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Royals Rumblings - News for October 23, 2017

Should Nate Karns become a reliever?

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 23, 2017

Cody Leonard at Kings of Kauffman thinks it is time for Nate Karns to become a reliever.

Above all else, the reason to put Karns in the bullpen is because, to this point in his career, he has not been able to stay healthy. The only season in which he has pitched more than 100 innings was back in 2015 when he tossed 147 frames for the Tampa Bay Rays. Karns can be a valuable pitcher. But he needs to be on the mound in order to deliver on that promise.

Beyond the endurance factor, the Kansas City Royals should put him in the ‘pen because he has some of the best stuff among the current starters.

Drew Osborne of Royals Farm Report continues their terrific profiles of Royals minor leaguers with a look at pitcher Corey Ray.

One of my questions is, “What could Ray become in the bullpen?” Hopefully the 96 mph heaters can tick up a notch and become 98 or 99 mph heaters, maybe even touching 100 once in a while. I saw Duffy hit 98 when he came back through Springdale a few years ago so I know it’s possible for a guy’s velo to increase once he quits worrying about the rigors of starting and has the freedom to just blow ched for an inning.

Bret Saberhagen reflects on the 1985 World Series.

Yeah, you realize that it's not as easy as it seemed to be. But I was 20 years old, I didn't know better. [Game 7 of] the World Series was the most nervous I've ever been before a game, just because of the fact that if we win, we're champions, if we lose, I feel like I let my teammates down, our fans down, the front office down.

Ned Yost gave some heartwarming words to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Kansas Speedway.

The Astros/Dodgers World Series may hinge on depth.

Is Justin Verlander on his way to Cooperstown?

Do the Cubs need to re-tool already?

Joe Girardi faces an uncertain future with the Yankees.

It looks like Alex Cora is the next manager of the Red Sox.

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway will skipper the Mets.

Did you know “mental defects” can be a consideration in baseball arbitration hearings?

The Tigers build up their analytics department.

Why do managers wear uniforms?

The Kansas-Missouri scrimmage raised $1.8 million for charity.

A class action lawsuit against Pop Warner football on concussions will proceed.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secures a big electoral victory.

David Fincher almost directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Magnum P.I. is getting a reboot.

Your song of the day is Bob Dylan with Jokerman.