Happy Thanksgiving, all. May your day be filled with mirth and increasing girth while avoiding the typical pitfalls that come hand-in-hand with the holiday.
Jeffrey Flanagan profiles the Royals’ charitable contributions to the community.
BP Kansas City’s Darin Watson takes a trip down memory lane, reminiscing about Darryl Motley:
But Motley struggled as the 1985 season started. He hit just .188/.253/.333 for April, then .220/.226/.390 in May. The offense was struggling to score runs, and when the Royals acquired Lonnie Smith in mid-May, Motley’s starting spot in left field was in trouble. Smith was the catalyst the Royals needed, while Motley became the right-handed hitting half of a right-field platoon with Pat Sheridan.
Although it might not have been fun for Motley to play less, the platoon paid off in the short term as he hit .306/.327/.551 in June. But he batted only .230/.254/.393 in July, and .220/.259/.500 in August, appearing most often as a pinch-hitter. As you can see from the slugging percentages, he was at least contributing some pop to a Royals’ offense that certainly needed it. Of Motley’s 25 hits in July and August, over half went for extra bases: seven doubles, one triple, and five home runs. That continued in September; as the Royals reeled in the division-leading Angels, Motley hit .200/.245/.379. But again half of his 19 hits were extra-base hits (five doubles, four homers). He ended the season with a .222/.257/.413 line, 20 doubles, and 17 home runs in 408 plate appearances. In a different time when slugging percentage is more appreciated, that season would look better. Not great, but not bad for a platoon player.
In looking at this week’s transactions, BP’s Matthew Trueblood looks at the recently released old friend, John Lamb:
Because he’s a fly-ball pitcher with iffy command, Lamb needs the right fit in order to find success. Truthfully, it’s surprising that the Rays decided they couldn’t be that fit, or that it wasn’t worth their expenditure to make it work. Tropicana Field is no hitter’s haven, especially where home runs are concerned, and the Rays are a team that values and consistently acquires good pitch framers behind the plate. Only four pitchers lost more runs to poor framing last season than did Lamb.
Some of those free non-strikes that the Royals were getting against the Twins could well be going away.
At the Hardball Times, Alex Remington looks at the players who quietly retired in 2016, including old friends Jamey Wright, Philip Humber, Willie Bloomquist, and almost-Royal Brad Penny.
The release of Goon: The Last of the Enforcers is coming and now we have a red-band trailer.
At least you probably didn’t have to deal with traffic this bad in your holiday travels.
It’s that time of year. Everything at Levi’s is 40% off.
Big Brother officially sets its teeth in in the UK.
I hope you brined your turkey.
Your song for the day is “I Should Live in Salt” by The National.
And let’s not forget “Gravy Boat” also by The National.