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Royals Rumblings - News for August 11, 2021

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Salvador Pérez celebrated the 10-year anniversary of his MLB debut in style:

On Aug. 10, 2011, Salvador Perez arrived with authority in his Major League debut, collecting his first hit and RBI while picking off two runners against Tampa Bay.

Ten years later, he’s still making a splash.

The veteran catcher homered twice during a three-hit night in the Royals’ 8-4 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Not only did the night commemorate Perez’s anniversary, the homers were his 28th and 29th of the season — a career best after two seasons (2017 and ’18) of 27 homers.


The Storm Chasers lost last night, but please enjoy this clip of BWJ hitting a real long home run.

More on that dinger:

Two-run homer marks fifth in seven games. You can’t stop Bobby Witt Jr. You can only hope to contain him. Witt launched his fifth home run in the past seven games, as his tear in Triple-A continued in a 1-for-3 night. The two-run blast was his 24th of the year and eighth with Omaha. Over the past seven games, Witt has collected seven extra-base hits and a whopping 13 runs driven in. His season total for RBIs now sits at 69. He is hitting .294 with a 1.002 OPS to boot since joining the Storm Chasers.

Monday night’s game against the Yankees was officially Weird Baseball.

David Lesky talked about the weirdness of the game at Inside the Crown, but also came away with good feelings about Carlos Hernández

Of all the young Royals starting pitching, Hernandez is the one who has been talked about probably the least. He’s a different type of story. Most international signees are inked at around 16 years old. Hernandez was 19. He’s struggled to stay healthy and we all know that he hadn’t pitched above low-A before pitching in the big leagues last year. I’d never really considered him a long-term starter because I thought he would just struggle too much to stay healthy. But he’s really shown something over his last few starts to make me think I was wrong and he has a chance to actually be one of the best of all the young guys.

Craig Brown also discussed Hernández at Into the Fountains:

Hernández has the best pure stuff of all the young Royals starters we’ve seen roll through Kauffman this year. What’s at issue has been his command. It can be erratic, like just four starts ago where he issued four free passes in less than three innings against Detroit. But four walks over his last 17.2 innings? Yeah, that will play.

Hernández doesn’t have the prospect cachet the collegiate arms of the 2018 draft carry, but his ceiling may be the highest. The stuff is there. It’s all about the command. It was mostly present on Monday.

At FanGraphs, Carmen Ciardiello looks at what has gone wrong with Cleveland’s Zach Plesac.

Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene threw THIRTY-SEVEN fastballs over 100 mph in one game. That, as you can perhaps guess from my enthusiastic capital letters, is the most ever since people started keeping track of these things.

The Padres are moving Fernando Tatís Jr. to the outfield to minimize further injury to the shoulder he keeps hurting.

Alison at Ask a Manager has declared this to be Mortification Week, and she is posting collections of embarrassing office tales for us to cringe along with. Here is one post, and another (#6 made me laugh and laugh), and the ‘Mortification Week’ tag to follow along all week.

Stevie Nicks canceled her slate of 2021 concerts.

Idris Elbra will lend his voice to Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog: 2.

Brilliant actor Christina Applegate has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. What is your favorite of her roles? I can’t decide between Anchorman and Dead to Me.

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