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Y’all got any more of them Monday games?

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

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.

When the Royals do play, however, they are drawing more walks than they have in a long time.

...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.

Matthew LaMar wonders if this lousy season could cost anyone their job.

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.

Terrance Gore’s first full big league season has taken some adjusting.

“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.”

Hunter Dozier is currently in third place for AL All-Star voting at 3B.

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:

MLB set to connect with “legendary” Omaha.

A new metric will measure outfielders that get the best jumps.

The College World Series bracket is set.

Dallas Keuchel looks likely to make two minor league starts for Atlanta.

David Ortiz is en route to Boston after suffering a gun shot injury.

The art of sideline reporting, as told by the business.

A mom stormed into a school to confront bullies. She was arrested.

Long-time San Antonio Spur Tony Parker is retiring.

A helicopter crashed in NYC.

US Customs and Border Protection say photos of travelers were stolen in a data breach.

On this day in 1986, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was released in theaters.

Also on this day, in 1967, the University of Alabama was desegregated.

Your song of the day is “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis.