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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Royals’ Blaine Boyer took wheel of team bus after chunk of ice smashed windshield

Royals strength and conditioning coach Ryan Stoneberg shared what happened on Instagram.

“While driving from the airport to the hotel through brutal cold conditions, ice from the roof of the staff bus flew off and hit the windshield of the trailing bus,” Stoneberg wrote. “The windshield was smashed, glass flew in the face of the driver, and one of our players had to assist with steering the bus to safety on the highway. I am so glad that all our players are safe due to quick action of our team and the steady nerves of the driver.”

Zach Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:47 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpen usage, life skills, relievers, royals, time to panic

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Engel: Rangers, please don’t do this to your best arm

Mac Engel on converting reliever Matt Bush to starting duties:

Bush has electric stuff that belongs in the back end of a bullpen, not as a starter every fifth day. Sorry, sixth day. He is willing, and he has the talent, but he is not built for the role.

Asking a power arm on a 5-foot-9, 180-pound frame is asking for an injury. He generates most of that power from his large trunk, but this is a guy who battled through shoulder and knee injuries last season when he pitched 52 1/3 innings.

Both Bush as a starter and a “Five-plus-one” rotation are terrible ideas partly fueled by the analytics crew that continues to usher baseball into a war of calculators, and this team’s need for a decent arm in a rotation.

I know that it’s hard to keep moral judgment out of Matt Bush threads, but I am mostly interested in people’s take on converting relievers to starters, these days.  The Rangers have had some disasters lately (Neftali Feliz, Tanner Scheppers), so I tend to agree with Engel.  But maybe each case is unique.

 

BDC Posted: February 28, 2018 at 09:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: conversion to starting, rangers, relievers

 

 

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