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Royals Rumblings - News for February 22, 2021

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Josh Staumont is throwin’ cheese.

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Royals Rumblings - News for February 22, 2021

Danny Duffy changed how he approached the off-season, writes Lynn Worthy.

“I did not stop playing catch for the first time in any offseason,” Duffy said. “I really like the way I felt at the end of the season. I had some really rocky starts in the middle part of it, albeit we played for 60 days. The middle part of it was a bit of a struggle for me. I liked how I felt at the end, minus that lone relief appearance.”

He’s heading into this season with a mindset to not worry about innings or the business side.

Alec Lewis has an excellent piece out about Josh Staumont.

Then he looked up at Svagdis and asked, “Coach, you ever throw 100 mph?”

“No, I haven’t,” Svagdis said, dumbfounded.

“OK, well neither have I until this year,” Josh said. “I’m trying to figure this thing out. Let me tell you what it feels like for me. Have you ever played a game at Chuck E. Cheese, and the lights are in a circle, and you have to press the button at the right time to win the prize?”

Svagdis shook his head.

“OK, that’s like my release point,” Staumont said. “My arm is so fast now that I have to find the right time to press that button. And right now, your guess is as good as mine whether I’m hitting that button in the right spot.”

Anne Rogers has notes from camp, including how Brad Keller is relying more on his changeup.

“I think that was a big thing in years past, I just never had a lot of confidence in being able to bring it into a game,” Keller said. “And last year they kind of forced me to throw it in games, and I got really good results from it. I think that was just an eye-opener to myself that I can throw this in games, have confidence and get results.”

She also predicts the Opening Day roster.

The Royals entered the offseason with Merrifield as their only sure outfielder. Then they added Taylor through free agency and Benintendi in a three-team trade with the Red Sox and Mets. Now the Royals’ outfield will look like this, from left to right: Benintendi, Taylor, Merrifield. A fourth — or fifth, if the club prioritizes position players to start the season — will come from whoever puts together the most impressive spring. Heath’s speed is valuable off the bench. Bubba Starling is a non-roster invite who could play his way into a backup spot. Edward Olivares could also see playing time.

Clint Scoles also gives his roster prediction at Royals Academy.

Craig Brown considers a six-man rotation.

So we probably shouldn’t look for a six-man rotation in the season’s first month. But what about a little further down the road? Matheny’s answer was…maybe?

“Are there some times or some stretches where it makes sense where we’re giving some guys more rest and maybe not to others. I’m open”

If I may take the liberty to read between the lines here, it doesn’t look like Matheny is talking about a true six-man rotation. It sounds like he would prefer to keep some pitchers (presumably his veterans) on a regular schedule.

Vahe Gregorian writes about the resilience of the Negro League Baseball Museum.

Former Kansas City Athletics pitcher Lew Krausse dies at the age of 77.

The Giants sign pitcher Aaron Sanchez to a one-year deal.

The Mariners club president speaks a bit too candidly about manipulating service time, negotiating with free agents, and paying for interpreters.

The Red Sox will look at signing some of their players to long-term extensions.

Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond will opt out of the 2021 season.

New details emerge about a domestic abuse incident with Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán.

Prince Fielder has a son who rakes.

In college baseball’s opening weekend, #1 Florida State falls to Miami.

The latest Dorktown looks at some of the times umpires got the count wrong.

Frank Robinson faced a good deal of racism after being hired as the first African-American manager.

A look at the extraordinary, unsung career of Al Smith.

Former Dodgers All-Star Stan Williams dies at age 84.

Are the Broncos the favorites to land DeShaun Watson?

FCS is ready to bring college football to the spring.

A new era of black holes is here.

Why have COVID cases been falling so sharply recently?

A virtual map allows you to listen to radio stations all over the world.

Your song of the day is Beastie Boys with Shake Your Rump.