Royals Rumblings - News for May 5, 2020
Sam Mellinger writes about how Dayton Moore never felt he had time to enjoy the championship run at the time,
Viewing old games on TV isn’t for everybody. But Moore had never re-watched any of his team’s playoff games before the last week or so. There’s no live baseball thanks to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, so he has time, finally.
And with five years since he lived it so intimately, he also has the ability to smile at the memories, finally.
“I’ve really enjoyed watching these games,” he said. “There’s so many things I forgot, that I didn’t realize happened.”
Lynn Worthy looks back at how the Royals developed a championship team.
The winning started with a Midwest League title in 2008 for a Burlington Bees team that included Duffy, Moustakas, Herrera and Giavotella. It continued with titles at Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2010 and Triple-A Omaha in 2011.
When it came time for them to compete for championships in the majors, they’d done it before. Shap watched Dyson throw out Collin Cowgill of the Los Angeles Angels when Cowgill was trying to tag and advance from second to third in the eighth inning of a tied game during the 2014 ALDS, and his reaction was, “I’d seen him do that.”
“I’ve watched these guys down in playoff games — again, it’s the minor leagues, but I’ve watched these guys,” Sharp said. “Somebody is getting the big hit. I’ve seen these guys do it too many times.”
Jeffrey Flanagan ranks his all-time center fielders in Royals history.
How good was Otis?
Frank White, the Royals’ best second baseman of all time, said this of Otis a few years ago: “When people ask me about the guys I played with, they will say, ‘George Brett is the greatest hitter in Kansas City history.’ And I agree with that. But as far as a player, if you judge him in every facet of the game, this guy here [Amos Otis] is the best player who ever played for the Kansas City Royals.”
Jordan Foote at Kings of Kauffman wonders if the Royals should try a four-man outfield.
A four-outfielder setup makes perfect sense, especially at a place like The K. With so much ground to cover in the outfield, having a fourth man would lead to fewer doubles and triples. With that said, Dayton Moore has done a tremendous job putting good athletes in the outfield in recent years. That’s no different in 2020.
Brad Keller was named one of Chicago’s biggest sports villains?
How shortened seasons affect future projections.
Blake Snell wins the inaugural Players League for MLB the Show.
Why the KBO may be more fun to watch than MLB.
The biggest pop culture moments for each team.
A survey shows fans would rather sports return without spectators.
How games may look without fans.
A look at next year’s crop of free agent second basemen.
How the internet created a sports card boom.
Hall of Famer Andre Dawson is now a mortician during a pandemic.
Video games are having a moment, but what happened to sports video games?
How Air Jordans became the king of sneakers.
Has the pandemic undermined the myth of Silicon Valley innovation catering to all our needs?
The Westworld season finale ends with too many familiar twists.
Taika Watiti will direct and co-write a new Star Wars film.
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