American baseball catcher and manager
This week we go hard on the biggest news of the week: The Royals announced a new general manager and made public their exploration of the notion of building a new downtown ballpark. We offer insight on all of that and answer the question on many minds: If the Royals go downtown, what happens with the Chiefs and Arrowhead Stadium? The questions hit on Andy Reid's decisions, Clyde Edwards-Helaire's explosiveness and the Royals' 2022 lineup. The bonus section is a conversation with Tony Gonzalez on stardom in Kansas City. There's some interesting stuff in here, including a story about Johnny Manziel. Join us every Friday for behind-the-scenes access to interviews with Kansas City's coaches, fans and reporters. We've talked with Patrick Mahomes, Mike Matheny, Brett Veach — and more. You can get . If you like our work, you can help support us by subscribing to the SportsPass. It's the best deal in town: or, with a new promotion. Either way you get access to all our work, including the best and most Chiefs coverage anywhere. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9-6-21 In the second hour of The Zone, Joshua Brisco, Rudy Salazar and Marco Marquez are joined by Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com to talk about the Chiefs as they head into their first game week against the Browns this Sunday. Plus Mike Matheny talked prior to the Royals game today. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Since his childhood, Rudy Banyai's life has been touched by the Packers and other Wisconsin sports teams. His father took him to his first game in 1952. Rudy has worked for the Brewers since 1974 and has been a Packers season ticket holder for 45 years. He also used to work the sidelines when the Packers played at County Stadium. Rudy's son Quinn and the rest of the Banyai family has continued the Packer-rich family traditions. Quinn also worked at Packer games – and he even met his wife Malina (also a long-time season ticket holder) on a Packers road trip. As we learn about the broader leadership context in which the Packers operate, this great father and son duo of Rudy and Quinn joined SGG to discuss: 1. Growing up in Bayview, playing sports on the playground. 2. First Packer game was in 1952 at Marquette Stadium. 3. Favorite players: Bobby Dillon (one eye), Billy Howton, Babe Parilli 4. Babe Pirelli helmet: Running into a brick wall with a Babe Pirelli helmet on. 5. Some favorite players: Paul Horning, Ray Nitschke. James Lofton, John Jefferson. Lynn Dickey. Brett Favre. 6. Taking the bus (and walking up to three miles) to Packers games at County Stadium 7. Listening to Packers, Braves, and Milwaukee Hawks games on the radio with his dad. 8. First getting Packers tickets at the Stadium Bar. 9. Getting Packers season tickets in 1976. 10. Quinn's first memory of Lambeau — 12 years old: Packers vs Chargers — getting John Jefferson's high five. 11. Getting dropped off to walk to games …with his address and telephone # in pocket in case he got lost. 12. Working on the sidelines at County Stadium 13. Ditka and Forrest Gregg arguing on the sidelines 14. Telling the owner of the Rams, Georgia Frontier, to get off the field 15. Joe Montana stories when he played for the Chiefs — having bratwurst for his pre-game meal when playing in Wisconsin and signing Quinn's cheesehead. 16. Has worked Brewers games since 1974 17. Worked the locker room area too for football games. 18. Bart Starr: The first thing he always did was went to his wife Cherry and gave her a kiss. 19. James Lofton's “J” on his autograph 20. How he got a signed football from Jerry Boyarsky 21. Brewers: Good friends with Pat Listach and Bob Whitman 22. When he got Mike Matheny to get Hank Aaron's autograph for him. 23. One of the best guys from visiting teams: Nolan Ryan 24. Brooks Robinson: he was a true gentleman 25. Bob Uecker. “Are you learning, kid?" 26. Taking a bus load of Pittsburgh Pirates to Lambeau Field with Dick the bus driver. 27. “We talk about sports…That's our conversations.” 28. Quinn's friendships through the Packers. 29. Bringing friends down to Packers games: "They were so impressed by Lambeau Field…He still talks about it to this day.” 30. How Quinn met his wife, Malina, on a road trip to a Packers game in New Orleans. “Despite a Packer loss, it was a big gain!” 31. Being stockholders in the Packers. 32. I've been with them so long, I feel part of the team. 33. Lambeau Field: "People just want to go there from all different nations. It's truly a great experience." 34. The family's Sunday morning routine: church, hot ham and rolls, crawlers. Italian beef. 35. When the Bucks won the NBA lottery. 36. Going downstairs to watch Packers games growing up. 37. Growing up all the kids wore their Packers stuff. 38. Going to a Packers game in 1952 and seeing a Packers player with his arm chained down.
We were all thinking this last night, but Mike Matheny said it. Plus, we should probably care more about the greatest baseball player EVER, we go 1-10, and the sky is the limit for the Chiefs defensive line. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Royals-Yankees game on Monday was one for the books. All zeroes on the line score through six innings, and all runs for both teams every inning after that. The Yankees prevailed 8-6 in 11, blowing four leads along the way. It was a gritty effort by both teams. We talk about the game, and the emergence of starting pitcher Carols Hernandez plus several other topics, in this edition of The Star's daily sports podcast, SportsBeat KC. The show started as a SportsBeat Live stream Tuesday morning with beat wrtier Lynn Worthy, columnist Sam Mellinger and host Blair Kerkhoff. Also, why is Mike Matheny going with a six-man rotation? And although the Royals are not in the postseason hunt, some players are making strong cases to be part of this team's future. Story links: Royals rally from behind in 4 straight innings but lose in 11 to Yankees Mellinger Minutes: Nicky Lopez, Big 12 mistakes, awesome SKC and football superspreaders Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A "second reckoning" is upon the Cardinals less than a week after baseball's one and only trade deadline for the 2021 season. There were frenetic trades, an MVP and a Cy Young Award winner with St. Louis ties, and a lot of energy and excitement everywhere around the Major League Baseball trade deadline -- except locally. The Cardinals added two established, veteran lefties and spoke about their goal of "getting through" the 2021 season. That's several notches below contending, let alone striving for a championship. They spoke of surviving, not thriving. St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson joins Derrick Goold, baseball writer at the Post-Dispatch, to discuss the Cardinals increasingly conservative approach to moves, whether injuries are indeed a valid explanation for their trouble breaking loose from .500, and if KC's visit with reinvented manager Mike Matheny is an example of how continuity might just breed complacency without the ranks of the Cardinals. The Best Podcast in Baseball, sponsored by Closets by Design of St. Louis, is a production of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8-4-21 The Program opens the show talking about the latest from Chiefs Training Camp and the comments from Mike Matheny regarding Kris Bubic's outing. The Program is also joined by Matt Tait from KU Sports and Lawrence Journal World for his thoughts on conference realignment and to give you the end of the hour question for a chance to win great food from Joe's Kansas City BBQ. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This week SSS duty geezer Leigh Allan and his son and west coast correspondent, Will, celebrate the return of super-defender Eloy Jiménez, who had celebrated his own return the night before with a booming game-winner that's probably still in orbit. (They also ... ahem ... note the error of their Yermín Mercedes assessment the week before, which shall not be mentioned after this moment by anyone. Including you.) With the cast recorded 50 hours ahead of the trading deadline, it is full of speculation, none of which will turn out to be true, but being wrong is in the spirit of the show. On the negative side, what's with all the heavy use of White Sox starting pitchers, who have thrown many more games of more than 100 pitches than any other team, more than twice the MLB average? Is this really a good idea? Is the HOFBP that much smarter than the 29 other managers (well, he's definitely smarter than Mike Matheny, but that's just one, and he might not really count)? Should the Sox be wearing out their pitchers in a now-meaningless regular season, given the hideousness of the AAAL Central, or should they be getting a little less wear and tear going into October? Inquiring minds want to know. Oh, and how about Danny Mendick for catcher? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bink tries his best not to be derailed as he talks Royals start to the 2nd half and a little bit of Chiefs training camp. Then he brings you the audio from Mike Matheny's press conference this morning. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Reaction to the first half of the season for the Royals, newest member of the Royals Frank Mozzicato, fun at Lake Tahoe, England could have been the Chiefs, we shout it out, Mike Matheny stays optimistic, and at least they are improving. