Royals Rumblings - News for September 5, 2019
Jeffrey Flanagan talks to David Glass about the sale of the club.
You wouldn’t have sold the team to anyone if there was any doubt they might relocate, correct?
Glass: “John is the right guy. He’s a big-time Royals fan. Long-time season-ticket holder. He loves the Royals. His family loves the Royals. I was surprised that when the sale of the team came out there were people in Kansas City concerned that the team might move. This team’s not going anywhere. John is the perfect guy to take it forward. He is committed to Kansas City.”
On the Big Time Baseball podcast, Jon Heyman says Dayton Moore will receive a long contract extension once John Sherman’s purchase of the club is official.
Alec Lewis writes about the protocol to retrieve Jorge Soler’s record home run ball.
The instruction given to Shultz was this: If you see an important baseball jump off a player’s bat and head toward the fountains, run with your fishing net and scoop it out. So that’s what he planned to do.
There were caveats, of course. What would happen if a ball landed in a fan’s hands?
“We probably would have asked if they were interested in trading (for something),” Riffel said. “Usually they do their own bargaining.”
Ryan McBroom talks to David Laurila at Fangraphs about his improved plate discipline.
But again, he feels his biggest strides have come between the ears. And not only has McBroom learned to relax, he’s become more disciplined at the plate. “Hitting is a mentality,” he told me. “Since I’ve kind of put things together, my mindset is to stay behind the baseball in the middle of the field. That’s my approach now.”
The aforementioned issue with walks and strikeouts has largely disappeared. McBroom has 58 walks this year to go with 100 strikeouts. Last year those numbers were 32 and 133.
Adalberto Mondesi talks about his MLB debut back in 2015 during the World Series.
Were you nervous at all, making your debut on such a big stage?
The first second when he told me, I got a little bit choked up. I was happy, but after that I just wanted the chance to make things happen.
Clint Scoles at Royals Academy talks to pitching prospect Austin Cox.
You hear about Singer, Kowar, Bubic and all the first round picks quite often but you have a talented second group in you, Heasley, Haake, and others. How does that play for you guys when you hear about the others so much?
It’s not as bad as you would think. It’s something that we’ve discussed amongst ourselves. It’s the fact that some guys are under the radar guys but players like Corey Kluber have become one of the best in the game from there. It’s hard not to think about it at times but being around those guys it doesn’t affect them so it’s easy to root for each other. We all are going to make each other better over the long run.
Ryan Sikes at Kings of Kauffman thinks the Royals should deal Danny Duffy.
Cody Tapp at 610 Sports talks to Brett Phillips on his podcast.
The Royals host a Special Olympics softball game at the K.
Daniel Lynch was one of the biggest first round reaches in 20 years in the draft, according to Baseball America’s rankings.
Two brothers - one hits his first MLB home run, the other is promoted to the big leagues on the same day.
A look back at the best pennant chases of the last decade.
Mike Trout is better than Derek Jeter.
2019 was a season for extremes, what does that mean for baseball’s future?
The knuckelball isn’t dead yet.
A look back at September callups who made an impact.
Increased velocity in baseball has been bad news for catchers.
How Chinese tariffs are affecting baseball equipment.
Ranking each team’s backup quarterback.
How Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann changed SportsCenter forever.
Twitter disables tweeting via SMS after their CEO was hacked.
The best and weirdest Stephen King-inspired TV shows, films, and miniseries.
Your song of the day is Elvis Costello & The Imposters with Monkey to Man.