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Royals Rumblings - News for October 30, 2019


Minda Haas Kuhlmann

The World Series will go to seven games. The Nationals came up with a win in spite of a bizarre, confusing interference call that was reviewed despite not being reviewable.

At KC Kingdom, Leigh Oleszczak looks ahead to the 2020 outfield options if Alex Gordon retires and Whit Merrifield is traded.

That’s where things could get interesting, as the Royals would have a plethora of choices to man the outfield next year. The biggest names in that group are Brett Phillips, Jorge Soler, and Bubba Starling while Hunter Dozier and Ryan McBroom also dabbled in the outfield throughout the 2019 campaign.

The Giants bring in quality control coach Pedro Grifol for a second interview.

Nothing at The Athletic or the KC Star about the Royals today, but Pete Grathoff at the Star did have this note that the Chiefs vs. Packers game on Sunday night beat that night’s World Series game in ratings:

Going head to head against Game 5 of the World Series on Fox, the Chiefs’ game averaged 18.3 million TV-only viewers on NBC, the network said. NBC added that the World Series had 11.4 million TV viewers, making it the best showing ever by “Sunday Night Football” against the World Series.

Shawn Bauman at Kings of Kauffman profiled outfield prospect and great name-haver John Rave:

He put in nearly 200 plate appearances with the class-A team and batted an encouraging .271 against right-handed pitching. He also showed off a strong arm in the outfield combining to throw out three runners at both levels of the minors and showing great jumps on balls.

Jonathan Mayo of took a look at how “robo-umps” did in the Arizona Fall League.

Mariners 1B Ryon Healy (which my brain automatically turns into Ryan Shealy, of course) and and outfielder Keon Broxton are now free agents.

The win-free Cincinnati Bengals benched quarterback Andy Dalton, on his birthday.

Big NCAA news:

The NCAA’s top decision-makers voted unanimously Tuesday to start the process of modifying its rule to allow college athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses...

Southern California under “extreme red flag warning” now that 80 mph Santa Ana winds are adding themselves to the Getty fire.

I find myself agreeing wholeheartedly with this idea that only these two dress codes should exist for weddings.

Should we pay to enter bookstores?

With the revelation that Taylor Swift loves Jason Isbell, I had to go with an Isbell song that was already note-for-note perfect on the album version...but then Emmylou Harris had to go and make it even better in this live version.