Ken Fuld

Ken Fuld said that the type 1 diabetes does wind up having an impact now and then.

Super Sam is one of the most underrated baseball players.

What Sam does defensively and at the plate isn’t always sexy as far as numbers go, so he never gets recognition. But no matter what’s asked of him, he’s been successful. Not to mention what a great teammate and person he is, but he’s just a solid, all-around baseball player.”

Fuld certainly could go straight to a big league team’s front office once his playing days are over, which he calls an appealing possibility. He’s multi-talented, however: among other things, he’s written baseball book reviews for The Wall Street Journal, and he’s likely to have options in broadcasting.

Of course, Fuld, 33, would like to play several more years first.

It’s been a pretty big rollercoaster ride,” Fuld said. I feel proud and satisfied I’ve been up in the big leagues this long. If you’d told me I’d play four-plus years in the big leagues, I’d take that. Goals are always evolving. There are points I would like to have played better, but ultimately, I know I’ve done everything I could. I don’t have any regrets.” BD

I got it, I got it, I got it!

At a volume level no other Kansas City Royals outfielder matched during late-February spring-training outfield drills in Surprise, Ariz.,

Lorenzo Cain made the routine catch.

Only the din from an overhead fighter jet, taking off from nearby Luke Air Force Base, smothered a Cain call for the ball. But nothing could drown out the noise that Cain created, both at the plate and in the outfield, during the Kansas City Royals’ unprecedented 8-0 playoff run to the World Series last year.

Cain delivered a breakout season during Kansas City’s dash to the playoffs, playing a career-high 133 games and batting .301 in 2014, the only Royals regular to hit above .300. In the playoffs, Cain batted .333 (20-for-60) and was named the MVP of the ALCS against Baltimore.

Despite the glorious finish, Cain’s season sputtered in the beginning, just as it did the two previous years when the Royals turned to him in hopes that he’d be reliable as an everyday, all-around contributor.

His nemesis before his breakout? Lower body injuries. Cain missed 17 games in April and early May last year because of a left groin strain. If I just keep my legs healthy, keep my body healthy and be on the field every day, I feel I’ve got a chance to go out there on each and every night and find different

to help this team win,” said Cain, who helped the Royals get off to a promising start in 2015 with 15 wins in April, the third-best win total in team history during the first month.

Cain batted .339 and tallied 22 runs in his first 27 games last spring. His start was the sequel to a strong finish a year ago, as he hit his stride last season when the Royals needed him most to end their 29-year playoff drought.

During the Royals’ September stretch run, manager Ned Yost inserted Cain into the No. 3 spot in the batting order. Over the final three weeks of the season, he batted .349, scored 12 runs and drove in 11 over his final 19 games. Then he opened the 2015 campaign with a career-high 10-game hitting streak.

The only thing to slow Cain through the first two months of the season was a two-game suspension handed down by the American League for his role in an onfield brawl on April 23 in Chicago. Cain had a tough time accepting the penalty.

I’m a low-key type of guy,” said Cain, who appeared anything but low key in his confrontation with White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

After stating that he was bored during his enforced two-game break, Cain returned emphatically with a defensive gem in the first inning against Cleveland on May 6.

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