a bit about college hoops and fan expectations. And finished up with some nonsense because we wanted to make sure you knew it was really us.
Feb 26 2014
1 hour 40 mins
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Rank #11: Shaking Up Summer (Episode 138)

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The Royals had an active week to open the second half of the season.
In the span of just a couple of days, they called up Bubba Starling, traded away Homer Bailey, and swapped Martin Maldonado for former Royals draftee Mike Montgomery.

And on top of that, they also won three of their first four games (and won on the night we recorded as well). Brad Keller and Jakob Junis had key early second-half performances and the team is scoring some runs, too.

Not a bad way to head towards the trading deadline. Speaking of, we also talked about who might be next to be dealt before July 31st...and who's less likely to go.

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And remember to rate and subscribe on iTunes or any other podcast app you like.
Jul 17 2019
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #12: Kelly's Westport Inn and The Kansas City Baseball Vault Present: Anthony Seratelli 2014

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Pitchers and catchers have reported. Full workouts start Wednesday, and now it's just a waiting game. All is mostly quiet on the Royals front, but they did pick up Jimmy Paredes.

So, okay, that's not big breaking news, but the agreement between Ubaldo Jimenez and Baltimore is a big deal, and we looked at how that deal (4 years, $50 million) stacks up with other free agent starting pitcher deals and what it means for Ervin Santana, who still doesn't have a team. We also looked at what these deals could mean for James Shields and considered how likely an extension might be.

Then we brought in a returning guest. Nearly a year ago, we talked to Anthony Seratelli about his trip to professional baseball and his efforts to get into the big leagues. This winter, the Royals let him go and he's with the Mets now, but we wanted to check on him and see what the adjustment to a new organization is like, how the transition was, and how his approach is going to be this spring as he tries to break into the big leagues after seven years in the Royals minor league system. Follow Seratelli on Twitter at @ars1productions. Remember there is still time to watch and thumbs up Troy's audition video for the MLB Fan Cave at www.VoteRoyalman.com. Thank you!
Feb 19 2014
55 mins
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Rank #13: Kelly's Westport Inn Presents: KC Baseball Vault - Pitching Market, Innings, & Dressing to the Nines

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When pitchers and catchers report this Friday, the Royals roster will more or less be set. To prepare, Jeff and Mike discussed comments from Dayton Moore on Monday about the pitching staff and a couple of minor leaguers. But first, we did some transaction cleanup, including Emilio Bonifacio's impending release, the Carlos Peguero trade, and sneaking Everett Teaford back to Omaha.

We also talked about baseball finances and reading the pitching market. Dayton Moore has a pattern of jumping out ahead and signing players before the market fully develops and it might hurt in 2014. The Royals will have a record payroll, but they're past their "break-even" point and aren't due to add any more players.

That includes Ervin Santana, and we theorized about potential destinations for the former Royal and how the shifting pitching market dictates his decision.

Then we talked about making Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura, and Kyle Zimmer work as starters and the importance of keeping the three out of the bullpen blackhole.

We finished up talking about Mike Sweeney's new job and Mike also interviewed Brett Parker, an originator of the grass roots Dressed to the Nines day last season, a concept which the Royals are adopting into an official gameday promotion in 2014. For more info, follow Brett at @TheBrettTParker.
Feb 11 2014
1 hour 32 mins
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Rank #14: Kelly's Westport Inn and The Kansas City Baseball Vault Presents: Jason Parks and Jim Callis

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Last week, we talked about the MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus top 100 (and 101) lists, which featured multiple Royals prospects.
This week we took it a step further and went right to the source. We talked to Jason Parks (@professorparks) of Baseball Prospectus about the seven Royals prospects listed in their top 101, then we followed that by talking with Jim Callis (@jimcallismlb) of MLB.com and MLBPipeline.com about a number of prospects.

Along with the expert insight of Parks and Callis, we brought some discussion of Bruce Chen, the starting rotation, the upcoming roster crunch, and shared some concerns about the 2014 Royals season.
Feb 06 2014
1 hour 44 mins
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Rank #15: Moves and Moves (Episode 135)

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The Royals did some roster movement this week, sending Adalberto Mondesi to the IL and calling up Humberto Arteaga to cover shortstop. Meanwhile, they sent Hunter Dozier on a rehab assignment in Springdale (and should be back in Kansas City soon). That'll lead to another move. And Ryan O'Hearn got sent to Omaha to get his mojo back with Jorge Bonifacio returning to KC.

And through all that, the Royals might be fielding phone calls for some trade targets.

We got caught up on those moves AND the unexpected magic of Homer Bailey.

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And remember to rate and subscribe on iTunes or any other podcast app you like.
Jun 21 2019
1 hour
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Rank #16: Reviewing our Preseason Predictions (Episode 137)

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At the all-star break, the Royals haven't been all that good, but there are a few bright spots.

We made a lot of predictions before the season started, and every year at this time, we like to hold ourselves accountable, so we looked at how the first half went compared to our expectations. We were right on for some predictions and way off on others.

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And remember to rate and subscribe on iTunes or any other podcast app you like.
Jul 10 2019
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #17: Bonifacio's Suspension and Camp Cuts (BP Kansas City Episode 92)

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While the Royals cut down the roster at big league camp, Jorge Bonifacio got suspended and will miss half the season.

Bonifacio's suspension impacts playing time for a number of Royals we figure will be on the opening day roster, and we discuss those implications. We also looked at the first cuts in camp and what's next for some key players, including Hunter Dozier's first base adventure, and Bubba Starling's injured oblique.

Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
Mar 16 2018
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Rank #18: Tanks, But No Tanks (BP Kansas City Episode 91)

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The prevailing idea in baseball lately is that when your contending window closes, you carve it up and lose for a few years, but I guess nobody told Dayton Moore that.

A week after signing Lucas Duda to a one-year deal, the Royals signed outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year deal as well. And they signed Ricky Nolasco to a minor league deal. And - oh yeah - while we recorded this episode, news broke that they'd reached an agreement with Mike Moustakas as well.

So we discussed those moves and how they fit for the Royals in 2018 and their impact even beyond that. 

Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
Mar 09 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #19: Early Spring Roster Questions (BP Kansas City Episode 90)

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In an effort to fill the gap left by Eric Hosmer, the Royals signed Lucas Duda to a one-year deal to play first base. But wait, what about Hunter Dozier?

We cover Duda's deal and Dozier's fate, as well as taking a big picture look at the roster and who's safe to make the team out of spring training, and who might end up in Omaha. In the end, some of the guys who are out of options might get the advantage. We looked at the implications.

Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
Mar 01 2018
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #20: End of An Era (BP Kansas City Episode 89)

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Well Eric Hosmer has made it official and his signing with the San Diego Padres moves the Royals into a true period of transition. 

We discussed his new contract and how it works for him and how the Royals come away with pretty good compensation, too. The next rebuild is underway and 2018 becomes intriguing to see who can stick on the big league roster, as well as to see who emerges from the minor leagues. The Royals have a lot of draft picks as well. The team's record...now that might be a little rough.

Along with softening the blow of that loss, we take a big picture view of the organization and why it shouldn't be another 30 years until the next success. Wrapping up, Mike shared a Dayton Moore travel story.

Follow the Vault at @KCBaseballVault. Follow host Jeff Herr at @TheJeffReport, co-host Michael Engel at @michaelengel. You can also email feedback to KansasCityBaseballVault@gmail.com. Email us a question and if we answer it on the air, we’ll send you a gift certificate to our friends at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
Feb 22 2018
1 hour 19 mins
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