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Royals Rumblings - News for October 31, 2019

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Royals Rumblings - News for October 31, 2019

In his Mellinger Minutes, Sam tries to keep the managerial hire in perspective.

From what I can see, Matheny probably would not be my choice. I understand the desire to want a new voice, which is a significant knock against Pedro Grifol for this specific job, but I’d have thought hard about Clint Hurdle and gauged interest from someone like Raul Ibañez.

That said, Matheny is interesting. I’m looking forward to meeting him and talking to him and hearing his perspective now that he’s a season and a half removed from St. Louis. I’m curious how he approaches the job.

I don’t think the Royals’ future rests on the manager. But I do think the manager is as clear a window as we have into how an organization thinks and plans to win.

Kyle Isbel was named to MLB Pipeline’s All-Arizona Fall League Team.

Isbel’s consistent production was instrumental in helping Surprise reach the AFL championship. The 22-year-old paced the Saguaros in most offensive categories, slashing .315/.429/.438 with six extra-base hits, 16 RBIs and six steals in 21 games, and also went yard in the Fall Stars Game.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy talks to Nicky Lopez.

Everyone says the jump from High A to Double-A is the biggest and that jump is pretty real. It’s a little less on developmental and more about being one call away. When you get from Triple-A to the big leagues there aren’t those games where you can just say I can get two hits here. There isn’t a pitcher that you can say I know he’s going to throw this pitch in this circumstance. When you get to the big leagues it’s the best of the best and there aren’t any of those easy at-bats. You have to be locked in from pitch one and you have to be locked in every single day. You’re facing the best pitchers in the world, the best players in the world. It takes a lot for people to get used to. It’s something that has been so much fun. The season could have been so much better, we could have won more games but it’s the best and you’re bettering yourself.

Jordan Foote at Kings of Kaufman talks to pitching prospect Zach Haake.

Cullen Jekel at KC Kingdom has a horror movie for each Royals season this decade.

Alcides Escobar will play next season in Japan.

Alex Bregman carried his bat in Game 6 and people lost their minds.

Stephen Strasburg is a postseason god.

Bud Light offers free beer to the fan who took a home run off the chest without dropping his beer.

The Dodgers will reportedly explore a trade for Francisco Lindor.

The Cubs are tight-lipped about payroll.

The Pirates are looking to “crack the code” and build a winner.

The Yankees are looking at college coaches for their pitching coach opening.

Longtime player and broadcaster Ron Fairly dies at age 81.

Former MVP Josh Hamilton is arrested for felony injury to a child.

Oregon is #1 and Tennessee is unranked for the first time in a women’s college basketball pre-season poll.

ESPN is getting rid of Monday Night Football halftime music shows.

Sony is closing the streaming service Vue.

Nicolas Cage will battle animatronic theme park monsters in an upcoming movie (h/t old friend Josh Duggan)

The history of the Halloween costume.

Your song of the day is Whodini with Freaks Come Out at Night.