Royals Rumblings - News for October 3, 2017
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus fears Alcides Escobar may return.
I have about the biggest worry I can that the Royals will look at this stretch and see Escobar as a player who just had a tough start to the season and will re-sign him to a one or two year deal. He was never truly as bad as he was during his horrifically slow start, but at the same time, he is not nearly as good as he’s been lately. If the Royals want Mondesi to develop into a star, he needs to be the shortstop. I have no doubt he could handle second or even center field as some have mentioned, but he needs to play shortstop, so the Royals better not re-sign Escobar or else I’ll write a strongly worded article about it, and ain’t nobody wanting that.
Dayton Moore may be a top target for the Braves GM job.
Moore had little to say about the opening.
“I would never comment on an opening with another organization,” Moore said. “I find it lacks integrity. Baseball is a game of constant turnover. If I commented on every opening out there, I would never do my own job.”
Steven Goldman at FanRag lists looks back on his preseason prediction for why each team wouldn’t win this year.
MARCH: “Alcides Escobar is still here… Danny Duffy aside, the Royals now have an old rotation that looks like it belongs in an Orioles uniform… There’s no second baseman.”
DID WE GET IT RIGHT? Whit Merrifield salvaged second base, at least for the season. The starting rotation was miserable, especially after Jason Vargas played back a 2.62 first-half ERA with a 6.38 ERA in the second half. Escobar speaks for himself.
A Royals groundskeeper has his mower and lawn equipment stolen.
I bet you can guess what tops the list of greatest Wild Card games ever.
The Indians may have the best pitching staff ever.
Here are your World Series odds for each team.
Who has the best relievers in this post-season?
Former Royals catcher Dusty Wathan is a candidate to manage the Phillies.
Sandy Alderson has a long list of things to clean up with the Mets.
Fired Braves GM John Coppolella was not very well liked among his peers.
The investigation on the Braves seems to stem around an illegal verbal agreement with a 14-year old international free agent.
John Jaso wants to retire and live on a sailboat.
Former Mizzou coach Quin Snyder went to Russia and came back to become on of the NBA’s best coaches.
GM will release 20 all-electric cars by 2023.
Research on circadian rhythms won a Nobel Prize.
Your song of the day is Tom Petty with I Won’t Back Down.