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Weekend Rumblings - News for January 18, 2020

Will the Royals be on TV this year?

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Weekend Rumblings - News for January 18, 2020

Jeffrey Flanagan gets reactions on the death of David Glass from those that knew him, including Dayton Moore.

Moore said he cherished the opportunity to bring a World Series championship to Glass, who purchased the team in April 2000, and his family.

“It was so joyful to see him hoist the American League championship trophy back in 2014, and then to hoist the World Series trophy at Citi Field in 2015,” Moore said. “We all want to honor our bosses, and it was a thrill to be able watch him with those trophies, and then watch him be a part of the parade. It was a special feeling.”

Flanny also has a mailbox column where he gives an update on the ongoing television negotiations.

The Royals had been hoping to get the new television deal with FOX Sports Kansas City wrapped up months ago. I keep hearing the same thing — the sides are very close. I’m sure both sides would like to make an announcement perhaps as soon as FanFest, which starts next Friday. Then again, I was also told it “might go down to the wire” in terms of getting a deal done by the beginning of Spring Training.

Jim Bowden at The Athletic has Bobby Witt, Jr. as the #10 prospect in baseball on his prospect list.

Witt is the full package: an elite defender at shortstop with a strong arm from the hole and above-average range to both sides. He has quick feet and quick hands. His power at the plate is staggering, and it’s foul pole to foul pole. He can run and is smart on the bases. His hit tool is his only average tool right now — all of his other tools are above or well-above average. He’s an exciting, middle-of-the-order future bat.

J.J. Picollo, VP/Assistant GM, Royals: “Bobby is an incredible athlete with instincts, feel and tools for the game. He plays the game the right way: with passion and energy. He’s physical, has quickness in his feet, excellent hands to go along with a middle-of-the-order bat. He has advanced pitch recognition, can hit a plus fastball and makes hard contact. His swing is simple, and he has an excellent approach. He’s a learner and comes to the park to get better every day.”

At Royals Academy, Clint Scoles profiles infielder Maikel Garcia.

If you stack up the Royals shortstops organizationally Garcia is going to find himself well down the chart around the interwebs with Mondesi, Bobby Witt Jr., Brady McConnell, Jeison Guzman and some places having Wilmin Candelario rated ahead of him. That doesn’t matter though and despite his unheralded nature, Garcia may have the best combination of athleticism and body for the position outside of Mondesi for the future.

Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman writes that Jorge Soler is making a bet on himself.

Jeff Passan wraps up a crazy day of baseball filled with burner accounts, conspiracies and finger-pointing.

The Mets are interested in Dusty Baker to manage their club.

MLB says that banned players are no longer banned upon death.

What’s next for the Astros?

A Congressman is now asking for official hearings over the sign-stealing scandal.

The best secondary pitches in baseball.

Shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria signs a one-year deal with Atlanta.

MLB and the MLBPA dismiss an allegation that Mike Trout uses HGH.

The Rays may not use as many openers this season.

Here is the injury report for the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City.

The 15 teams that could get a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Spotify may buy The Ringer.

We may not get a second season of Watchmen or a third season of Mindhunter.

Disney will make a third National Treasure movie.

Your song of the day is Dizzy Gillespie with Manteca.