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Royals Rumblings – News for March 16, 2020
Danny Duffy is still hanging tight in Arizona, for now.
Even as Duffy said he’s “committed” to remaining in Arizona and training at the Royals facility to stay as ready as possible right now, he acknowledged that his decision is a day-to-day proposition based on the available information at the time. Which is to say if he’s told it’s not safe to stay or if a situation developed back home, that could change his thinking.
”Obviously, family is the most important thing in the world,” Duffy said. “It should be to everybody. You never know. Like I said, you take care of today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. If that includes going home, and that’s what people decide to do, that’s what they do.”
The Royals issued a letter to fans.
“We will persevere through this, and when we get to the other side, we will come back together in the setting we love most. In the meantime, we all have an important part to play, from the personal responsibility of knowing and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and our local health officials, to actively helping the most vulnerable among us.
”We’re proud to be part of this great Kansas City region, where people come together to solve problems and lift each other up. We appreciate your partnership as we work together to face this challenge, and remain #AlwaysRoyal.”
Royals: Erick Peña, OF (No. 5)The Royals gave Peña $3,877,500 to sign at the outset of the 2019 July 2 period after he had been ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 5 international prospect in his class. The Dominican native’s left-handed hitting ability and power potential are his strengths right now, though the other parts of his game aren’t far behind. He could have at least average tools across the board when all is said and done and will make his highly anticipated pro debut in 2020.
They also list one game for each franchise that you can watch online.
Shawn Bauman at Kings of Kauffman looks at the worst contracts on the team.
MLB tells teams to end organized workouts.
Some insiders think baseball won’t be back until May.
The Nationals release reliever Hunter Strickland.
Trevor Bauer held a pickup wiffle ball game among players.
A Yankees minor leaguer tests positive for coronavirus.
Buster Olney writes that when play resumes, baseball must be careful.
A chat with the women broadcasting baseball in the minors, including Lexington broadcaster Emma Tiedemann.
NFL players approve a new labor agreement that will expand the schedule to 17 games and expand the playoffs to 14 teams.
The college basketball stories this year that didn’t get a proper ending.
Why are people hoarding toilet paper?
Your song of the day is Joe with Let’s Stay Home Tonight.