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Royals Rumblings - News for January 27, 2020

Salvy is in the best shape of his life.

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Royals Rumblings - News for January 27, 2020

Salvador Perez may be in the best shape of his life.

Perez said he’s lost 22 pounds this offseason after “eating a lot” while rehabbing from his surgery, unable to play. Since his rehab process moved to his offseason home in Miami, Perez said he’s been focused on eating better and working out.

After throwing from behind the plate to second base for the first time since his surgery, Perez appears to have cleared every hurdle in his rehab. He started a light throwing program of just playing catch and also started doing blocking drills in full catcher’s equipment during the summer. He has taken batting practice, too....

When asked if he’d be ready for the season opener, Perez knocked on the table in front of him and responded, “Yes sir. If everything goes well, I’ll be back on the field on opening day in Chicago.”

Adalberto Mondesi seems to be on track to return this year after injuring his shoulder last year.

Royals Farm Report has begun their top 75 Royals prospect ratings with numbers 60-75.

Like a long list of Royals prospects before him, Tyler Tolbert can absolutely fly. Tolbert shows good promise at the plate with his ability to make contact, and with his defensive ability in CF, but it will be the legs that carry him through the system. If he can just hit for as much power as someone like Nicky Lopez, and cut down on the strikeouts a bit, Tolbert has some tools that could carry him to the big leagues.

At Royals Academy, Clint Scoles is baffled by the lack of fan support for putting Billy Butler in the Royals Hall of Fame.

That seems like the point of a Hall of Fame to educate people about the former players and rekindle the thoughts of players you knew. As a fan you know some teams are good and some are bad but even with the bad ones, there are a few players that stand out. Those players to me should make up a team Hall of Fame. A player that plays multiple seasons with an organization and stands out by telling the story of those teams even if for just a 3-4 year window. A couple of players to me that are obvious inclusions in the Royals Hall of Fame are Greg Holland and Billy Butler, two members of the pre Royals playoff runs and members of the teams that made playoff runs.

Nicky Lopez says playing baseball is a dream come true.

“To be a Royal has been a dream come true. To wear the Royals name across my chest is something that I definitely don’t take for granted. There were a lot of great players who put on these jerseys before us, so I try every time I put my jersey on to wear it proudly and to play the game the right way.”

The latest podcast episode of Royals Farm Report features Royals minor league hitting coordinator Drew Saylor.

Tyler Dierking at Kings of Kauffman thinks it is time for Brett Phillips to play every day.

Ryan Zimmerman signs a one-year deal with the Nationals.

The Marlins sign reliever Brandon Kintzler.

The Astros are considering Brad Ausmus to be their manager.

Justin Verlander draws laughs after he praises the Astros for being technologically advanced.

How MLB handled sign-stealing before the Astros.

Why baseball writers should not determine who gets in the Hall of Fame.

The teams that gained or lost draft picks due to free agency.

What are the most unhittable pitches in baseball?

“Baseball Brit” writes about the wonderful experience of traveling our country and learning about baseball.

Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli was killed in the helicopter crash that also took the life of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

The vibrant sports gambling scene that takes place behind bars.

Deadspin will re-launch under a new editor.

Why private equity firms are killing retail chains.

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20 of the top movies from Sundance.

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