Umpire Chats: Mike Reilly

Mike Reilly was a Major League Baseball Umpire from 1977-2010 and retired as MLB’s senior umpire. A four time World Series and All-Star Game official, Reilly umpired over 4,500 games, good for 6th in MLB history. He recently joined Dave O in Clubhouse Conversation’s “Umpire Chats” to answer many of YOUR questions about the game and umpiring but also, favorite memories of umpiring in big games, funny ejection and heckling stories, remembering Steve Palermo and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Major League Baseball) Download file    Download on iTunes

Ray Holbert

Ray Holbert was a utility infielder for the Royals during the 1999 & 2000 seasons, appearing in 37 games. In addition to his times with Kansas City, Holbert also appeared at the Big League level with San Diego, Atlanta and Montreal, spending parts of five seasons in MLB. Ray recently joined Dave O to talk about having a brother (Aaron) who also played in the majors, the long grind of moving through the minor leagues, playing with Tony Gwynn, great memories of Kansas City and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals)

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Chris Haney

Chris Haney pitched in the Royals starting rotation from 1992-1998, winning 33 games for Kansas City in 99 starts. Originally selected by the Expos in the 2nd round of the 1990 draft, the 6-4 lefty came to the Royals via a trade with Montreal in August of 1992 (KC received Haney and Bill Sampen; Montreal received Sean Berry and Archie Corbin). Chris comes from great genes, as he is the son of former Big League catcher Larry Haney, who spent 12 years at the MLB level from 1966-1978. Haney recently joined Dave O to talk about the role his Father played in his baseball development, Trivial Pursuit, giving up Wade Boggs’ 3,000 hit, his favorite memories of KC and much, much more! (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals)

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Matt Winters

Matt Winters played for the Royals during the 1989 season, appearing in 42 games (31 of which came while spelling Danny Tartabull in RF). Originally a first round selection of the Yankees in 1978, it took Winters eleven minor league seasons to get to the Big Leagues. Following his times with the Royals, Matt went on to star in Japan, where he crushed at least 30 HR’s a season from 1990-1993 for the Nippon Ham Fighters. The 6-3 lefty and current Ham Fighter scout recently joined Dave O for a VERY colorful chat about playing with Rex Hudler in Rookie Ball, batting behind Don Mattingly in multiple minor league seasons, playing in Japan and of course, loads of terrific stories about his days with the Royals organization! (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals)

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Rick Luecken

Rick Luecken pitched out of the Royals bullpen during the 1989 season with a 3.42 ERA in 19 appearances. Following the season, Kansas City traded him to the Atlanta Braves with Charlie Leibrandt in exchange for Gerald Perry, and he would finish out the 1990 season with both the Braves and Blue Jays. A 6-6 righty, Luecken was originally drafted by the Mariners and acquired by KC from Seattle with Danny Tartabull (for Scott Bankhead, Mike Kingery and Steve Shields). The Texas A&M graduate recently joined Dave O to talk about Baseball City memories, his love for Rosenblatt Stadium, Bo Jackson stories, what it was like playing with the young Braves nucleus before they turned the corner and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals) 

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Guy Hansen

Guy Hansen spent eleven years as a pitching coach in the Royals organization, including four in Kansas City (1991-1993, 2005). Besides that, Hansen also served as a Royals area scout (1981-1983), a national cross checker for the Royals scouting department (1994-1995) and KC bullpen coach (1996-1997). If you add those years up, plus the four he spent as a pitcher in the KC minor leagues (1969-1972), Hansen dedicated over 20 years of his life to the Royals organization. He recently joined Dave O to talk about his new book “A Baseball Guy,” which is available on Amazon and laced with amazing Royals story after amazing Royals story, as is this interview. Enjoy! (Photo Courtesy Guy Hansen)

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Remembering The Royals: Joe Gordon

The first manager of the expansion Kansas City Royals in 1969, Joe Gordon was part of the 2009 class inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Remembered by most as “Flash Gordon,” the slick fielding and power hitting second baseman played parts of eleven seasons in the Big Leagues with the Yankees and Indians, winning five World Championships (4 in New York, 1 in Cleveland). A nine time All-Star and the 1942 AL MVP, Gordon went on to manage with the Indians and Tigers, before logging two KC stints as skipper (Athletics in 1961, Royals in 1969). In this 70 minute documentary, Kansas City radio host Dave O talks with ten individuals who knew Gordon well, from family members to teammates, players he managed to media members, as you’re guided through Joe’s entire life, from a difficult childhood in mining towns to college at the University of Oregon; from the Yankee minor leagues to starring with Joe DiMaggio; from the trade to Cleveland and being one of the first to accept Larry Doby; from the only managerial trade in Big League history to a bizarre relationship with Frank Lane; to both times in KC and beyond. Please enjoy the story of a greater man than baseball player – Joe Gordon. (Photo Is Of Joe & His Wife Dorthy In 1935; Courtesy Of Gordon Family Archives)

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Damian Jackson

Damian Jackson played for the Royals during the 2004 season as a super utility man and overall, spent parts of eleven seasons at the major league level with eight teams (the Indians, Reds, Padres, Tigers, Red Sox, Cubs, Royals and Nationals). Jackson, who came up as a shortstop, logged 2,509 MLB at bats in 827 games and made it to the post-season twice (2003, Boston; 2005, San Diego). The California native recently joined Dave O in an extremely frank and refreshing conversation about growing up without a Dad, being a longshot to make the Big Leagues as a 44th rounder, the vicious collision with Johnny Damon in the 2003 ALDS, the time he tried to talk Zack Greinke out of retiring, tough days with the Royals, what being a parent has mean to him and much more. (Photo Courtesy San Diego Padres)

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Frank Ortenzio

Frank Ortenzio played for Kansas City during the 1973 season, appearing in 9 games with a home run, 6 RBI and slashes of .333/.480/.813. A 47th round selection of the Royals in the 1969 draft, “Moose” was a power hitting outfielder who clubbed 181 minor league home runs with marks of .369/.494/.863. He finished his career in Japan from 1979-1980. Frank recently joined Dave O to talk about turning down a football scholarship to Stanford, almost being released after one season, being called a future “Rookie of the Year” by baseball publications, the freak injury that changed everything and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals)

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Up17 Giveaway With Desi Relaford

Desi Relaford joins Dave O for the second time on Clubhouse Conversation, as the two discuss his new venture with Up17, defensive shifts, steroids, the current state of the Royals and much more! Desi played 11 seasons in the Big Leagues for the Phillies, Padres, Mets, Mariners, Royals (2003-2004), Rockies and Rangers. Always a treat to speak with, we know you’ll enjoy! (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals)

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