Weekend Rumblings - News for June 4, 2016
Dayton Moore explains to Ken Rosenthal why the rookies have succeeded.
"When you’re winning at the major-league level, there is less opportunity for players," Moore explained. "They spend more time in the minor leagues, get more at-bats, continue to develop. They’re able to slow things down.
"They know the opportunity will come at some point -- that’s why they keep doing what they’re doing. Then, when the opportunity comes, they have more of a sense of urgency, but they’ve lived life a bit. They know what’s important. In some cases, they’re married with kids. They handle it better.
"Young players often -- not to say that they panic, but they can vibrate a little bit. . . . The guys who spend a lot of time in the minors, they know when they come up here, they don’t have to be a three-hole hitter, a four-hole hitter or a leadoff hitter. They just have to do a job, do something each and every night to help the team win."
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus thinks Dayton Moore has to make a move this summer.
Of course, in order to stay, I do believe they have to go get a starting pitcher. Look, every pitcher in the rotation has given us a reason to believe they can be part of the solution come October, but at least three of them have given us plenty of reasons to believe they can’t as well. ....
There’s plenty of names out there the Royals could be after, but keep an eye on Rich Hill, Jeremy Hellickson, Andrew Cashner and Dan Straily. All have their warts, but all could be affordable both financially and in terms of prospects needed to acquire.
Salvador Perez may be back as a pinch-hitter this weekend.
"We’re hoping to have him available to pinch hit or at least be an emergency (catcher) by the end of this series," Yost said. "We’ll see how it progresses."
Alcides Escobar reached a milestone last night.
Shoutout to @alcidesescobar2 for making the 1,000 career hit milestone!! It ain't easy but not impossible!! Felicidades mi Tio!!— Rey Fuentes (@RFuentes2115) June 4, 2016
Christina Kahrl at ESPN takes a look at the Royals and the state of the Central Division.
Lee Judge breaks down Friday's bizarre loss.
Eric Hosmer embraces his role with Big Brothers.
The Rangers are talking contract extension with Rougned Odor.
Hunter Pence is out two months with a hamstring injury.
David Wright is out 6-8 weeks with a back injury.
Former Royals manager Tony Pena is listed as one of ten Hispanic managerial candidates.
Is there any way to disincentivize PED use?
Five reasons to watch the NCAA Baseball tournament.
The Big 12 is bringing back its football championship game.
Baylor's Ken Starr is not doing well in rehabilitating his image.
Voice recognition technology could mean the end of programs like NPR's "All Things Considered."
Jimmy Kimmel weighs in on whether a hot dog is a sandwich.
Your song of the day is Bobby Hutcherson with "Step Lightly."