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Royals Rumblings - News for July 1, 2019

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Bobby Witt Jr. gets his first professional hit.

Royals Rumblings - News for July 1, 2019

Jorge Soler talks about belting a home run Sunday on a 3-0 pitch.

“I don’t look to third base for a sign 3-0,” Soler said with Royals quality control coach/catching coach Pedro Grifol translating from Spanish to English. “So I don’t know if I got the take or not.”

Grifol made sure to point out that Soler has been instructed to look for the sign. However, Soler would rather ask forgiveness than permission. Soler could chuckle about it after the game because the end result was his second career homer on a 3-0 count (his first came against the Royals when he was with the Cubs).

Ned Yost had praise for Brad Keller for overcoming a rough start, writes Jeffrey Flanagan.

After the game, Keller’s manager was quick to praise his reaction to the early rough patch with an eye on development and the future of this young Royals team.

“I didn’t really think too much about the [second] inning. What I thought about was after the inning,” Ned Yost said. “How are you going to handle it? How are you going to go out and compose yourself and keep us in this ball game?”

Whit Merrifield is pretty excited to be a part of the All-Star Game, reports Lynn Worthy.

“I have no idea what to expect, to be honest with you, but I’m looking forward to getting to know some of these guys that I’ve played against for a long time and looked up to and respect throughout the league,” Merrifield said. “I’m looking forward to sharing a locker room them and just getting to know them and talking to them because they’re the best in the world. I get to throw my name in there now, which is just kind of surreal.”

Worthy writes about Ned Yost’s comments about this being a season of development.

“We try to win every day, but the most important thing for me is the development of the young guys,” Yost said. “Because if you go back and look, I don’t remember a rebuilding team that played .500 that ever won a World Series. You’ll play .500 eventually, but to try to rebuild and win at the same time is really difficult.

“It depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. You want to play .500? You want 85 wins? Or you want to win a world championship? I want to win a world championship again. The way we’ve done it in the past is exactly the way we’re doing it now.”

Bobby Witt, Jr. has his first professional hit for the Royals’ Arizona Summer League team.

Leigh Oleszczak at KC Kingdom thinks the Royals should trade Danny Duffy while they can.

Some baseball greats were inducted into the Negro League Baseball Museum “Hall of Game” and McGriff told the story of how he got involved with those Tom Emanski videos and Dave Parker talks about his fight with Parkinson’s. Dave Stewart and Eric Davis were also inducted.

Baseball is fighting a Delaware bill that allows players to sell their “brand” for future earnings.

The Angels hope to improve the hitting from the left-side by removing a sign in the outfield.

The window may be closing for the Washington Nationals.

Big leaguers sent down to the minors face a culture shock.

Managers have a long history of clashing with the media.

MLB teams are unhappy with the international signing system.

Jose Canseco performs with Lonely Island for their Bash Brothers song.

When will we see the first female Major League baseball player?

The Mets have a video memorial for players that passed - that included two very much living players.

It seems fun that the NBA has their entire off-season take place in an entire evening.

A promoted Spanish soccer team renames itself “Flat Earth FC”.

Is the pursuit of happiness an impossible dream?

Remember Myspace? Some of their employees were spying on you.

Stranger Things 3 pays respect to the power and perils of tech.

Your song of the day is The Rolling Stones with The Last Time.