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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Andy Stewart

Andy Stewart played for the Royals during the 1997 season, appearing in 5 games and going 2-8 with a run. Signed as an amateur free agent from Canada, Stewart spent parts of nine seasons in the Royals organization, hitting over .300 with double digit home runs twice. He went on to play for Team Canada at the 2004 Olympics and also coached in the Phillies and Blue Jays organizations. Andy recently joined Dave O for a two hour chat in the FUNNIEST interview Dave’s ever done – literally, you’ll roll on the floor laughing the last hour – to reminisce about the completely randomness in Stewart’s life, discussing how he got signed at a tryout camp, the struggles of being a non-prospect at first, his bizarre “Rudy” like call to the Big Leagues, upsetting Billy and Cal Ripken, wearing #69, the legend of “Sunday Neck” and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Andy Stewart)

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Gary Thurman

Gary Thurman played for the Royals from 1987-1992, appearing in 325 KC contests. Known as one of the fastest men in the game, the outfielder once stole 70 bases at Fort Myers (1985) after being the Royals first round selection in 1983. Following his times with Kansas City, Thurman went on to play with the Tigers, Mariners and Mets, logging parts of nine seasons at the major league level. Since retiring in 1999, Gary has been a professional manager, coach or coordinator and as of 2016, serves as the outfield/baserunning coordinator for the Washington Nationals. He recently joined Dave O to talk about almost choosing to attend Purdue on a football scholarship, challenging times in the minor leagues, his favorite restaurant in KC (which will shock you) and tons more! (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals)

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Mike Brewer

Mike Brewer played for the Royals during the 1986 season, appearing in 12 games and collecting three Big League hits. Originally a first round selection of Kansas City in 1979, the 6-5 outfielder played parts of eight seasons at the minor league level in addition to his KC cup of coffee. He is the younger brother of Tony Brewer, who played MLB with the Dodgers during the 1984 season. Mike recently joined Dave O to talk about the funny way he found out he’d been drafted, each stop of his Royal minor league career, how he was once traded for himself and lots more! (Photo Courtesy Kansas City Royals)

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