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Royals Rumblings - News for October 21, 2019

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Mike Matheny has already become a polarizing figure.

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 21, 2019

Lynn Worthy looks at why Mike Matheny is such a polarizing managerial candidate.

Yost felt that his year off provided perspective and a chance to re-examine which helped him become a better manager in his second stint. Moore may find it intriguing to hire Matheny in similar circumstances.

“This isn’t a troll when I say this, when Dayton makes the call to hire the new guy, that’s enough for me,” Royals pitcher Danny Duffy said after the season finale. “That’s all I need. Dayton’s endorsement means everything to all of us. That’s really all that matters. A guy Dayton calls manager is who I want to be manager.”

Will Leitch looks at the best player on each team who never won a World Series.

Royals -- Amos Otis, CF (1970-83): Otis just missed out, leaving the Royals in 1983, two years before they finally got one. His Royals won a pennant but lost to the Phillies in six in ‘80.

Michael Huckins at Kings of Kauffman thinks Greg Bird may be an interesting option at first base for the Royals.

His career .725 OPS is not sensational. He has never hit more than 11 home runs in a season. And he really struggled to hit the ball in injury-shortened seasons in both 2017 and 2018. But he has played hurt and he has worked his way back from each of his many injuries.

Bird is also only 26 years old. He was also deemed “by far the best hitter” in the organization by Brian Cashman just a few years back. A Yankees minor league organization that, at the time, included Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy considers the proposed overhaul of the minor league system.

Keith Law (INSIDER) also gives his thoughts.

How moving the draft will impact college baseball.

Jose Altuve delivered a postseason moment worthy of his stature in baseball.

A Nationals/Astros World Series is the perfect redemption for a bizarre baseball season.

The Astros are everything the Dodgers and Yankees wish they were.

The Cubs have a second interview for the managerial opening with Astros bench coach Joe Espada.

The Mets will seek a second interview with Carlos Beltran.

The Padres will hire either Jayce Tingler or Ron Washington to be their manager.

Umpire Eric Cooper dies at age 52.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery.

The controversy over the ball threatens to overshadow the game.

Why is there even such thing as the three-inning save?

What are the limits of human endurance?

100 questions that will determine the NBA season.

Why everything is getting louder.

Huawei wants to license its 5G tech to U.S. telecoms.

The Watchmen pilot is as violent, thought-provoking, and humorous as the graphic novel.

Your song of the day is Johnny Cash with One Piece at a Time.