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Royals Rumblings - News for March 19, 2021

Lynn Worthy writes that Ryan McBroom is embracing competition to make the roster.

“It’s always going to be a competition for me to make a team regardless of what I’m able to do during the season, especially at this level,” McBroom said. “It’s just going to be competitive, which is a good thing. It means we have depth. It means we have talent. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do this year.”

David Lesky at Inside the Crown thinks this could be a pivotal week for Bobby Witt, Jr.

I’ve said this before, but it’s not about anybody but him. If Lopez isn’t good enough to start at second, that doesn’t mean Witt should be the guy unless Witt is 100 percent ready himself. I am so excited about Witt’s future as a big leaguer, but I have my questions as to whether he’s ready to start that time in two weeks. But hey, these next few games are likely to be some of the closest comparisons to regular season games you’ll see with pitchers going deeper and players not exiting as early as they had so far this spring, so maybe he’ll show he is ready. Time will tell.

Mark Feinsand looks at the players that will be surrounded by trade rumors this year, including Jorge Soler.

Soler and the Royals settled on an $8.05 million deal for 2021, the final season before the 29-year-old becomes a free agent. Kansas City made some interesting moves this offseason, adding Carlos Santana, Andrew Benintendi, Mike Minor, Michael A. Taylor and Greg Holland among others, giving the Royals an injection of veteran help. But the White Sox, Twins and Indians still pose a serious roadblock to Kansas City’s playoff hopes, setting up a potential summer fire sale of short-term contracts beginning with Soler.

The Royals have their marketing slogan this year.

Ballys Sports Kansas City announces they will televise every Royals game, except one that will air on FS1.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter looks at the competition for long reliever in the bullpen.

Cleveland owner Paul Dolan says the team may not change their name until 2023.

Teams are looking to develop the perfect pitching machine.

Cincinnati Reds World Series hero Ed Armbrister dies at the age of 72.

Yankees and Mets fans will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend games.

Eno Sarris looks at the spring training stats that matter.

Former Royals reliever Jacob Barnes is impressing in Mets camp.

The origin of Dave Parker’s iconic “Boys Boppin’” t-shirt.

Mike Bolsinger’s lawsuit against the Astros for sign-stealing is dismissed in California.

The NFL signs a big new TV deal with Amazon getting exclusive rights to Thursday night games.

Only eight players out of 9,100 test positive before the NCAA tournament.

Bowling legend Pete Weber is retiring, and drops an f-bomb on live television along the way.

Netflix begins testing on ways to crack down on password sharing.

Facebook wants to develop an Instagram for children, according to an internal memo.

The peak superhero future is here.

Your song of the day is The Beatles with Get Back.