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Weekend Rumblings - News for October 6, 2018

Who will succeed Ned?

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Weekend Rumblings - News for October 6, 2018

What does finishing strong in September mean for the Royals?

But does a September record play much of a bearing on the upcoming season?

“No,” Yost said. “What comes into play is the reflection of the year before and how you played in September.

“It’s hard for guys to make huge leaps and bounds during the season because they’re working and then they have to go out and compete (every day). During the winter, you can digest everything that you were trying to work on. You can visualize it. You can work on it in a non-stress, non-pressure situation. And it’s always been my experience that guys come back better the year after because of that.”

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City considers who will succeed Ned Yost as manager.

Personally, I think Pedro Grifol is the guy. I know a lot have speculated Dale Sveum and Vance Wilson, and I can’t argue with them, but I’ve heard whispers too often that Grifol is the next man in charge for me to shy away from making that prediction now (and on Twitter a few days ago, I guess I’m pretty transparent). And I think it’d be a good fit as he’s bilingual and mixes the analytics with the scouting extremely well. He seems to have a good relationship with Moore and the team obviously knows him well. Plus, it’s pretty clear the Royals, and maybe Yost specifically, have fought to keep him around even when he lost his job as hitting coach. Take it for what it’s worth. That’s my two cents.

Jeffrey Flanagan answers questions about the off-season.

5. Which other prospects might emerge in 2019? Certainly, players such as Hernandez, Griffin, Staumont, Schwindel, third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez and right-hander Trevor Oaks, among others, will get long looks come Spring Training. So will Lopez and Lovelady -- though, as mentioned, they don’t have to go on the 40-man roster presently, and they would really have to wow the Royals to force such a move. Add to that list those coming back from injury, such as third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert, center fielder Bubba Starling and pitchers Jesse Hahn and Kyle Zimmer.

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