And no, I don't mean their uniforms. There's little substantive in the piece I linked, but it's just an example of how this team is generating a bit of buzz. The team finally appears willing to spend to accompany the new stadium and monker with a brand deserving of far more than the horrible branding we've seen so far. The one thing I don't understand is that the team appears interested in Jonathan Papelbon (see http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7220089/jonathan-papelbon-drawing-interest-philadelphia-phillies-source-says ). Yes, we all know that the situation with Leo Nunez, er, whatever his name is, may leave a bit of a gap, but we all know that closers are close to fungible, and the opportunity cost of acquiring Papelbon would be detrimental for most teams. So, what do the rest of you expect?
The number of whole dollars the Royals donated to the Negro Leagues Museum. The fundraising goal is $100,000.
And it was against the Royals
Christian Colon, SS, Royals. I saw a series of unimpressive plate appearances in which he was just flipping the bat at the ball. In the Futures Game, he did finally drive a ball for a long out to left-center, but in general, he looked like a disappointment. He also didn't seem to have a shortstop's speed or body. He didn't look 6'1" or 180 pounds, and not in a good way in either case. There's a clue at the plate; I just don't know if the Royals can count on him developing into a major-league shortstop, and if Colon has to play second base, he's not clearly better than Johnny Giovatella. Colon, by the way, is 16 months older than Tim Beckham.Joe Sheehan sharing random thoughts from Arizona
[T]eams that have been in touch with the Royals say they're no longer looking to make a deal for a potential top-of-the-rotation starter, now that they've traded for Jonathan Sanchez. At this point, the Royals prefer to hang onto their prospects and fish for back-of-the-rotation options in the free-agent pool. One potential option if they can't re-sign Bruce Chen: Chris Capuano.From ESPN's Jayson Stark. If true, this should really anger many Royals fans who think the Royals are close to contention and just needed a couple of good SP's.
I know a lot of people on here don't like Posnanski, but I do, and I can't really express how sad I feel to see him say things like "I've never seen anything handled worse. Maybe New Orleans, post-Katrina." He's just the same as those idiots on the Penn State blog, and I'd thought he was lot better than that. UPDATE: New Pos post on Paterno: http://joeposnanski.si.com/2011/11/10/the-end-of-paterno/ I don't really think he helps his case, but judge for yourself.
1988 is the first election I remember. I look at some of the state results from that year. West Virginia was the most southerly state Dukakis won.
I don't pretend to know much about this stuff, but Kevin Scobee does. Scobee (@scobes15 on Twitter) was a college pitcher who has coaching experience himself. He also gets input from current University of Georgia picher Derek McGowan. Whatever your position is, this is definitely worth a read for those interested in Bannister, McClure, the Royals, or pitching in general.