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Weekend Rumblings - News for October 1, 2021

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Whit goes 40/40 again.

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Weekend Rumblings - News for October 1, 2021

Anne Rogers covers Angel Zerpa’s impressive MLB debut.

“That got everybody’s attention, like, ‘OK, now let’s go see it,’” Matheny said. “And he wasn’t just giving lip service. He was pounding the zone and pounding in and not afraid to [do it].”

“I don’t remember him throwing that hard like he was today, and his breaking ball was a lot sharper,” catcher Cam Gallagher, who was also 2-for-4 Thursday, added. “His fastball was coming out of his hand really well. A lot of late swings, weak contact. He did a heck of a job.”

Lynn Worthy writes that Whit Merrifield has hit some impressive milestones this year.

Merrifield became the seventh player in MLB history to record multiple 40-steal, 40-double seasons along with Brian Roberts (2007-08), Hanley Ramírez (2006-07), Alfonso Soriano (2002, 2006), George Sisler (1920, 1922), Tris Speaker (1912, 1914) and Ty Cobb (1911, 1917).

The only other Royals player with one season of 40 steals and 40 doubles was Johnny Damon in 2000.

“It’s huge,” Merrifield said. “Some of the names on there, any time you’re on a list with (Cobb) it’s incredible. This year has been strange for me. I haven’t lived up to the bar I set for myself, offensively. I’ve done some good things. I’ve had some good streaks. But I haven’t lived up to my standards.”

Whit also marvels at Salvy’s power this year.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy gives his thoughts on the Michael A. Taylor signing.

Now that it’s over and done, the skinny that I heard on Ketel Marte with someone who works for the Diamondback is that they were going to want Bobby Witt, and a package built around MJ Melendez wouldn’t be enough. It seems crazy for a team in the same division as the Giants, Dodgers, and Padres that they would only take a Top 5 prospect for a player with just three more years of control. Marte’s deal is exceptionally team-friendly, costing just $26.4m over those years. The rumors of the Bryan Reynolds asking price were high and if this thought about Marte is accurate, then both prices were probably too large to be realistic for the Royals.

Royals’ first-round pick Frank Mozzicato made his debut in the instructional league, and here’s video proof.

Jordan Gish at Royals Farm Report looks at the middle infield depth in the farm system.

The Cardinals re-sign veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright on a one-year deal.

Rich Hill plans to play again next year at age 42.

This year’s post-season races show why expanding the playoffs is a bad idea, writes Ken Rosenthal.

Gerrit Cole’s last season performance is raising concerns.

The Mets may be blown up this off-season.

Why Juan Soto should be National League MVP.

Why are MLB’s worst teams getting worse?

50 years ago, the Senators played their last game in Washington, a forfeit.

How a singing fan group helped the Red Sox win the 1903 World Series.

The National Labor Relations Board classifies NCAA athletes as employees, which could have big ramifications.

The NWSL postpones all games this weekend after misconduct allegations against a coach.

Nearly two dozen animals are declared extinct.

The moon is drifting away from us.

The aspect ratio on Netflix’s episodes of Seinfeld is messed up.

Your song of the day is Dizzy Gillespie featuring Charlie Parker with A Night In Tunisia.