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Royals Rumblings - News for May 11, 2020

Jeffrey Flanagan talks to Whit Merrifield about his mother.

“My mom was the best athlete in the family [four-time state high school champion in tennis] but she also is the most superstitious by far,” Merrifield said. “When she watches me play, she will move around the stadium trying to find the ‘lucky spot’ for me. One time when I was in the Minors, she was there with a lot of her family and I had a bad series going. In the final game, I struck out in my first at-bat and she had seen enough — she left her family and went to a section of the stadium that was completely empty and sat there.

“Of course, I hit a home run my next at-bat.

Vahe Gregorian writes about how the 2015 Royals post-season was intertwined with the tragic deaths of two Kansas City firefighters.

But the overriding signature of those back-to-back World Series teams, which The Star is commemorating as Fox Sports Kansas City replays the 2015 championship postseason, was how real and human that group was … and how entwined with the city it became. The synergy felt tangible at times.

For all the charming stories about engagements all over town between players and fans, though, nothing was more moving than the response to the deaths of Leggio and Mesh.

Matt Martell at Sports Illustrated takes a look at the most underrated player on each team.

Jorge Soler led the American League with 48 home runs last season, yet he was not an All-Star and received just one MVP vote. His breakout season came while playing for a bad team in a small market, making it much easier for fans to overlook him. It wasn’t just home runs either. Soler played in all 162 games, drove in 117 runs and had a .922 OPS.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter has his top 20 Royals prospects to watch.

Alec Lewis of The Athletic writes about the old Kansas City Athletics mule Charlie-O.

Royals VP of Marketing Mike Bucek talks about working from home.

Just 60 of 5,754 MLB employees tested positive for COVID-19 in a Stanford study.

MLB will hold a conference call today to discuss how and when to return.

Baseball could have a war on its hands over player compensation.

Alex Rodriguez is no longer interested in buying the Mets.

ESPN accidentally leaks Trevor Bauer’s phone number, but he turns it into a positive.

MLB stars with weird diets.

The weirdest player superstitions.

ESPN will air a documentary on the late Roy Halladay on May 29.

Fangraphs has KBO stats now.

Rockford Peaches pitcher Mary Pratt dies at the age of 101.

Six takeaways from the NFL schedule release.

Some NBA teams were allowed to open practice facilities, but few players showed up.

The name of Elon Musk’s new child is not likely to be approved by California authorities.

Why it’s time to start taking UFOs seriously.

A ranking of eleven cartoon dads.

Your song of the day is Little Richard with Good Golly, Miss Molly.