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The Latest From Rob and Rany on the Royals

A snippet from the latest thoughts of Rob and Rany:

So yeah, they've somehow become respectable, even if I don't have the slightest idea how. Getting rid of Eli Marrero didn't hurt, of course. But it's got to be more than that. Since last we wrote, though, I think the biggest story is J.P. Howell's debut. Yes, he pitched well. And yes, Allard Baird continues to elevate young players long before they've proved they deserve such treatment. Would a few weeks in Omaha really have hurt Howell's development? Or Shane Costa's? The Great Experiment continues, and we're still waiting for it to work (Carlos Beltran notwithstanding, though come to think of it, if he'd spent some time in Omaha he might still be a Royal...).
That pretty much sums it up, and its good to see the entire Royals Nation-State is bemused and intrigued by the Royals non-use of Omaha.