Weekend Rumblings – News of December 4, 2021
Geoff Pontes of Baseball America writes about reaching prospects with interesting analytical characteristics.
Every year, without fail, one or two positional players go from obscurity to notoriety thanks to solid performances. Pasquantino may turn out to be one of those players, with several markers indicating a solid long-term result. The combination of greater contact ability and force-oriented raw power is rare. Pasquantino, however, has excellent bat-to-ball skills and hand-eye coordination. It’s a true punching tool, as it adjusts to pitch, speed, and spin with relative ease. His batted ball profile is also strong, showing his ability to strike the ball through the air with regularity, generating flyballs at a rate of nearly 40% and line workouts at a rate of over 24%. It’s an easy way to spot some things: first a flatter bat plane, because hard drives turn into liners, but also a large amount of squared contacts.
The Kansas City Star Editorial Board is questioning a taxpayer-funded downtown stadium in light of the lockdown.
But owners who write big checks to players, or players who cash them, shouldn’t cry poverty when the time comes to renovate a stadium or build a new one. And they shouldn’t be asking taxpayers to subsidize those wages by pledging hundreds of millions of dollars to build stadiums.
Royals Academy’s Clint Scoles reacts to Taylor Clarke signing.
Clarke’s slider is his bread and butter pitch, limiting hitters to an average of .156 with a 44% puff rate. Unfortunately, his fastball is average at best, if not a check mark below, registering up to 97 mph but performing steadily with a below average spin rate. In April, its rotational speed fell below 2,200 rpm before climbing back up to over 2,300 rpm in May when it began to enter a groove. He fell with shoulder problems in June before recovering in September. His fastball will need to improve for him to be effective.
Vahe Gregorian writes the watchers for Sunday’s announcement whether Buck O’Neil will be selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame, including one with Negro League Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick.
“I’ll either have a whole bunch of people to hug or a whole bunch of shoulders to cry on,” he said with a laugh.
More seriously, however, the point is to share the moment… whatever the moment brings.
“Because it’s ancient history,” he said. “Whether this is good or bad remains to be seen. But it’s still history, and it’s still a moment in the history of this organization. We have to grasp this …
“(And) we’ll all be a part of it together.”
Shakeia Taylor of Fangraphs reviews Buck’s candidacy.
The Royals have announced that they currently have no plans to host a FanFest 2022, due to the pandemic.
Royals Insider’s Jordan Foote wonders if signing JaCoby Jones is going to create an outside traffic jam.
Advocates for Minor Leaguers forms a steering committee to lobby for better conditions.
A brief history of baseball work stoppages.
MLB teams spent a record $ 2.16 billion in the month leading up to the lockdown.
The Marlins are interested in Diamondbacks outfielder Ketel Marte.
The Blue Jays are ready to spend after the lockout.
Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka chooses to stick with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
Athletics is reviewing a site on the Las Vegas Strip for a potential new baseball stadium.
Braves Dansby Swanson shortstop becomes engaged to American football player Mallory Pugh.
Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon resigns and is replaced by Danny Manning.
Perhaps computers weren’t the problem with the college football playoff selection process.
NASA gave Jeff Bezos money to build his office park in space.
Sony is planning a new game subscription service to compete with Xbox Game Pass.
Why your favorite comedians disappeared from Spotify.
Your song of the day is Warren Zevon with Lawyers, guns and money.