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Weekend Rumblings - News for October 21, 2017

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The Royals need to get defensive.

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Weekend Rumblings - News for October 21, 2017

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City wants to see some improvement in team defense.

One of the things I’m interested to follow during this offseason is what the Royals do about their defense. For all the love they got and deserved during their championship runs, the team’s defense really fell off this season, especially late, and they’re likely losing their two best defenders (at least by Fielding Runs Above Average – FRAA). Some of the worst offenders by that metric last season were Salvador Perez (-13.3), Jorge Bonifacio (-10.4) and Whit Merrifield (-3.7). Mike Moustakas (-8.6) and Melky Cabrera (-6.8 in a short time) leaving will help them with those numbers, but I’m very curious to see how they fill in the rest of the team.

Lee Judge talks about the coaching staff changes.

Ned Yost is known as a manager who sits back and lets his coaches coach, but that can mean one coach is approaching a game from one direction and another coach is thinking along different lines.

What a team does on defense has to match what that team does on the mound. What a team does on the base paths has to match what that team is doing at the plate. And if coaches can’t agree on an approach, that can mean conflict.

On Wednesday, Moore announced the creation of a quality-control coach who will make sure everybody on staff is pulling on the same end of the rope. The need to create that position might lead reasonable people to believe that wasn’t happening in 2017.

Danny Duffy enters a plea of “not guilty” on his DUI charge.

In this podcast, Sam Mellinger and Rustin Dodd talk about the Royals’ off-season.

Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report profiles Donnie Dewees.

Former Royals outfielder Jim Eisenreich talks about living with Tourette’s Syndrome.

Dusty Baker is out in Washington.

The Braves fire coaches Terry Pendleton and Eddie Perez.

The Dodgers didn’t win the pennant the way they were supposed to, writes Grant Brisbee.

The Cubs won 92 games, but Rob Arthur at FiveThirtyEight writes they never clicked this year.

Critics are getting on Yasiel Puig for being flamboyant.

When bullpenning goes wrong.

The Yankees are investing in eSports.

Multiple WWE wrestlers have been dropped from the upcoming PPV event due to a viral infection.

How Mike Gundy built Oklahoma State football.

A “catfish” story with a happy ending.

Taco Bell considers chocolate quesadillas.

A new documentary highlights the glorious, short run of The Dana Carvey Show.

Your song of the day is Donald Byrd with Royal Flush.