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Royals Rumblings - News for June 26, 2015

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 26, 2015

Matthew Leimkuehler at Vice Sports writes about how Royals fans are "stealing" the All-Star Game.

"It's kind of crazy, the voting, isn't it?" Royals manager Ned Yost said on 610 Sports, a Kansas City sports talk radio station. Yost had previously said that "there's nothing wrong" with Royals fans voting. It is, and there isn't. It's ridiculous, but this is a game.

And, however dodgily they're playing it, it might just be that Royals fans are playing this game better than everyone else. After three decades of losing baseball, it's hard to be too angry at Royals fans for making up for lost time. After all, Major League Baseball has been trying to sell the All-Star Game as a Thing That Matters for years now. It's hard to fault the people who care about the Royals for taking them at their word.

Clark Fosler at Royals Authority doesn't like Alcides Escobar leading off, but isn't convinced it makes a big deal.

All in, what is the difference between batting Alex Gordon first instead of sixth? Is it one win? The standard theory is that 10 extra runs equates to an extra win, so we are stretching the stats considerably to even get to one win (not to mention we are closing in on the halfway point of the season already).

In the end, it makes sense for Alex Gordon to be leading off for the Kansas City Royals. I’m just not sure it makes sense to make the change or has the impact that is seems like such a move should.

Matthew DeFranks at Fox Sports Kansas City writes about how Ryan Madson resurrected his career.

Two months later, the Angels released Madson, who said his involvement with EVO Ultrafit contributed to the team's decision. The club had grown weary of a third party fiddling with its $3.5 million arm after so many medical resources had been devoted to it, he said.

He remained involved with the program until October 2013 and returned briefly in January 2014, when he touched 93 mph with his fastball. But baseball had become stale and his desire to continue had been extinguished. Madson went home to Southern California to be a father and spend time with his kids.

"Burnt out," Madson says.

Madson spent 11 months away from both organized baseball and EVO before Jim Fregosi Jr. and the Royals beckoned. Fregosi had scouted Madson -- then a blue-eyed, fresh-faced teenager -- for the Phillies and now worked in Kansas City's front office. He gave Madson an opportunity to pitch again. Madson couldn't ignore it, signing a minor league deal in January.

David Hill at Kings of Kauffman thinks the Royals should make a run at Scott Kazmir, who will go against them this weekend.

Although he may be best known to Kansas City Royals fans for touching off the second part of the April beanball fest with the A’s, Scott Kazmir would appear to be exactly what the team needs. His 4-4 record this season belies a 2.70 ERA and a 1.200 WHiP. In his 83.1 innings, Kazmir has struck out 79 batters against only 32 walks. That would certainly be the type of pitcher the Royals are in need of.

Mike Norris of KC Kingdom looks instead at A's infielder Ben Zobrist.

While three infield positions are set, the starting spot for second base is up for grabs. It’s interesting that the current place holder, Omar Infante, could start the all-star game, but that doesn’t mean he’s good enough to keep his job in Kansas City. A guy like Zobrist, who also can play the outfield, would be a great addition to the Royals.

Hunter Dozier makes Baseball America's mid-season prospect "dud" list.

For a batter lauded for his simple swing and line-drive approach, Dozier’s strikeout rate of 28 percent is more alarming than his .215/.287/.355 batting line at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The Royals say the 2013 first-rounder’s confidence has taken a hit, leading him to press for results.

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post ranks Kauffman Stadium the ninth-best stadium in baseball.

The Sporting News lists David Cone as the best Missouri-born Royals player in franchise history, beating out Darrell Porter, Kit Pellow, and Clint Robinson.

This fanpost says the career of former Royals pitcher Robinson Tejada has officially ended.

Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart has no idea how player valuation works.

Nicholas Stellini at Beyond the Boxscore looks at who brings the high heat.

Chris Sale is having a "Zack Greinke in 2009" kinda year.

The President of the University of Oklahoma wants the Big 12 conference to expand. Who should they invite?

The NBA draft was last night with picks, trades, and amazing shoes.

Kansas City sportscaster Jack Harry will retire after 40 years in the business.

Google's self-driving cars are now on public roads.

McDonald's is getting out of Taiwan.

Is television losing younger audiences?

The first trailer for NBC's "Heroes Reborn".

AMC's sci-fi show "Humans" looks promising.

Your song of the day is the Beastie Boys with "Make Some Noise."