Royals Rumblings - News for November 1, 2018
Royals senior adviser Bill Fischer, who spent seven decades in pro baseball, passed away at age 88.
“He’s meant a lot to a lot of people,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “He was not only an inspiration, but highly valuable to our organization. He was very instrumental in our success from the very beginning here.
David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at how accurate PECOTA was with Royals player projections, including Jorge Soler.
His season was cut short by yet another injury, but this projection was pretty amazing in a lot of areas. Look at that ISO, walk rate and strikeout rate. He ended up just hitting for a better average than projected which bumped everything up a bit, but some of that is an elite BABIP of .340. He does hit the ball hard and runs pretty well, so he could be a guy to run a high one and it’s not that much higher than his career number of .321, but that appears to be the difference between reality and the projection. I think PECOTA will be quite bullish on Soler from a rate stat standpoint, though I could see him getting a big ding in playing time predictions due to injuries.
Drew Osborne at Royals Farm Report gives a Royals update in the Arizona Fall League.
Carlos Beltran has a hat tip to his former teams, including the Royals.
Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey dies at age 80.
The Dodgers have become the 1990s Bills.
Red Sox fans already damaged the World Series trophy by throwing a beer at it.
David Price won’t be opting out of his contract.
Meanwhile, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed to extend when he can decide on his opt-out until Friday.
The Yankees re-sign outfielder Brett Gardner to a one-year deal.
The Nationals are close to signing Trevor Rosenthal.
The Giants are interested in Dodgers GM Farhad Zaidi to run their team.
Why the A’s dropped their radio rights-holder.
The best Halloween costumes from players and celebrities.
Maryland reinstated football coach D.J. Durkin, but they fired him after public backlash.
High school basketball coach is recorded saying awful things to a player who announced he is transferring away.
How Congress could rein in Google and Facebook.
Disney has already turned a profit on their $4 billion investment in the Star Wars franchise.
Saturday Night Live hosts best recurring characters, ranked.
Your song of the day is Redbone with Come and Get Your Love.