Jun 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes (5) high fives third baseman Xander Bogaerts (2) after scoring a run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Jonny Gomes, Bill Self, Dwayne Bowe, Mike Catapano


The Royals are now into the All-Star break, leading Kansas City fans to reassess the 1st half. Right now, Dayton Moore should already have a plan for what he wishes to do to his club to prepare it for a playoff push. The All-Star break is a perfect opportunity to talk with other executives in order to get a feel for potential deadline deals at the end of the month.

Moore really can’t do anything else besides buy. He has no more excuses. Supposedly, the Royals have been building toward this season for the last eight years. Moore can’t afford to tell us it was all a mistake and that he needs more time. No one else in the league has kept his job for 8 seasons without delivering a playoff appearance. Moore’s time has to be growing short.

Even if he were to somehow keep his job, I can’t see anyone—either inside or outside the organization—keeping faith in Moore if he fails this season.

It’s time to deliver.

Meanwhile, some interesting news about the Cleveland job has recently emerged: the Cavs contacts Bill Self about their coaching opening before they hired current coach David Blatt the 20th of June. Self indicated he had no interest in leaving Kansas.

I guess the Cavs considered bringing in Bill Self to coach their no. 1 pick—which turned out being KU star Andrew Wiggins (with Joel Embiid in the running until his injury).

Right now, football seasons seems like a mirage that we will never reach. I know that simply isn’t true, but it sure feels like that.

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  • Kings of Kauffman – David Hill thinks the Royals need a lot more help than Jonny Gomes, who is rumored to be drawing interest from KC
  • Royals Review - Max Rieper demolishes the myth that the Royals offensive failings are due to poor clutch hitting:

The Royals are tenth in the league in runs scored per game, at 4.07. Like I mentioned above, they are fourth in the league in batting average with runners in scoring position with a .265 average higher than the league average of .253. To be as good as the Tigers, they would need fifteen more hits. That’s it. That would be the best batting average in the league with runners in scoring position.

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  • KUSports.com – Cavaliers had talks with Bill Self about their open coaching position earlier this summer:

“I talked to the Cavaliers a lot through this whole draft process concerning Andrew (Wiggins) and Joel (Embiid) and other things,” Self told the Journal-World. “We visited about the job. At no point in time was there any serious discussion about anything. We visited in general but no serious discussions about it or anything like that.”

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Now it’s Mike Catapano. He was the one who I took one look at this offseason and thought to myself, “He’s definitely bigger.” It was obvious just looking at him. He was most recently listed at 270 pounds, which surely wasn’t accurate.

According to this Instagram post from Catapano’s training, he is 297 pounds.

The article says Bowe is down to 212 pounds, down from 225 at the end of last season, and is moving around very well. Bowe has also changed his diet and hired a personal trainer. This is based on the observations of Pelissero, who watched him work out with Fitzgerald.

There you have it KC fans—the news Around the Kingdom.

Tags: Bill Self Dwayne Bowe Jonny Gomes Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Royals Kansas Jayhawks Mike Catapano