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Royals Rumblings - News for October 1, 2019

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 1, 2019

Alex Gordon talked to Lynn Worthy about the decision he will have to make this off-season.

Gordon has said all along he’d wait until he was out of the daily grind before he’d make any decision. He didn’t want the season’s physical or mental toll — a second consecutive 100-loss finish — to overwhelm his thought process.

“I don’t want to say I’m not going to play and want to come back later,” Gordon said. “If I say I’m not going to play, I want to be done, or say I’m going to play and be all in. So I just want to make the right decision.”

Alec Lewis covers Ned Yost’s last post-game press conference.

A reporter gives Yost a postcard signed by hundreds of fans and presents it with a disclaimer: “I didn’t sign it so I wouldn’t ruin it.”

Yost laughs. Smiles. But then he grows serious.

“OK, my question to you is: Are you a better reporter working with me?”

“Yes,” the reporter responds.

“Thank you,” Yost says. “You are. Deep down in my heart, I’ve got fond affection for each and every one of you.”

That can’t be it, can it?

“Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh!” Yost says, his voice a game-show buzzer.

Pete Grathoff shows the clubhouse celebration after Ned’s last win that included owner David Glass.

Glass then lit up the electric “oooh baby” sign that was installed after the death of pitcher Yordano Ventura. Catcher Salvador Perez, who missed the entire season because of an injury, was the first to give Glass a handshake.

Ryan Sikes at Kings of Kauffman talks to Royals minor league pitcher Brandon Marklund.

The Kansas City Downtown Council office summit includes a lot of chatter about downtown baseball.

The Angels fire manager Brad Ausmus and could be after Joe Maddon.

David Ross wants to manage the Cubs.

The Red Sox say it will be difficult to keep both J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts.

Ranking all possible World Series matchups.

The Nationals offer Anthony Rendon a seven-year, $210 million deal.

Baseball attendance hits its lowest point in 16 years.

The average game took over three hours to play this year, a record.

A look at some of the more ridiculous swings that resulted in home runs.

When is the ideal time to use your ace?

Saying goodbye to Texas’ Global Life Park.

California passes a law requiring colleges to allow athletes to sign endorsement deals.

What happened to the elite teams in the NFC?

Collecting more diverse DNA samples could exploit the people scientists want to help.

WeWork pulls its IPO filing.

Are we entering the era of big podcasting?

Your song of the day is James Taylor with October Road.