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Royals Rumblings - News for January 8, 2020

Wednesday again? We just had one of those!

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Minda Haas Kuhlmann

Jeffrey Flanagan took a stab at the Opening Day roster, position by position:

First base

Locks: None

Possibilities: Ryan O’Hearn, Ryan McBroom, free agent

The camp battle for the starting job will be between O’Hearn and McBroom. It’s possible that the Royals keep both O’Hearn and McBroom and platoon them, though Kansas City also has Hunter Dozier available to play first as well. Both O’Hearn and McBroom have options.

Among the five big questions Alec Lewis posed at The Athletic, one was whether the new TV deal will be finalized soon:

The Royals and Fox Sports Kansas City have been in discussions for months on a new television contract, which would mean consistency for fans and currency for the club. Sherman confirmed the conversations in a meeting after the Royals introduced him as their new owner.

“It’ll give us more flexibility than we have today,” Sherman said.

The Royals’ current deal was an 11-year contract that brought in, per Jeffrey Flanagan of, close to $20 million per season. This new deal, per reports, could bring in almost double that.

Alex Gordon, along with Patrick Mahomes, were included on an eclectic list of nice famous people.

“These selections are made based on each person’s commitment to honor, dignity, and mannerly conduct,” NLJC President Charles Winters said in a news release. “We feel these ten individuals have distinguished themselves through excellent character and conduct and applaud them for their contributions to society.”

The NLJC picked Gordon, who hasn’t decided if he will play this year, “for displaying integrity and leadership skills beyond his athleticism.”

Mahomes was chosen “for being an esteemed leader and exemplifying outstanding sportsmanship on the field.”

Royals Charities will be selling this bobblehead at FanFest. Even if you don’t plan to buy one, watch the video. Seeing and hearing Buck will do your heart some good.

Jeff Passan reports that MLB is close to figuring out who gets punished and how severely for the Astros’ use of a video feed to get pitch signs to batters in 2017. In related news, the 2018 Red Sox allegedly used the video replay room to decode and disseminate signs as well, according to Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic:

Three people who were with the Red Sox during their 108-win 2018 season told The Athletic that during that regular season, at least some players visited the video replay room during games to learn the sign sequence opponents were using. The replay room is just steps from the home dugout at Fenway Park, through the same doors that lead to the batting cage. Every team’s replay staff travels to road games, making the system viable in other parks as well.

The absurd saga of LHP Adalberto Mejia continues: he has been designated for assignment by the Angels...for the third time in the past five months. And the Twins and Cardinals have also DFA’d him in that time frame.

The XFL will have all kinds of new rules, including the option for up to three extra points after a touchdown.

Over in the NBA: Blake Griffin had knee surgery with no timetable for return to the floor for the Pistons, but remains dreamy.

An older article that Pocket brought back to my attention: Why don’t people return their shopping carts?

How Trump’s trade war is making lobbyists rich and slamming small businesses.

Iran launched a missile attack against US bases in Iraq.

Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman confirmed the Iranian missile attacks in a statement. “Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq,” targeting “at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil,” he said.

I typed and re-typed a bunch here, because what can a link-compiler even say to transition from “hey there is a whole entire war starting in a region where we’re already in two of those” to “OK go talk about baseball?” There’s a lot going on. Please feel welcome to take a break from the news if you need to, and collapse any comment threads that aren’t your jam. Take good care of yourself today.

Today’s song, with a miniature movie as its music video, is “Diane” by Cam.