Kevin Ware, Untouched, Breaks Leg, Now Drinks Milk

For some reason, there is nothing more stomach turning to me than broken bones or joints (like knees) bending the wrong way.

Players and coaches alike were shedding tears in support of their friend and teammate… I did not see any vomit. I can deal with blood, guts busted open in motorcycle wrecks, poop, pee and vomit, but obviously broken bones really gets me

I nearly vomited on my laptop while watching  Louisville’s Kevin Ware fall to the floor with six inches of bone poking through his skin.

Ware was untouched as his leg buckled and snapped at nearly a right angle.

Three words for Kevin Ware – Drink more milk! It’s a coping mechanism.


“Helmet Man” in Custody in Connection with Kansas City Bomb Threat

Ex-Chiefs Superfan “Helmet Man” detained in connection with downtown Kansas City, MO bomb threat. “Helmet Man” is living in Kansas City and in witness protection in connection to the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

Fox 4 News in Kansas City is reporting that a man walked into a building screaming something to the effect that he “is on the terrorist watch list.” Officials tracked him back to a car owned by Wahed Moharam after dogs detected “explosive materials” in or on the car.

The Kansas City Chiefs revoked Helmet Man’s season tickets prior to the 2002 season, stating “safety concerns” revolving around Helmet Man’s attendance.

Follow up: 5pm

It is not clear if Wahed Moharam is the man in custody, only that he owned the car in question.

The car was cleared as “all clear” by bomb robots and the FBI.

Wahed Moharam is originally from Egypt and testified against multiple men convicted in both attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993 and in 2001.

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How can the Royals still trade Jeff Francoeur? How MLB trades can happen after the deadline

The 2012 MLB trade deadline has come and gone. The Royals traded away closer-by-default Jonathan Broxton to the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of minor league arms, but he was the only Royals player dealt at the deadline.

To the dismay of many Royals fans and presumably the Royals front office, Jeff Francoeur and Yuniesky Betancourt are still members of the Kansas City Royals organization. Jeff Francoeur has dissappointed at the plate in 2012 (no need to rehash the stats) and Betancourt is… Well, Betancourt – A sub-par middle infielder with a little bit of pop in his bat.

Although the Royals were unable to move these payers before the non-waiver trade deadline which occured yesterday at 3pm central, there is still a possibility the Royals could move Frechy and Yuni in 2012.


I will let Jason Stark of ESPN tell you – From an article originally published in 2004, but holds true today.

There are all kinds of waivers for all different occasions. But essentially, here is how waiver deals can be made between Aug. 1 and the Aug. 31 deadline for setting potential playoff rosters:

  • Virtually every player in the major leagues will be placed on waivers this month, whether a team intends to trade that player or not. If nothing else, the sheer volume of names can at least disguise players whom clubs do want to sneak through so they can be dealt.
  • If a player isn’t claimed by any team in either league, he can be traded until the end of the month to anyone.
  • If a player is claimed, but only by one team, the player can be traded only to the team that claims him.
  • If a player is claimed by more than one team, the club with the worst record in that player’s league gets priority — and the player can be traded only to that team.
  • If a player is claimed only by teams in the other league, the club with the worst record in the other league gets priority — and the player can be traded just to that team.
  • If a deal can’t be worked out or the team doesn’t want to trade that player, he can be pulled back off waivers once in August. If he is placed on waivers again before September, he can’t be recalled a second time.
  • Or, if a team is just hoping to dump a player’s salary, it can simply allow a team which claimed that player to have him for a small waiver fee. If that happens, the team that gets the player has to pay his entire salary. That’s how the Yankees were stuck with Jose Canseco and the Padres were stuck with Randy Myers in recent years: They claimed those players, thinking they were just blocking other teams from getting them. Instead, their old clubs said: “You claimed him. You got him.”
  • In the past, many teams claimed players just to keep them from being traded to contenders with a better record. This year, that isn’t expected to happen as often, because most teams can’t afford to get stuck with a big contract if they’re awarded a player they really didn’t want.

Will the Royals be able to move Francoeur?

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Jonathan Broxton Traded to the Cincinnati Reds

With a little more than half an hour remaining until the MLB trade deadline, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting the Cincinnati reds are now interested in Jonathan Broxton. 2:16pm:

Sources: #Reds trying to get Broxton from#Royals#Rangers are out on Broxton. Other teams in play.

Rosenthal has also stated that the Texas Rangers are no longer in talks with the Royals regarding Broxton, although other teams are still interested.


2:27pm – Rosenthal now reports the Reds have acquired Broxton from the Royals. Official announcement and confirmation still pending.

2:46pm – Mark Serrano, Double-A pitcher in Pensocola with the Reds, tweeted:

Congrats to teammate @JCSulbaran on getting traded to the Royals. Tear it up bruh.

 JC Sulbaran, RHP, was the #9 prospect in the Reds organization according to Baseball America. Sulbaran has a 7-7 record with a 4.04 ERA and 1.481 WHIP in 19 starts and 109.2 IP.

2:59pmDanny Knobler of CBS Sports tweeted:

Royals will get a couple of minor league players for Broxton

3:15pm –  Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweeted:

#Royals acquire AAA Lefty Donnie Joseph and AA righty JC Sulbaran for Broxton.#Reds

Donnie Joseph, LHP reliever, is 8-3 with a 1.72 ERA in 2012. The 24 year-old has a .994 WHIP and 18 saves between double and triple-A in 2012 with 11.7 SO/9 and 2.BB/9 for a 4.00 SO/BB.


