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Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals leads off third base during the 1st inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium on October 01, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Weekend Rumblings - News for October 9, 2021

Lynn Worthy writes about the fantastic defensive season by Whit Merrifield and Nicky Lopez this season.

“What Nicky has done this season is something we’ll be talking about for a long time,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “Not just hitting .300. His whole story, how it started, then how he finished, and everything he did in between to continue to impress us every single night.

“I can’t even count the number of days that he went out there banged up where I didn’t even think he was going to be able to play. To be able to watch his evolution as a player into being a Gold-Glove-caliber .300 hitter with a great on-base and OPS even, where he has come is something we’re all very proud of.”

David Lesky at Inside the Crown hands out Royals season awards, such as top pitcher.

It’s a tough call, but I think the winner here is Barlow. I want to give it to Hernandez, but he only ended up throwing about 11 innings more than Barlow and the numbers weren’t quite as good. I’m far more excited for Hernandez’s future, but I think Barlow deserves this. It’s an indictment on the pitching staff that a reliever who had a very good, but not otherworldly year is the best pitcher they had, but that’s the life of a Royals fan in most seasons. And at least he did have that very good season instead of just being fine and getting a lot of saves.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo write about each team’s top prospect headed to the Arizona Fall League.

Royals: Asa Lacy, LHP (No. 2/MLB No. 66)The top left-hander in the 2020 Draft, Lacy went fourth overall out of Texas A&M and logged a 5.19 ERA, .222 opponent average and 79 strikeouts in 52 High-A innings before getting shut down with minor shoulder issues in late July. He can display three plus pitches in his mid-90s fastball, upper-80s slider and fading changeup, and his curveball can be a solid offering as well.

Jordan Foote at Inside the Royals writes that Whit Merrifield is declining, yet is as good as ever.

Clint Scoles at Royals Academy gives his choices for top Royals minor league players at each level.

Salvador Perez is a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award for offensive production, and you can vote for him here.

Bobby Witt. Jr. was named USA Today’s Minor League Player of the Year.

Witt was one of 16 minor leaguers that hit at least 20 home runs and stole at least 20 bases this year.

Salvywill bang the drum as an honoree at Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs game Sunday night.

Giants pitcher Logan Webb was brilliant in a Game 1 victory over the Dodgers.

MLB fined 140 players for mask violations this season, rejecting every appeal.

Broadcaster Jim Kaat apologizes for an insensitive remark during a post-season game.

The Blue Jays may need to be aggressive this off-season to close the gap with the Rays.

Clayton Kershaw plans to avoid elbow surgery.

Milwaukee’s pitching staff may give them a big post-season edge.

The Yankees need a remake, but their flexibility is limited.

Former Mets pitching coach Mickey Callaway gets a job in the Mexican Winter League.

A college coach injured a fan by throwing a clipboard at him after the fan made fun of his pants.

16 former NBA players are indicted on allegations of insurance fraud.

Supply chains are getting worse, just as holiday shopping begins.

So many people are streaming Squid Game, a Korean broadband provider is suing Netflix for the surge in traffic.

A new Twitter account is dedicated to showing only clips of Saturday Night Live hosts introducing the musical guest.

Your song of the day is Sonny Rollins with Oleo.