Weekend Rumblings - News for March 10, 2018
Sam Mellinger found that the youths still know who Bo Jackson is.
When Bo’s hip gave out on that carry down the sideline against the Bengals, Danny Duffy was 2. Still in diapers. And he’s one of the older guys in here. How could he know?
Did he even know who Bo was? I asked.
”Bro,” he said. “We all know.”
”My uncle Josh was like 6 years older than me, and he would just wear me out with Bo Jackson stuff,” Duffy said. “We’d play Tecmo Super Bowl, and Josh would always be Bo Jackson. I couldn’t tackle him. He’d run back and forth all over the field, just zigzagging, and I couldn’t do anything about it.”
Rustin Dodd finds out more about Dayton Moore’s anti-pornography program.
All around baseball, organizations educate their young players about off-field hazards. The Royals view the process as a moral imperative. They believe players should be treated like family. Yet they also see it as part of their player-development approach. In this case, the goal is to ration or limit the visits to PornHub.
“I think it’s crucial,” Moore said. “In a game that requires concentration and focus over 162 games, I’ve yet to run into a player where their personal life doesn’t affect their play on the field.”
Your injury report from Flanny:
Ned said Mondesi will be shut down from throwing for five days with shoulder impingement. Also, he said Bubba Starling will be out for extended period with oblique injury.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) March 9, 2018
Zimmer, who was charged one run in 2/3 inning and saw his fastball velo drop from 92 to 86, said: "I’m sure velocity is going to go up as I can keep building arm strength and getting adjusted. So I’m not too worried about that at all right now."— Maria Torres (@maria_torres3) March 9, 2018
Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com looks at why the Royals have no top prospects.
“We do have to examine why don’t we have those guys,” Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said. “On the other hand, when we did have all those guys in the top 100 a few years back … that Top 100 is not a great indicator of who is going to impact your team long-term. Also not on that list were guys like Salvador Perez, Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera, so there were a lot of players who impacted our World Series team who weren’t on that list just a couple of years earlier.
”You have to take it with a grain of salt. It’s something you should be aware of, but that’s not going to be our motivating factor. We have to develop what we have here. We can’t change what we have here. We just have to be sure the guys who have the ability to play in the big leagues, get to the big leagues. The job doesn’t change.”
Mayo also sits down with Royals pitching prospect Foster Griffin.
“Super woke” Grant Brisbee looks at who benefits from the Mike Moustakas signing.
The April 18 game against the Blue Jays will stream on Facebook, not Fox Sports Kansas City as MLB inks an exclusive deal with the social media app.
Carlos Gonzalez returns to the Rockies.
Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs looks at Tommy John surgery data, including which teams have been hit hardest.
Why “Moneyball” won’t cut it anymore.
With the slow free agent market, baseball faces a problem that’s hard to fix.
A terrific piece by Wright Thompson at ESPN depicts the internal struggle within Ichiro Suzuki.
Who is poised for a bounceback in 2018?
Mike Piazza owns a soccer team in Italy and he got mad at a press conference.
Jeopardy contestants know nothing about spring training.
The Dallas Mavericks will accept cryptocurrencies for tickets and merchandise.
A playlist of familiar songs you know, but probably don’t know the title.
“Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli gets seven years in prison for securities fraud.
The Amazon Echo is laughing unprompted, and it may be a bigger problem than Amazon thinks.
As The Big Lebowski turns 20, which critics initially panned the Coen brothers classic?
Your song of the day is Cannonball Adderley with Jive Samba.