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Royals Rumblings - News for October 25, 2019

What changed for Hunter Dozier?

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 25, 2019

Hunter Dozier talks to Jeffrey Flanagan about what changed for him this year.

“I think mentally I’m in a better spot,” Dozier said during the season. “I’m not so much worried about the results right now. I’m just trying to do the right things, have a good game plan, worry about the process.”

Then again, Dozier said he is certain his breakthrough season came as a result of not worrying much at all. Dozier has gained a reputation among Royals coaches as a video junkie, always examining his swing for flaws while also dissecting other hitters’ swings in search of potential improvements to his own swing.

Catching coach Pedro Grifol finally put an end to it.

“We actually had to ban him from the video room,” Grifol said, laughing. “He’s got a perfect swing, probably the most flawless swing on the team. He doesn’t need to mess with it. The more he messed with it, the less effective he was.”

Cullen Jekel at KC Kingdom thinks the Royals are botching their managerial search.

This all begs the question: why aren’t the Royals looking outside of the organization for their next manager?

Both the Angels (Joe Maddon) and Phillies (Joe Girardi) hired guys from outside their organization. The Cubs went with David Ross, who recently worked as an analyst for ESPN. And the Padres just hired Jayce Tingler, a former Mizzou Tiger who had recently served as the bench coach for the Texas Rangers.

Of the final four teams in the playoffs this season, three of them were led by managers hired from outside their organization. The Astros hired A.J. Hinch after he resigned from the Padres’ front office. The Nationals hired Dave Martinez away from the Cubs. And the Yankees pried Aaron Boone away from the television booth.

David Scharff at Kings of Kauffman predicts three players that won’t make next year’s roster.

The Phillies hire Joe Girardi to manage their club.

Jayce Tingler, a native of Smithville, Missouri, is tabbed to manage the San Diego Padres.

A ranking of the top 50 free agents.

The Astros fire assistant GM Brandon Taubman

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks has Tommy John surgery which will keep him out 8-10 month.

The Yankees will pursue Gerrit Cole, but it could be a long shot.

Bill James announces he is leaving the Red Sox.

Kris Bryant’s grievance against MLB may have big ramificaitons.

The Athletics offer Oakland a deal for a new ballpark.

Yu Darvish waits over a year to return a joke to Justin Verlander.

Why you should stop panicking about Christian Pulisic.

Grading NFL mid-season trades.

Twitter admits is shows more ads to less popular users.

Amazon’s one-day shipping is bad for the environment.

Will Eddie Murphy’s Netflix prestige project work?

Your song of the day is Foreigner with Juke Box Hero.