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Weekend Rumblings - News for April 28, 2018

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Weekend Rumblings - News for April 28, 2018

Sam Mellinger writes about how Ned Yost wants to see the rebuild through.

This is all true, and Yost is on the last year of his contract with the Royals, so maybe you’d expect him to at least hesitate when asked if he wants to manage the team next season. He does not hesitate.

”Absolutely,” he said. “Oh yeah, no doubt.”

OK. Well, and here comes the natural question: Why?

”I like this group of young kids, one, and two, I love this organization and I want to try to put it in a position to succeed,” he said. “This is tough times. Can you imagine a new manager trying to come in and negotiate a 5-17 team? It’d be hard on them. It’s easier for me to do it. The rough times, it’s easier for me to do it.

”When we get out of the rough waters ... maybe that’s when I’ll look at it. But not until then.”

The doctors that saved Ned’s life will be at the stadium tonight, including surgeon Mara Schenker.

Schenker, the surgeon, will throw out the first pitch before the second game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. She’ll be joined by Dr. Mabry Johnson, a radiologist; Dr. Matt Hunter, an anesthesiologist; Drs. Jacob Wilson and Sandra Hobson, both residents; and Lauren Upchurch, a physical therapist. Yost, 63, is prepared to offer his gratitude for their work last fall.

“I’m really, really lucky that I was in the proximity of Grady hospital,” said Yost, whose property is 60 miles southwest of Atlanta.

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City takes a long look at the offense.

The Royals offensive profile is very interesting to me. Heading into yesterday’s action, they were hitting fly balls at a rate only bested by Cleveland. It stands to reason that with that in mind, they’re hitting a lower percentage of ground balls than almost every team (they rank fifth in lowest ground ball percentage). And they’re hitting a decent number of line drives, ranking 12th in that category by percentage. Knowing all that, it sure seems like they hit into way too many double plays. And they do. They rank seventh in baseball in number of double play opportunities turned into double plays. The optimistic side of that will say that hitting more balls in the air will turn into more home runs and the double plays are somewhat flukish given their batted ball tendencies. The pessimistic side wonders if they simply don’t get enough extra base hits with their fly balls and line drives and have too little speed in the lineup and too many holes to avoid double plays.

Will we see a shake-up in the lineup?

Ned Yost doesn’t seem to be following how many losses this team has.

Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson has to leave a game with a heart issue.

White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar, who suffered an aneurysm, is now able to walk.

How many strikeouts is too many for baseball?

Pirates infielder Jung Ho-Kang has secured a work visa after a year away due to multiple DUIs.

How many potential MLB players are currently playing in Japan?

Matt Holliday is still looking for a job.

Ryan Zimmerman took spring training off - will this begin a trend?

How much money would MLB lose if the season was shortened to 154 games?

Which players would make the best Avengers?

Former Eagles kicker David Akers trolls Cowboys fans at the NFL draft.

The NCAA’s new recommendations will continue to ignore the problems in college sports.

Where is commuting the worst?

The Golden State Killer was caught using a publicly available database that may have your DNA as well.

Star Wars: Resistance will be the next animated series in the Star Wars universe.

Your song of the day is Miles Davis with Milestones.