Kansas City Royals Christmas List For 2017
By John Viril
For Salvador Perez:
One Bromance Potion. This potion is able to make any two teammates begin an intense bro-affair that transforms them into BFFs. Perez could slip it into the drinks of a starting pitcher and backup catcher Drew Butera. That way, the pitcher would insist his bro become his personal receiver, giving Perez a break every fifth day.
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So much for overuse. Take that Ned Yost!
Seriously, 26-year-old Salvador Perez has been catching way too many games. He’ll play next season at 27, and isn’t getting any younger. At some point, Ned Yost is going to have to find ways to take wear and tear off Perez’s body, or turn his four-time Gold Glove receiver into Joe Maurer (who now plays first base for the Twins).
Hey, Perez’s numbers have declined in the second half three years in a row. The slide was particularly acute in 2016. Perez smashed his way to a .283/.318/.500 start before the All-Star break. Afterwards, Perez hit a mere .201/.248/.357.
Something needs to get done. Rather than trust Ned Yost to protect Perez’s legs, I’m asking Santa to intervene. Ho Ho Ho! Now that’s what I’d call a Merry Christmans.