Royals Rumblings - News for June 30, 2020
Jeffrey Flanagan has an inbox column, and he discusses how the taxi squad players or “satellite” players will work out.
Again, the “satellite” players will continue to work out at Kauffman Stadium when the team is on the road. As of now, the Royals will not have an alternative training site, and the 60-man pool will work out at Kauffman Stadium.
Royals — Salvador Perez, C: Salvy hasn’t played a big league game since September 2018, so he should be extremely amped up and ready to go.
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter has his reaction to the Royals’ 60-man club pool that included Nick Pratto and Seuly Matias.
One big reason to believe in this is due to the Royals revamped hitting development approach, which was chronicled in the Athletic by Alec Lewis last October. Matias and Pratto, who struggled with massive contact and plate discipline issues in 2019, were major targets of Royals Player Development and this new system (in addition to Bobby Witt, Jr., who had also had contact issues in the Arizona Rookie League last year; this new focus on hitting development also could have a been a big reason why Witt also made the roster as well). Hence, one has to wonder if the progress they had made with the organizational coaches swayed Moore to add them to the 60-man roster over other logical choices such as Gabriel Cancel and Dairon Blanco, who were both projected to play in Triple-A Omaha this year, but did not make the cut.
Royals Review reader Ian Badeer has a world-record baseball collection!
“I started sorting those things to my heart’s content,” Badeer said. “I just loved going through the numbers and I found a lot of joy in just kind of absorbing the numbers of the game.”
Since that day, Badeer has collected and traded cards. And as his love for the Royals has grown, so has his card collection. The Lincoln native now has over 50,000 cards in his home; according to Trading Card Databases, Badeer holds the largest unique Royals baseball collection in the world, with 17,554 and counting.
Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman considers the questions for the Royals as they resume workouts.
Nationals players Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross, and Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake opt out of playing this season.
The Marlins add 2020 first-round pick Max Meyer to their club pool.
Giants top prospect Hunter Bishop tests positive for the coronavirus.
The Blue Jays get permission to play in Ontario.
MLB has a sponsor for “Summer Camp” - Camping World!
Celebrities and former presidents tip their cap to the Negro Leagues.
A closer look at the Japanese high school baseball tournament that takes the country by storm, the subject of an ESPN documentary to air this week.
Lululemon acquires at-home fitness company Mirror for $500 million.
Tony Hale will star in a sequel to the 1985 film D.A.R.Y.L.
Eurovision may be Will Ferrell’s best comedy in years.
Your song of the day is Dan Hartman with I Can Dream About You.