Royals Rumblings - News for March 31, 2017
Dayton Moore talks about what went wrong in 2016.
“You have to have the same relentlessness you had in pursuing a championship if you’re going to repeat,” Moore said. “You have to have the same focus on the fundamentals, on perseverance, and as human beings we tend to get a little satisfied at times. We should celebrate our successes, but you have to really stay relentless if you’re going to win.”
Moore hasn’t made this point before. He hasn’t wondered out loud about whether the 2016 team was too satisfied.
“I think we could’ve managed it a lot better,” he said. “I think we let (fatigue) be an excuse at times. When people bring that up, it’s easy to say, ‘Yeah, we’re tired.’ ”
Danny Duffy talks about staying aggressive.
"Obviously, your velocity will drop after a while, but that's what I do. It brought me success. I just try to condition myself to keep up my velocity, even in the seventh and eighth."
Duffy doesn't worry if other starters still have success with an old-school approach that favors pacing.
"Hey, there's no wrong way to eat a Reese's," Duffy said. "Everyone gets things done in different ways."
Darin Watson at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City thinks this rotation is going to miss some bats.
I think the Royals’ rotation is not getting enough credit generally, and specifically not enough credit for the strikeouts they could pile up. Four of the five starters in the Opening Day rotation have the potential to average over a strikeout per inning. That could be a big difference between last year’s disappointing performance and a much more enjoyable summer in 2017.
"He's the guy you hold onto & build around. Think of him as the Freddie Freeman of the Royals" - MLB Network's Greg Amsinger on Eric Hosmer.— 610 Sports Radio- KC (@610SportsKC) March 30, 2017
Brandon Moss talks about hitting dongs.
You will notice many changes at Kauffman Stadium after some renovations.
Ken Rosenthal makes his pre-season predictions and expects Eric Hosmer to get dealt this summer.
Craig Calcaterra at NBC Sports has his Royals preview (with a nice link to a Hokius article).
Jon Heyman has his power rankings to start the year.
Ponies sealed the deal for Rougned Odor’s contract.
Mike Petriello at MLB.com asks hitters what was behind the home run spike last year.
Ichiro Suzuki wants to play until he’s 50 years old.
What is the best over/under bet for baseball this year?
The Rockies re-up on staying in Coors Field, now the third-oldest stadium in the NL.
The memoir of Chipper Jones includes the time Greg Maddux peed on him.
Bees made everyone hit the deck at a Padres/Rockies game.
You need to be a fan of the Korean Baseball Organization.
A cumulative ranking of AP college basketball rankings.
The NBA MVP race isn’t all that complicated.
Encrypted texting like Whatsapp is causing headaches on Wall Street.
Why Google Plus failed and what we can learn from it.
Game of Thrones releases the first promo for the upcoming season.
Your song of the day is Radiohead with Just.