Royals Rumblings - News for October 3, 2016
Alex Gordon talks about the let down of the season ending with no playoffs.
“It was a little tough,” Gordon said. “Everybody went out there and played hard. But at the end, we didn’t reach our goal, which was to make the playoffs and hopefully do what we did last year.
“You’re not going to do it every year,” Gordon continued. “But hopefully, we can come back fresh next year and reach our goals.”
Dillon Gee will get thoracic outlet syndrome surgery next week.
“I talked to the trainers, (and) they said: ‘Being ready for spring training might be a little aggressive.’ You just never know. Obviously, we’re going to take our time and just get it right.”
Gee previously dealt with a blood clot in his shoulder in 2012, when he was pitching for the New York Mets. But the two issues, Gee said, were not necessarily connected. Four years ago, Gee dealt with an “arterial” issue. This time, the blood clot was in the vein.
“We’ve done all the blood tests that you’re supposed to do to see if you have a clotting disorder or problem, and everything has been fine,” Gee said, before adding: “This one felt a lot more serious, because I couldn’t breathe.”
Lorenzo Cain will not need surgery for his wrist.
Lorenzo Cain said again that his sprained wrist won't require surgery. He won't hit for two months; other offseason training will be normal.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) October 2, 2016
Eric Hosmer was also dealing with a sore wrist, which kept him out the final two games.
Cheslor Cuthbert is going to work on playing second base this winter.
Dayton Moore told us on the pregame show today that Cheslor Cuthbert will head to Instructional Leagues tomorrow to get some work at 2B.— Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc) October 2, 2016
Moore also mentioned that Cuthbert is out of options next year.
Ned Yost talks about the grind of making two deep post-season runs.
MLB.com: The physical aspect becomes an issue?
Yost: That's a lot of time to miss, and it takes a toll. You look where we are injury-wise and the guys we have lost. [Luke] Hochevar. We lost Wade [Davis] for six weeks. We lost Moose [Mike Moustakas]. We have lost [Lorenzo] Cain. Does that play into it, that they don't have the time to recover and do their normal strength and conditioning? I think it has taken a toll.
Reggie Jackson writes that George Brett was the most clutch hitter ever.
George Brett could do what he wanted at home plate. He was an incredible hitter — the best clutch hitter I’ve ever seen.
When we played the Royals, our approach was simple: George was a lefty, so we pitched him to allow him to get base hits to left field, because we knew if he pulled the ball, he’d hit it out of the park.
That was it. That was the scouting report on George. Limit him to base hits and avoid the longball.
It was never about how you were going to stop him. It was about how you were going to minimize the damage. He was that good of a hitter.
The Royals have their second-best year ever at the gate, but attendance did decline.
The cat suit guys win Royals “Fan of the Year.”
Here is your MLB playoff bracket and schedule.
The Cardinals also missed the playoffs.
Giants fans give Vin Scully a touching tribute in his last game.
The White Sox will replace manager Robin Ventura with Rick Renteria.
Are critics of David Ortiz simply killjoys who don’t deserve him?
The Mariners’ plan for developing hitters pays some dividends.
The Braves say goodbye to Turner Field.
Jose Fernandez’ legacy will live on in a trust for his unborn child.
Billy Butler races Brian McCann to see who is the slowest Yankees player.
The NFL penalizes celebrations as much as it celebrates dangerous hits.
The Edmonton Oilers unveil a horrifying new mascot.
Do political consultants really do much of anything?
The iconic Carnegie Deli in New York is closing.
Your song of the day is The Doors with The End.