I am going to take a break from my normal routine here and pause the positional season in review posts I’ve been putting up. To be honest, the main reason is because I’ve been very sick and my brain is only at about a quarter capacity. Instead for my regular Tuesday installment, I am going to just do some bullets and notes from around the Royals and baseball. When you’re sick, it’s always best to let other people do most of the heavy lifting. So let’s just get right into it.
- First, let’s start with some tone setting music, John Zorn’s Electric Masada – Kairaim Part 1 and Part 2.
- It’s not Royals related, but in a way it’s Kansas City related. John Klima at Baseball Beginnings writes The Last .400 Hitter, about Artie Wilson who hit .402 in the Negro American League. Also, if you are not, you should consider becoming a member of the Negro League Museum.
- The Royals named Lonnie Goldberg the new Director of Scouting. The title of the article was “Goldberg named new KC director of scouting” and I’m not gonna lie, I was like “wow, Joel Goldberg is getting out of the TV game?” Lonnie Goldberg has been with the Royals since 2007 and was the director of baseball operations.
- I found this to be hilarious. I know that the likely audience of people who would enjoy pitch f/x comedy is small, but I am in that small group.
- Ambac, who is the insurer of the Truman Sports Complex bonds filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
- Jeff Zimmerman at Royals Review asks David Glass to vote for Marvin Miller for the Hall of Fame. I agree 100%.
- The Omaha Royals have been re-named the Omaha Storm Chasers. Yes, seriously. I expected to read Minda Haas ripping it apart, but she’s not. I’ll defer to her on this and accept it.
- Todd Gold of Perfect Game has a scouting report from the AFL Rising Stars game at Royals Prospects. I came away from the game thinking that Mike Montgomery had electric stuff, but needed to be more consistent. However it was only two innings.
- Phil Wood of MASN writes “I was told by someone privy to the situation that there indeed have been preliminary discussions between the Nationals and the Royals regarding righthander Zack Greinke.” He goes on to say “As the story goes, K.C. GM Dayton Moore…believes that any Nationals’ package would have to begin with either pitcher Jordan Zimmerman or shortstop Ian Desmond.” To be honest, I don’t know a whole lot about either of these guys. What do you think?
- Baseball America has posted their Top 10 Royals prospects. They agree with me and have Eric Hosmer at the top. Brett Eibner the 2010 draft pick out of the University of Arkansas is number 10, he’ll be someone to keep an eye on in 2011 along with Salvador Perez.
- Clark and I discussed the David Dejesus trade in detail on the podcast last week, but I never got to write down my thoughts. The questions come down to these:
1. Is this good return for Dejesus? It’s hard to tell, and we won’t know until time has passed. But the Royals are giving up only one season of a corner outfielder without power who is coming off of a season ending hand injury. The needed return for that isn’t extremely high.
2. Why did it happen so early? I figure Dayton Moore has been trying to deal Dejesus for a year now and has a pretty good idea of what his value on the market is. While it’s early in the off-season, its not early in the Dejesus talks.
- Former Royal Ed Kirkpatrick died on Monday. He was 66. He was a member of the original 1969 Royals and was on the team until he was traded in 1973 with Winston Cole and Kurt Bevacqua to the Pirates for Nelson Briles and Fernando Gonzalez.
Nick Scott writes about the Royals for Royals Authority, podcasts about the Royals at Broken Bat Single and writes about the Chiefs for Chiefs Command. You can follow him on Twitter @brokenbatsingle, on Facebook or email him at brokenbatsingle at gmail dot com.