Royals Rumblings - News for November 16, 2020
Alec Lewis writes about Dayton Moore’s statements to the media last week, including his commitment to winning.
“We expect to win next year,” Moore said. “What does that look like? Is it going to be enough wins to make the playoffs? We’ll find out. But our mindset is going to be to go out and win every single pitch, every inning, every game. That’s the only way we’re ever going to win another championship. You’ve got to expect to win in all aspects. And trust me, (manager) Mike Matheny and the coaching staff understand that completely.”
Lynn Worthy gets updates from the Royals on pitching prospects Jackson Kowar and Daniel Lynch.
“I believe that both of those guys have accomplished things this year where we feel like it’s a pretty clear indication that they’ve taken a step forward,” Royals assistant general manager/player performance J.J. Picollo said of Lynch and Kowar. “The thing we don’t have is a gauge on competition, playing other teams, playing a 140-game schedule. But that’s something we’re not really going to be able to answer anyway because every team is in that boat.
“Based on some of the things they were working on throughout the summer into the fall and the progress they’ve made, we certainly feel like they are closer to the major leagues. We don’t feel like they’ve stalled their careers at all.”
Karen Daniel joins the Royals ownership group and talks about her love of baseball.
“Grandpa had a small general store at the corner of 18th & Vine, where The Blue Room is today. On the weekend, we would watch the baseball games, season after season,” Daniel said of her affinity for baseball. “He especially loved the pitchers, so he taught me about the art of pitching – and how that was the real control of the game. As the years went on, spending time with him made me a lifelong fan of the game.
“The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is also an important part of the story. It’s remarkable they’re having their 100th anniversary in the year I have the privilege of joining the group. Many people may not realize the Negro Leagues included three women as well. As an African American woman, it’s an incredibly special tribute to them and meaningful to me.”
At Royals Academy, Clint Scoles highlights one of the best names in the organization.
One prospect that isn’t known very well around even Royals prospects circles is Venezuelan outfielder Rothaikeg Seijas. Physically he doesn’t stand out as a 5’11 to 6’0 outfielder below 200 lbs. His tools don’t scream out on the diamond either, but Seijas has shown in small samples big-time power. The one home run Seijas hit in his introductory minor league season was the longest by a Royals’ minor leaguer in 2019. The outfielder’s four doubles and a triple in the Dominican playoffs helped account for 10 of the Royals 38 runs in their ten playoff games. The young outfielder has flexed some muscle in Arizona, showing off some power to the opposite field and pull side.
Longtime Royals writer Dick Kaegel is up for the J.G. Spink Award, writes Jeffrey Flanagan.
Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman thinks Lucius Fox is worth keeping an eye on.
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter likes downtown baseball, but wants to keep the Royals where they are.
Is Marcus Semien a potential bargain free agent?
Who will be the suitors for Trevor Bauer?
What if we split awards by region this year?
The Blue Jays could take advantage of this slow market.
The Astros’ window may be closing faster than expected.
The Rays lost money on the post-season, which may cause further payroll cuts.
Joel Sherman thinks Don Mattingly and Dusty Baker deserve a second look at the Hall of Fame.
Minor league baseball teams are hoping for the best as they await their fates.
Tim Tebow is still preparing to play baseball in 2021.
Bill James wonders if anyone will ever break Tris Speaker’s single-season doubles record.
Is LaMelo Ball worthy of being a #1 pick in the NBA?
So who were the spectators at the Masters this weekend?
Studies show that the best way to improve education in developing countries is to simply invest in teachers.
A new museum delves into the complex history of the U.S. Army.
Home Alone director Chris Columbus says a reboot is a waste of time.
Your song of the day is Soup Dragons with Pleasure.