He was raised in that environment, coming up with Tony La Russa teams.

He’s right in the thick of that competition, manager Andy Green said of Renfroe, adding, we didn’t have to have a (roster) move to cause that to happen.

Green mentioned Alex Dickerson, Franchy Cordero, Travis Jankowski, Matt Szczur and Joel Pirela as others in the outfield competition, noting that Pirela also could spend time in the infield.

Renfroe slashed .231/.284/.457 with 26 homers last season but was optioned to Triple-A El Paso in mid-August to work on his ability to get on base. He drew 17 walks in his first 54 games but had only four walks in 130 plate appearances between June 29 and his demotion.

Renfroe, who made all of his 117 outfield starts in right, again showed power when he returned. He had six homers, including a three-homer game against Arizona on Sept. 20, but walked only once in 44 plate appearances.

Granted, Thompson was talking in a basketball context — and he might not have had to sacrifice on the court — but he may have to take less than expected to keep the Warriors together. That’ll be tough to do with other teams offering piping-hot max contracts when the clock strikes midnight on the eve of free agency.

Then again, Thompson also said he’d do anything to stay with the Warriors. Anything is probably, most certainly (possibly?) a nod at taking a slight pay cut. Who knows.

Maybe this is why players don’t talk about free agency. At the end of the day, we still have to wait it out.

Just like every young player, there is stuff to learn and continue to grow, he said.

New hitting coach Matt Stairs, assistant hitting coach Johnny Washington and new first base coach Skip Schumaker should help in the development, Green said.

They are going to serve him very well, Green said. Skip Schumaker, the one thing I will tell you about him, he will be all over everybody to do it the way that is right.

The night’s final skater was China’s Jin Boyang, who used music from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He perfectly landed his quad lutz/triple toeloop combo to start, then breezed through the rest of the routine with no problems whatsoever. He got a 103.32 score to establish himself as one of the top contenders Friday night.royals_002

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