The Royals clashed with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez last night, leading to ejections for Mike Matheny, pitching coach Cal Eldred, and pitcher Brady Singer. Some of it stemmed from a hit-batter call
“I heard the bat,” Perez said. “They were maybe confused with what they saw, maybe touched his finger, that’s what they saw. But I heard it. I heard his bat. It was a foul ball, a foul tip, and it should be an out. … When you get hit in the hand, right away, it’s sensitive, so you’re going to [show it] or something. I didn’t see Ramírez do anything. So it’s kind of like — you know. I heard the foul tip.”
“I think he handled it pretty good,” Perez said of Singer. “Sometimes you need to, you know, let them know. That’s what I think. It’s kind of funny, but honestly he made a pretty good pitch. It was a strike, not even like it was close or not close. It was a strike. When we see the iPad, when we see the game, it’s a strike. I don’t know why Angel didn’t call that pitch like that. I don’t know. You already know the history about Angel, so.”
Matheny on Singer’s passion: “He pitches with emotion, all the time. That’s just part of what makes him as good as he is.”
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Rogers: Royals owner John Sherman showed this offseason he was willing to add talent even after a pandemic year in his first season as majority owner. Will that continue in July? I think it’s possible, especially if the Royals are right in the mix. Like every team, pitching depth is going to be key down the stretch, and that could be something they target. I also think the team is ecstatic about the top prospects it has on the way to the Majors this year.
Anne Rogers writes that Dayton Moore is excited
“We’re excited that we’re going to be back performing in the Minor Leagues, especially for an organization that relies so heavily on scouting and player development, and transitioning our homegrown players to the Major Leagues,” general manager Dayton Moore said earlier this week. “… We took advantage of the opportunities we were given [last year].
“But there’s nothing that beats being a Minor League affiliate with fans in the stands and the travel, the competitiveness that you go through when you’re competing against a team with another jersey on. Nothing can beat that.”
Lynn Worthy writes about
“When it was all said and done, we just thought for him to be the most prepared, well-rounded player he could possibly be when he’s ready for the major leagues, let’s just start him at Double-A,” Picollo said. “Nothing can really go wrong with him starting at Double-A, minus injury.”
Picollo said he and the Royals’ player development staff weighed the difference between Triple-A and Double-A pitching, believing Triple-A offered more veteran, refined pitching but Witt would face more high-end, high-ceiling pitchers at Double-A.
Lynn also writes about catcher Sebastian Rivero
John Perotto at Forbes Magazine
“We had a good team,” first baseman Carlos Santana said. “We’re going out and having fun and believing we can win every game. There is a lot of talent on this team, and it’s starting to come together.”