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Old 12-31-2011, 02:52 PM  
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2012 Kansas City Royals Repository Thread

2012 Slogan: Our Time

A better, more accurate 2012 Slogan: It is Finally Next Year
(from Great Expectations)

An alternative slogan if you don't like that one: Someone has to win this crappy division
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With the beginning of a new year, it is time for the 2012 version of the Royals Repository Thread. We've got Hosmer, we've got a 2011-dominating Gordon, we've got Moose, we've got hopefully a killer bullpen, we've got a stereotypical slow slugging DH, we've got easily one of the best defensive shortstops in the AL, we've got a promising catcher in Salvador Perez. Hell, we've got offense and promising prospects galore.

We do not have starting pitching.

Oh yeah, we've also got this:



Get ready for, (as of January 2012 anyway), one of the most confusing puzzles of a baseball season in recent Royals history. Will they suck? Maybe, I don't know. Will we be given a year of 0.500 baseball? Possibly, I don't know. Will they win the division and go to the playoffs for the first time in 27 years? For the first time in a long time, it could happen, I don't know. 92 losses, 92 wins, or anything in between would not surprise a lot of us.

Everything goes here except Gameday threads and really big news. If a giant story breaks, the Royals achieve some awesome milestone, or we sign/lose a highly significant player/coach/mascot/whatever, then it might also deserve its own thread. This being Chiefs Planet, please do not clutter the board with new threads about trivial Royals news or you will only annoy those who come here for just Chiefs football. If you aren't sure and its not a Gameday thread, it goes here.

What sort of stuff often goes here? SPchief explained it well, so I'll just copy that:

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If you locate something of interest.. ANYTHING.. deals on apparel, best ways in/out of the stadium, giveaways, great stories from this season or from seasons gone by, rumors, trades, anything.... feel free to post it here.

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Old 05-28-2012, 08:49 AM   #3001
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They hit a pretty soft part of the schedule there. Cubs, Twins, and then the surprising sweep of the Indians.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:57 AM   #3002
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They hit a pretty soft part of the schedule there. Cubs, Twins, and then the surprising sweep of the Indians.
A series which they dominated the Tribe.

Hopefully the Royals can use some of the momentum they got in Baltimore and stomp on the throat of the Indians.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:07 AM   #3003
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A series which they dominated the Tribe.

Hopefully the Royals can use some of the momentum they got in Baltimore and stomp on the throat of the Indians.
They really need to at least take 2 of 3 from the Indians. So far this season in the central is playing out exactly like last season. Would be awesome though if the Royals come forward this time instead of the Tigers. This series is important to that notion.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:57 AM   #3004
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Though I was being a smartass--surprise!--I believe that al and I agree on this point; there is such a thing as choking, but there isn't such a thing as "clutch." The latter suggests that a player can "turn it on," thereby holding something back in earlier situations.

Do I believe that pressure shakes some? Absolutely. Look no farther than pussies like Hochevar for proof of this, but this should come as no surprise, given how he entered the league.
I too think that clutchness is something talked about way too much, but I think that it does exist in some capacity. It wouldn't be so much "turning it on" though, because this player wouldn't have access to that special reserve of ability. It seems reasonable to me that some players respond better when the pressure is on. Not by their own agency, but for psychological reasons relating to motivation or something.

Chokers don't choose to choke; they don't manually turn on their failure switch. So clutch players are ones are the true opposite of chokers -- they inexplicably perform better in high-pressure situations, or as games near their conclusion.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:32 PM   #3005
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I haven't watched a game in a few days, but I see Hos has his BA over .200; good stuff.

What's he been doing differently?
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:34 PM   #3006
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:53 PM   #3007
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I haven't watched a game in a few days, but I see Hos has his BA over .200; good stuff.

What's he been doing differently?
Getting hits.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:00 PM   #3008
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I haven't watched a game in a few days, but I see Hos has his BA over .200; good stuff.

What's he been doing differently?
Well he is finally get some hard shots to fall for base hits. However, he is still over swinging at the plate and definitely no showing the patience that allowed him to succeed last year. He is still pressing a bit and trying to pull the ball on most pitches.
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I too think that clutchness is something talked about way too much, but I think that it does exist in some capacity. It wouldn't be so much "turning it on" though, because this player wouldn't have access to that special reserve of ability. It seems reasonable to me that some players respond better when the pressure is on. Not by their own agency, but for psychological reasons relating to motivation or something.

Chokers don't choose to choke; they don't manually turn on their failure switch. So clutch players are ones are the true opposite of chokers -- they inexplicably perform better in high-pressure situations, or as games near their conclusion.
I can get on board with all of this.
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