Royals Rumblings - News for October 27, 2020
Baseball fans used to rush the field all the time, but it came to an end in 1980.
Channeling their inner Frank Rizzo—whose strong-arm mayoral reign of intimidation ended only months earlier—Philadelphia City Hall’s pooh-bahs decided there would not be a repeat of the bedlam that occurred in New York and elsewhere should the Phils prevail over the Royals in Game 6. So they positioned a platoon of mounted policemen, along with their K-9 corps, in the bowels of Veterans Stadium that evening. During the seventh inning, with the Phils winning 4–0, the K-9s were unleashed onto the field to a chorus of boos. “I thought I was in Venezuela when I saw the dogs,” Royals second baseman Frank White told a reporter after the game. “That’s the only place I’ve ever seen that.” At one point, umpire Bill Kunkel instructed the players that there would soon be policemen on the playing field during the game, and if the ball hit any of them it would be in play. Suddenly the World Series became surreal. “Who wants to run into a horse?” White asked. “It just doesn’t seem like a baseball game.”
Old friend Eric Hosmer gets engaged.
Shawn Bauman at Kings of Kauffman looks at the history of the Wichita Wranglers.
Former Royals catcher Sal Fasano interviews for the Tigers managerial opening.
Manny Margot did not have the steal sign when he decided to go for home in Game 5.
Who is the favorite to win World Series MVP?
Clayton Kershaw repairs his post-season legacy with a strong start in Game 5.
A look back at the Joc Pederson trade that never happened.
Baseball America names Tony Gonsolin its Rookie of the Year.
Dan Szymborski looks back at how ZIPS did at projecting team wins (he nailed the Royals win total).
Commissioner Rob Manfred claims that teams lost $8.3 billion this year.
Japanese righty Hirokazu Sawamura has drawn early interest from multiple Major League teams.
New York mayor Bill de Blasio may be able to block the sale of the Mets to Steve Cohen.
The Rangers will have two coaches split pitching coach duties next year.
How the Cubs almost became the first team to be in the World Series history but not host a game.
Coach Lane Kiffin is fined $25k for retweeting criticism of an official.
Are bad NFL defenses breaking win probability models?
The price point for new video game releases just went up.
Your song of the day is Neil Young with Old Man.