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Royals Rumblings - News for February 4, 2020

Football season exits. Baseball season enters.

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Royals Rumblings - News for February 4, 2020

Sean Thornton at Bleeding Royals Blue gives his thoughts on the return of Alex Gordon.

More than anything, it feels that Gordon is at a point in his tenure in Kansas City where he decides his own fate. You can’t blame the front office for wanting Gordon to stay in the fold, as his leadership and work ethic alone gives him value to the organization. There might not be any better stories than the ones told by younger players who want to prove themselves by showing up early in spring training and proving to management their dedication to making the team…only to find Alex Gordon is already there and has been working out for awhile. Gordon is the bar to climb towards in the organization and is the model when it comes to putting your all into being a part of the Royals.

Rob Creighton of KSIS in Salina is skeptical that Kansas City needs a downtown stadium.

The drive for baseball in downtown Kansas City, to me, has less to do with what baseball fans want. And everything about what developers want to help them market downtown Kansas City. Do you really want and need bands and bars and restaurants as part of your baseball experience? I’m not sure you do. And I’m not sure the average baseball fan or family is going to come early, or stay late, after a game for a meal or a couple of cocktails. And if it was, don’t you think the area around the Truman Sports Complex would have been developed beyond the area hotels in the past 47 years?

David Schoenfield at ESPN lists one stat to define each team.

The number: 324. Jorge Soler, Whit Merrifield and Hunter Dozier created an estimated 324 runs, making the Royals one of just eight teams with at least three players to create 95 runs.

These three were the rare bright spots in a 103-loss season. Soler led the AL and set a franchise record with 48 home runs, becoming one of the most unexpected home run leaders of all time (in parts of five seasons, he had hit just 38 career home runs). His 118 runs created were the most by a Royals player since Carlos Beltran had 123 in 2001. Merrifield, like Soler, played in all 162 games and led the AL with 206 hits as he hit .302 with 67 extra-base hits. Dozier had what was hopefully a breakout season, hitting .279/.348/.522.

Will Leitch at MLB.com ranks all 30 projected Opening Day starting pitchers.

30) Royals: Brad Keller, RHP. Keller’s season ended a month early in 2019, but he should be ready to go Opening Day.

With football season over, Jeffrey Flanagan previews spring training.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy profiles pitching prospect Yohanse Morel.

Former Royals outfielder Jon Jay signs with the Diamondbacks.

The Mariners sign pitcher Marco Gonzales to a four-year extension.

The Detroit Tigers will play a spring training game in the Dominican Republic.

Ken Rosenthal says a Mookie Betts trade will happen.

The Astros name Rays exec James Click as their new general manager.

Why Mike Moustakas might be a good fit at second base for the Reds.

Luke Voit is in the best shape of his life.

The Twins have interest in free agent pitcher Taijuan Walker.

A history of MLB’s pitch classification system.

Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid fulfilled their destiny and they’re just getting started.

The Raptors could be the scariest buyer at the NBA trade deadline.

Americans went to the library more often than the movies last year.

College Humor shaped online comedy, but now the site is clinging to life after mass layoffs.

Disney pays $75 million to put the musical Hamilton in theaters.

Your song of the day is The Shins with So Says I.