Not Royals information however undoubtedly Kansas Metropolis baseball information.
Keep in mind how the T-Bones stopped paying their payments and went bankrupt? They acquired purchased up and now they’re partnering with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to change into… the Kansas Metropolis Monarchs (story: Invoice Ladson at MLB.com)
The membership was on the lookout for a reputation change for a number of months and labored with longtime followers, model businesses and league officers to assist give you a brand new title. Monarchs rapidly emerged as the favourite and most inspiring possibility. The NLBM and Brandmeyer’s MaxFun Leisure, LLC, have signed a long-term licensing settlement that can enable to be used of the Monarchs title.
“The Monarchs is a model that’s close to and pricey to our hearts. We’re very protecting of it,” Kendrick mentioned. “However the extra we had the conversations and the extra we noticed the marketing strategy, the extra this [became a reality]. It led us so far right this moment the place we announce this rebranding.”
I used to be a bit skeptical after I heard the information. But when Bob Kendrick is onboard, then full pace forward!
Kevin Hardy on the KC Star also has a story about this news.
When groups just like the Kansas Metropolis Royals sport throwback Monarchs jerseys, curiosity within the Negro Leagues and the museum usually ticks up. And Kendrick hopes the take care of the T-Bones will do the identical. “Negro Leagues baseball hasn’t been performed in 61 years. So how do you retain it related?” he mentioned. “And what I immediately noticed was a possibility for relevancy.”
…Jackson County Government Frank White, a former Royals participant and part-time T-Bones coach, mentioned the Monarchs model is called a “title of champions”. “The PA announcer earlier than each sport will say to the followers, ‘And now, right here comes your Kansas Metropolis Monarchs,’” White mentioned. “And I believe that’s a heck of a tribute.”
Pete Grathoff has a story with some fan feedback in regards to the title change.
Yesterday, the Royals agreed to contracts with 14 per-arbitration gamers.
KSNT was nice enough to list the players in the event you don’t wish to click on on the above hyperlink:
The Kansas Metropolis Royals have signed 14 gamers. They embrace Scott Barlow, Scott Blewett, Kris Bubic, Carlos Hernández, Jake Newberry, Angel Zerpa and Tyler Zuber; catcher Sebastian Rivero; infielders Kelvin Gutierrez, Nicky Lopez and Ryan O’Hearn and outfielders, Khalil Lee and Edward Olivares, and Junction Metropolis native Nick Heath.
I don’t suppose it’s not “Newkirking” if I’m quoting Shaun. That’s solely when Shaun quotes Shaun, proper?
Hawkeye Sports activities had a profile on former Royals announcer Bob Davis:
“I’ve lived in Iowa, Chicago and Kansas Metropolis,” Davis mentioned. “Your college stays with you. The place I used to be a Bears and Cubs fan (in Chicago), now I’m a Royals and Chiefs fan (in Kansas Metropolis). However your college, the College of Iowa, is with you completely.”
I do know it’s not baseball, however since we’re speaking about previous KC franchises, I believed I’d throw on this story from Rustin Dodd (sub required):
Forty-five years in the past, the Kansas Metropolis Scouts turned a failed NHL experiment. They misplaced a ton. They ran out of money. Their two years included the FBI, cows within the area, a middle who may solely skate on one facet of the ice, and a cheerful ending in New Jersey: https://t.co/NHCgLnmt1j
— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) January 21, 2021
Since not a lot occurred yesterday, Royals blogs get their very own part right this moment, stealing the realm that normally goes to “different baseball information”.
Whereas I’m unhappy to see that the content material isn’t right here at RR, I’m excited that Craig Brown has began a brand new enterprise: Into the Fountains. He has a free e-newsletter (subscribe!) and does a each day weblog submit that appears so much like the nice writing he’s at all times carried out whether or not over at BP, right here, or elsewhere on the internet. Yesterday’s story was a mixture of information and notes about Wade Davis and different signings round baseball:
Davis has misplaced about one mph off his fastball annually since 2015. That’s an enormous difficulty. Final yr, his heater averaged 91.4 mph and the opposition dined off of it to the tune of a .417 batting common and 1.167 slugging proportion. Yikes. And that well-known cutter? The rate of that pitch can be down about 5 mph and was battered for a .500 BA and 1.000 SLG in 2020. Likewise troubling, his stroll charge had ballooned to over 6 per 9 whereas his strikeout charge has dropped the final couple of years. It’s a longshot that Davis will be capable of contribute, however generally lengthy pictures are available.
