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Invoice Ladson of writes that Kansas Metropolis might be getting a Buck O’Neil streetcar!

Baseball legend Buck O’Neil died 14 years in the past this week, and Negro League Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick is ensuring O’Neil won’t ever be forgotten. In partnership with RideKC, a mass transit firm in Kansas Metropolis, NLBM will reveal a streetcar and metro bus devoted to O’Neil on Nov. 13 — the day O’Neil would have turned 109 years previous.

MLB Pipeline has their report from the Royals alternate web site:

“He’s simply up to now superior,” mentioned J.J. Picollo, the Royals’ vp/assistant GM of participant personnel, about Witt’s offense. “It’s not simply that he hits the ball arduous — it’s his pitch recognition, his method to each at-bat, his preparation for the video games … he’s simply an thrilling participant to have.”

At The Star, Lynn Worthy talked in regards to the season for rookies Brady Singer and Kris Bubic.

The continued improvement of his curveball to enhance his fastball-changeup mixture might be an enormous think about his potential to assault hitters. “I feel it received quite a bit higher as I went alongside, having the ability to land it extra usually,” Bubic mentioned. “Simply the general potential to throw that at any time when I would like like I can most nights with my changeup (might be essential).”

“I’m positively going to sharpen all the pieces,” Singer mentioned. “That’s one thing I work on yearly, and including that changeup extra into the repertoire. It felt good. I may’ve thrown it quite a bit, however I felt like I used to be having success with the slider and the fastball, so I didn’t throw it as a lot. That’s positively one thing I need to deliver into subsequent 12 months, have an improved changeup.”

Dayton Moore talked about giving recommendation as a mum or dad:

“I feel what I’ve discovered, and in a variety of circumstances I’ve discovered the arduous means, the one factor our youngsters actually need to hear us say is, I really like watching you play, nice job, good strive, I really like watching you play, I really like watching you do one thing you like to do. And so after I began taking extra of that method, what I discovered was my son started to ask me questions. as a substitute of me making an attempt to offer him solutions earlier than he requested. And so we started to develop this relationship centered across the recreation the place he would ask the questions.

If we are able to hyperlink to tales at The Athletic that require a sub, absolutely we may give some like to Clint Scoles and his Patreon account, writing a couple of potential Whit Merrifield commerce final 12 months:

You probably have been watching the Playoffs, then you could have seen the emergence of Randy Arozarena for the Rays. For these which were studying right here for some time, you probably keep in mind a commerce situation a Cardinals scout pitched to me final summer season. To refresh for many who don’t keep in mind, the commerce for Whit Merrifield would have been Arozarena, Kodi Whitley, and Kolten Wong. On the time, I believed Wong’s inclusion was the deal-breaker as a result of he was owed $17m between ‘19 and ‘20. To tackle that sort of contract, they need to get one other prospect subsequent to Arozarena as a substitute of Whitley. If the Royals have been provided that deal and handed, it could have been a misstep primarily based on Arozarena’s play.

Within the Kansas Metropolis Enterprise Journal, Brian Kaberline writes that the Royals spent about $1.3M per win in 2020.

The Royals spent $1.32 million in payroll for every of the membership’s 26 wins this season. That ranked No. Eight within the 30-team league in a research of cost-per-win by the Cincinnati Enterprise Courier utilizing knowledge from sports activities payroll agency Spotrac.

Royals blogs?

U.L.’s Toothpick begins the 1980 postseason with recreation 1 of the ALCS:

From “right here we go once more” to “right here we go!”, the Royals and their followers rode an emotional curler coaster throughout Sport One of many ALCS, as Kansas Metropolis overcame an early 2-Zero deficit to take a 7-2 win over their longtime postseason tormentors, the New York Yankees, on a heat and sunny Wednesday afternoon at Royals Stadium.

Royals Reporter “rank[s] the Royals’ 40-man ‘launch’ candidates this low season”, tiering them off as Sure, Doubtless, and Doable:

Sure: Matt Harvey, SP/RP; Kevin McCarthy, RP; Glenn Sparkman, SP/RP; Probability Adams, SP/RP; Ryan McBroom, 1B/OF; Erick Mejia, Utility; Bubba Starling, OF.

The Braves completed filleting the Fish with a 7-Zero win yesterday to advance to the NLCS.

The Astros are shifting on to their 4th consecutive ALCS.

And, no, as enjoyable a narrative because it was that Zack telegraphed his pitch proper earlier than giving up a 3-run homer yesterday, that’s not fairly the way it went down.

The Yankees beat Tampa, knotting their sequence at 2. Sport 5 is tonight at 6:10pm Royal Time.

Sorry, no information about Dodgers-Padres Sport 4. Simply consider it like a kind of video games that the newspaper listed as too late for print. Solely you possibly can simply hit ctrl+T and discover out what occurred as a substitute of getting to attend till tomorrow’s newspaper. As I’m ending this up round 9:30, it’s not wanting good for the Padres with the Dodgers holding a commanding 6-2 lead after 3.

Terry Francona is on the record of individuals who’ve had a extremely tough 2020:

Francona revealed Wednesday that he underwent a number of surgical procedures in a four-day span and required an prolonged keep in intensive care on the Cleveland Clinic whereas coping with medical points that sidelined him for all however 14 video games this season…

Francona, who has had each knees changed in addition to considered one of his hips, mentioned he wants surgical procedure on his different hip however not till he’s more healthy. “I’d love for my high quality of life to be a little bit bit higher,” he mentioned. “However I additionally don’t really feel like going via the blood clots once more. Limping’s higher than being horizontal.

Is it tampering if it’s the participant doing it?

There’s a enjoyable story within the LA Occasions from a photographer who took a very good image of Cody Bellinger’s doubtlessly recreation saving catch in Sport 2. Sadly, he’s a lifelong Padres fan.

Lastly, should you didn’t assume this story was going to make it right here, you should be new to Fridays. At Fangraphs, Ben Clemens asks what baseball could be like if there was extra rubber banding to baseball. In different phrases, “What if Baseball Have been Extra Like Mario Kart?

With one million video games, no off days, and roughly six high quality beginning pitchers among the many groups left within the playoffs, baseball is wall-to-wall motion proper now. You’ll be able to’t take two steps with out tripping over a four-hour recreation, and each resolution — Carry within the lefty? Experience the recent hand? — feels momentous. However let’s take a second to ponder one thing really essential. What if baseball have been extra like Mario Kart?

When you haven’t performed Mario Kart earlier than, initially: I’m sorry. It’s truthfully one of the best. It’s a racing online game sequence with quite a lot of beloved Nintendo characters, however there’s one half I care about most for the needs of this text: the sport actively works to decelerate the chief and pace up the laggards. When you’re out entrance, you possibly can anticipate middling power-ups and particularly focused countermeasures to sluggish you down a bit. When you’re mentioning the rear, the sport offers with each arms that will help you get caught up. It’s doable to run away with a race, however the recreation is working arduous to make it much less probably.

better of RR notes – simply don’t have time to do it justice

I really like Van Halen – they’re my favourite band so I’ve to do one thing of theirs with Eddie passing this week.

As cliche as it’s, I completely love “Soar”. It’s one of the vital 80s sounding songs that has ever 80s’d the 80s. Sadly, in Guitar Hero: Van Halen, the whammy bar distorts the fantastically pure sound and I couldn’t discover a video with out the whammy. As a substitute, we’re going to the subsequent observe on 1984, one other superior track. I’m fairly positive most of you’re conversant in “Panama”:

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