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Royals Rumblings - News for March 26, 2020

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It should be Opening Day.

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 26, 2020

Like Adalberto Mondesi, former Royals coach Dale Sveum was a switch-hitting shortstop who suffered a shoulder injury, writes Lynn Worthy.

“Well, mine subluxed by just swinging the bat,” Sveum said. “Mine wasn’t like Mondesi dove for the ball and had a lot of momentum fall on his shoulder and it subluxes and does damage in there. Mine was I swung at an up and away fastball from Mitch Williams and felt like it just came out of socket, which it basically does.”

Sveum’s rehab and strengthening went well. He just had to contend with his own psyche and the “mental block” of not being able cut loose and swing fully.

”It takes a while to gain that confidence in the swinging process, coming back,” Sveum said. “It just takes a lot of repetitions and then okay it’s fine it feels good. I’ve got to stop worrying about it because I have to swing the bat. I can’t swing 70 percent. I have to swing the bat and I have to get extended.”

A look at the best Opening Day for each team.

Royals: April 4, 2004

Kansas City carves six-run ninth inning in walk-off win

The Royals were trailing the White Sox by four going into the bottom of the ninth. Two walks and an RBI double by Benito Santiago brought Kansas City within one run. Then light-hitting Mendy Lopez launched a three-run home run, which he later said was the longest ball he had ever hit in his life. A single by Angel Berroa and a walk-off two-run homer by Carlos Beltran gave the Royals a very improbable 9-7 win.

ESPN writers talk about the best prospect they ever saw, and Bradford Doolittle fell in love with Jorge Soler.

Then he got into the batting cage. By then, I was back up in the press box. It was a warm day with the windows open and an unusual thwack caught my attention. So I sat back and watched Soler hammer ball after ball into the far reaches of the center-field bleachers and onto Waveland Avenue. I knew nothing of his overall skill set — whether he could get the bat on the ball, field, had any plate discipline, etc. But I knew if that skill set could get him to the major leagues, he was going to hit a heck of a lot of home runs.

A look at the top catching prospect of the 2000s for each team.

Royals: Wil Myers

Selected in the third round of the 2009 Draft out of the North Carolina prep ranks, Myers spent his first two pro seasons behind the plate and peaked at No. 16 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 50 Prospects list ahead of the 2011 season. The Royals dealt the top prospect to Tampa Bay after the 2012 season — netting the club a return (James Shields, Wade Davis) that would help it win the World Series in ’15 — and he garnered AL Rookie of the Year honors the following year. Myers was traded again after the 2014 season, this time going to the Padres, who signed him to a six-year, $83 million extension after an All-Star campaign in ’16, but his production has steadily declined in the three seasons since the deal.

Vahe Gregorian talks to Denny Matthews for the Sports Beat podcast.

The Royals create a page of resources for the response to COVID-19, plus a fund to support local non-profits.

Baseball will be on TV tonight!

The Royals 2015 World Series Game 5 will also stream online on Twitter today.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy profiles Brady Singer.

Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman profiles prospect Brady McConnell.

The Red Sox sign former Cardinals infielder Yairo Munoz.

Rob Manfred says he hopes baseball will be back by late May and that 162 games is probably not going to happen.

Craig Edwards at Fangraphs looks at the service time situation MLB will have to resolve.

Teams and players are trying to adapt to an uncertain situation with contract opt-outs this week.

What are some options with a shortened schedule?

MLB could use this season to experiment.

A leading Tommy John surgeon defends conducting the procedure during a pandemic.

Who could be baseball’s home run leader this year?

Why Jon Bois is making a three-hour documentary about the Seattle Mariners.

Dan Haren is sacrificing his vast bobblehead collection to help those in need.

Stubhub furloughs employees in the wake of the pandemic.

The five biggest steals of the 2020 NFL free agent period.

How the pandemic will end.

Quarantine love stories are becoming a romantic trope.

CBS All Access is offering a free trial period for a month.

Your song of the day is Matthew Sweet with Sick of Myself.