Royals Rumblings - News for May 21, 2018
Dayton Moore is not satisfied with the record, but that doesn’t mean there will be a firesale.
How active will Moore be at the Deadline?
”It all depends on where we’re at when that time comes,” Moore said. “Honestly, we’ve never been a team that has traded many guys off the 25-man roster. We’ll see where we are. There’s no reason to make advance decisions on that.”
Rustin Dodd writes that Whit Merrifield wants to prove last season was no fluke.
Merrifield, the Royals’ 29-year-old second baseman, has always been like this. Consistent. Driven. Conscientious. If you watch video of his swing from when he was a boy, he says, it won’t look all that different from the one he uses while hitting atop the Royals lineup. Whether it’s high school in North Carolina or the College World Series at South Carolina or a night at Kauffman Stadium, the mechanics are the same.
“My swing never really changes,” Merrifield said. “It’s never changed since I was little.”
Ned Yost reached 1,100 wins in his managerial career over the weekend.
“Bobby (Cox) had 2,000 wins. I ain’t making it that long,” Yost said. “My ultimate goal was to stay in the game as long as I’m having fun and making progress and the players are responding to me. If any of those things fall off that list, then it’s not worth doing.”
Don’t expect Danny Duffy to go to the pen.
Ned Yost said he was considering some ways to get Danny Duffy back on track. He wouldn't elaborate about possibly skipping a start, bullpen stint, etc. "We’ve got to kind of step back a little bit, simplify a little bit, and get back on track," he said. pic.twitter.com/oHbaLcqobd— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) May 20, 2018
Maria Torres profiles Bryan Brickhouse, who quit baseball but has comeback better than ever.
“I didn’t necessarily think when I walked away baseball was completely over. It’s just I needed something different, needed to walk away to see if I ever had a chance to play again. I felt if I kept doing the same thing then nothing was going to change.”
Pitching with new-found elbow strength and a four-seam fastball that can hit 100 mph, Brickhouse might struggle to count the number of things that have changed in a year. His mental fortitude, his health, his penchant for binge drinking, his pitching motion. His career for a few months as he ventured into the real estate business and began work for Keller Williams in his hometown, The Woodlands, Texas.
But even away from the game, baseball reeled him back in.
Jermaine Dye talked about how he wanted to continue playing with Carlos Beltran and Johnny Damon as the trio had a reunion in Kansas City over the weekend.
Grimm admits he was “butting heads” with the Cubs before they released him.
Jon Heyman thinks “the value of Kelvin Herrera as a trade candidate looks like it will be huge.”
The Nationals call up 19-year old Juan Soto, who was in low-A ball to start the year.
The Braves release Jose Bautista.
The Rays are making history with their weird pitching strategies.
The Marlins revoke the press credentials of the radio host who discovered the Marlins’ claim of foreign ownership.
On the 25th anniversary of the end of Cheers, let’s look back on the career of Sam “Mayday” Malone.
Luke Doncic wins a EuroLeague title, MVP, and he could very well be the #1 pick in the NBA.
Jonny Manziel is headed to Canada.
The Midwest is getting drenched and it’s causing problems.
Google removes the “don’t be evil” clause in its code of conduct.
HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 turns a warning about media into a tirade against tech trends.
Your song of the day is Radiohead with Everything in its Right Place.