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Royals Rumblings - News for March 8, 2021

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Mr. Zoombiya is back!

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 8, 2021

Dayton Moore is glad to have Jarrod Dyson back, writes Anne Rogers.

“He’s somebody that you want around,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “I felt Jarrod Dyson would be a heck of a coach someday, I’ve known that a long time. But he’s got a lot left as a player. He brings speed, he brings athleticism. He’s one of the better outfielders, in my mind, in the game. He’s always had a very good approach at the plate. He’s a tough out, he works the count. He can do some things.

“And it takes a special talent to be able to survive in this game as long as he has. He’s a player that’s going to help us, and we’re really fortunate that he’s back with us.”

Lynn Worthy writes about Dyson’s role in Kansas City.

“I’m always loud,” Dyson said. “I’m always talking. I love baseball. I love to teach that game to the younger guys. That’s my way of giving back to the younger guys.”

Vahe Gregorian writes about the loyalty Dyson and the Royals have for each other.

Years later, Royals manager Ned Yost would say Dyson never was given one thing his whole life. But the Royals organization became the gift that kept on giving — one that Dyson reciprocated.

“Man, the connections run deep,” he said, shaking his head, later adding, “Through all my ups and downs in this organization, they never turned their back on me … I’m always going to keep that in the heart.”

Rogers writes how Hanser Alberto is impressing the skipper in camp.

“He’s got that, ‘I’ll do whatever you guys need me to do, and if it changes tomorrow from what it is today, that’s fine. Just put me somewhere, I’ll be ready,’ mentality,” Matheny said. “I think he’s also — I know he does, because he’s done it before — a guy who just toes the line every single day if we need him to be that or he goes in and just makes that the conversation.”

Worthy notes that Erick Mejia is also making a case for the bench.

“He’s always going to be in the mix,” Matheny said of Mejia. “This is the posterboy for versatility, a guy that can play anywhere on the infield, can play the outfield very well, then switch hits. What more could you ask for? He can run. I don’t know if he’s a pure base stealing threat.

“But if you just talk about those different components and the holes that he can fill, his versatility is always going to keep him in the conversation.”

Ryan O’Hearn is still trying to stay on the radar.

“I came to the realization that it’s out of my control,” O’Hearn said. “ … It’s hard not to, but I try to stay away from playing GM as much as I can, as much as I could all offseason. Especially when they signed Santana, it’s definitely a gut check, but like Skip said, you can’t stay there for long.”

Bobby Witt, Jr. talked about his first spring training home run.

“I knew I hit it pretty good, but I’m not used to, I guess, being stronger now and letting the ball fly,” Witt said. “It did (surprise me) at first just because the wind was kind of blowing in from out there. Right-center is kind of deeper out here too. I’m just always trying to hustle out of the box. You never know, it might have hit the top of the wall. Then I can try to get another inside-the-parker, a true one.”

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter ranks Royals relievers.

Mike Gillespie at Kings of Kauffman wonders if Bobby Witt, Jr. is close enough.

Jake Odorizzi signs a two-year deal with Houston.

Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley may need Tommy John surgery.

Trevor Bauer pitches a shutout inning with one eye closed.

Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes break COVID-19 protocol and will have to stay away from the team.

Former Royals reliever Jeremy Jeffress was released by the Nationals for “personnel reasons.”

Who are the top remaining unsigned free agents?

The Yonkers Hoot Owls may have been one of the worst teams ever in professional baseball.

Blake Griffin clears waivers and will sign with the Nets.

The Lions are actively shopping career backup quarterback Chase Daniel.

How doctors are using artificial intelligence to battle COVID-19.

Why Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah has spawned a Royal meltdown.

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