Royals Rumblings - News for February 16, 2015
The Star tries to re-enact Alex Gordon's hit in Game 7 of the World Series to speculate whether or not he could have scored.
In the re-enactment, the play was run six times. On the first, our timing was off and Burns was well past third base when Marr launched his throw. On the actual play, Gordon was slowing down and a few steps from third base when the relay throw got to Crawford....The World Series ending would have been "embarrassing," Jones said. That idea was supported by the next five plays, which appeared closer to the setting we saw on World Series replays. In each case, Burns was gunned down by several steps.
"He wasn’t scoring," Hawks coach Gary Burns said. "I’m a Royals lover from way back, but he wasn’t scoring this time."
But if Alex Gordon scores, that means I'll have never been born!
David Hill at Kings of Kauffman argues the Royals should be hot after Cuban free agent infielder Yoan Moncada.
This is where the Royals should come in. Even though they are not typically among the highest spenders when it comes to international free agents, Moncada is considered to be a special talent. As David Glass has shown a willingness to open the checkbook over the past few years, one more splurge for a player like Moncada would be the perfect cap to a solid offseason.
If those scouts comparing him to Utley and Cano are correct, then Yoan Moncada will be worth every cent being paid. Even more importantly for the Royals, he could stop the revolving door at second base while giving Kansas City a potential middle of the order, impact bat.
David Lesky at Pine Tar Press looks at potential mid-season trade candidates for the Royals.
Two players who would be bigger stretches, but could be absolutely huge additions come from two teams that might not even be sellers. Let’s start with Todd Frazier of the Reds. He just signed a two year deal to buy out two arbitration years, and they’re very reasonable, so I wonder if the Reds wouldn’t want to just hang on to him, but he could be an impact addition for the Royals. He plays very good defense, has good power and can even steal a base or two. I would love adding him to the fold. The other player is Evan Longoria. His name has come up in whispers this off-season that he could be made available. If Longoria can be had, Dayton Moore needs to fire up the ol’ KC to TB line and get a deal done because he’s a franchise changer.
Video of Royals reliever Wade Davis working out near his home town in upstate New York.
The Baseball Prospectus podcast discusses the Royals with Andy McCullough and Sam Mellinger of the Star.
Vegas has the over/under on Royals wins this year set at 83. Which are you taking?
The Royals offered Melky Cabrera a four-year deal, according to Andy McCullough.
The man himself, Dayton Moore, was on 610 Sports to discuss the upcoming season.
McCullough also said in his chat that he is hearing from rival execs that the Royals could deal Greg Holland and Eric Hosmer if the Royals fall out of contention this summer. You can read his entire chat here.
Tim Collins was gettin' down with wine over the weekend.
David Schoenfield of ESPN finishes his pre-season rankings. Are the Indians the best team in the league?
Grant Brisbee wonders if we'll ever see another 300-strikeout pitcher.
Pirates star Andrew McCutchen wrote a very thoughtful piece about the Jackie Robinson West Little League team and how youth baseball leaves out lower income families, particularly African-Americans.
The NBA Dunk Contest was actually fun again.
Oh boy, time for sports reporters to have hot sports takes on Kevin Durant now.
Fivethirtyeight looks at the data when it comes to which Saturday Night Live cast-member had the best movie career.
Is "The Legend of Zelda" coming to television?
Are commercial drone flights going to be legal soon?