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Royals Rumblings - News for June 10, 2019

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It is gonna be a looooong summer.

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 10, 2019

Everything seems to be going wrong for the Royals right now.

A Yankee candle flickered on the desk inside the Kansas City Royals clubhouse Sunday morning. A locker room attendant sprayed air freshener around each cubbyhole.

Several hours before a series finale, a pipe neighboring the home clubhouse had burst, and a foul smell overtook the room.

“I cannot possibly in my mind think of anything else that can go wrong for us,” Royals manager Ned Yost quipped with a hint of truth to it.

Ned Yost discusses his ejection from Saturday’s game at the hands of umpire Bruce Dreckman.

“Bruce wasn’t missing a bunch of calls that upset me (but) when these two guys are on their game, you’ve gotta be on your game because we need to take advantage of every opportunity that we get,” Yost said. “If (Giolito) doesn’t give us an opportunity, you take your hat off to him. But sometimes he makes pitches outside the zone that are called strikes and you don’t get that chance.”

Richard Justice discusses relievers that could be traded, such as Jake Diekman.

His 2.96 FIP is an indication that his stuff plays better than some of the numbers indicate. Best of all, his health issues appear to be behind him. Given his $2.25 million salary (and modest $5.75 million club option for 2020), he could be one of the most sought-after relievers.

Potential landing spots: He would be a logical add for, say, the Astros as an additional arm. He’d also make sense for the Nationals or Twins, who are interested in adding more than one arm.

Keith Law of ESPN recaps the draft for each team.

The Royals took a pair of shortstops on Day 1, grabbing Bobby Witt Jr. (1) with the second pick and Brady McConnell (2) in the second round. Witt is a plus defender at short with a plus arm, and McConnell will likely move to another position. Witt has speed and can show some power, but it’s a bit of a big swing and he collapses his back side, so many scouts questioned where his hit tool is right now. He’s also about to turn 19. McConnell is a premium athlete whose tools haven’t translated into performance yet, but this is a bet on some upside, as he does show bat speed but swings and misses way too often.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks won their first half division title.

Leigh Oleszczak wonders why the Royals are so bad just four years after winning a title.

Max Muncy gives quite a rebuttal to Madison Bumgarner for being upset he was admiring his own home run.

The Yankees are interested in pitcher Marcus Stroman.

Edwin Encarnacion hits his 400th career home run.

Does finding a star require great player development or just dumb luck?

Brett Gardner needs stitches after hitting himself in the face with his own helmet.

John Smoltz has gone from being a media darling to a media target.

Bobby Valentine discusses the 20th anniversary of the time he snuck back in the dugout after an ejection.

Vanderbilt’s Kumar Rocker tosses a 19-strikeout no-hitter.

David Ortiz was injured in a shooting in the Dominican Republic.

The secret art of winning an NHL face-off.

How Canada is becoming a basketball factory.

Will Uber Copter just make traffic worse?

How Dr. Seuss changed education in America.

All the shows that were cancelled and renewed for next year.

Your song of the day is Wolfmother with Vagabond.