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Royals Rumblings - News for September 19, 2020

RIP to a legendary civil servant, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Let’s start by wishing Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg wishes of peaceful rest after succumbing to complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas in her home in Washington surrounded by loved ones. Before we get into the inevitable political war in the comments section, please stop, read, and reflect on Ginsburg’s life and accomplishments as a servant of the American people. May she Rest In Peace.

On to the rest of the news.

Alec Lewis wrote about Brad Keller’s efforts to tweak his pitch mechanics during the COVID shutdown in order to add to the effectiveness of his slider. And it seems like the efforts have been fruitful.

The mechanical change can’t be quantified by accessible metrics, but it does show up in the entirety of Keller’s 2020 statistics. Keller is walking only 2.89 batters per nine innings as opposed to 3.81 in 2019. Digging deeper, Keller’s slider is dropping nearly an inch more, per Brooks Baseball. That, in effect, has made the pitch play more like a power curve, which, according to studies, can garner reverse platoon splits.

Friday afternoon, Lynn Worthy said the Royals didn’t find any reason to further discipline Danny Duffy beyond his pushed start on Tuesday.

And last night Flanny got more information about the incident.

I get why people jumped to conclusions the way they did. I hope everyone who did will think about this incident the next time they suspect something without having all the info. Let’s try not to jump to conclusions as quickly and start giving others the benefit of the doubt again.

During halftime of the Browns-Bengals game on Thursday night, Joe Buck was announced to have won the Pete Rozelle award, punching his ticket to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Love him or hate him (you should love him because he’s great) the announcement and career retrospect was awesome.

Adam Sandler seems to have made good on his promise to make the worst movie ever on purpose after being snubbed for an Oscar nomination for Uncut Gems. Behold...

A certain handsome and intelligent Royals Review writer hosts a KC sports podcast that you might be interested in. Our commander in chief, Max Rieper, has been a recurring guest on it. This week we had a draft of our favorite books even though none of us read books.

Fantasy Football Start of the Week

Raheem Mostert The Jets are bad. All around bad. And the 49ers are nursing a lot of big time injuries. I think Kyle Shannahan is just going to do what he needs to do to get out of there with a win, and that centers around the run game, more specifically Mostert. In week 1, he had 151 total yards with a long touchdown reception. And if I’m wrong and the Jets come out spry, that’s even better considering Mostert’s aforementioned involvement in the passing game. Start him with confidence.

Song of the Day

It was only a matter of time before I got my favorite band of all time in for this and although this is not my favorite song of theirs, it seems like the best song of theirs to get your Saturday started. It’s gonna be beautiful in KC. Get out there and spread some positivity today!