Royals Rumblings - News for January 6, 2016
Jabbar Wesley of the Washington Times looks at lessons to be learned from the Royals.
As Americans we should glean from the 2015 Kansas City Royals‘ never-give-up approach to the game of baseball. Though the trajectory of the country has been volatile at best, we can never lose sight of our ultimate goal of a healthy U.S. economy powered by people with humble hearts of compassion, hope and the will to succeed. We must see ourselves as royalty and more importantly we must treat our fellow Americans as royalty by remaining honest, respectful and supportive. I believe the Royal Way is the American Way which does not include a culture that supports dictatorship nor does it include anarchy. However it does include the development of peacemakers, character building and constructive competition and cooperation. On that note I’d like to end by saying, "Be Royal America!" Now is the moment for us move this country forward in a positive manner with an unshakable belief that we have the potential, the skill and the character to once again #TakeTheCrown!
David Lesky at Pine Tar Press examines what a contract extension for Mike Moustakas would look like.
That’s a five year deal worth $51 million. But, hey, why not throw an option in there for 2021 for something like $18 million? Make it the seemingly standard $2 million buyout that we see in other contracts and that brings the total guarantee for this deal to 5 years, $53 million with the chance to get to 6 years, $69 million.
Another option would be to cut the deal to four years and just give him two years of $13 million per year in his free agent seasons. That deal would be four years and $38 million, which is half-million more than they gave Alex Gordon before the 2012 season and identical to the deal they gave Zack Greinke prior to the 2009 season. Maybe that’s the way to go. It’s worked out for the Royals before.
Craig Brown looks at the injury-filled Royals career of Omar Infante.
Injuries, injuries. That’s the real story of the Omar Infante era in Kansas City. Infante will have the opportunity to redeem himself in 2016, but that’s only because at this point with $18 million left on his contract, he’s the immoveable object in the Royals middle infield. If he can stay healthy.
Leigh Oleszczak writes that Jeremy Guthrie will be a fan favorite long after his playing days.
It’ll be tough to find anyone to replace what Jeremy Guthrie brought to this team. He may not have been a stud on the mound, but the guy brought leadership and a veteran voice to this young Kansas City Royals squad. He had a huge hand in helping our boys in blue get to the World Series in back to back seasons, and getting their second title in franchise history.
Grant Brisbee offers his hypothetical Hall of Fame ballot.
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MLB is going to have an international presence this year with many games overseas.
Former big leaguer Morgan Ensburg has been hired as a "mindset coach" for the Astros.
Ten reasons why the Kansas/Oklahoma game on Monday was THE BEST.
The Record Bar in Kansas City closed last weekend with one last sell out show.
Twitter is going to let you tweet a LOT more characters.
Here is the menu for Guy Fieri's $700 tailgate party.
TR-8R is the internet's newest favorite Stormtrooper, due to his hatred of traitors.
Your song of the day is The Smashing Pumpkins with "Today."