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RC is ready for 2006!

RC sincerely wishes everyone the best for the new year, and we hope 2006 brings everything you may want (with the notable exception of a Democratic majority in Congress). As for us, RC has plotted out an incredibly ambitious schedule for the upcoming season, a schedule that promises to bring exponentially more information to our readers while significantly expanding our readership. Here's a brief list of our plans:

  • In addition to our coverage of professional baseball, RC this season will also bring amateur baseball updates for the first time in the lead-up to the 2006 June draft. RC Headquarters in northern Virginia is within easy driving distance of several major collegiate programs, and we'll have excellent access to watch and report on some of the top amateur players in the country, such as preseason All-Americans Andrew Miller (P - University of North Carolina) and Wes Hodges (3B - Georgia Tech), among others. In addition, RC plans to be in Kansas City for Opening Day, and the weekend immediately preceeding the opener has Mizzou visiting KU, where RC hopes to get a good look at top pitching prospect Max Scherzer. The games start in early February, so it won't be long before we begin this new endeavor. With the Royals holding the first overall selection of this year's draft, this coverage promises to be an exciting new feature to RC.


  • Sometime this month (hopefully), Royals Corner plans to undergo a radical format change that will significantly improve content organization and reader interaction with the site. We're not ready to release any details beyond that, but we've already designed the concept, and we're certain it will take RC to a level that will rival the top fan sites in the country. Stay tuned!


  • RC is also pleased to announce that we've already booked travel to Arizona for six days of Royals Spring Training in late February/early March. We'll catch a few days of practice and the first three games, and we promise to provide you with outstanding photos, video, and commentary from Surprise, much as we did with our coverage of the Arizona Fall League.



  • Finally, RC is pleased to announce that we're piloting a new project, Bus League Baseball, which will focus solely on minor league baseball. This endeavor is still in the initial planning stages, but when we go live it will give RC and our correspondents an opportunity to report on the dozens of minor league games we attend each season that feature non-Royals prospects. It may initially be heavily weighted on the Carolina and Eastern Leagues, and it should also include a smattering of South Atlantic, International, and NY-Penn League coverage. Of course, the goal will be to gradually add correspondents to expand our format to include all leagues. It's probably too early to even mention this project, but it's just another thing on RC's plate. If you're a minor league fan who might be interested in writing or taking photographs at games, please contact us by shooting us an e-mail.

    Now that the Chiefs' season is over, it's time for Kansas City to turn its attention to the Royals, and RC is looking forward to what promises to be an exciting year of baseball. Cheers!

  • 16 Comments:

    At 1/03/2006 11:00 AM, Blogger bfos said...

    Have you guys entertained the idea of doing a Royals podcast?

    I'd LOVE to be able to hear a weekly radio show full of news and analysis of the KC Royals.

    Brian

     
    At 1/03/2006 5:10 PM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

    I really think RC is heading towards being better than kcroyals.com. It's not quite to the point where it updates more, but it definetly gives quality updates and scouting information on several prospects. I think Dave should be recognized more for his outstanding coverage of Royals news and so forth. He is who inspired me to make my own blog. Definetly looks to be an exciting 2006 Royals season. Andrew Miller would be a good addition considering the weak pitching in our minor league system.

     
    At 1/03/2006 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Just have to say that I love the style of this site...keep it up!

     
    At 1/03/2006 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice job and great map. Only one correction, you've got Jeff Bianchi sleeping in the minor league clubhouse. I hope that's not the case! :)

    He'll be sleeping at the team hotel down the street.

     
    At 1/03/2006 10:12 PM, Blogger Dave said...

    When I was there in the fall, I saw a sign in that said something to the effect of "Minor League dormitories." Perhaps I was mistaken, and in the interest of accuracy, I will change the graphic. Thanks for the tip.

     
    At 1/04/2006 3:02 AM, Anonymous Brooke said...

    nice map dave! If you want homerun balls from that road, you might want to just wait out there for them, because poeple will just wait by the road for them.

    May I suggest morning homerun balls, you want to stand next to the sidewalk that leads to the practice field...the balls fly out of that left field...

    oh and also, you cant watch that close to the small field where you want to watch McConnell..the ushers make people wait at the entrance of the left field.

     
    At 1/04/2006 11:55 AM, Blogger Dave said...

    Thanks, Brooke. Sounds like RC made a few mistakes in that last column...we screwed up the practice field thing, we had Jeff Bianchi sleeping in the clubhouse, and we somehow made the boneheaded mistake of referring to Georgia Tech as "Georgia Tech University."

    Folks, RC promises to do better in the future.

     
    At 1/04/2006 12:07 PM, Blogger ksuim4u said...

    Man, if you want to freak out a Royals fan, just simply make a post in the ticker that looks like this:

    "Jose Lima - KC

    Jose Lima said he has agreed to a one-year, $1.7 million contract"

    It has Jose Lima, KC, $1.7 million, and contract in it, and I freaked out (minor freak out, really) before I read that it was with San Diego.

     
    At 1/04/2006 4:37 PM, Anonymous Brooke said...

    ha ha. It happens dave.

    Are you going to be hear the 25th or after? because Fan fest is the 25th, they are suppose to have a card show, and you can watch the rangers and royals batting practice...

    and 26th is the legends game..just some reminders...

     
    At 1/04/2006 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    minor leagues report on the 3/5 will you be there?

     
    At 1/05/2006 12:01 AM, Blogger Dave said...

    THANK YOU for pointing that out early enough for me to be able to add another day to my trip. I was scheduled to depart on 3/5, but now I'll stay until the evening of 3/6.

     
    At 1/05/2006 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    WILL YOU BE WEARING A RC TEE SHIRT. sO WE CAN SAY HI

     
    At 1/05/2006 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Minor league players do testing on the 6th, work outs start on the 7th. The minor league pitchers report 2 weeks earlier

     
    At 1/06/2006 11:10 AM, Blogger Dave said...

    Thanks again. How do you know all this? I can't find that information anywhere. Could you please send me an e-mail at dsanford@gmail.com. I've got a few more questions.

     
    At 1/06/2006 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You've got mail

     
    At 1/06/2006 7:44 PM, Blogger Dave said...

    Back at you...Thanks again!

     

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