Royals Rumblings - News for December 3, 2019
Jeffrey Flanagan lists the ten most memorable Royals games of the decade.
1) Royals 9, Athletics 8 (12 innings)
American League Wild Card Game
Sept. 30, 2014
This is when it all turned around. The Royals rallied from a 7-3 deficit in the late innings to force extra innings, rallied from an 8-7 deficit in the 12th inning and won it on Salvador Perez’s walk-off single, driving in Christian Colón. That began a run of eight straight playoff wins that season, and forever changed the culture during an amazing two-year run of back-to-back World Series appearances.
Drew Osborne at Royals Farm Report digs into why the Royals protected infielder Jeison Guzman from the Rule 5 draft.
In a recent Baseball America article, JJ Picollo is quoted as saying they felt he was a special defender capable of staying at shortstop. Picollo went on to talk about Guzman’s excellent range at short and arm strength. Summing it all up, Picollo said Guzman plays a premium position and with rosters expanding the Royals could see them losing Guzman. They did not want to do that.
Shawn Bauman at Kings of Kauffman talks to Royals outfield prospect John Rave.
Q: You helped rally Lexington in Game 1 to a comeback in the finals. Do you approach high leverage situations like that differently than if you were coming up in the 2nd inning with no one on base?
A: To be honest you do get a little more amped up in those situations. But that can also lead to a lack of focus and fundamentals. No player should think a second-inning at-bat isn’t important, they are all important. The fans remember the walk-offs more often and it is really fun. But beating out a single in your first at-bat or drawing a walk in the sixth inning is also important as well. Baseball has a way of rewarding a team and player for those things.
The Indians acquire catcher Sandy Leon from the Red Sox.
A list of players non-tendered on Monday.
The White Sox bring back catcher James McCann on a one-year deal.
A list of the players who avoided arbitration by coming to terms.
The Brewers may look to deal reliever Josh Hader.
Baseball America names the Tampa Bay Rays as their Organization of the Year.
George Brett and David Glass will be part of the committee to take a second look at some Hall of Fame candidates.
Juwon Howard has turned Michigan into a contender in what was supposed to be a transition year.
What to make of Chris Petersen’s shocking resignation at Washington.
The “Amazon effect” is flooding our recycling system with cardboard.
The hunt for the dirtiest content on Disney Plus.
The trend of sunning your butt is actually not a good idea.
Your song of the day is Interpol with Evil.