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Royals Rumblings - News for March 4, 2016

Good thing championships are won in October and not March.

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 4, 2016

Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated ranks the Royals as having the best clubhouse culture in baseball.

"I’ve never been around a team like this in my life," manager Ned Yost said. "Every single one of them wants what’s best for the team. Mike Moustakas, a run producer, is asked to hit second. Alex Gordon, an All-Star, is asked to bat eighth. Chris Young goes back and forth between starting and the bullpen. Jarrod Dyson, Paulo Orlando … nobody [complains]. It doesn’t matter who it is, they all are willing to do whatever it takes to win.

"And [GM] Dayton [Moore] has done a great job bringing in only the guys who fit in. We do a lot of due diligence. No matter who it is—Kendrys Morales, Ben Zobrist, Johnny Cueto, Ian Kennedy—we make sure we ask around about their character. And there have been times we have flat out said ‘no’ and walked away from a player for that reason.

"Years ago in Milwaukee, I remember we had a guy that people warned me about. I was like, ‘He’ll be fine here. We’ll change him around our group.’ Well, he was a disaster. And I vowed ‘Never again.’"

Yordano Ventura is one of the top candidates to bounce back, according to ZIPS creator Dan Szymborski.

In the end, Ventura did get his ERA back down to 4.08 for the season, and his 3.57 FIP was actually better than his 3.60 mark as a rookie in 2014. In other words, there were indications that he was pitching much better than his results suggested. With his 80-grade fastball (on the 20-80 scouting scale) and an improved curveball that played a big part in his solid end to the regular season, I think Ventura will bounce back, fulfill his potential and be one of the best pitchers in baseball over the next decade. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself here; I'll settle for him just having a better 2016 and becoming K.C.'s best pitcher.

Royals non-roster invitee Peter Moylan explains why he chose to sign with Kansas City.

"A lot of it had to do with reports from Sir Kris Medlen, in regards to the training staff and how they take care of their guys — the strength guys," the 37-year-old Moylan says. "Another part of it, for me, was I had a history with (Royals general manager) Dayton Moore. He signed me in Atlanta, and when it came time to make my decision, my agent had spoken to everyone from all the interested clubs, and Dayton was the one who was not just saying, ‘We’ll give you a job,’ but ‘We’d really like you to come here.’ It was nice to feel wanted again. I know it’s an uphill battle to make this 'pen, let’s be honest, but to feel like you’re going to get a chance to come in and prove you can offer something, was huge for me."

Cheslor Cuthbert explains baseball's rise in popularity in his native Nicaragua.

The Royals vow they will not let down after winning a championship.

The Royals want your help in a ten-mile relay catch from Union Station to Kauffman Stadium on Opening Night for charity.

The lower level of Kauffman Stadium is 98% sold out for this season, say the Royals.

Tigers outfielder Cameron Maybin will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured wrist.

The Brewers will have a press conference today to address the allegations by our sister site Brew Crew Ball that they have replaced the team dog with an imposter.

A family finds seven Ty Cobb baseball cards worth over $1 million.

Here is your 2016 MLS Preview.

Soccer star Brandi Chastain will donate her brain for concussion research.

A Missouri legislator files a bill to allow St. Louis to secede and become its own state.

Could we one day have airplanes without pilots?

Here is the trailer for the new Ghostbusters movie.

Your song of the day is Loverboy with "Working for the Weekend."