Saturday, June 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Mondesi, 20, makes Royals' World Series roster

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Raul Mondesi played 13 seasons in the big leagues. He suited up for 1,325 games and stepped to the plate 6,639 times, patrolling the outfield for seven clubs.

He never once appeared on a World Series roster.

His 20-year-old son can already hold that over him.

Raul Mondesi Jr. was added to the Royals' 25-man roster before Game 1 of the World Series against the Mets on Tuesday. If he gets into a game, the utility man would become the first player in history to make his major-league debut in the Fall Classic.

"I'm ready, because I saw my dad playing all the years," Mondesi said. "So that's not — it's something big, but I'm ready to help the team."

Mondesi was keeping fit in Arizona when he was summoned to Kansas City to work out with the team after the AL Championship Series. He was added to the roster at the expense of Terrance Gore, giving Kansas City more options — pinch-running, pinch-hitting and double switches — when the games shift to New York and National League rules are in play.

He also was chosen over veteran OF Jonny Gomes, the former Ray who crushes left-handed pitching, and Cheslor Cuthbert, a similar type of utility prospect who already has been with the Royals.

"Mondesi can do a lot," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He can play really, really well, shortstop, second base. He's a switch-hitter. He can hit a fastball, he can bunt, and he can run. All these situations come into play. It's just more flexibility in a National League game."

Plus, Mondesi could help the Royals out of a bind if former Ray Ben Zobrist has to leave. The second baseman's wife, Julianna, is due with their third child in the next couple of weeks.

"It was not relevant," Yost insisted.

BROADCAST GLITCH: The game was delayed for about seven minutes with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning when Fox's video feed failed, causing both teams to lose access to their replay rooms.

Umpires spoke with both managers and also put on headsets, presumably to speak with Major League Baseball's replay center in New York. When play resumed, the U.S. telecast switched to the international feed. The U.S. broadcast returned at the start of the bottom of the fifth inning.

The network issued a statement apologizing for the outage and citing a "rare electronics failure (that) caused both the primary and backup generators inside the FOX Sports production compound to lose power."

HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW: Jacob deGrom sounded like his decision was a lock: He wants to trim his long hair after the season.

The Mets right-hander was asked whether his hair was better than the flowing dreadlocks on Royals RHP Johnny Cueto, his scheduled opponent tonight in Game 2.

"I think mine is gone at the end of the year, so I'll give that award to him," deGrom said. "It's driving me nuts. I've got to get rid of it."

URIBE BACK: Reserve INF Juan Uribe was added to the Mets' roster after recovering from a chest injury. He has not played since Sept. 25.

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