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Royals Rumblings - News for November 13, 2015

The battle for the GM Meetings is over. The battle for Offseason Acquisitions is about to begin.

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 13, 2015

Kendrys Morales won a Silver Slugger award, an award that goes to each position's best hitter. As the DH only hits, you might even think that Morales won the 'Best DH' award.

A year after posting the worst offensive output of his career, Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales was honored as the best hitter at his position in the American League with a Louisville Silver Slugger award Thursday night.

It is the first Silver Slugger for Morales, who hit .290/.362/.485 with 22 home runs, 41 doubles and 106 RBIs in 158 games, his most in a season since 2013. His .847 on-base-plus-slugging percentage was his best since 2009. In 2014, after sitting out the major-league season until June, Morales posted a career-worst .612 OPS.

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Rolling Stone interviewed Eric Hosmer on being a champ and dousing Paul Rudd in golden alcohol.

It was pretty cool to see Paul Rudd celebrating with you guys in the clubhouse.
Yeah. I mean, if you see Paul Rudd out somewhere, you're not going to take four beers and pour them over his head. I definitely felt comfortable enough to do that; we've reached that level of friendship [laughs]. It was such a fun time, and the fact that he's been so nice to us, and so cool to us, it felt like he belonged there. That's the funny thing; we do a team celebration at the end of every game, and Riggle and Eric Stonestreet have each snuck into the clubhouse to be a part of it.

We had all the lights off, had the strobe light and smoke machine going and AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" blasting. It's the same celebration all year – we all clap at the same time, then one of the vets on the team, Jeremy Guthrie, would announce all the different players who had a big impact on the game, and when he'd finally announce the player of the game, he'd always go, '"Listen up, I got something to say…" But this time, it was like, "Listen up, Paul Rudd's got something to say…" and Rudd would pop out, or Rob Riggle. It was awesome.

Clark Fosler weighs in on a question inspired by our very own Shaun Newkirk: how should the Royals approach the next few years?

My belief is there are two paths to take for the Royals.  The first is to try to soften the inevitable end of this current core group of World Champions.  They could make moves that will keep them from falling back to a 90 loss team in 2018 and 2019.  This plan of action likely means building the 2016 and 2017 Royals to be 85-90 win teams instead of 90-95 win teams.  Hey, a lot of 88 win teams make the playoffs.  It is not an illogical idea at all.

On the other hand, one could ride this group hard.  The Royals won 89 games, then they won 95 and – not sure if you heard – the World Series.  They control the majority of the players that have been winners for two seasons for two more seasons.  Bolster the group, keep charging, spend the money and be a playoff team for two more seasons and worry about three years from now three years from now.  It is not an illogical idea at all.

Shaun is a young guy, a finance guy.  In his article he advocates saving your money for something better down the road.  Smart.

I am an old guy, a venture capitalist guy.  I believe in putting my money to work for a goal I can see in the near term.  Not dumb.

And, if you forgot, the Royals are up for Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year award. Their primary adversary in this vote is a horse. Let's get the Royals on top, yeah?

Richard Deitsch wrote of the Royals:

"Fueled by a heartbreaking loss to the Giants in the 2014 World Series, the Royals played a thrilling brand of aggressive baseball on their way to winning their first World Series since 1985. They came-from-behind against the Astros in the ALDS, knocked off the Blue Jays in six games (in) the ALCS and finally rolled over the Mets, 4 games to 1."

The other contenders: Ronda Rousey, Serena Williams, Jordan Spieth, American Pharoah, Lionel Messi, Novak Djokovic, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry, Usain Bolt, Simone Biles and Thomas Davis.

For the first time, fan voting is included in the process (although how that will impact the eventual winner is not known). Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 12, and the winner of the poll will be announced Dec. 13. The Sportsman of the Year will be announced Dec. 14.

You can vote here.

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Friday classic

Gustav Mahler took Beethoven's lengthening of the symphony and expansion of its voices as far as it could physicall go. Famed for his 'Symphony of 1000,' the premiere of which featured about 800 musicians, Mahler included every instrument under the sun and was not afraid to utilize odd formations or numbers of instruments.

Mahler's Fifth Symphony was written in 1902, and its huge scope featured a full compliment of percussion as well as 14 separate brass parts. Though he would write other, larger symphonies with choral components, the Mahler symphony was the culmination of about 200 years of symphonic development in Germany and Austria.