Royals Rumblings - News for August 6, 2015
Ned Yost talked about bumping Ben Zobrist up in the lineup.
Zobrist hit two homers on Saturday and added a two-run shot on Sunday. "He gives you good, professional at-bats," Yost said. "He’s got a good idea of what he’s trying to do up there. He goes about the situation with what’s needed. He’s got a really good insight on what we need at the time, and he goes out and tries to accomplish it."
Ned Yost is unfazed by Jose Bautista's comments on Twitter.
"My view on that is everybody has an opinion," Yost said Tuesday. "I respect Jose Bautista’s opinion, and I don’t lose any respect for anybody because of their opinion, because it’s their opinion. They have a right to have an opinion. But because my opinion differed from his, he wants to lose respect? That’s fine. I can live with that."...
Yost had little to say about Ventura’s latest outburst. "Whatever," Yost said. "I’m not a big Twitter fan."
Clint Scoles at Pine Tar Press points out that the Royals' struggles on the road isn't unique to them.
When the Royals have played winning teams on the road this year, they are 9-15. That sounds terrible, right? Well, only one of the teams I looked at has a winning record on the road against teams above .500. Care to guess? Nope. No. Wrong again. It’s the Chicago Cubs, at 11-10.
In fact, the Royals’ 9-15 mark is the same as the Yankees’ total. It’s the same as Toronto’s. It’s a better win percentage than Houston’s 5-11 record. It’s much better than the Angels’ 5-16. By winning percentage, the Royals are right in the middle of the pack of those 14 teams. And only one AL team is ahead of them. That would be the Twins, at 6-8.
Star columnist Yael Abouhallkah doesn't think the Royals need a downtown ballpark
A great majority of the fastest growing cities do not have downtown-area baseball parks or football stadiums. In fact, many don’t even have either a pro football or major league baseball team. Topping that list is Austin, which added population at the highest rate of the 50 largest U.S. cities (up 12.5 percent), according to Census Bureau estimates from 2010 through July 1, 2014. Others on this list are Fort Worth; Raleigh; San Antonio; Oklahoma City; Colorado Springs; San Jose; Portland, Ore.; Columbus; Mesa City, Ariz.; Omaha; Las Vegas; El Paso; Fresno; Sacramento; Virginia Beach, Va.; Louisville; and Long Beach, Calif.
All 18 cities added population more quickly than Kansas City did (up 2.4 percent). That fact dampens the often-hyped claim that it’s essential for Kansas City to spend what it must to be a "major league" city.
Alex Gordon hopes to take batting practice this weekend.
Jeremy Guthrie will be in the documentary "Sneakerheadz", which opens Friday.
The Royals announce ten-game packages that will provide fans with priority for post-season tickets.
The Royals' affiliate Wilmington Blue Rocks turned their third triple play of the season.
Rob Neyer doesn't think intangibles should be completely dismissed.
Will Leitch writes the Twins are starting to come back to Earth.
Jonah Keri goes behind the scenes with Blue Jays GM Alex Anthropoulous to see how his big deals went down.
MLB Advanced Media signs a $600 million deal to handle the NHL's streaming services.
How to doctor softball bats.
NFL players are binge-watching "Game of Thrones" so their teammates won't spoil it for them.
Could driver-less cars turn parking lots into city parks?
The rise, fall, and comeback strategy of Groupon.
J.J. Abrams promises no midi-chlorians will be in the new Star Wars films.
Your song of the day is Oingo Boingo with "Its a Dead Man's Party."