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Royals Rumblings - News for July 11, 2014

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SOURCE: Lebron James has ruled out signing with the Royals.

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Royals Rumblings - News for July 11, 2014

Sam Mellinger notes that Salvador Perez is pretty awesome, probably the best active catcher in baseball (now that Yadier Molina is out 8-12 weeks).

By now, Perez is probably the best catcher in the American League. He is the best catcher in baseball not named Yadier, and if you compare the two by age, Sal is actually ahead.

Seriously, look:

Yadi Molina, through age 24: 405 games, 1,429 PAs, .248/.304/.349, and, for what it’s worth, 42 Defensive Runs Saved and no Gold Gloves or All-Star games.
Sal Perez, age 24: 334 games, 1,323 PAs, .297/.330/.449, and, for what it’s worth, 28 Defensive Runs Saved and one Gold Glove and two All-Star games.

If Perez continues the year how he’s started it, you can add about six DRS and one Gold Glove.

Jeffrey Flanagan writes that Salvador Perez's home run on Wednesday was a huge lift, but that those kind of late inning heroics have been rare for this team.

What made Perez's heroics so stunning was the rarity of it all for the Royals. This is a team that has not come through in the clutch all season. Consider that the Royals became the last team in all of baseball to register a walk-off win when they beat the Angels to end the last homestand. It took them almost three months to pull off that feat....

Before Wednesday's drama, the Royals were just 3-35 when trailing going into the eighth inning this season. And they were just 1-37 when trailing going into the ninth....

Baseball-reference.com takes it one step further with its "clutch" hitting stat, which refers to hitting in the seventh inning and beyond with a team ahead by one, tied, or with the tying run in the on-deck circle: In that stat, the Royals are hitting just .239 with a woeful .639 OPS. Only Tampa Bay and Texas are worse in that category.

Alex Gordon is out for the All-Star Game, replaced by Angels shortstop Erick Aybar. Bummer.

Kings of Kauffman points out that ticket prices for this weekend's games are 23% below the season average.

Remember Kyle Smith? He has emerged as a compelling fringe-prospect with a plus curveball.

Speaking of former Royals minor leaguers, Mike Montgomery is having a nifty season as well for the Rays top affiliate.

A.J. Pierzynski was released by the Red Sox in part because - get this - he was kind of a jerk.

Watching this slide makes me think of this Tyler Drenon work of art.

Star Wars night at Busch Stadium led to some really weird pictures. "These aren't the Best Fans you're looking for."

Did you know Lebron James is a free agent? Let's imagine a baseball-playing Lebron James.

All the Emmy nominations. Steve Physioc's comedy stylings get overlooked once again.

Your song of the day is a song that will never be associated with the Royals. Its Fitz and the Tantrums with "The Walker":