Talking of Wader, Kevin O’Brien at Royals Report dives into his signing, as nicely:
One other attention-grabbing growth for Davis in 2021 would be the utilization of his cutter, which was his handiest pitch as a Royal and Cub. Based on Baseball Savant knowledge, the wOBA on his cutter was .231 and .233 in 2016 and 2017. Moreover, the cutter was additionally amplified by whiff charges of 30.7 and 35.7 % throughout these two years, respectively, as nicely. That being mentioned, whereas he did preserve a 37.8 % whiff charge on the cutter in his first yr with the Rockies, the wOBA rose to .274. In 2019, the wOBA elevated .341 and the whiff charge dropped to 31.3 %. And final yr, these wOBA and whiff charges had been .618 and 25 %, respectively, in a restricted pattern.
Lastly, let’s full our “Wade Davis signing story-stravaganza” (that’s a phrase, proper, as a result of I actually need that alliteration) with Fansided:
I’ve a folder on my bookmarks tab known as “Royals” the place I’ll toss random tales. However, as you’ve in all probability seen, I haven’t carried out a variety of off subject stuff currently and a few of these tales are embarrassingly previous. Nevertheless it’s the offseason and nobody is paying consideration anyway so let’s have a look so I can clear out the folder
We simply completed watching The Good Place and I noticed an article (that I can’t discover now) claiming Ted Danson was essentially the most prolific sitcom actor ever and I used to be like “wait… what?” However then I began excited about this: from Cheers to Becker to The Good Place? That spans 3 many years and reveals the place he was the principle star of every present. So perhaps that’s not as outlandish as I believe. Who would you contemplate the most effective Sitcom actor of all time? I believe it’s important to star (perhaps not prime billing however a part of the key ensemble) in at the very least 2 main sitcoms – so, as an illustration, as iconic as Jerry Seinfeld is, I believe he’s out since he was solely in a single sitcom. In my lifetime, solely a handful come to thoughts that even meet that standards: Michael J. Fox, Kelsey Grammar, Danny DeVito, Ed O’Neill, and Tim Allen.
So Bitcoin is on the ridiculous sum of $40K, give or take. I imply, it’s loopy, may you picture somebody shopping for one thing for a few bucks solely to have it bounce excessive sufficient to repay a home and get their youngsters by school (cough, RR meme, cough)? How in regards to the story of Dogecoin? It was a joke (form of) however it nonetheless exists and currently trades at 8/10ths of a cent. Trying on the information on it’s value web page, apparently, as of Thursday, you may even use Dogecoin to pay for Pornhub. What a world we dwell in. Anyhow, here’s a 2018 CNET story in regards to the rise and fall of Dogecoin about “how Dogecoin went from a joke equal of bitcoin to one of many world’s most beneficial cryptocurrencies — earlier than all of it got here crashing down”. I used to be going to start out itemizing issues on this story just like the Dogecoin NASCAR automobile, the joke cryptocurrency “Bells” primarily based on Animal Crossing, the Jamaican bobsled workforce, it’s practically $2 billion market cap – however I simply can’t do it justice. It’s so very… intenet-y.
And, lastly, let’s discuss beer. Or at the very least what St. Louis thinks passes for beer: Budweiser. Keep in mind that entire deal a few years in the past the place Bud used advertisements to accuse different beer makers of utilizing corn syrup, implying they used none? This led to a authorized dispute and possibly the theft of Budweiser’s recipes:
In Might, a decide ordered Anheuser-Busch InBev to cease utilizing sure language associated to corn syrup in its promoting and allowed Miller Coors to proceed with its motion. Final month, the court docket instructed Anheuser-Busch InBev to cease utilizing the phrase “no corn syrup” on its packaging.
The brand new authorized submitting, which is closely redacted, claims that an worker of the Budweiser brewer despatched info together with the recipes for Bud Mild and Michelob Extremely to an worker of Miller Coors across the time of the Tremendous Bowl. The Miller Coors worker had beforehand labored for AB InBev. He allegedly solicited the recipes through textual content messages, saying he had been requested by Miller Coors’ senior administration to offer details about Bud Mild, the authorized grievance states.
Based on the court docket paperwork, the Budweiser worker printed out display screen pictures of the recipes, folded them up and eliminated them from the brewery. The worker then texted pictures of the recipes to the Miller Coors worker. Anheuser-Busch InBev explains within the court docket paperwork that its recipes embrace particular mixes of hops and barley, in addition to the burden and quantity of components. It describes the data as “extraordinarily invaluable” to rivals.
This was again in 2019 and I don’t know what ever got here of this case.
Over Christmas break, we shared the unique Star Wars trilogy with my 5 yr previous son for the primary time. He’s going to develop up with my childhood of figuring out the truth that (40 yr previous spoilers!) Darth Vader is Luke’s father lengthy earlier than he understands why that’s even important. That is in distinction to my spouse, who noticed the flicks for the primary time once they re-released the Particular Version and was that one that audibly gasped within the theater, more likely to the bemusement of everybody round teenage her.
As an apart: Ought to we present the 5 yr previous another motion pictures? I mean, know the obvious answer. However I believe he’d like Episode 1 so we have now thought-about displaying it to him. Nonetheless, Episode 2 is rubbish and Episode 3 is simply too darkish so we’d in all probability simply cease there. I additionally thought-about that he may in all probability watch Episode 7 however, once more, possible not 8 or 9. Positive, the straightforward reply is simply go away it at 4/5/6 and name it a day. Nevertheless it’s doable we may additionally present him 1 and perhaps 7. Ideas?
Okay, okay – again to the video video games. However that is all quasi-relevant to right this moment’s track of the day. As was foretold: “Contemplating my love of all issues Gamecube, it’s a mortal lock we’ll see Rogue Chief in some unspecified time in the future”. That “some level” is right this moment.
Another diversion and we’ll bounce into the sport. When the Gamecube got here out, I used to be a poor school child. Really, scratch that – I had dropped out of faculty and was working a fairly depressing job (um, youngsters, don’t do that). I didn’t get a fifth technology online game console (N64 or PSX) till after the technology was over and largely simply performed on pals’ consoles. However I used to be actually excited in regards to the sixth technology. Sadly, I used to be grime poor and didn’t have cash to burn on such frivolities.
A co-worker of mine was a very large Star Wars fan and actually wished to play Rogue Chief. However he didn’t look after Nintendo so he didn’t have a lot curiosity within the console. So he proposed a deal to me: he would pay for half in trade for getting to maintain the console for the primary 6 months after which he’d be carried out with it. I believe he took some pity on me and knew how a lot this meant to me so I used to be extraordinarily grateful. It’s one of many causes the Gamecube will at all times have a particular little place in my coronary heart.
In the event you’ve by no means heard of or performed it, I’m simply going to cite the original 2001 review from IGN’s Matt Casamassina:
It’s taken greater than 20 years, however a growth studio has lastly captured the spirit and fantastic thing about the Star Wars trilogy motion pictures and crammed all of it into one action-packed sport. The Issue 5 developed Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Chief represents the evolution of the LucasArts shooter franchise, which was sparked to life on Nintendo 64 some years in the past. The GameCube sequel comes full with all new ranges primarily based on scenes from the trilogy, the flexibility to pilot basic crafts as Jedi hero Luke Skywalker and extra secrets and techniques than can simply be counted. And it’s fairly probably essentially the most lovely title we’ve seen on any house console. Rejoice.
How about Ricardo Torres at Gamespot?
Whereas all of Rogue Chief’s elements are sturdy on their very own, they show a large amount of polish and find yourself making RL excess of the sum of its elements… Because of tight graphics and immersive gameplay, Rogue Chief: Rogue Squadron simply stands as essentially the most spectacular launch title for the GameCube. GameCube homeowners searching for a showcase for his or her new system owe it to themselves to select up a replica.
That’s effusive reward from the 2 greatest on-line online game publications on the time.
Simply take a look at the video beneath. Sure, the graphics are a bit grainy by right this moment’s requirements, however keep in mind this was one of many launch video games for the Gamecube. However keep in mind, we’re simply months faraway from the N64 and unique Ps. These FMVs seem like they had been minimize proper out of the Particular Version (pause for commentary about that) and shrunk all the way down to the lovable little Gamecube disc dimension
Right here’s the sport introduction and the primary stage the place gamers are thrown proper into the Loss of life Star trench run: