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Royals Rumblings - News for September 3, 2021

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We’re just 1 month away from Game 162 :(

Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals
Whee!
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Yesterday was Rex Hudler’s birthday! Wish our loveable goof announcer another joyous trip around planet moon.

Here’s your daily Alec Lewis:

Mondesi’s return was also the subject of this Lynn Worthy’s story for The Star:

Mondesi didn’t play in the field on Wednesday. When he does return to the field, he’ll see time at a new position — third base...

Matheny and the front office were very conscious of wanting to “respect” what both Lopez and Merrifield have done so far this season, each having made strong cases to be among the top candidates for Gold Gloves at their respective positions based on defensive metrics.

Mondesi’s playing time will be “very structured” based on input from the medical team, Matheny said. Regular days off will be part of his schedule.

Speaking of Worthy, he dropped in this story about Salvy during the game last night:

“We believe in the player,” Moore said. “I can’t predict results, but Salvador Perez is 100 percent, in my mind, committed to getting better, preparing, working hard and loving to play. There’s no question about any of those areas with him. I can’t predict results, but I just know who he is and what he’s about. It’s easy to believe in him.”

MiLB’s Gerard Gilbert describes a wacky Ryan McBroom HR down in Omaha:

Once the 29-year-old veteran checked that the barrel had made a safe landing and took off for first, he was already around the bag when he saw the ball get over the fence. It was around this point — about a few feet beyond the base — that McBroom realized he was still holding the sawed-off handle like a baton in a relay.

“I literally forgot to drop the bat. And then I was like, ‘Wow, that got out,’” the Omaha first baseman said. “I was like, ‘Oh, shoot. I still got the handle in my hands.’ And I was like, ‘You know what, I’m just going to carry it around the bases.’

Former Royal news? Moose’s World Series ring was stolen from his car. The accused was in court yesterday:

Zang also stole Moustakas’ Cartier watch and his wife’s Rolex watch that were inside the car, court officials tell FOX19 NOW. He got to Moustakas’ car by climbing the fence surrounding the Reds players’ parking lot, according to court officials.

A Reds employee saw Zang in Moustakas’ car and confronted him. When confronted, Zang claimed he worked with the Reds, per court officials. The actual Reds employee then asked him for his ID, which Zang did not produce and he took off.

Speaking of Moose, the Omaha World-Herald looks back at the last game for the Omaha Royals at Rosenblatt Stadium:

Mike Moustakas hit the last homer, Jordan Parraz scored the last run, Jarrod Dyson had the last hit, and Round Rock’s Brandon Barnes made the last out. But when Omaha Royals left-hander Tim Collins unleashed the final pitch of a 6-2 victory at 9:42 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2010, it marked an end of an era. And baseball at Rosenblatt Stadium was no more.

The Omaha Royals’ victory 11 years ago today, before a nostalgic and increasingly festive announced crowd of 23,795 at Rosenblatt, signaled the end to baseball in the 62-year-old ballpark.

Sad trombone:

How about a couple MLB.com listicles?

”The hottest hitting prospect in each org”:

Royals: Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B (No. 18)

Even Kansas City has been impressed by the 2019 11th-rounder’s breakout campaign, and a July promotion to Double-A has done little to slow Pasquantino down. He’s hitting .425/.494/.712 with three homers and 12 doubles in 21 games since Aug. 7. In fact, he has more two-baggers than strikeouts (nine) in that span, and he’s also walked 11 times. His 58 extra-base hits rank second in all the Minors. Sure, we could mention Bobby Witt Jr., Nick Pratto or MJ Melendez — all of whom have an OPS above 1.000 in the last 30 days — but most readers know those Top 100 prospects. It’s about time they knew Pasquantino too.

“1 looming question for all 30 clubs”:

Royals: Will they bring back Michael A. Taylor?

A big hole that the Royals have to fill in the future is in center field. Playing at an expansive Kauffman Stadium, they need someone they can trust to cover ground and play an elite outfield, and that’s exactly what Taylor has done this year. He’s put himself in the AL Gold Glove conversation, and Kansas City will likely explore any interest in a return for 2022, especially because there aren’t any locked-in prospects who will be ready right away to cover center field at “The K.” Taylor could be looking for a multi-year contract after what he’s shown this year, so the Royals will have to figure out what the interest looks like on both sides and how Taylor could fit into their future plans in conjunction with the players they have rising in their system. — Anne Rogers


Royals blogs get their own section today.

I think this is the part of Rumblings where I poke fun at far superior writers. Both David Lesky and Craig Brown used “return” in their titles when talking about “Jackson Kowar”. Zing! Gotcha agai- this is just kindof sad on my part, isn’t it? That said, they used a lot of the same images and pitch charts to show that Jackson Kowar was really good last night. Go. Read now. I’ll wait.

Kevin O’ Brien at Royals Reporter asks “Should the Royals try to be the next ‘Cleveland’ in 2022?

One of the reasons I say that Cleveland Kansas City profile similarly is mostly due to the fact that neither team has been a great offensive club this year. According to Fangraphs, Cleveland ranks 11th in the AL in wRC+ (93), while the Royals rank 14th (87). Cleveland has been a bit better when it comes to isolated slugging (.174 to the Royals’ .145) and the long ball (170 home runs to the Royals’ 135). Kansas City on the other hand has been stronger when it comes to stealing bases (99 to Cleveland’s 83) and batting average (.244 to Cleveland’s .237). Regardless of their different offensive “styles”, they still have been mediocre at best offensive teams in 2021.

However, Cleveland has won 17 more games than the Royals, and have won 10 out of 11 matchups head-to-head in 2021. How is that possible, if they both are relatively the same team on an offensive end? Two words: pitching depth. Cleveland’s pitching depth is something to behold, especially from a Royals fan’s perspective. And honestly, it is a key reason why this club is anywhere around .500 as of September 2nd.

I don’t mention Royals Farm Report much these days (I’m just not sure how to cite them well) but just a reminder that Alex Duvall and company go around the Royals farm system every night with posts like this. Definitely worth following to get your minor league fix.

Finally, four quick hitters:


Minor leaguer Bryan Ruby came out as the only active gay professional baseball player.

“I kept thinking about the little 14-year-old me, who was scared because I’m a baseball player who loved country music,” Ruby, 25, told USA TODAY Sports. “Those are worlds where people like me are told they can’t belong. I’m not a hot-shot prospect. But today, you can’t find a single active baseball player who is out publicly. I want to help create a world where future generations of baseball players don’t have to sacrifice authenticity or who they really are to play the game they love.”

He plays for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. They were an A-ball team until this past year when they were one of the teams contracted as part of MLB’s plan to gut small towns of their product to save a few bucks on grossly underpaid minor leaguers streamline the minor leagues.

With all the flooding in New York, well, just read this:

Yankees broadcaster John Sterling was helped out of his flooding car by Spanish radio play-by-play man Rickie Ricardo on Wednesday night after Sterling got stuck trying to drive home after a game...

“I’ve seen how bad it gets flooded on River Road in Edgewater, and with the kind of rain we had, I can only imagine,” Ricardo said. “So I said, ‘Suzyn, I’m on my way. I more or less know where he lives. I’ll figure out where he’s at and see what I can do.’”

Ricardo called Sterling and kept him on the phone until he found him in one of roughly 25 vehicles stuck in flooding that covered the tires of most cars. Ricardo, who drives a Jeep, pulled up behind Sterling’s car and helped him get out of the vehicle. He said it took them an hour to find a clear path to Sterling’s apartment about a half-mile away, but he eventually got Sterling there safely.

Here’s a fun novelty. In yesterday’s Marlins-Mets game, both leadoff hitters hit first pitch homers.

Miguel Rojas and Jonathan Villar both hit first-pitch leadoff homers on Thursday, marking the first time in a game that both teams’ leadoff men have hit first-pitch homers since the Major Leagues started tracking pitch counts in 1988.

This feels like a little bit of a cheat, but Wander Franco has a 33 game on-base streak.

Among players 20 years old or younger, Franco’s 33-game streak is now tied for the third longest in AL/NL history with the Pirates’ Arky Vaughan (July 12-Aug. 10, 1932) and the New York Giants’ Mel Ott (Aug. 24-Oct. 6, 1929).

Regardless of age, Franco’s streak is the longest by a rookie shortstop since Hanley Ramirez reached in 36 straight games for the Marlins in 2006. It is also the longest active on-base streak in the Majors, the longest by a rookie in club history and the longest single-season streak by a Rays player since Johnny Damon reached in 39 consecutive games in 2011.

Oh, hey, that’s right. Damon was on Tampa. Also, the MLB streak was, checks notes, 84(!!) consecutive games by Ted Williams in 1949. MORE THAN HALF THE SEASON. Insane!

Derek Jeter has been working on his Hall of Fame speech for 20 months! It seems like the segue from gift baskets to screwing over the Marlins is a pretty easy one.


Just some mellow Animal Crossing to get you through the day. This is the 5pm music from the original for the Gamecube.