Royals Rumblings - News for June 12, 2015
Alex Gordon reports there is nothing to report on the contract front.
As the Royals surge into another joyful summer, set for a potential World Series preview this weekend against the Cardinals, the team does not appear to be engaging in extension conversations with Gordon. Casey Close, Gordon’s agent, informed his client to be prepared for the possibility of negotiations. But Gordon told The Star on Wednesday that Close has yet to relay word of any ongoing talks.
"He said no contact, or anything," Gordon said. "So just keep playing out this year."
Lee Judge writes about how Alex Gordon reading pitches and Eric Hosmer's backhands at first.
A friend and former teammate asked me about that Hosmer pick from Tuesday night; Alcides Escobar bounced a throw and Eric Hosmer picked an in-between hop to end the inning and prevent the tying run from scoring. My friend wanted to know if Hosmer should have been "squared up" to the ball so if he missed the pick, the ball would have hit his body and stayed in front of him. ...
I don’t know that I’ve seen Hosmer play a short hop squared up, he’s pretty confident in his hands; plus playing the ball backhand looks cool. And what’s the point of playing in the big leagues if you don’t look cool while you’re doing it?
David Lesky at Pine Tar Press writes about what the Royals should do about Salvy's contract.
But really, where’s the answer? I think in this case, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, I think you work something out with Perez. He’s too important of a piece of the organization and of this team’s future to mess around with. I think that with his contract structured the way it is, the Royals could work something out for him that would not make them look weak to his teammates and open the door for them to ask the same thing.
I heard Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger on the Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810 the other day and he said that when these deals are signed, the players are almost unanimously happy for their teammate. There’s hand shakes and back pats and all sorts of other things to congratulate them for their new deal. Mellinger said that after the Perez deal was signed, there was happiness for Perez, but some confusion in the air. Sure that’s anecdotal, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that this deal heavily favored the Royals from the start.
Blair Kerkoff writes about them votin' Royals fans.
This year, it’s personal in Kansas City, and Royals fans respond that when traditional statistics and advanced metrics are taken into account, the players who are leading at the positions aren’t undeserving. Even Angels outfielder Mike Trout agrees.
"The majority of those guys are having great years, so you can’t take it away from them," Trout told the Los Angeles Times.
"The fans have the right to vote, and they’re out voting." That’s what baseball wants. "It’s a hard thing to say your customers are wrong," Bowman said. "And everybody is playing by the same rules."
Ken Rosenthal has more from Bowman and how the Royals are winning fair and square.
"I would say this about Kansas City," Bowman said. "If you watch a game or go out there, they have been pushing it hard from Day 1. During their TV broadcasts, during their radio broadcasts, they’ve got everyone in their infrastructure pushing Kansas City players." ...
"That’s what it’s supposed to be. It’s supposed to be about fans getting involved, getting behind it. There are no shenanigans going on, just the involvement and energy of the Kansas City fans. Not just in Kansas City, but nationwide. They kind of charmed the nation last year. They didn’t win, but they kind of got the A-plus in the charm and modeling category."
David Price takes issue with the voting.
An all star game IS NOT a popularity contest...it's for home field advantage (for whatever reason) for the World Series!! Best players play— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) June 10, 2015
Royals fan voting has even extended to the minor leagues, with Omaha outfielder Jose Martinez among the top vote-getters, with Casey Kotchman, Whit Merrifield and Aaron Brooks also in line to get All-Star bids. Omaha will host the AAA All-Star Game this July.
The Royals have tied the Chiefs in percentage of area residents who have listened to or watched at least one game this year.
The figures show 70 percent of adults in the Kansas City designated market area either watched, attended or listened to at least one Royals game in 2014. Numbers of fans were not included, but the email said the number of KC adults who’ve taken in a Royals game rose by 31 percent from 2013....
For 2014, the Chiefs tied the Royals at 70 percent fan engagement, but the number of KC adults who took in at least one Chiefs game in 2014 was only a 3 percent increase from 2013.
Bleacher Report ranks the Royals as the 20th best farm system after the draft.
In honor of Torii Hunter, Pete Grathoff looks at other epic baseball tirades.
At Hardball Times, our own Tyler Drenon imagines a baseball world with players wearing robotic prosthetics.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro is asking for ridiculous returns for crummy outfielder Ben Revere.
Nori Aoki is once again doing Nori Aoki-things.
Why have there been so many top prospect debuts this year?
What if there are very few sellers this summer on the trade market?
MLB Network adds authenticated online streaming.
Is MLB's replay system a farce?
The local Missouri Mavericks finally have an NHL-affiliation, with the New York Islanders.
How Royals Review (and other blogs) killed local sports portals like Fox Sports Kansas City.
Is it time to kill the phrase "you guys" because of sexism in favor of "y'all"?
What happened to the weird announcer accent from the first half of the 20th century?
Cineflex looks at the top 100 movie lines in history.
Your song of the day is Jerry Reed with "East Bound and Down."