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Royals Rumblings - News for April 10, 2019

A 30-game Whit-streak!

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Royals Rumblings - News for April 10, 2019

Richard Lovelady is pretty pumped to be in the big leagues.

“I’m thinking I’m still asleep, and I’m going to wake up and be in Omaha, I guess,” Lovelady said in the home clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium. “This is everything I’ve ever dreamed of, everything I’ve ever imagined it to be, so I’m excited.”

Harold Reynolds has a problem with Whit Merrifield’s hitting streak.

I’m not a fan of it,” Reynolds said on the video streaming service DAZN. “You can’t carry over. I look at it this way: the beauty of baseball is it’s an endurance sport. It’s, can you weather 162 games? So once you get to July, we call it the dog days of summer in August, because you’re getting tired. I remember too many times having to adjust your at-bat. Do you swing a 33-ounce bat instead of a 34-ounce bat? ... What do you do to get that bat through the zone?

George Brett approves of Whit tying his franchise record.

“Not really. I’m rooting for him,” Brett said. “He deserves it. He’s a good kid. He’s worked hard to get here. I like watching him play. ... These streaks are hard. Thirty games is a lot. That means you can’t go in a slump or have one bad day for a month.”

Whit pleads for patience.

In his Mellinger Minutes, Sam considers if the Royals might make a change in leadership.

Now, I know I’ve said this before here, but I do believe there’s a path for Ned Yost to be replaced.

Maybe replaced is the wrong word. I don’t mean to imply fired. But I do believe there are some in the organization who’ve wondered how consistently and deeply invested he is in the process. Yost has a good life, and no matter what, he’ll be inducted to the team’s Hall of Fame someday.

But the team lost 104 games last year, and if they’re on a similar pace in July or August it’s easy to imagine him walking into a special adviser’s role that includes time on the farm and the Royals going with a new voice.

You might roll your eyes at this. But keep it in mind.

Jeffrey Flanagan provides a Danny Duffy update.

Yost said Duffy will throw about three innings or 50 pitches in a Minor League game in Arizona on Tuesday. Yost wasn’t sure how long it would be before Duffy is sent out on a Minor League rehab assignment.

“He’s getting better and feeling good,” Yost said.

The Royals return pitcher Chris Ellis to the Cardinals.

The Royals have the youngest minor league rosters.

Colby Wilson at Baseball Prospectus writes about the running Royals.

Vahe Gregorian looks at how the Royals became essential to Kansas City over 50 years.

At Royals Farm Report, a request is made for General Moore to send in reinforcements.

Tyler Dierking at Kings of Kauffman looks at early draft possibilities for the Royals.

Lee Judge talks to Eric Hosmer.

A pitcher from Gardner-Edgerton High School near Kansas City made his first start with the Orioles.

How soon will Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. be called up?

How should fans react to Chris Davis’ struggles at the plate?

Chris Sale feels lost on the mound.

The Twins are embracing change with new pitching coach Wes Johnson.

The five pitches that would make up the ultimate pitcher.

Lenny Dykstra sues Ron Darling for defamation for accusations of racial slurs in the 1986 World Series.

Magic Johnson steps down from the Lakers in surprising fashion.

How a New York sports shock jock landed in jail.

Why are buffet chain restaurants going bankrupt?

Netflix pulls an upcoming movie starring Felicity Huffman in the wake of her indictment.

A Jeopardy contestant (not Josh Duggan) smashes the single-day prize with over $100,000.

Your song of the day is Wilco with Hate it Here.