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Weekend Rumblings - News for February 1, 2020

The Royals will be on TV this year....probably.

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Weekend Rumblings - News for February 1, 2020

Lynn Worthy looks at the state of the starting pitching depth.

The real crux of the quandary about the fifth spot deals with the fact that the Royals have invested so much of their time and resources in recent years in evaluating, acquiring and developing high-level pitching talent, but much of it is viewed as not quite ready.

Moore alluded to the fact that their top prospects, many of whom will be in big-league camp, are expected to begin this season getting seasoning in the minors.

”We have a battle plan like anybody else,” Moore said. “We have a script going into spring training of when we think a player or pitcher might be ready to make it to the major leagues. But strong organizations, healthy organizations, organizations that make good, sound decisions certainly aren’t afraid to make adjustments and be flexible in that plan.”

In his mailbag column, Jeffrey Flanagan gives the latest on television negotiations.

Probably the one question I’ve received the most this offseason and with good reason. The Royals stand to likely double their local TV revenue with a new deal with FOX Sports Kansas City. I’ve reported that the deal could bring in somewhere around $48-52 million per year. I know it sounds redundant but they are very close to signing the final documents. Sources tell me it will get done in time to televise some Spring Training games, and that there will be “no interruption” of televising games.

At Royals Academy, Clint Scoles has some notes and thoughts from FanFest.

The Royals do a good job of making the event useful to them as an organization. In speaking with J.J. Picollo I asked him about what they were trying to achieve by bringing back former players Anthony Seratelli, Matt Morizio and Chris “DIsco” Hayes to talk to the first-year players in the system? It was interesting that the Royals wanted to really take time to educate their new players about life in and after baseball, discussing their contracts, their minor league free agency, and development within the system. By bringing back these former players with many different backgrounds after the game the players get a chance to ask questions about their careers, the paths they took and where they’re at after the game. For those that don’t know, Hayes runs an athletic training facility, Seratelli is a pretty successful filmmaker and Morizio is a financial planner.

Royals Farm Report talks to Brad Keller on the latest episode of their podcast.

I talked to 41 Action news about the downtown baseball stadium renderings by a local architecture firm.

Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman looks at the state of the bullpen.

The Brewers sign former Royals infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league deal.

The best players not in the Hall of Fame.

What would be the best way to steal signs?

Curtis Granderson announces his retirement.

The Red Sox interview Diamondbacks bench coach Luis Urueta for their managerial position.

What would be a surprise team that could make the post-season this year?

Former White Sox employees are charged in a fraudulent ticket scheme.

Did you know Patrick Mahomes had a dad that played Major League Baseball?

A Cubs fan’s dying wish was to sarcastically donate money to the “impoverished” Ricketts family.

54 questions about PETA’s rejected Super Bowl ad.

The NBA is changing the format of the All-Star Game and it is wild.

Adam Sandler re-ups on a deal with Netflix.

PlayStation Vue is no more.

The Fast and Furious 9 trailer drops and HAN IS BACK.

Your song of the day is John Coltrane with Blue Train.