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Weekend Rumblings - News for March 7, 2015

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Weekend Rumblings - News for March 7, 2015

Until a Royals team wins a World Series, the 1985 season will loom over Kansas City.  Still, those World Series vets offer opinions and their own experiences with how the 2015 team will handle the added attention.

"I think if you're young, it's better," Balboni says. "If you're an older player, it's more devastating, worrying that you'll never get back there. This year, the Royals have a lot of young players who have a long career ahead of them; for them, it's not as bad. They believe that they will be back there.

"But it is discouraging, especially when you come so close."

Vahe Gregorian points out in the Kansas City Star that the Royals need to consider Brandon Finnegan's long-term future with the team when deciding where to put the young lefty.

“I’m going to continue to work my butt off and try to do whatever they want me to,” said Finnegan, who lamented Collins’ injury. “At the end of the day, it’s me coming in and giving it all I’ve got. Whatever happens, happens, it’s out of my hands, it’s out of their hands.”

Actually, it’s entirely in the hands of the Royals, who are trying to take advantage of what may be a fleeting window of opportunity but need to pay heed to what’s in the best interests of the organization’s stability.

And that’s to nurture Finnegan to be the best and most valuable version of himself he can be in the long run.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article12889325.html#storylink=cpy

The front office considers Miguel Almonte a dark horse candidate to make the big leagues this year, and claims that he is further along than Yordano Ventura was at similar points in their development.

Almonte figures to start the season in Class AA Northwest Arkansas, Picollo said.

But what Yost called "dynamic stuff" and Royals officials believe is unusual poise and competitiveness for his age makes for a compelling blend that there’s also no need to put a ceiling on.

"Don’t rule him out for (Kansas City) this year," Picollo said. "There’s no reason to think he couldn’t do that."


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article12794432.html#storylink=cpy

An interesting perspective from Paul Torlina of Pine Tar Press--what if Hochevar is fixed?  For good this time?

How could I consider getting back together with Luke and rekindling our relationship?  I have a simple answer: injury.  Hochevar was pitching for 2+ seasons with a partially torn UCL.  There is NO WAY it did not affect his performance.  He often lacked consistency and command with his pitches.  Sometimes he was nails.  Sometimes he was all over the place.  Sometimes we saw those two extremes from inning to inning.  You often hear people say that a pitcher coming back from “Tommy John” UCL replacement surgery will struggle with command and location as he first resumes throwing.  I’ve also heard numerous MLB folks say that you can LOSE your command/control/location as your UCL slowly tears or is actually getting ready to go.  Every so often, a pitchers fastball velocity will jump up a few MPH just before the UCL completely tears.  Perhaps THAT was what we were watching with Hochevar in 2011-2012 but nobody knew it at the time?

Other articles of interest

Superman hasn't done so well in superhero media these days, but perhaps Supergirl will.  CBS will debut a show about Supergirl this fall, and has released photos of the fellow kryptonian.

Clickhole, sister publication of The Onion, has the most stunning and hilarious takedown of your mom that I've ever seen.

The Justice Department recently released their investigation into the Ferguson shooting.  Though officer Darren Wilson was innocent, that does not change the serious problems involving police in Ferguson and, by extension, America.

Part of that is a stunning lack of information about police violence towards civillians, as highlighted by recent events in Ferguson and elsewhere.  The data is getting closer and closer to an accurate portrait, however.

Like cars? Take a look at Wired's gallery of their favorite cars at the Geneva Motor Show.  Amount of organs it would take to sell in order to purchase one of these cars: over 9000.

Weekend Classic

Anton Dvorak's Ninth Symphony, often referred to as the New World Symphony, premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York City in December 1893.  Dvorak was heavily influenced by the United States and its peoples, and this piece was the result of this interest.  It's still European in style--but it's darn good.  This is the finale, played for the Pope and conducted by the most prototypical conductor to ever lift a baton, Gustavo Dudamel.