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Royals Rumblings - News for June 13, 2019

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Welcome to Kansas City, Bobby Witt, Jr.!

Royals Rumblings - News for June 13, 2019

Sam Mellinger writes about the challenges Bobby Witt, Jr. will face.

“Just the grind,” Witt Jr. said when asked what his biggest challenge will be. “I’ve always heard (about) going out and playing everyday, the bus trips, everything. I’ve heard stories where it breaks down a player. So just going up there, just knowing you’re playing the game of baseball I’ve grown up loving.”...

Maybe the biggest test will be the grind. Or maybe the pressure of the money will diminish his joy or edge. Maybe the target that comes with the hype will be a problem. Maybe he’ll get cross with a coach, or an umpire, or a teammate. Maybe he’ll get hurt.

Maybe the pitchers will be too good.

Whatever, the challenge will come. Witt Jr. is as ready for this as anyone in his position could ever be — physically, mentally, emotionally, everything.

Jeffrey Flanagan writes ten things to know about Witt.

Flanny also talks to Alex Gordon about returning to Nebraska to play baseball Thursday.

Ian Kennedy talks about his transition to the bullpen.

“The biggest challenge is coming into the game, with the game being at full speed and me catching up to that speed,” Kennedy said. “When I come into the game now, I get the feel by watching what [hitters are] doing that day, rather than against me.”

Jake Diekman is one of the players listed in an article on whose trade stock is rising.

The 32-year-old reliever is pitching better than his 4.10 ERA would indicate, posting a 2.95 FIP, a 1.101 WHIP and an impressive strikeout rate of 13.3 per nine innings. A bad week at the end of May drove his ERA up from 2.86 to 4.26, but he’s stranded 12 of 16 inherited runners this season (75 percent) and would be a nice piece for a contending bullpen to add. He’s earning $2.25 million this season and has a mutual 2020 option for $5.75 million with a $500,000 buyout.

Pete Grathoff writes about the time 42 years ago this week that the Royals had to wear Brewers uniforms.

MLB hosted a “Play Ball” event for kids in Omaha on Wednesday to commemorate the Royals/Tigers game.

Robert Graham at Royals Farm Report profiles Royals pitching prospect Josh Dye.

How the relaxed Twins are setting home run records.

Does Madison Bumgarner have a point about bat-flips?

Is pop-up rate a skill?

Are the Cleveland Indians totally screwed?

Draftee Noah Song embraces the challenge of serving his commitment to the Navy and his professional baseball career.

Who has the best shot to win it all at the College World Series?

Security footage shows a sophisticated attack on David Ortiz.

The Blues finally deliver a pro sports championship to the city of St. Louis.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hire Cal’s Lindsay Gottlieb to their coaching staff.

Bitcoin mining has a pretty significant carbon footprint.

Are you ready for fishless fish?

25 episodes that changed television.

Your song of the day is Laura Branigan with Gloria.