Royals Rumblings - News for March 28, 2018
Clint Scoles at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at the legacy of Dayton Moore beyond baseball.
The porn story is great for headlines but what one may miss out on is the trip Dayton had his staff take to the MLK Center in Atlanta. In a sport that is seeing a steady decline in participation from African-American athletes and a sporting world that was charged up with a President’s tweets telling players they should be fired for kneeling, Moore was taking a hands-on approach to learning about the community and their feelings, pushing his fellow leaders to learn from MLK and the Civil Rights movement while drawing a correlation between the current events of a divided nation....
This is the point it seems for Dayton, he’s brought the city a World Series and a parade like he said he would but what one gathers from a discussion with him is that it is more important to see his player’s, staff and people he interacts with growing as people while leaving a lasting impression on the city he lives in. The saying “Flags fly forever” is one that gets tossed around often but the impact Dayton is making amongst the people he interacts with will truly be was last forever.
Sam Miller at ESPN gives realistic goals for all 30 teams, including the Royals.
The PECOTA projections at Baseball Prospectus see them as the worst team in baseball, or at least tied with the Marlins at 65 wins. But the Royals also don’t look like a rebuilding team: They’re old, they’re around the league-average payroll, their farm system is one of the worst in baseball and their lineup looks like a team that’s trying to win now -- just not trying very well. Which is all to say that while they’re properly in this group, they’re ... not likely to have what we’d call a successful season.
Jim Callis at MLB Pipeline looks at the impact prospects for the Central Division such as Hunter Dozier.
A surprise pick at No. 8 overall in the 2013 Draft, Dozier would have gotten at-bats in Kansas City last year had he not been waylaid by hamate and oblique injuries. He’s capable of playing either infield corner and has seen action at both outfield corners, though the offseason signings of Lucas Duda, Jon Jay and Mike Moustakas eliminated his chance to get regular big league playing time at the start of 2018. Dozier’s best tools are his power, which he creates with his strength and loft in his right-handed stroke, and his arm, which once produced low-90s fastballs as a reliever at Sam Houston State.
Fox Sports Kansas City announces 24 hours of Royals coverage leading up to Opening Day.
The Padres release former Royals pitcher Chris Young.
Beyond the Boxscore has their AL Central preview.
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. hits a walk-off home run in Montreal.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch is considering a four-man outfield alignment at times.
Jayson Werth signs a minor league deal with the Mariners.
Ronald Acuna denies a report he turned down $30 million from the Braves.
The MLB Game of Thrones promo is mesmerizing.
The radio rights-holder for the Padres gets in hot water for an offensive ad.
The lurking error in Statcast pitch data.
Some players are unhappy with the leadership of union leader Tony Clark.
The minimum wage exemption is a culmination of a battle over MLB and minor league economies.
Are baseball’s independent leagues doomed?
The MLS is trying to get younger, but they still had to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
A new app uses DNA to match you with your soulmate.
People are literally falling asleep during Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.
We have questions about this gender reveal party using an alligator.
Your song of the day is The Church with Under the Milky Way.