Royals Rumblings - News for June 13, 2016
Congratulations to Ned Yost, who won his 500th game with the Kansas City Royals yesterday.
"The series (win) means more," Yost said, after a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. "I mean, I don’t really look at that stuff for myself. This win was big today, because it’s a team win and it’s a series win. That’s what’s important."
Yost entered Sunday with a 499-499 mark since taking over as Royals manager on May 13, 2010. He previously surpassed Whitey Herzog (410 wins) for most wins by a Royals manager.
Yost is also sixth among active managers in total games (1,958) and wins (957).
Could high expectations on Yordano Ventura be a problem for him?
Does having his teammates, and the fans, expecting him to take over as no. 1 get inside Ventura’s head and cause him to blow up?
It’s interesting to note that Ventura’s ERA ballooned to 5.19 on July 20 of 2015, before a strong performance on July 26 (his last in July) in which Ventura went 7.0 innings and struck out five while allowing only one earned run. You know what else happened on July 26? The KC Royals announced they had acquired Johnny Cueto from the Reds.
Could the above reason be the cause behind Ventura’s "hot dog" flourishes in his follow through, that he only does during games? His coaches say he doesn’t perform such antics in his side sessions during the week
Phil Rogers at MLB.com thinks all the Ventura trade rumors and dissatisfaction are hogwash.
You know those reports about the Royals being so tired of Yordano Ventura's immaturity that they're going to trade him?
Forget 'em. That's not going to happen, at least for the rest of this season and probably a whole lot longer.
Some guys are worth a little more effort to keep them pointed in the right direction. The 25-year-old Ventura is one of those players.
You knew that if you saw him in his two starts in the 2014 World Series. Ventura has been maddening at times since then, for his teammates, his organization and its fans. He's a long way from being a finished product, but when he's on his game, he's about as much fun as car trouble for opposing hitters.
The Royals drafted a number of players from Kansas and Missouri, and also drafted the son of the special assistant to Dayton Moore.
Kansas City selected five local products: second baseman Logan Gray (Leawood, Kansas) in the 13th round out of Austin Peay University, center fielder Nick Heath (Junction City, Kansas) in the 16th round out of Northwestern State University, right-handed pitcher Grant Gavin (Parkville, Missouri) in the 29th round out of the University of Central Missouri, outfielder Kameron Misner (Poplar Bluff, Missouri) in the 33rd round out of Poplar Bluff High School and right-handed pitcher Nathan Webb (Lee's Summit, Missouri) in the 34th round out of Lee's Summit North High School.
With their 38th-round pick, the Royals selected shortstop Joey Fregosi of Murrieta Valley High School in California. He's the son of Jim Fregosi Jr., Kansas City's special assistant to the general manager, and grandson of the late Jim Fregosi, the former major league manager.
Here's a full list of Royals draftees.
Other items of interest
It's E3 time! Here's a complete list of all the press conference streams and schedule to keep you up-to-date.
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No one knows how many Latinos will vote this year.
Hamilton won Best New Musical at the Tony Awards and, in other news, the sky is blue.
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Rest in peace, Christina.