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Royals lost it after the rain delay, Lightning strikes twice, best of Mike Matheny from yesterday, Drew Lock is fine, we shout it out, Brandon Flowers says the Chiefs will be back to the Super Bowl, OBJ says it's going to be a special season, and Chiefs Radio Network Color Analyst Danan Hughes joins Kling. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Tonight on Boulevard Baseball Tonight, Joshua Brisco and Rudy Salazar talk about the amazing Boulevard drinks they consumed over the 4th of July weekend and some of Mike Matheny's comments from his pregame presser. Plus Max Rieper of Royals Review joins the show to break down the team. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7-1-21 The Program recaps another the brutal Royals loss, plays the post game comments of manager Mike Matheny, and gives you the end of the hour question for a chance to win great food from Joe's Kansas City BBQ. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Change has come to the Kansas City Royals. Nothing major, but manager Mike Matheny moved Jorge Soler to No. 2 in the batting order and created a hybrid responsibility for Danny Duffy. On today's SportsBeat KC, beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger break down the moves with host Blair Kerkhoff. Also, the championship round of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, provides the opportunity to discuss Vanderbilt starting pitcher Kumar Rocket, a popular choice for the Royals in mock brackets. The baseball draft starts on July 11. Story links: Emmanuel Rivera makes an immediate mark for Royals in major league debut Royals jostle lineup, batting order in hopes of igniting offense against Red Sox Mellinger Minutes: Let's have an honest conversation about the Royals. Also: nonsense Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For a player who has only appeared in 10 games, we spend a lot of time talking about Adalberto Mondesi. But there's always something to say. Royals beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Sam Mellinger join host Blair Kerkhoff and talking about the latest setback, another oblique injury. If the Royals can't count on Mondesi, should they consider moving him from shortstop, or trading him? The conversation started on SportsBeat Live and is now a SportsBeat KC podcast. We also discuss the Royals recent decision to start Kyle Zimmer in an “opener” role, and starting pitching options for manager Mike Matheny going forward. You'll also hear from general manager Dayton Moore. Story links: Dayton Moore frustrated with Kansas City Royals. “We just haven't been healthy” The Royals and Adalberto Mondesi have the same problem. It's a tricky one Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Turns out everybody is cheating. Plus, Chris Jones sounds excited for this next step, who knew holding a ball was so hard, we Shout It Out, Mike Matheny has a few ideas to improve the game, and 20-0 it is then. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Bink brings us some Chiefs sound from minicamp including Frank Clark and Travis Kelce and we dive deep into the “sticky stuff” that's been plaguing baseball and what Royals manager Mike Matheny would do to contain it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Another slump for the Royals has them losers of nine of 10 and the latest setback was especially painful. In Monday's 10-3 to the Detroit Tigers, the Royals went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base. In all, they had 18 base runners. Beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Sam Mellinger join Blair Kerkhoff in breaking down the Royals and what's going wrong like the lack of clutch hitting, the inconsistency of young starting pitching and how injuries are starting to pile up. You'll also hear from Mike Matheny and Whit Merrifield from last night's game. Story links: “It's just a bad run,” Royals fall behind early to Tigers, never recover Mellinger MInutes: More normal, more Royals struggles, and we get deep Option for Royals fans who have cut the cord is advancing but it may be costly Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The weekly banter battle sees the boys fired up as usual dishing on the Royals and Mike Matheny, evaluate the college football playoff proposal, the current status of the Chiefs offensive line, and the usual fun detours.
