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Royals Rumblings - News for September 27, 2017

It is a week of reflection in Kansas City.

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Royals Rumblings - News for September 27, 2017

Sam Mellinger has an excellent column looking back at his favorite moments with these Royals.

Maybe some of this feels like the balding, pudgy, former high school quarterback talking about those old touchdowns to distract from the disappointing life in front of him.

The Royals will not be in the playoffs this year, same as last year, and same as every year between 1985 and 2014. Who knows how long it will be before the Royals again pop champagne?

Hosmer is finishing up the best season of his professional life. He will be one of the premier free agents on the market this winter, and the Yankees are among the teams in need of a first baseman. It seems unlikely the Royals will be able to sign him, or Cain, or Moustakas. Escobar could be back, but the magic is gone. Nothing lasts forever.

Vahe Gregorian talks with the players about the end of an era.

“We’ve just got to make sure we soak up every moment (left) and hopefully give plenty of incentive for everybody to come back,” Duffy said. “I’ve spent my entire adult life with Moose (and) Hoz, and most of it with LoCain and a lot of it with Esky.”

Noting he’d become close with Jason Vargas, who also will be on the market, he added, “They deserve everything that they get. They reserve the right to test (it) because they’ve made it this far.

“I’m proud to have called them teammates, I’m proud of all the work they’ve put in to get here. You know, selfishly (I would) love to see them come back. That (remains) to be seen.

“Right now we’ve got to enjoy the last home stand and appreciate everything that we’ve had in the last decade.”

And that’s really the striking thing, isn’t it?

Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City also reflects.

That’s what is so great about this week. These guys are moving on while still productive players. This isn’t some sort of retirement tour where guys get gifts they don’t necessarily want or ones they can afford to buy themselves where we reminisce about the players they once were. Perhaps it’s a shame they didn’t win more, but as Darin pointed out, their run of success was damn impressive, all things considered.

Bob Fescoe of 610 Sports looks back at his favorite moments with the potential free agents.

How the “Salvy Splash” became part of Royals lore.

Royals attendance will have a double-digit drop from last year.

The Royals handed out minor league awards for each level.

The Twins are making the post-season and we’re not appreciating that enough.

MLB player are raising money for Puerto Rico.

Buster Olney lists playoff matchups he wants to see.

Trevor Bauer lost his drone.

The Oakland Athletics have had an offensive explosion in the second half.

Payroll limitations could accelerate a Tigers rebuild.

Jon Lester cares not for “Nacho Man.”

A whole lot of people in college basketball got arrested in an FBI sting involving kickbacks and bribing players.

Peyton Manning for U.S. Senate?

Researchers may be able to detect CTE in living patients.

Are we getting to a point where software systems are beyond our capacity to intellectually manage?

The first reviews of Blade Runner 2049 are incredibly positive.

Your song of the day is The Japandroids with The House that Heaven Built.