Alec Lewis wrote at The Athletic on Thursday about the decisions the Royals will need to make this offseason:
That leaves us with Soler and Perez, the two likeliest candidates for extensions other than controlled players such as Brad Keller or Dozier.
But are the Royals in a financial position to make these kinds of deals?
Clubs didn’t earn 162 games’ worth of television money or have fans in the stands in 2020. Players’ salaries were prorated, which helps, but the Royals’ financial situation might be amplified given the ownership group led by John Sherman recently purchased the team for $1 billion and hasn’t reaped years of profits.
Keith Law tweeted about MLB’s plan to convert the Appy League to a wood bat league for collegiate players. That would include the Royals’ affiliate in Burlington.
MLB's plan to convert the Appalachian League, formerly an advanced rookie short-season league, to a wood-bat league for collegiate players is apparently full steam ahead (via @mlb_pr): pic.twitter.com/Yhqio5wQUL— keithlaw (@keithlaw) September 25, 2020
Apparently ESPN is going to incorporate Marvel into its intro for the Monday Night Football airing of the Chiefs-Ravens on Monday night. 100% chance that Paul Rudd will be involved.
I'm told ESPN will start the next broadcast of 'Monday Night Football' with help from Disney sibling Marvel - look for certain Chiefs and Ravens to be made into superheroes in the show's open....— Brian Steinberg (@bristei) September 25, 2020
Any predictions on what player will be made into what superhero? My guesses are that Pat Mahomes will be Captain America and Lamar Jackson will be Black Panther.
Reds’ announcer/Shit bag Thom Brennaman resigned from his job as Reds’ announcer while also losing his gig with Fox Sports. I’m assuming he will retain his role as a shit bag.
A rat that sniffs out landmines in Cambodia received an award for bravery. He sniffed out 39 of those stinky stinky land mines.
Ron Paul suffered an apparent stroke during an interview on Friday. He later posted a picture on social media with a thumbs up, indicating he is feeling better. Watching people have strokes will never not scare the holy bejesus out of me.
Fantasy Football Start of the Week
J.K. Dobbins (Baltimore Ravens)
That Monday Night Football game will feature two of the best offenses in the league and I think some big numbers will be put up; barn burner types of numbers. The Chiefs have the 7th worst rush defense efficiency in the small two week sample size. I also think the Chiefs will have a shadow on Lamar most of the game and their linebackers have a lot of trouble keeping up with running backs out of the backfield. Dobbins is splitting work with Mark Ingram and (for some reason) Gus Edwards, but I think Dobbins gets loose for a couple big plays and gets in the endzone at least one time. Get him going in the FLEX this weekend.
Song of the Day
Vin Diesel (yeah that one) released his debut song yesterday with Kygo and...it’s...something? I mean it’s catchy? But his voice is very doctored. But so is everyone’s anymore. It’s upbeat, positive, and brightened my day after listening to it 18 times on repeat. Let’s not overthink it here. Instead, let’s have a Saturday!