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Royals Rumblings - News for October 28, 2016

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 28, 2016

How much did the Royals post-season runs contribute to the local economy?

Yes, Kansas City rode a sharp bump up in sales tax and other tax increases from October of the last two years.

For example, Kansas City collected $150.5 million in sales taxes attributable to October 2014 when the Royals lost the World Series that year. That was up more than 13 percent from the year before. And 2015 sustained that bump with $153.7 million in sales tax receipts in October when the Royals took the crown.

Convention and tourism taxes followed a similar path.

But there are several caveats in that sales tax data. One is the fact Kansas City increased its sales tax rate in 2014. Another is an improving economy.

Former Royals prospect Mike Montgomery has found a home in the Cubs bullpen.

The Kansas City Royals were his first club, the organization that drafted him, nurtured him and offered him a career. As he watched during the last two Octobers, this strange feeling kept surfacing.

“I kind of felt the feeling of ‘What if?’” Montgomery says. “I could have been there. I should have been there — if I’d have done this differently or if I’d have just took this person’s advice.”’s Jim Callis catches up with Josh Staumont and other Royals prospects in the Arizona Fall League.

"I just want to continue making strides," Staumont said. "It's the end of my year, I've already thrown [a lot of] innings, so it's kind of winding down. At the same time, this is the crunch time for us. This is something where you want to succeed on an everyday basis."

"Failure, even though it kind of makes you better as a person and a player, it isn't something you want right now. Next year, I just want to keep in the same direction as I'm going. Every day is another step."

Here’s what it looks like from atop the Royals Crown Vision scoreboard.

Darin Watson looks back at former Royals pitcher Marty Pattin.

Lookout Landing looks at the first bad trade in Mariners history, which gave the Royals Bud Black.

George Brett cuts an ad for Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder.

Kyle Schwarber won’t play the field for the Cubs tonight.

Game One of the World Series draws the best TV ratings since 2009.

Commissioner Rob Manfred suggests he may meet with the Indians about changing their logo.

Will Ferrell channels Harry Caray on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

The strange story of why Belize is full of Cubs fans.

James Shields opts-in for the final two years of his contract with the White Sox.

The boat carrying Jose Fernandez had a strong odor of alcohol.

An interesting look at the racial demographics of baseball.

Major League Baseball is succeeding where the NBA is failing by giving more teams a chance.

Sporting Kansas City’s season ends with a tough knockout round loss to Seattle.

A history of NBA players who played less than 100 minutes and won a ring.

How shock therapy is saving some kids with autism.

Twitter is shutting down Vine. Here are some of the best sports-related Vines.

Arby’s is going to try offering deer meat.

Your song of the day is The Flaming Lips with The W.A.N.D.