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Royals Rumblings - News for September 26, 2019

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Could Pedro Grifol be the next Royals skipper?

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Royals Rumblings - News for September 26, 2019

Jeffrey Flanagan writes more on the news that Adalberto Mondesi will have shoulder surgery.

When Mondesi originally sustained the injury, he was aware he had the option of rehab or surgery, but he chose rehab in the hopes of playing again this season.

Royals manager Ned Yost said he thought surgery would be inevitable after the original injury.

“This is really the best-case scenario,” Yost said. “I didn’t think this was unavoidable. So it is better that it happened now rather than sometime in the offseason or during Spring Training. He’ll have the surgery now, get it fixed, and be ready by Opening Day.”

Alec Lewis talks to Pedro Grifol on Ned Yost and what the future holds.

The Royals lie in the “start-again” span, but now with Yost retiring, the situation shifts. Grifol understands the business that has consumed his life. That said, he wants his Royals relationships to continue.

“There’s no doubt this is a great place to be,” Grifol said. “It’s a great environment. We’ve got great leadership. Dayton has been unbelievable. There’s some change going on. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t control that, nor do I want to control that. We get put in places for a reason, I believe. If this is the place where I’m put next year in whatever capacity, then this is the place. If not, then I have to start relationships somewhere else.”

Mark Simon at The Athletic highlights the best defensive player for each team.

Adalberto Mondesi, SS

This could easily go to two players who aren’t finishing the season with the team, Billy Hamilton and Martin Maldonado. But Mondesi is worthy too. Mondesi has good range and has improved by leaps and bounds at turning the double play (from 55 percent effectiveness at shortstop in 2018 to 72 percent in 2019). Mondesi’s father, Raul, won two Gold Gloves. The son isn’t quite there yet, but further improvement will likely put him in the conversation in the future.

Lee Judge gives his thoughts on Ned Yost’s legacy.

The Royals name their Minor League Player and Pitchers of the Year at each level.

The Brewers clinch a playoff spot and Cubs and Mets are eliminated from post-season contention.

MLB sets a strikeout record for the 12th straight year.

Reds pitcher Sonny Gray has arthroscopic surgery.

Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle will return in 2020.

Rob Manfred wants to see changes to the baseball.

The very worst home runs of 2019.

Who is the National League MVP?

Theo Epstein says he’s staying in Chicago and won’t be a candidate to run the Red Sox.

Eric Hosmer hasn’t lived up to his contract in San Diego.

Columbia University disbands its mischievous marching band.

The NCAA wants to make an example of Kansas basketball, but who’s next?

Switching to electric cars may not do enough to combat climate change.

Peloton raises over $1 billion in its initial public offering.

Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum are returning to the Jurassic Park franchise.

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