Royals Rumblings - News for November 21, 2016
Steve Contursi at Call to the Pen takes issue with Dayton Moore using injuries as an excuse.
And that’s something you don’t hear much of anymore (blaming injuries for failure). And you don’t hear it because not only is it a lame rationalization, but it ignores the fact that every team has injuries to key players. The Indians, for instance, went the entire season without the services of Michael Brantley , the face of their team for the entire season. And the hapless New York Mets endured the one by one decimation of their starting staff.
When a General Manager starts talking like Moore did, that should be a red flag going up signaling that something may not be quite right in Royals Land. Because you don’t begin talking about next season by making excuses for last season. Or at least, you shouldn’t.
John Viril at Kings of Kauffman argues the Royals should bring back John Lamb.
However, Lamb also compiled encouraging strikeout (8.7 K/9) and walk (3.8 BB/9) rates in major league baseball. His main problem was his outrageous 1.7 HR/9. Of course, Lamb made 14 of his 24 starts in Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark, which is one of the most homer-happy parks in baseball.
Lamb wouldn’t have that problem in Kansas City, which has the biggest outfield in major league baseball by square footage.
Former scout Bernie Pleskoff of Clubhouse Corner gives a scouting report of Arizona Fall League prospects including Royals pitcher Josh Staumont.
Staumont can throw his arsenal with a massive 15 miles per hour velocity differential between his 80 miles per hour curve, 84 miles per hour changeup and his 98 miles per hour fastball. Wild with little command and control until this year, he has changed his delivery and is a start in the making in my opinion.
Mike Moustakas remembers his mother, who passed away last year.
Brett Cecil signs with the Cardinals for four years, $30.5 milliom.
The Marlins are interested in Edinson Volquez.
These 15 big contracts could be on the move this winter.
The Braves are focused on acquiring Chris Sale.
Craig Edwards at Fangraphs argues that Dexter Fowler should age well.
Despite Ned Yost, catchers’ workloads around baseball have been decreasing.
Hardball Times looks at spending trends under the draft bonus pools.
MLB is investigating an alleged sexual assault at a Rangers Dominican complex.
Kansas snaps a 19-game conference losing streak with a win over Texas.
So a bunch of Yale students decided to get naked at the Harvard game (NSFW)
Miami has run out of sand for its beaches.
Disney says “Avatar”-land will open in 2017.
Your song of the day is Sharon Jones with I’m Not Gonna Cry.