Royals Rumblings - News for November 27, 2018
Patrick Brennan at Royals Farm Report takes a closer look at new pitcher Conner Greene.
Greene will take a ton of refining, but some of the pieces are already there. Something will need to change, because those control issues will not play in the big leagues at all. Issues with locating his repertoire that increased this season look like they’ll keep him out of a starting role. The best hope here is that something is adjusted, he at least manages the walks to some extent, and he can became a serviceable setup man. Good lottery ticket pickup by the Royals.
Pete Grathoff looks at five things you should know about Greene, including the fact he is friends with Charlie Sheen.
“He’s been nothing but a great person to me and a great friend,” Greene told the Globe and Mail. “I don’t care about what’s been written about him or reported. I just know what he’s done for me and how sweet he’s been to me and that’s all I care about. He’s just an amazing person.”
Greene has even appeared as an extra in Sheen’s “Anger Management” television show.
Here is Greene’s IMDB page!
Colby Wilson at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City has reservations about Mike Matheny.
If what we believe will happen comes to pass—that Matheny is the successor to Yost once the latter is out to pasture—one wonders what the resulting ripples might be. Free-agents are already reticent to come to small-market Kansas City—how might they feel about Matheny after he froze out Dexter Fowler? Young players may not enjoy cutting their teeth in a clubhouse if some middling reliever is gonna trash them at every turn or rat them out to the boss. And we have no proof that Matheny can “coach ‘em up,” as the parlance goes—what kind of manager will he be if/when he doesn’t have a team at the height of its powers?
I imagine it will look quite a bit like the first half of his final year in St. Louis, only worse.
Mark Feinsand looks at one non-tender candidate for each team.
Royals: Cheslor Cuthbert The Royals are likely to tender all three of their arbitration-eligible players -- Cuthbert, Jesse Hahn and Brian Flynn -- as none of the three are likely to earn much as $2 million in their first year of arbitration. Cuthbert gets the nod here after playing only 88 games over the past two seasons, posting a .591 OPS during that time.
The Royals rule that a third person won their “Hit For Your Seats” contest.
Drew Butera’s miniature schnauzer chased a bear from the driveway.
The Braves sign Josh Donaldson to a one-year, $23 million deal, and add catcher Brian McCann on a one-year deal as well.
The Twins claim slugger C.J. Cron off waivers from the Rays.
The Phillies have had trade talks about Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
The problem with Bryce Harper’s defense.
Jeff Zimmerman incorporates Sprint Speed into hitter projections.
Jeff Passan explains why MLB donated to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and what they can do to remedy the error.
Championship teams tend not to spend most of their resources on one player.
Searching for the Mendoza Line for on-base percentage.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are struggling because of The Good Place.
Jon Bois looks at “Fighting in the Age of Loneliness”, a history of MMA.
NASA successfully lands a new rover onto Mars.
Ohio will become the first state to accept Bitcoin as payment for state taxes.
An oral history of the popular Black Mirror episode San Junipero.
Your song of the day is Porno for Pyros with Tahitian Moon.