Royals Rumblings - News for March 2, 2016
Ned Yost is a big fan of the Salvador Perez deal.
"You come live with me," Yost recalled saying. "You come live with me this winter. I’m going to teach you how to hunt, how to fish. And I was half-joking, but Salvy says, ‘Let me think about it.’ "
Richard Justice writes that the Salvy extension reflects the family atmosphere with the Royals.
"It feels like a family here," catcher Salvador Perez said. "People ask me all the time, `Why do you guys win?' When you're around people like this, you enjoy the game and you play a little bit more hard."...
"You focus on what's right for Salvy," Moore said. "We've said since day one we want to create an organization that's a family atmosphere. Salvy's family. There's a business aspect of it. We get that part of it. The bottom line is it's the right thing to do. He's one of the heartbeats of our club.
Vahe Gregorian writes about the extension in the context of Salvy's mother recently being the victim of armed robbery in his native Venezuela
Under terms of visa limitations as understood by Perez, who obtained his green card last year, she will only be allowed to stay six months. When she does return home, Perez expects to enlist two bodyguards for her. In the long-term, though, Perez speculated there may be a time he will no longer return to Venezuela and will apply for U.S. citizenship. So on this long-awaited day, the national icon who cherishes his roots was left to wonder just how much he can go home again.
"I’m not talking about the government or the president, I just want Venezuela to get better, you know, and that’s it," he said. "That makes me sad, because I love my country.
"It’s a good people there, but for the situation I have to protect my family, too, so I think a lot of people have to understand that. It’s going to be better staying here."
Salvy's hermanito is open to staying too.
"KC ... welcomed me with open arms. ... Being here long-term is definitely something I would love to do." #Royals Lorenzo Cain— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier610) March 1, 2016
Edinson Volquez talks about the "crazy energy" that fueled him in the World Series following the death of his father.
Then Volquez went into Yost’s office. He told Yost, "Hey, Skip, I want to pitch the game." Yost looked him in the eyes and said, "You want to do it? Yeah, all right, you got it."
So Volquez set about his routine preparing for the game as he always does … with one slight extra flourish. His father’s initials were etched inside his cap, a purposefully discreet gesture.
"That was my idea: You keep everything inside," he said. "I don’t have to show my teammates I was really sad, or whatever, because I don’t want to pass the pain to my teammates. … "I think I did a pretty good job keeping inside all my pains."
Joakim Soria compares himself to the flamethrowing relievers in the Royals bullpen.
"They have different weapons," Soria said. "I never throw hard like these guys. My weapons are different. My command, my breaking pitches and everything is different than them. That's why I've been in the league for nine years. I had to have something to be there. Everybody has different styles to do their job."
John Viril at Kings of Kauffman writes that owner David Glass has certainly changed.
The truth is that David Glass has completely changed his spots after hiring Dayton Moore as general manager in 2006. He allowed Moore to sign high-dollar free agents in Gil Meche and Jose Guillen. He approved Moore’s strategy of paying above-slot bonuses to good prospects that fell in the draft due to signability concerns, and has supported multiple moves to improve the on-field product when the Kansas City Royals showed their ability to win in the playoffs. While the KC Royals are unlikely to become a player for mega-deals anytime soon, we would be foolish to ignore Moore’s recent assertions that he intends to keep his core together past 2017.
Sam Mellinger takes issue with a reader who compares how fans treat Bubba Starling to how they treated Alex Gordon when he struggled.
Mike Minor had torn labrum surgery last year, but he had a more delicate surgery before that (NSFW, language)
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor mentions the Royals in her latest court opinion.
Former big league pitcher Mark Gubicza talks a bit about his days with the Royals in this podcast.
Ken Rosenthal looks at other players around baseball who may want to renegotiate their deals like Salvador Perez.
Aroldis Chapman gets a 30 game suspension for allegations of a domestic incident.
The MLBPA may be threatening to cut media access.
A minor leaguer was suspended for refusing to take a drug test.
How Ian Desmond ended up on the Texas Rangers.
Jim Harbaugh will be the first base coach for a Tigers spring training game.
Curt Schilling had things to say about politics on 610 Sports.
It doesn't sound like ESPN handled Erin Andrews' horrifying peeping incident very well.
Twitter has lost about $2 billion over the last decade.
A look at the economics of the Star Trek universe. (h/t Gross(est))
Your song of the day is AC/DC with "Money Talks."