Royals Rumblings - News for May 28, 2014
As assembled by Royals Review staff:
Joe Posnanski argues the Royals are the hardest team to love.
If you are 35 or younger, you do not have a memory of the Kansas City Royals making the playoffs. I’m not talking about championships here or reaching the World Series. I’m talking simply MAKING THE PLAYOFFS. What’s worse, the Royals have not even CONTENDED for a playoff spot in 25 years. This is something no other fan — not Cubs fans, not Pirates fans, not Clippers fans, not any other fan — can relate to.
The Star's Andy McCullough has a bit more on the Kyle Zimmer injury. The Royals have ruled out a shoulder injury, saying that it is the back muscle that is hurt. Kyle Zimmer will engage in no baseball activity for the next eight weeks.
Rob Neyer marvels at Yordano Ventura's ability to throw 100 mph, but questions if we know as much about the mechanics as much as we should.
I know I’m biased, but I would prefer the people in charge to focus a little more on science and a little less on dogma. Yes, there are some genetics involved. But there’s nothing the Royals can do about Ventura’s genetics. Let alone God. They can do something about the science. It seems to me that if you understand the science of how Ventura throws 100, you might better understand the science of how he hurts himself while throwing 100.
Speaking of Royals pitcher injuries, former KC reliever and Tommy John surgery survivor Blake Wood has been designated for assignment by the Indians.
Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports wonders how much longer the Royals can go with Ned Yost at the helm.
I seriously don't expect the Royals to be near or at the bottom of virtually every significant offensive category all season. Then again, if ever a team appears in need of a fresh voice, it's this one. I'm not sure what that voice should sound like, though at this point, screeching probably would be preferable to soothing.
The entire organization seems almost too comfortable, waiting for a surge that might never come.
How many general managers get to hire three managers without ever reaching the playoffs?
Yost on power potential: "Just sit back and watch our BP. If you can drive balls out of the park in BP, you can surely do it in the game."
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) May 27, 2014
David Hill at Kings of Kauffman argues that Lorenzo Cain is the Royals best hitter - and that is sad, considering his OPS+ is just 101.
Fangraphs projects us to have the fourth worst win total in the American League. Trust the process.
The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan does not like things he does not understand.
Anonymous scout apparently works in the NBA now. Here is his take on some of the top draft picks in this summer's NBA Draft, including Kansas products Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins.
Ted Williams was on the right track - suspended animation is being used on humans now. Encase James Shields in mylar until the July trade deadline!
Apparently there is a zone in Yellowstone Park where you cannot be convicted of murder.
If you ever get fed up with Royals baseball, here's a guide to other summer TV shows. Look for a cameo by Ned Yost on "Under the Dome."
"True Detective" Season Two details! They reveal that Royals baseball from 1986-2014 has been a flat circle.
Your song of the day is Matt & Kim's "Good Ol' Fashioned Nightmare", which seems appropos today.