Royals Rumblings - News for January 23, 2020
Lynn Worthy writes about the return of Alex Gordon.
“Alex holds a special place in Royals history,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “To be able to bring him back is a huge plus, not only for an organization but for our team in 2020. A Gold Glove left fielder, he represents everything you want to see in a championship-caliber baseball player.
”First and foremost, he’s an incredible teammate. He’s extremely committed to give his best effort each and every day. He’s an exceptional talent and also a player who loves our community and connects well with our fans.”
Jeffrey Flanagan notes that Gordon has waived his 10-5 rights, which could open him up to a trade.
“I don’t think this is a situation where Alex feels like this is his last year,” Moore said. “He is very competitive and he wants to win, above all else. But I don’t think [trading him] is something we have even considered. We are hoping to be much more competitive this season.”
Salvador Perez will become a naturalized U.S. citizen at FanFest, writes Flanagan.
“I am grateful to this country for the many opportunities I have been given; including the ability to play professional baseball,” said Perez. “I thank God, my mother, my family, the Royals, and all those who have supported me during this process towards becoming a United States citizen.”
MLB Pipeline ranks Bobby Witt, Jr. as the fourth-best shortstop prospect in baseball, as well as best defender.
Best Defender: Witt (60)Oddly enough, scouts consider only one of our top 10 shortstops a lock to remain at the position. That’s Witt, whose quick hands and feet, strong arm and high baseball IQ make him a quality defender.
Clubhouse Conversation chats with Whit Merrifield about Alex Gordon’s return and David Glass’ death.
Whit Merrifield on David Glass: ""He would talk to me about how he used to watch Mickey Mantle & how every season, he'd drop down 5 or 6 two strike bunts & how it worked so well. He was on me about doing that. I never had the courage. Maybe in 2020 I'll do it as a tribute to him"— Clubhouse Convo (@royalsclubhouse) January 22, 2020
The Royals sign infielder Mitch Ellis, a Western Illinois grad who was playing in Australia this winter.
David Scharff at Kings of Kauffman thinks Jesse Hahn is feeling pressure this year.
Royals Reporter wonders if Alex Gordon can help the Royals win more than 65 games.
Sean Thornton at Bleeding Royal Blue has his Hall of Fame ballot.
The Mets hire quality control coach Luis Rojas to be manager.
The Phillies sign infielder Neil Walker, and pitchers Bud Norris, Francisco Liriano, and Drew Storen to minor league deals.
Pedro Martinez criticizes Mike Fiers for going public with allegations of cheating.
The Los Angeles City Council passes a resolution to ask MLB to award the 2017 and 2018 titles to the Dodgers due to cheating by their opponents.
Who will be the next unanimous Hall of Famer?
A look at Hall of Fame voting trends.
Miller Park will become “American Family Field” in 2021.
Let’s talk about the shirt Larry Walker was wearing when he found out he was elected into the Hall of Fame.
Punishments are handed out after the post-game brawl between Kansas and Kansas State.
Tyler Perry’s latest movie was filmed in five days and people are having a field day pointing out goofs.
Mr. Peanut has died in a Super Bowl ad.
Your song of the day is Neil Diamond with America.