With the fifth pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Kansas City Royals selected RHP Kyle Zimmer of the University of San Francisco. Scouts really liked Zimmer’s above-average fastball and outstanding 11-to-5 curveball, but what really sold them on the big righthander was his plus-plus DERP. As his face settles into its own, in his late 20s and early 30s, Zimmer should possess once-in-a-generation derpability.
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“So I’m still relatively new to it, but it’s great just being around some of these old guys and picking up tidbits here and there as I can,” he said, glancing around the Royals’ clubhouse. “Just being around in the atmosphere of getting going is fun.”
- Kansas City Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer
The Royals’ veterans didn’t take to being called “old guys” by a young guy trying to take their jobs. James Shields led the veterans with custom-made jerseys in a good-natured mock-response to Zimmer’s gaffe.
A nonprofit organization called First Book is planning to buy up and distribute thousands of childrens’ books in order to convince publishers that a market exists for diverse characters and cultures.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks on NPR:
“The lack of diversity in children’s literature is nothing new – it’s an issue that’s been roiling the book world for years. Just in the past few weeks, it’s come to a head with the We Need Diverse Books campaign on Twitter and Tumblr. Everyone agrees: all kinds of kids need to be able to see themselves reflected in the books they read.
Now, a kids’ literacy group thinks it’s found a way to help that happen: First Book is a non-profit organization that gets books to kids in need. ‘There’s been a growing recognition that there’s a disconnect between children’s books that are available and the diversity of the market,’ First Book CEO Kyle Zimmer tells NPR’s Lynn Neary. And, she says, the statistics don’t look good. "It’s worse than you would guess.”