“That (Yordano Ventura) kid’s special, to say the least. He’s got a 95-100 mph (fastball). His change-up I think is the pitch that keeps people off his fastball. His curveball was filthy. I don’t like to tip my cap but the guy’s got some good stuff and he went out there and showed it.”
Adam Jones, Orioles center fielder, after facing Yordano Ventura last week in Baltimore where he shut out the O’s in eight innings of work, Baltimore Sun
GH: Have the Royals found their next Zack Greinke? Ace Ventura will be on the hill at The K tonight against Toronto in 50-degree weather. I cannot imagine the Jays are looking forward to their introduction to the Royals rookie.
“I think KC is one of the better teams in the AL. I think top to bottom they have the top pure arm strength pitching staff in baseball.”
Buck Showalter, Orioles manager, via tweet from Orioles beat reporter @masRoch, after KC took two of three games in Baltimore over the weekend, Twitter
GH: The Royals led the AL in ERA last season and finished third in the ALC. The Royals’ arms will need some help from the Royals’ bats to make this summer more than last summer.
“But we do know that the Royals signed a ridiculously talented player (in Ventura) for $28K. He’s being paid $500K this season, and has already out-performed the cost of this year’s salary by generating .8 WAR – and it’s still April. He has a fastball that occasionally clocks in at 102 MPH. At 22 years old, he displays great presence and maturity on the mound, smooth mechanics which should help to mitigate injury risk, and routinely makes talented big league hitters seem over-matched. They’re batting .204 against him so far in 2014.”
Tom Barkwell, writer, KingsofKauffman.com
GH: Sounds like we all should dig out our stocking caps and head to The K tonight to see the AL ROTY. There will be plenty of seats available.
“If anything, boos are louder for Cano’s second at-bat. … Was at both (KC All-Star Game and last night’s Mariners/Yankees game). Louder at Kauffman, which is saying something.”
Bob Dutton, @TNT_Mariners, as the former Yankee second baseman was booed in his first game back to New York, Twitter
GH: Jimmy Fallon pranked Yankees fans Monday night with a great “Boo Cano” scam. Watch it here. Fallon is absolutely destroying my sleep pattern since he took over for Leno. He is reinventing late-night talk show television and it is quickly becoming can’t-miss TV.
“Joy of Yankees fans – YANKEES FANS – booing a player who left for more money is something for us little market folks to treasure.”
Joe Posnanski, @JPosnanski, Twitter
“I have a different look at Rex (Hudler), because I see him. I talk to him. The most important thing to me is that he is who he is, on the broadcast and off. This is not an act, a character he plays only when he sees the red light come on. This is who he is. He’s genuine, he’s vulnerable, he’s above all else enthusiastic. I also think it helps to not take him too seriously. I don’t mean that in a way, like, “just don’t listen to him.” I mean that he wants to have fun on the broadcasts. He knows this is a game, not the bar exam. I like that about him, too.”
Sam Mellinger, responding to a Twitter Tuesday reader who asked why Hudler remains a part of the Royals TV broadcasts, kansascity.com
GH: I don’t understand why seeing and talking to Hudler should influence Mellinger’s opinion of his work on the Royals broadcasts. Sam also sees and talks to the Royals and Chiefs players, coaches and front office personnel – does that make him want to be a bit easier on his critique of their performances? Knowing the people you critique can be difficult. But a columnist’s ultimate goal should be to serve his/her audience, not those he covers and happens to know.
“NBCSN’s (NHL) Flyers-Rangers Game 5 (Tuesday) night averaged a 0.5 rating from 7:30-10:15pm.”
John Ourand, @Ourand_SBJ, Twitter
GH: The NHL has a passionate but insignificant fan base when it comes to TV ratings. Not unlike the MLS.
“TNT’s Warriors-Clippers posted biggest NBA playoff overnight (3.7). ‘Inside the NBA’ pulled a 1.7 last night from 1:30-2:30amET.”
John Ourand, @Ourand_SBJ, Twitter
GH: The NBA’s postgame show drew three times the ratings the NHL game did – and it was on well after midnight in most markets.
“Bill and Nancy Laurie should buy the Clippers and move them to Kansas City! Sprint Center awaits!”
Kim English, former Mizzou basketball player, @Emglishscope24, Twitter
GH: Are the Clippers in any danger of moving from LA? Almost assuredly no.
“Guys, stop. Just stop. Donald Sterling has a better chance of being elected mayor of Atlanta than Kansas City does of landing the Clippers.”
Sam Mellinger, @mellinger, Twitter
“Donald Sterling banned from anything NBA. A punishment also currently levied on Kansas City.”
Mick Shaffer, @mickshaffer, Twitter
“This is the worst part of sports talk radio – when you’ve booked a guest and he’s canceled before…do we say his name or not? Anthony Peeler.”
Steven St. John, after the former Mizzou basketball star was a now show for their Monday show, 810 AM
GH: Does the listener really care about who no-showed The Border patrol or any sports talk radio show? I don’t. SSJ going public with this kind of “news” sounds petty to me. A pro just rolls on with his/her show and takes it out on Peeler in private.
“I texted back and forth yesterday, I believe it was Anthony Peeler but I could be getting catfished right now. We have had him booked three different times and he’s canceled every time.”
Aaron Swarts, who books guests for The Border Patrol, 810 AM
“I’m not going to go with massive transfers. If something fits, we might do that. But we’re going to try and build this brand from as many four-year players as we can. That’s kind of the official plan we’re looking at.”
Kim Anderson, in an interview with Kevin Kietzman explaining how he wants to build his basketball program at Mizzou, 810 AM
GH: Anderson is spouting some very conservative and old-school basics to build his program at Mizzou. The reality of it may prove to be quite different than he envisions.
“I’m not interested in graduating (basketball) players. I don’t think anybody should be. Bill Self’s got a whole bunch of guys down there (not graduating).”
Jay Binkley, after Anderson stated his staff would be concentrating on winning and graduating players, 610 AM
GH: Four-year grads are not all that necessary for building a winning DI basketball program. Sure, it sounds good but this is no longer 1999. Anderson will need to adapt to a very different DI environment than the one he knew under Norm. It will be interesting to see what his program looks like in three years and how closely he will be able to follow his early vision.
“Food for thought this morning: With Haith’s departure, Mizzou doesn’t have a single head coach in its athletic department that isn’t white.”
Ashley Zavala, @ZavalaA, reporter for Comcast, Twitter
GH: Mike Alden’s last two head basketball hires were black and I thought he might go that route again to avoid this all-white label for MU’s head coaches.
“With what Missouri has done with their last three hires, give this thing a chance. … What are we talking about here? The bar isn’t that high!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Mizzou’s last three head basketball coaches have all taken the Tigers to the Elite Eight or won a conference tournament. Mizzou basketball hasn’t slipped to become Nebraska under Snyder, Anderson and Haith. The height of the bar for Kim is still going to take some stretching to clear.
“Coming up next – ten mind-numbing sports narratives that everybody uses. Next on Sports Radio 610.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: I did not stick around to find out if formula-driven sports talk radio segments like this was on Fescoe’s list.
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