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Jim Brower To Coach For Surprise In The 2012 Arizona Fall League

Kansas City Royals press release:

Brower is in his second season with Kane County after concluding his playing career in 2010.  The Minnesota native pitched for eight Major League clubs from 1999 to 2007 and led the Majors with 89 appearances in 2004.

The Surprise roster, to be announced in late August, will consist of players from the Royals, Cardinals, Mets, Rangers and Red Sox systems.  The 2012 Arizona Fall League begins play on Tuesday, October 9.

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Royals Interested in Trading to Acquire Marlins’ Ace Josh Johnson

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Kansas City Royals may have interest in acquiring 28 year-old starting pitcher Josh Johnson from the Maimi Marlins. The righty may be the next piece dealt away be the Marlins, who have already traded SP Anibal Sanchez, INF Omar Infante and 3B Hanley Ramirez.

The Marlins Ace will require a very high price from a potential Marlins trade partner:

An official of one club that spoke with the Marlins’ brass told the Daily Rumble on Wednesday that he would estimate the odds Johnson stays in Miami at “95 percent.”

This, that official said, is not Wayne Huizenga’s Marlins. And what’s transpiring now is not a fire sale. It’s a statement, mostly, that the Marlins of Hanley Ramirez and his friends had proven they couldn’t win and wouldn’t win. So they’re looking for a whole new recipe. But they’ll move Johnson only for a monster return.

An executive of another club reports the Marlins say they will trade Johnson only for a package centered around a young, star-caliber player who isn’t arbitration-eligible. So who’s that? Mike Trout? Stephen Strasburg? Chris Sale?

The list of clubs that are likely to make a run at this guy — or already have — includes the Red Sox, Angels, Rangers, White Sox, Blue Jays and Royals. But the message they’re hearing back from the Marlins is that Johnson is the toughest player on their roster to trade, with the possible exception of Giancarlo Stanton.

On the season, Johnson is 6-7 (20 starts) with a 4.14 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 105 K in 119.2 IP. Johnson missed the second half of the season in 2011 with a right shoulder injury. Johnson also missed time in 2010 due to injury.

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Jason Kendall Announces Retirement

Jason Kendall

In case you missed it yesterday, here is the Kansas City Royals press release announcing Jason Kendall’s retirement:

KANSAS CITY, MO (July 24, 2012) — Veteran catcher Jason Kendall announced his retirement today at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark., home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  Kendall, 38, played in two games for Kansas City’s Double-A affiliate after signing a minor league contract last Thursday.  He missed the final month of 2010 and all of 2011 with shoulder surgery.

Kendall was a three-time National League All-Star (1996, 1998, 2000) and a career .288 hitter in 2,085 games for Pittsburgh (1996-2004), Oakland (2005-07), Chicago Cubs (2007), Milwaukee (2008-09) and Kansas City (2010).  Kendall ranks fifth all-time in baseball history with 2,025 games caught.

Kendall’s re-retirement comes just 5 days after the Royals signed Kendall to a minor league contract and sent him to Nortwest Arkansas. While with the Naturals, Kendall got a single, a strike out and scored a run in three plate appearances through two games played.

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Los Angeles Angels interested in Royals’ Jose Mijares

Jose Mijares, Royals

Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Angels beat writer for Los Angeles Times, tweeted this afternoon that the Angels are looking for a left-handed relief pitcher and Jose Mijares of the Kansas City Royals is on their radar.

#Angels would like to add LH reliever. Among those they’ve expressed interest in are #Royals‘ Jose Mijares and #Cardinals‘ Marc Rzepczynski.

Royals fans learned last night that the Royals have officially made Mijares available on the trade block.

The 27 year-old lefty, Mijares, has a 1.72 ERA in 36.2 IP (46 appearances) and a 3.50 SO/BB ratio for the Royals in 2012.

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Royals Home Runs Through 95 Games: Butler back on 30+ HR pace

Salvador Perez, Royals

It has been quite a while (36 games) since we last checked in on the home run paces of the members of the Kansas City Royals offense. The offensive power has been interesting and the paces have jumped back up a bit, but the question Royals fans always find themselves asking – Will Steve Balboni’s team home run record of 36 (1985) ever be broken?

While no member of the Royals is currently on pace to break Balboni’s record, but Billy Butler is back on pace to knock more than 30.

2B Yuniesky Betancourt is the only Royals player to hit multiple home runs since our last check-in, hitting two home runs while playing seven games.

Home run pace is based on projected games played based on the number of games played through the first 95 team games. Of course, Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain will likely play more than the “pace” listed since both missed a lot of time to injury in the first half of the season.

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Who leads the Royals in HRs at the end of 2012?

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Available Royals: Jonathan Broxton, Jose Mijares, Jeff Francoeur, Yuniesky Betancourt

Jose Mijares, Royals

Nothing breaking here, but Ken Rosenthal of sent out a tweet this evening stating Jonathan Broxton, Jose Mijares, Jeff Francoeur and Yuniesky Betancourt have all been officially made available on the trading block by the Kansas City Royals.

Available #Royals, according to sources: Broxton, Mijares, Francoeur, Y. Betancourt.

Which of these Royals will have a new home by the trade deadline?

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