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Royals Rumblings - News for January 21, 2020

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Waiting on Alex Gordon’s return.

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 21, 2020

Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman expects John Mabry to be Mike Matheny’s right-hand man.

Whether Mabry was the root cause of Cardinal hitting woes is debatable. A hitting coach’s contribution to the success or failure of professional hitters, and the degree to which a coach can be held directly responsible for outcomes, are supremely difficult to measure with precision. While statistics and metrics are useful, they reflect only readily-definable results, not the underlying cause. And determining which numbers might be most probative of a coach’s success is fertile ground for endless argument.

Cody Rickman at KC Kingdom thinks Alex Gordon returning could mean more roster flexibility.

Dozier and Merrifield could be worth +4 WAR each if they continue their offensive onslaught with their defensive values seeing an increase with a move to the outfield. Alex Gordon should produce a WAR of 1.5 for the 2020 season with his steady production at the plate and exceptional defense value driving the way.

The Royals 2020 outfield could project for +10 WAR and that isn’t outlandish. The 2020 Royals outfield will be a dramatic improvement over the 2.1 WAR the outfield produced in 2019.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals extend their working agreement with the Royals.

The Chiefs ran out of fireworks during their playoff game against the Texans, so the Royals helped them for the AFC Championship game.

Trevor Bauer thinks heaving the ball over the wall against the Royals in an outburst may have been part of why he was traded.

FanBuzz considers what would have happened if Bo Jackson never injured his hip?

Felix Hernandez goes to the Braves on a minor league deal.

Nolan Arenado feels disrespected amid trade talks in Colorado.

David Schoenfield predicts the Hall of Fame ballot for the next decade.

2019 first overall pick Adley Rutschman gets an invite to Baltimore’s big league camp.

The pros and cons of the Mets managerial candidates.

Eduardo Perez will interview for the Houston managerial job.

A summary of all the sign-stealing accusations and admissions around baseball.

Mike Moustakas is ready to mesh with the Reds.

Astros superfan “Mattress Mack” lost $2 million betting against the Chiefs.

How the Chiefs contained Derrick Henry.

Is college hoops crazier than usual this year?

The FBI seizes a website that sold access to more than 12 billion user records.

How the Lunar New Year became a shopping holiday for Western brands.

The return of Curb Your Enthusiasm shows that Larry David will never run out of ideas.

Your song of the day is David Bowie with Queen Bitch.