Weekend Rumblings - News for March 21, 2020
Clint Scoles at Royals Academy gives his thoughts on Gabe Speier and Kyle Zimmer being sent to the minors.
The Royals prefer inventory and Zimmer’s option combined with his struggles last year left him as a likely odd man out. The signing of Maikel Franco did the same for Gutierrez despite flashing talent with the glove and bat in Omaha last season. Seeing what path these players take during an abbreviated 2020 season will be interesting.
Royals Reporter wonders if those pitchers will be back with the Royals this season.
While Zimmer has great stuff, his ability to control and command it is almost Rick Vaughn-esque level: even in Omaha last year, he only posted a 1.58 K/BB ratio, and this Spring, it was only 1.00 as well. Granted, Zimmer missed all of 2018 due to rehabilitation, so it was understandable that Zimmer had a hard time finding the strike zone after missing so much time. After all, before he was injured in 2017, he had posted solid K/BB ratios before, so the potential is there for him to do so at the Major League level, just based on his pitching history.
Andy McCullough writes about his most memorable game - Game 6 of the 2015 ALCS.
There was a lengthy rain delay, during which Kansas City closer Wade Davis lobbed a baseball into a screen for about 45 minutes, trying to keep his arm loose. The game resumed, and Cain scored on Hosmer’s single. Then Davis built a fire around himself, putting the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second with no outs. He defused the blaze one batter at a time. The game ended when Davis induced a groundout from soon-to-be MVP Josh Donaldson. It was a Russian novel masquerading as a half-inning — only with a happy ending for the home team.
Mike Matheny was on 610 Sports to discuss what he’s up to and how Brady Singer looked in camp.
I talked to Sean Thornton at 104.9 about Royals spring training performances.
Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman warns of the lesson of Brandon Finnegan.
Giants pitcher Tyler Beede undergoes Tommy John surgery.
The Mariners release pitcher Sam Tuivailala
Marcus Stroman is leading the charge to recruit a dream team for the 2021 World Baseball Classic.
What could the baseball season look like once it resumes?
Rockies manager Bud Black wants to see doubleheaders this year to get back on schedule.
You can watch every game from 2018-2019 for free on MLB TV right now.
Rustin Dodd writes about how Babe Ruth may have gotten the Spanish flu, and a sportswriter who did.
A nonprofit group is created to advocate for a minimum salary of $15,000 for minor leaguers.
A Red Sox scout in Italy details life under lockdown.
The XFL has canceled its inaugural season.
Is there really a benefit to adding two NFL playoff games?
The tax deadline is now July 15, here’s what that means.
Amazon, Netflix and YouTube are rationing bandwidth in Europe to keep the internet running.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons was designed to shake up the series.
Your song of the day is Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges with Wabash Blues.