The C’s

COACH: Willie Lanier

This month’s “C” word is COACH, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon means that a person understands the game; is an independent thinker; is a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. With the NFL season underway, there’s a Kansas City Chiefs’ legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer who’s a great fit for COACH: Willie Lanier. The story might be one of the greatest in Chiefs history. Even among the players of … Read more

COACH: Raul Ibanez

This month’s “C” word is COACH, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon means that a person understands the game; is an independent thinker; is a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. As the Royals hit September, the last full month of the regular season, it’s a good time to look at a player from 2014 who fits the term COACH perfectly: Raul Ibanez. Raul Ibanez had been a productive player for the … Read more

COMPOSURE: Fred Patek

This month’s “C” word has been COMPOSURE, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon, means that a person is calm in the eye of the storm; slows the game down; poised; and shows self-control. That usually described Royals Hall of Fame shortstop Fred Patek. With Patek being the August “Coaches with Character” honoree, we thought this would be a good time to remember more of Patek’s story, leading off with one when … Read more

COMPOSURE: Ed Temple

This month’s “C” word is COMPOSURE, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon means that a person is calm in the eye of the storm; slows the game down; poised; and shows self-control. With all that’s going on in the world today, the late Ed Temple comes to mind as a coach who embodied COMPOSURE (along with each of our other “C” words). The following is from interviews he did with our … Read more

COMPOSURE: Len Dawson

This month, our focus is on our “C” word, COMPOSURE, which includes: Being calm in the eye of the storm; Ability to slow the game down; Poise; Self-Control. All wonderful descriptions of Len Dawson, whom the Kansas City Chiefs announced Wednesday will be on the team’s radio broadcasts for one more season. With Wednesday’s announcement, our focus on the word COMPOSURE, and Dawson’s deserved nickname of “Lenny the Cool,” it seems fitting to feature him … Read more

COMPETITOR: Jeff Montgomery

This month, our focus is on our “C” word, COMPETITOR, which includes: Desire & ability to compete; High expectations; Tough minded – ability to overcome; Brings the best out of teammates. On one hand, this might be the easiest categories to fill. After all, one doesn’t reach the major-league level without being a great competitor. However, perhaps no position exemplifies COMPETITOR as well as a great closer. In this case, it’s the Royals’ all-time saves … Read more

CONCENTRATION: Steve Busby and the Royals’ first no-hitter

This month, our focus has been on our “C” word, CONCENTRATION, which includes: Ability to focus; Hones instincts; Prepares with a purpose. One of the biggest accomplishments in baseball, the no-hitter, obviously has a lot to do with concentration. The following is a previously published piece by our Director, Matt Fulks, on Steve Busby’s first no-hitter, which happened to be the first in Royals’ history. And it happened to be 44 years ago today.   It takes … Read more

CONCENTRATION: Mark Gubicza

Throughout 2017, we’re focusing on people who embody one of our “C” traits. This month, it’s CONCENTRATION. The characteristics of leaders, in whatever field, who have CONCENTRATION include Ability to focus; Hones instincts; Prepares with a purpose. Many of the people we’re featuring could fit perfectly with our other “C” words, including Royals Hall of Fame player and Angels broadcaster Mark Gubicza. In case you haven’t heard about it, Gubicza had what his teammates called … Read more