The Royals have not played a game on a Monday since May 6 and, I gotta tell ya, the Rumblings get awfully boring without the ability to talk about another Royals loss.
...For some context, breaking the 500-walk mark is not a great feat. Two thirds of the teams in baseball took 500 or more walks last year. The Dodgers led them all with 647.
No, taking 500 walks is only notable if the Royals are doing it. That’s because they haven’t taken 500+ walks since 2002. And since the league expanded to 30 teams in 1998, the Royals have never posted a season with an above-average walk rate, though they came really close in that magical 2002 season.
To be clear: I am not advocating for anybody being fired. Not specifically, certainly, and not even generally. I am merely the messenger that this type of lengthy, pathetic, and underwhelming baseball performance almost always results in someone losing their job. It’s simply the consequence of what has transpired.
Someone’s got to go to prison, Ben.
Flanny gives some minor league updates.
Some Minor League updates: Lefty Daniel Lynch went on the 7-day IL with left arm soreness but I'm told no MRI was needed, this is just a "rest situation to let it subside." A CT scan came back clean. Also, former first-round pick Ashe Russell recently had Tommy John surgery.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) June 11, 2019
“It’s knowing your role. You can’t say, ‘Oh, I’m going to go three hits today.’ That’s kind of the wrong mentality,” Maier recalled. “You need to have a productive day: play good defense, get on base, do your thing, and when you’re at bat, give the team an opportunity to be successful, whether you walk, whether you move a runner over, whether you’re getting a hit.”
Whit Merrifield was sixth among second baseman with 146,670 votes. The leader is the Angels’ Tommy La Stella with 487,598 votes.
Adalberto Mondesi was eighth among shortstops in voting with 81,777 votes. Minnesota’s Jorge Polanco is the leader with 395,210 votes. Catcher Martin Maldonado was ninth (56,763), and behind leader Gary Sanchez of the Yankees (737,107).
Over at Royals Farm Report:
- Khalil Lee has found his boomstick.
- Jordan Gish recaps the seasons to date for the Royals 2018 pitching draft class.
- Drew Osborne recaps the week for the NWA Naturals, the Royals AA affiliate.
Massey doesn’t hit for much power, but I think he could be a 25+ double guy. When he does get ahold of one though...https://t.co/AsbJCHO9B2— Alex Duvall (@duvy_013) June 11, 2019
Without knowing what Rutschman will sign for (slot value $8,415,300), the highest draft bonuses ever paid:— Shaun Newkirk (@Shauncore) June 10, 2019
2011: Cole $8,000,000 (PIT)
2019: Bobby Witt Jr $7,789,900 (KC)
2018: Mize $7,500,000 (DET)
2011: Bubba Starling $7,500,000 (KC)
2 of top 5 highest bonuses ever were KC
Your song of the day is “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis.