Royals Rumblings - News for June 1, 2021
Sam Mellinger writes about Salvador Perez’s attempt for a long career.
Perez wants to be a Hall of Famer. He’s open about this. His case needs work, and this is a quick and superficial way to look at it but at the same age he has slightly better offensive numbers, one fewer Gold Glove and one fewer World Series ring than Yadier Molina. Molina also had two top 4 MVP finishes; Perez has zero.
But if his case needs work, Perez believes he has more work in him.
“The way that I feel?” he said. “I think I’m going to play catcher until I’m 45.”
Todd Fertig at the Topeka Capital-Journal writes that Adalberto Mondesi could be a spark for the Royals.
“(It was) good to write his name in there,” manager Mike Matheny said after Mondesi’s first game back in a Royals uniform. “We know what kind of dangerous player he is, as far as what he can do at the plate and what he can do on the bases, and then defensively, too. So it’s exciting to have him back. Very happy for him. Very happy for us.”
But here’s an update on his injury from last night.
Royals manager Mike Matheny said postgame Adalberto Mondesi left the game after he felt a little tweak in his hamstring. Trainers will look at it, get full report.— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) June 1, 2021
Anne Rogers also writes that Edward Olivares could be a catalyst.
Matheny was impressed by the 25-year-old’s two-strike approach and ability to have longer plate appearances because of it. The Royals saw a little bit of that in 2020, when he was traded to Kansas City from the Padres and played in 18 games with the Royals, hitting .274. Throughout Spring Training and the beginning of the season this year, Olivares has tried not to veer from that style of offense.
“It’s about sticking with it,” Olivares said. “I know if I get away from who I am, I’m going to stop having results.”
Bobby Witt, Jr. enjoyed his first three-home run game on Sunday.
“Not much changed for me the last two days,” Witt said. “I’ve been working really hard to get myself back on the right track. I didn’t get off to the start I wanted to, but I’ve been working with my teammates and coaches, I’ve bought into our approach and I’m just going out and having fun. It all came together tonight”
Pete Grathoff writes that Alcides Escobar jumped at the chance to rejoin the Royals.
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter writes that Salvy’s pitch framing may be an issue.
Mark Van Sickle at Inside the Royals writes about draft prospects Royals fans should know.
Former Royals outfielder Abraham Almonte is back in the big leagues with the Braves.
Josh Donaldson scores the 2 millionth run in MLB history.
Albert Pujols passes Babe Ruth for most extra-base hits of all-time.
Who is the Iron Man for each team?
The Orioles’ losing skid reaches 14, the second-longest streak in club history.
Vladmir Guerrero, Jr. is living up to the hype.
Which prospects could be the next two-way player in MLB?
The NCAA unveils brackets for the college baseball tournament.
Joe Posnanski is leaving The Athletic.
Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar is now facing a third sexual misconduct allegation.
Chelsea takes the Champions League.
Virginia upsets undefeated Maryland to win their second straight NCAA men’s lacrosse title.
What can we expect from the Pentagon’s UFO report?
‘Mare of Easttown’ creator Brad Ingelsby answers burning questions after the series finale (spoilers abound, even in the URL!).
MTV is hitting a midlife crisis on Paramount streaming.
Your song of the day is Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble with The House Is Rockin’.