First-base decision looms over Royals during spring training

Both Ryan O'Hern and Ryan McBroom would love to see themselves as a Royals first baseman. But with the ultimate decision out of their hands, they're keeping their focus on spring training.



February 21, 2020 - 3:58 PM

The Kansas City Royals' Ryan McBroom hits a double against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 7, 2019, in Miami. (Eric Espada/Getty Images/TNS) Photo by (Eric Espada/Getty Images/TNS)

SURPRISE, Ariz. — For the time being, neither Ryan O’Hearn nor Ryan McBroom will let himself get wrapped up in the numbers game of figuring out how many players at various positions can make the Kansas City Royals roster.

They know the drill. They know they’d both like to end spring training as the club’s starting first baseman. They’re determined, however, not to let that distract them from what they each need to do or get in the way of their friendship.

“I love Broomie,” O’Hearn said. “Broomie and I have become close. We hang out and do our workouts together every day. We’re in the same groups. We take ground balls together. I hang out with him outside of the field. He’s one of my good friends. That’s just what it is.

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