Vahe Gregorian, The Kansas City Star

Vahe Gregorian

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Past articles by Vahe:

New Sportsbeat KC podcast: KC Royals future (Perez, Ned Yost, more) + World Cup champs

New Sportsbeat KC podcast: Kansas City Star sports columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian join host Blair Kerkhoff to talk Salvador Perez, Bubba Starling and Ned Yost with KC Royals, plus World Cup soccer. → Read More

Power & Light: U.S. women gave us both in World Cup triumph accented by Kansas City

The Power & Light District on Sunday again was prominent in coverage of the Women’s World Cup, making for a celebration here of the U.S. victory and a scene KC hopes helps it host the 2026 Men’s World Cup. → Read More

Sal Perez’s personality shines through arduous arm rehab process for Royals star

Since being devastated by knowing he’d be out for the season after Tommy John surgery, Kansas City Royals catcher Sal Perez has attacked his rehab with the same energy he displays as a player. → Read More

From snubbed to All-Star, here’s why resilient Whit Merrifield should be Always Royal

It took the Kansas City Royals too long to recognize what they had in Whit Merrifield, the oldest position player in franchise history to become a first-time All-Star. Here’s to them recognizing his future here. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: All-Star Whit Merrifield and sports betting in Missouri, Kansas

This episode of our SportsBeat KC podcast spotlights Whit Merrifield of the KC Royals being named to the All-Star Game, and the future of legalized sports betting in Missouri, Kansas. → Read More

Why overheated Chiefs fans should chill and embrace Tony Gonzalez

Despite being a transcendent force for the Chiefs in 12 years here, years that will propel him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, Tony Gonzalez has irked some fans. It’s time to reconsider. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: KC finds sports joy in U.S. Open, World Cup and Blues parade

Local pro teams aren’t winning, but Kansas Citians enjoyed watching success elsewhere in sports, with big TV ratings for Gary Woodland’s U.S. Open title, the Women’s World Cup and even the parade for the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. SportsBeat KC podcast host Blair Kerkhoff and columnist Vahe Gregorian revel in the fun, along with everyone else. → Read More

Royals GM Dayton Moore on perspective, the way forward and Bubba Starling

Encouraging teens at a camp this week, Royals’ general manager Dayton Moore found himself realizing he needed reminders of his own messages. Moore spoke on that and many other topics Monday. → Read More

Why Mahomes 2.0 will be better even if his statistics are less gaudy

Fifty years ago, the Chiefs embarked on their one and only Super Bowl victory. With the revolutionary Patrick Mahomes entering his second season as a starter, they may have the potential to finally return. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: Could KC be an NHL or NBA city? Plus Hill, Royals, Big Papi

With the Stanley Cup Final and the NBA Finals winding down, Kansas City Star sports columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger make the case (or not) for Kansas City as an NBA or NHL city. Also on this episode of the SportsBeat KC podcast, the columnists and host Blair Kerkhoff break down the latest Tyreek Hill news, attempt to find meaning in the Royals’ losing ways, send best wishes for a… → Read More

Blues’ season has lifted a city, but chance to win Stanley Cup will wait for Game 7

The St. Louis Blues were on the cusp of their first Stanley Cup in franchise history only to fall to the Boston Bruins 5-1 at home on Sunday night, forcing a Game 7 on Wednesday in Boston. → Read More

Amid controversy, death on Everest, Kansas Citian offers another view from summit

Kansas Citian Thomas Becker has many passions, from music to human rights work. But he’s forever contemplated climbing Mt. Everest. He achieved that last month, fraught with peril as it was. → Read More

Negro Leagues players made history fighting for country that wasn’t fighting for them

The role of Major League Baseball players in World War II has long been admired. Less celebrated is the role of Negro Leagues players, including two who were part of D-Day 75 years ago. → Read More

Why Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is everywhere ... and what that says about him

Patrick Mahomes is everywhere these days, but the Kansas City Chiefs’ superstar quarterback retains a certain innocence and is unspoiled by his rise to fame. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: Royals draft Bobby Witt Jr. — and stop comparing him to Mahomes

On this episode of SportsBeat KC, the Kansas City Star’s sports podcast, host Blair Kerkhoff talks with columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian about No. 1 Royals draft pick Bobby Witt Jr.’s impact — and why he’s not going to be the Patrick Mahomes of the Royals. Also, Royals beat writer Lynn Worthy calls in from Dallas, where he interviewed Witt and his father, former major league pitcher… → Read More

Could mystery of Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill be rooted in his complicated past?

As he remains suspended by the Chiefs, under investigation by authorities and in limbo with the NFL, much of Tyreek Hill’s past is a mystery. But we’re learning more about the instability he faced growing up. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: Nicky Lopez, the Chiefs’ next phase and Brooks Koepka’s smooch

Columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian stop by the studio to recap the weekend and look ahead with host Blair Kerkhoff. They cover the Royals’ home run drought and newcomer Nicky Lopez; what Sam discovered on his trip to New Orleans, home of Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu; and what happened after Brooks Koepka seemed to diss the kiss offered by his girlfriend Jena Sims. → Read More

Nicky Lopez has gone from 145-pound rail to a presumptive pillar of the Royals’ future

Nicky Lopez weighed 145 pounds when Creighton recruited him to play there starting in 2013. But the school saw more in him, which was crucial to his path to becoming an anticipated pillar of the Royals’ future. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: Breaking down the Royals: What’s wrong and what’s great

On this episode of the SportsBeat KC podcast, host Blair Kerkhoff talks with Royals beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian about the Royals, who finished the first quarter of the season with the AL’s worst record — but it’s not all bad. → Read More

George Brett and Tom Watson share wisdom on each other, Henry Bloch, Joe McGuff, ALS

Tom Watson and George Brett have shared much over the years, including golfing together and playing catch at Kauffman Stadium. But nothing binds them like their enduring commitment to fight ALS, which has touched each of their lives. → Read More