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Royals Rumblings - News for October 9, 2017

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Dayton wants control.

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 9, 2017

Reports are that Dayton Moore would want complete control in Atlanta.

While there is a lot of smoke about the possible return of Dayton Moore to the Atlanta Braves front office, it appears that more changes will have to be made to make that happen.

The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reports that there is “no chance” that Moore would go to Atlanta if John Hart remains president of baseball operations and that he would need “complete control.”

Hart’s contract expires soon but has said that he would like to stay on with the Braves and see the rebuild through.

J.J. Cooper at Baseball America looks at lessons learned from the Royals’ post-season runs.

2. Prospects do fail. But prospects also take time to shine.

There were stories written about how the Royals' prospects had failed to live up the hype around Opening Day 2013, when the oldest of the Royals' Blue Wave had less than a year and a half in the big leagues. Player development, especially at the big league level, is full of steps forward and steps back.

After two full seasons in the majors, Moustakas needed a demotion back to Triple-A in 2014 to truly get on track. He was a postseason hero for the Royals that fall and made his first all-star team the next season. That wasn't unprecedented for this Royals team–Alex Gordon had previously needed to be sent back to Triple-A after two seasons in the majors to find a position and to hit to his potential. Lefthander Danny Duffy made 20 starts for Kansas City in 2011, but he needed several years to go from erratic if hard-throwing lefty to the team's best starting pitcher,

Ryan O’Hearn knows he has to hit for more power next year.

“As a middle-of-the-order guy, you’ve got to hit the ball in the air and drive in runs,” O’Hearn told me this past spring. “The home run is a huge stat for me. It is for all first basemen, because that’s one of the main things they’re going to measure. Home runs are kind of the elephant in the room. You can’t really think about them, but at the end of the day, they matter.”

The Aussie has thoughts on American football.

Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report profiles prospect Elier Hernandez.

Sean Thornton at Bleeding Royal Blue writes about how the 2017 Royals couldn’t live up to their old standards.

Joe Girardi admits he screwed up.

Aaron Judge robs annoying ballhawk fan Zack Hample.

Rich Hill keeps re-inventing himself.

Nationals coach Jacque Jones is suspended after allegations he sent revenge porn.

A look back at the 23 years of the Wild Card in baseball.

Would a bigger baseball reduce strikeouts and home runs and lead to a better game?

There should probably only be about 12 college football teams ranked right now.

Jason La Canfora screwed up a report about Colin Kaepernick.

Scientists discover a new system of vessels in our brain - but aren’t sure exactly what they do.

Jerry Seinfeld has some regrets over Seinfeld’s series finale.

Rick and Morty fans are upset about a botched promotion by McDonald’s.

Your song of the day is Miike Snow with Black and Blue.