Training camp is just over a month away.
Even though you can’t really put much stock into reports that come out of the Chiefs’ minicamp, it’s nice just to know we are getting closer to training camp, and therefore, the start of the season. With the Royals playing so poorly, it’s nice to remember that Kansas City has the best team in football and the best quarterback ever to play the game.
Detroit Tigers 4, Kansas City Royals 3
1:10pm – MLB – Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals (BSKC)
CHIEFS MANDATORY MINICAMP STARTS
The Chiefs started their mandatory minicamp Tuesday. Kyle Long, Martinas Rankin, and Armani Watts did not attend. Frank Clark, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, and Charvarius Ward were all on the field after not attending voluntary OTAs.
Frank Clark said he did not reach his sack goal last season. However, he is glad to have Chris Jones at defensive end, so offenses have to pick one side of the line or the other to protect.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif had a little trouble speaking English. He has primarily been speaking French for the past year while working as a doctor in Canada.
Chiefs players are heaping praise on fifth-round tight end Noah Gray. He’s reportedly picking things up very quickly and is making nice catches in minicamp. From everything we are hearing, I would expect Gray to play a big role in the offense this year. How does a team stop the Chiefs with two tight ends like Travis Kelce and Noah Gray? I’m getting ahead of myself, but it sure sounds promising.
MONDESI ACTIVATED, DOESN’T START
Adalberto Mondesi was activated from the injured list Tuesday. But Mondesi did not start the game. Why would you do that? If Mondesi is healthy, he is one of the best offensive weapons the Royals have when he’s going well. Certainly, the Royals weren’t planning on just using him off the bench. That’s a waste. I haven’t heard anything else about the decision. RHP Ronald Balanos was placed on the 10-day injured list to make room for Mondesi because of a right flexor strain.
ROYALS STARTERS STILL STRUGGLING
Four batters into the game, the Detroit Tigers had one run in, two runners on base, and just one out. That’s how it has been going for the Royals the past couple of weeks, and Mike Minor couldn’t change that on Tuesday.
A sad statement about Royals starters recently is that Minor appeared to pitch rather well until you looked at his line when he was pulled. Minor went 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. That’s not good. It’s an ERA of 6.35. Would you want a starting pitcher, or any pitcher frankly, with an ERA of 6.35?
But Royals starting pitchers have been so bad recently that Minor’s start appeared in real-time like it wasn’t that bad! It is an improvement to some extent. We are used to seeing four runs in the first inning. Detroit scored just once in the first. Minor did that in almost six innings. Sadly, that’s an improvement.
MLB FOREIGN SUBSTANCE ENFORCEMENT
Major League Baseball will start enforcing violations of pitchers using foreign substances starting next Monday on June 21, 2021. Umpires will be required to check pitchers throughout the game whether they suspect the pitcher of cheating or not. Starting pitchers will be checked more than once. Relief pitchers will be checked at the end of the inning they enter or when they leave the game, whichever comes first. Pitchers will be held responsible for any pitched ball found to be modified while they are on the mound. If players other than the pitcher have substances that get on the ball, the pitcher and the other player will be suspended.
With the announcement on Tuesday, players from all over baseball were complaining. Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Tyler Glasnow said that the crackdown on foreign substances led to his injury. Ok. Let’s discuss this. Glasnow said that he was cheating, and when MLB said players would get suspended for using foreign substances, he had to stop cheating, which caused his injury.
Is that Glasnow argument as unbelievable to you as it is to me? I compare it to someone driving down the road where there are never any police, so they speed all the time. Then, police start watching that road, and a driver slams on his brakes and crashes his car and then blames the police because they weren’t expecting the police to enforce the speed limit. Nobody would ever say the driver had a logical argument. But some in the baseball media will certainly agree with Glasnow.
NOTES… Daniel Lynch is working at Triple-A on not tipping his pitches. The Royals believe that is the reason he was hit hard in his three starts earlier this season… Ochai Agbaji received an invitation to the NBA draft combine. Jalen Wilson and Marcus Garrett received invitations to the G-League combine… The Canadian Football League will start on August 5. The league did not play in 2020… Tua Tagovailoa threw five interceptions in minicamp on Tuesday. Remember when Patrick Mahomes threw a lot of interceptions in camp before his first year as a starter? It didn’t matter. The media reports these numbers, but they are essentially meaningless.
Chiefs minicamp observations: Rookie TE Noah Gray gets high praise, Patrick Mahomes looks sharp (Nate Taylor)
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