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Royals Rumblings - News for November 15, 2016

Happy belated birthday to Denny Matthews!

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Royals Rumblings - News for November 15, 2016

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City argues the Royals need balance in the lineup.

I’ve harped on the Royals getting a switch-hitter a few times this off-season, and one big reason is that I think the Royals can counteract not having a star on the offense with having great balance up and down the lineup. If you look at the 2015 team, one of the reasons they were effective offensively is because the lineup was pretty darn deep, especially after acquiring Zobrist. In that lineup, they had quality hitters in one way or another from the two spot through the eight spot. And even Alex Rios hitting ninth was probably better than you remember.

In that lineup, the Royals were able to alternate lefty and righty hitters. We joke sometimes about Yost’s desire to alternate L-R-L-R in the lineup, but in this age of bullpen specialists and managers willing to use four pitchers in an inning, that setup can allow a team to cause some big matchup problems for every manager. Hopefully having Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain back for a full season will help that a lot because when your two-hitter is a lefty and your three-hitter is a righty, that lends itself to obvious balance, but there’s more they need to do.

The Red Sox are among the most aggressive suitors for Greg Holland.

Inside the secret tunnel that links Kauffman Stadium with Arrowhead Stadium.

The Royals keep some personnel and offices in their tunnel year-round, from engineering to waste management. There are more workers in the tunnel during the season, of course, including the seamstress who repairs players’ torn pants or adds American League Championship patches to jerseys.

The Royals also have dressed up their hallways in recent years, including a 100-foot mural by local artist Phil Shafer of SikeStyle Industries (he had a hand in designing the Chiefs’ mural, too). Shafer said the mural took more than a week to complete.

“Working underground messes with your equilibrium,” he said. “I remember going to a brunch a day after I finished and thinking, ‘Whoa, sunshine.’ ”

Denny Matthews celebrated his birthday as he prepares for his 49th season of broadcasting Royals baseball.

Beyond his four-year deal with the Royals, Matthews isn't sure what he'll do.

"I've often said that there are two times you never think about retirement," Matthews said. "The first is before the season, and the second is after the season. Before the season, you look at the schedule and you never think you'll make it. After the season, you have this false sense of relief that you have a whole offseason to recover.

"It'll happen when it happens."

Leigh Oleszczak of KC Kingdom thinks that letting Kendrys Morales go was the right decision.

Salvador Perez found a big ol’ glove to put his baby in.

A St. Louis columnist considers a trade of Lorenzo Cain to the Cardinals.

The Cubs and Cardinals will open the 2017 season on Sunday Night Baseball.

MLB Network sets viewership records.

Jeremy Hellickson and Neil Walker accept their Qualifying Offers.

Corey Seager and Michael Fulmer are your Rookies of the Year.

Ken Rosenthal wants to change the Qualifying Offers system.

Hardball Times looks at the best statistical non-MVP seasons.

How a Trump presidency could affect MLB expansion and anti-trust status.

Warren Harding was the first president to own a baseball team.

The Chiefs-Broncos game on November 27 will be a Sunday Night Football game.

What’s the latest on MLS expansion?

Facebook found a way to stop promoting fake news, but was afraid to roll it out.

Maybe Spotify isn’t killing the music industry after all.

Every episode of Gilmore Girls, ranked.

Your song of the day is A Tribe Called Quest with Electric Relaxation.