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Salvador Perez Newsbeat

Monday, September 21, 2015

Royals starter Johnny Cueto rebounds after asking Sal Perez to change his setup behind the plate

Why don’t men ever talk about their problems?

Part of his trouble, Cueto explained to the team, was he tries to throw exactly toward the catcher’s glove. Perez often set the target high in the zone, intending to lower his mitt with the pitch. But the optics challenged Cueto, which may have led to him spinning a series of cutters and changeups at the waist of opposing hitters in recent weeks.

Cueto offered a series of suggestions for Perez. Cueto needed the mitt positioned lower in the zone. He wanted Perez to back up off the plate. And Cueto wanted Perez to set up later than normal. When there were no men on base on Friday, Perez often crouched on one knee, lowering his 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame to meet Cueto’s preferences….

The revival begs the question: Why didn’t Cueto speak up sooner? The answer speaks to both his personality and the difficulty of transitioning to a new team in the middle of the season. Cueto opted to defer to Perez, rather than challenge a player he respected.

“He understood that Salvy’s a three-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glover,” Yost said. “He’s not going to come in and tell him what to do.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 21, 2015 at 03:51 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, royals, salvador perez

Monday, June 29, 2015

Perez crushes key homer for 500th career hit |

“The guy, from the moment he got here, has been a threat and he is doing the job offensive along with being a Gold Glove behind the plate,” said Yost, a former catcher himself.

He joins Joe Mauer, now a first baseman primarily with the Twins, and current Yankee Brian McCann as the only active players who were catchers and had 500 hits by the age of 25.

“What’s that say about him?” repeated Yost. “It says he’s pretty darn good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, salvador perez

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The first batch of All-Star vote tallies are out and the Royals are dominating

Would be fitting if Royals fans stuffed the ballot for the All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

Fans of the Kansas City Royals spent the early part of the season defending their team — either because they weren’t getting enough respect after their 2014 World Series run or because they were being painted as villains after they made the benches clear a few times.

Now, it appears Royals fans have focused their energy on another plight: making sure they dominate All-Star game voting. MLB released the first batch of AL vote tallies Tuesday and the Royals fans proved themselves the king and queen keyboard clackers, as five Royals would be starters if voting ended right now.

Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon and overall vote leader Salvador Perez lead their positions. At the positions where Royals aren’t first, they’re second. Even Alex Rios, who has played just seven games this season is in sixth place for outfielders, ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Bautista and Michael Brantley. Totally warranted, right?



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