This week our guest is JAR contributor Mike Matheny. Disorganized and in disarray, the Continental Army was in dire need of renewal. It came in the form of a new clerical process from an unlikely source. For more information visit www.allthingsliberty.com.
The Drive opened the show discussing if the 2021 iteration of the Chiefs will be the best version of the Chiefs we have ever seen. Plus, is Mike Matheny wrong to pull his stars in losing games. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The suddenly surging Kansas City Royals have bounced back from an 11 game losing streak by beating some of the top starting pitchers in baseball. The Royals have won by winning the last three innings of the game. Sound familiar? It should, and it's become obvious now which Royals player is the biggest key to 2021 and beyond. Former Royal Lorenzo Cain is one of my favorite players ever but, wow, is he wrong about instant replay. He lashed out in the media, just like Royals manager Mike Matheny did Sunday, and they are both way off base. GOP house intel reps are calling for a real investigation into how the Covid virus got out of a lab in China and our lives could literally depend on whether we figure this out, or ignore it all for political reasons. And Joe Biden tried to steal a line from Ronald Reagan at the Coast Guard graduation ceremony. It wasn't enough that he botched it, then he insulted the grads. Biden is a mess, I will play the clip from Reagan in 1988 and Biden today. It's embarrassing.
Today Ferrall is talking about Albert Pujols going to the Dodgers, Giancarlo Stanton & Aaron Hicks placed on IL, Joe Girardi gets chippy with the media, Mike Matheny calls out umpires, Lakers to face Warriors in play-in game, LeBron re-aggravates ankle, Steph Curry wins scoring title, Wizards playing their best basketball right now, NBA playoff matchups set, Nets locked into 2 seed, Durant looking for fresh start, Doncic ready for rematch against Clippers, 76ers have work to do, Vanessa Bryant gives speech for Kobe Bryant induction, Justin Fields wants the starter job, Ryan Kerrigan signs with Eagles, and more! Cousin Sal is breaking down all of the action from the weekend, and Marcus Hayes is talking about everything going on in Philadelphia! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today Ferrall is talking about Albert Pujols going to the Dodgers, Giancarlo Stanton & Aaron Hicks placed on IL, Joe Girardi gets chippy with the media, Mike Matheny calls out umpires, Lakers to face Warriors in play-in game, LeBron re-aggravates ankle, Steph Curry wins scoring title, Wizards playing their best basketball right now, NBA playoff matchups set, Nets locked into 2 seed, Durant looking for fresh start, Doncic ready for rematch against Clippers, 76ers have work to do, Vanessa Bryant gives speech for Kobe Bryant induction, Justin Fields wants the starter job, Ryan Kerrigan signs with Eagles, and more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
They’ve been the best of teams, they’ve been the worst of teams. And in just 40 games. After delivering a memorable April with baseball’s base record, the Royals managed to lose 11 straight in May. But that’s over now, and it’s fair to ask which of the Royals will we see more of going forward. Beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Sam Mellinger answer that question and more in this episode of The Star’s daily SportsBeat KC podcast. (This particular program started as a SportsBeat Live show aired Tuesday morning.) We begin this episode by reviewing the Royals’ painful loss at the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. KC seemed poised to finish off their third victory in four games against the division leaders, only to have it slip from their grasp. Story links: Keys to the series, game times, pitching matchups as Royals host Mlwaukee Brewers for two Royals manager Mike Matheny on replay reviews: “I don’t know what they’re doing” Mellinger MInutes: Maskless at The K, Royals stabilize, Chiefs worries...and UFOs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the second hour, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel reacted to Bears coach Matt Nagy's interview on our Mully & Haugh Show earlier in the morning in which he discussed the draft process, quarterback evaluations and whether his team is in a better position to win now than it was in 2020. Later, the guys reacted to a wild finish in the White Sox's 4-3 win against the Royals on Sunday, one that left Kansas City manager Mike Matheny really mad. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Its the first real criticism of Royals manager Mike Matheny after the Royals blow a chance to take 3 of 4 from the White Sox. It was bad enough he trotted washed up Wade Davis out to save the game, but what he said after the game should have you concerned. The Chiefs get the on field part of 2021 started with Rookie camp and it went well for players like former Mizzou linebacker Nick Bolton. But it went very poorly for one rookie in Atlanta at Falcons camp who was the victim of a really, really mean hoax. You gotta hear this. A Cincinnati Reds player is the talk of every other player in the game after hitting a home run and then embarrassing Commissioner Rob Manfred during the post game interview. This is classic. And Joe Biden is sitting on the fence with chaos in the Middle East. His Secretary of State is saying, on foreign soil, that the U.S. wants proof Israel's retaliation is justified. Uh oh.
Sounds like Mike Matheny is going to have to cut a check to MLB, but it was worth it. Plus, we wanted him to get a break but not like this, we Shout It Out, Andy Reid is giddy over having this guy back, Rob Manfred isn't a well liked dude, rookie mini-camp is all about opportunity, and this was a real jerk move. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Somehow, we live in a world where the NFL announcing a schedule that we already know is the biggest sports news of the week. So we talk about that here at the top, including a prediction that is too homer-ish for my comfort, but also something I believe. So that’s something I’m going to have to think about. Anyway, the questions turned into a sort of airing of grievances this week — Kansas Citians need to chill out, Sinclair’s short-sightedness and the immediate future, the line at Joe’s — and something about the Chiefs’ offensive line that will make you smarter than your friends. The bonus section is with Royals manager Mike Matheny, who is open and honest about what he’s seeing and feeling during the Royals’ worst stretch in years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5-12-21 The Program is joined by the Voice of Sporting Kansas City and co-host of the Border Patrol, Nate Bukaty, for his thought on what to expect when sporting takes on the Dynamo and what he sees from the team's early start. The Progam also play audio from Mike Matheny regarding the Royals recent struggles and how the team can get back on track. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mike Matheny is very hands on. Plus, Mitch is all in on the Chiefs draft picks, why are we talking about this, this is what we've been missing, and some of you need a hobby. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5-5-21 The Program opens the show talking about another Royals loss, as the Boys in Blue dropped another to make it three in a row and ask whether Mike Matheny is pushing the right buttons as a manager? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Royals remain in first place in the AL Central and Daniel Lynch was encouraging in his debut in Monday’s loss to Cleveland. But the Royals have lost three of four. Have they cooled off the hot April? That’s the topic on SportsBeat KC, a conversation with beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian. The show started as a SportsBeat Live with host Blair Kerkhoff. Also, Jakob Junis went to the bullpen to make room for Lynch in the starting rotation, a move that took him by surprise and he struggled out of the pen on Monday. Hear what the group said about this development. Story links: Here’s why Daniel Lynch’s debut with the Royals reflected promise to come Why did Royals move Jakob Junis to buillpen? Here’s Mike Matheny’s explanation Daniel Lynch’s debut highlighted by this pitch in Royals’ loss to Indians Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Best. Record. In baseball. And not after three or four games. The Royals are 14-7, giving them a winning percentage just ahead of the Dodgers, Giants and A’s. Party like it’s 2015. On today’s SportsBeat show, KC Star columnist Sam Mellinger breaks down what’s going right and what could be better about Mike Matheny’s club, and how the second-year Royals manager is pushing all the right buttons. Also, beat writer Lynn Worthy found a moment while traveling with the team to provide an update on Salvador Perez’s thumb injury. Story links: Here’s why their fast start to this season has been crucial for the Kansas City Royals Royals begin two game set in Pittsburgh: Game times and scouting report Mellinger Minutes: Orlando Brown’s drive, Royals keep winning and staying off your phone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices