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Royals Rumblings - News for June 16, 2020

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 16, 2020

Lynn Worthy writes about how the Royals landed one of the top undrafted free agents.

“Probably the one thing that stuck out the most was how they handled scouting me,” Emshoff said. “Matt Price was just awesome. What a great guy. He preached nothing but family. He wasn’t trying to sell me like a used car salesman. Some of the other clubs were saying, ‘We’ve got this, this, this and this, come here.’

“Matt and the Royals weren’t like that. They were like, ‘Hey, you know what you’re getting into. We’re a family. We don’t cut our minor-leaguers. We pay our minor-leaguers.’ It spoke loudly to me.”

Jeffrey Flanagan writes about the best managers in Royals history with Ned Yost topping the list.

Some may look at Yost’s regular-season record of 746-839 and wonder how a manager with a losing record could be listed as No. 1. It’s simple: Yost is the only Royals manager in franchise history to guide his team to two World Series (winning in 2015) and post an amazing 22-9 playoff record.

And when it comes down to it, all that matters is getting teams to the postseason and being successful there: That’s what every team strives for.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy shares what Asa Lacy told the media last week.

“For me, when I step in between the lines or step on that mound, I flip a switch. It starts with my whole warm-up routine, but that competitiveness is something that has been in me for my entire life. It was just a matter of time before a coach brought it out of me. I have had a few coaches that have done a good job, but no one better than coach Childress. He brought that fire out of me and let me run with it and just let me be myself.”

The American Association announces a return, but with just six teams and not the Kansas City T-Bones this year.

Commissioner Rob Manfred is less confident there will be a baseball season in 2020.

The union accuses MLB of negotiating in bad faith.

Have MLB negotiations permanently damaged the sport?

MLB has informed the union that several players and coaches have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Teams are being creative in how they offer college money to undrafted free agents, but MLB wants them to cut it out.

The international signing period has been pushed back to January.

Which state is best at baseball?

Jay Jaffe reviews the 30 for 30 documentary Long Gone Summer about the 1998 home run chase.

Dodgers coach George Lombard tries to honor the work of his activist mother.

The cancellation of the College World Series has left a huge hole for Omaha and college baseball.

Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott tested positive for coronavirus and wonders if his HIPAA rights were violated.

What we learned from the PGA Tour’s return.

Air travel is starting to rebound, but it’s different.

The 2021 Oscars are delayed by two months.

What went wrong with Quibi.

Your song of the day is Grouplove with Tongue Tied.