Thursday, June 02, 2005
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Managers, Prospects, and Yanks
- How about Juan Gonzalez? Back in the bigs and can't make it through 1 game? -insert punchline here_
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
- Bell: 5 plus seasons, 1 winning season, best finish 3rd, winning percentage .428
- Royals: last 6 seasons, 1 winning season, best finish 3rd, winning percentage .421
I take it back, the Royals did find improvement.
edited: here is more on the Bell hiring
Thursday, May 26, 2005
- Another great start for Jose Lima. Tonight Lima gave up 8 earned runs in 4 innings, leaving him with a beyond lofty 8.13 ERA. It seems to me that the easiest way to improve the team's pitching would be to remove Jose Lima. At this point I'd rather see Chris George pitch every fifth day than Lima. At least George wouldn't be cocky about getting rocked.
- Eli Marrero pitched in with no hits in four at bats tonight. He is now batting a robust .163. ONE SIXTY THREE !!
- One thing about Steve Stemle's promotion...at least you can't say he is being rushed. This was his 7th season in the minors and he was impressive for Omaha. He also had a nice debut tonight with 3 scoreless innings.
- As much complaining as there has been about the Royals payroll, they would be better off dropping it 10 million (Lima, Marrero, Long).
Manager Search Rolling...
- Buddy Bell, the current bench coach for Cleveland, was interviewed yesterday by Allard Baird and Dan Glass. What kind of incriminating pictures does he have hidden away? In his previous posts as manager with Detroit and Colorado, Bell has a record of 345-462. That's good for a .428 winning percentage.The 2000 Rockies were the only club under his guidance to finish above .500 at 82-80. Interviewing Bell is like calling Pena and asking him to take the job back.
- I'll be the first to admit that I don't know a lot about Jerry Manuel. He was 500-471 managing the White Sox from 1998-2003. That sounds good enough, but I remember those White Sox teams as being very talented and always underperforming and coming up short of expectations. There is no room in Kansas City for falling short of expectations. This teem needs a manager who can push it to exceed expectations.
- I am growing to like Bob Schaefer, but I do not think he is what the Royals are looking for in their next manager. They have said repeatedly that they want a manager with previous experience. I think that they mean what they are saying and I also think they want to avoid the media backlash of hiring the "cheap", inexperienced manager.
- Art Howe...Yawn. Does Art strike you as someone guys would follow into battle? He just doesn't seem to have that "it" quality". Howe is the safe, uninspired choice.
- Terry Collins appears to be the fiery and demanding manager of group. He has a reputation of wearing thin on players by demanding too much from them. What players on the Royals have enough pull to complain? If the time comes that Collins has worn out his welcome and enough players have developed into the type that can get a manager fired, Collins would have done his job. Bradford Doolittle has a good article in the Star on veteran managers that focuses on Collins and makes him appear to be the right choice for the job.
My money is on Collins to get the job. The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that he is already Baird's choice. Baird is a maniacal workaholic and he must want to see the same from the guy he tabs to run the team and from the team itself. I think he would have liked to interview Larry Bowa, but the Keitzman/Bowa campaign for Bowa to get the job probably precluded the Royals from seriously considering it. That left Collins as the hardnosed, get everything from the players manager out there. What's the easiest way for Baird to ensure that the the Glass' go along with his choice of Collins? Put those other guys on the list. Regardless, please, oh please, no Buddy Bell.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Schaefer, The Early Returns
- After a horrible start, Buck has a .440 OBP and 9 RBI's in the 7 games he has started since Schaefer took over.
- After a horrible start (sensing a trend), Angel Berroa has a .378 OBP, 2 home runs, and 10 runs in his 11 games under Schaefer.
- After a horrible start (looks like a trend), Ruben Gotay has a .414 OBP in his 8 games with Schaefer as the manager.
- After a horrible start (yep, its a trend), Emil Brown has a .435 OBP, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 runs, and 12 RBI's in the 11 games since Schaefer took over.
Those are 4 guys who were about to be run out of town a couple of weeks ago. It could be Schaefer, it could just be things evening out, but it has been a lot more enjoyable to watch.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
KC Draft Notes
- According to Baseball America, the Diamondbacks, who hold the first choice, have narrowed their options for that slot to four players. If BA is correct, Arizona will be choosing from Upton, Craig Hansen, Luke Hochevar, and Mike Pelfrey. It seems strange that Gordon is not on their list, but as someone who would like KC to take Gordon at two, I'll hope that's the way it goes.
- Alex Gordon is a legitimate power hitter who should rise through the minors quickly. There are always "ifs" with prospects, but Gordon and Billy Butler could give the Royals legitimate threats in the middle of the order. The Royals Op-Ed page has an excellent write-up on Gordon.
- The only downfall to the Royals selecting Gordon is that he is not expected to stick at third base. At that point, their top three hitting prospects would all be in the 1B-Corner Outfield, DH mold. Gordon's bat is still more than good enough to merit the selection, but I would like to see KC eventually develop some hitters up the middle.
- I still would not be shocked if the Royals ended up selecting Maybin, but I would be disappointed. With his potential, it would be a defendable choice on their part, but in their current state Kansas City needs a player who is likely to rise quickly through the minors.
- It is not likely to happen, but I would be thrilled if Jacoby Ellsbury is still available when the Royals make their second pick.
- It won't happen, and it shouldn't, but I would find it amusing if Kansas City took either Drew or Weaver, should they end up back in the draft. It would ALMOST be worth it just to see the look on Boras' face.
In a note on a prospect already in the Royals system, Luis Cota is dominating hitters for Burlington. He has a streak of 22 straight scoreless innings which has dropped his ERA down to 1.60. Opponents are batting only .189 against Cota and he has 52 K's against 22 walks in 45 innings pitched.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Eli, Not What The Royals Need, Royals Lose
- Doesn't it figure, the Royals give Greinke some support and Zach gives up 6 runs? It looks like that's just the way things are going to be this season (that means KC gets the breaks next season right?).
- The game was actually fun to watch though and I had myself deluded into believing the Royals would win right up 'til the end.
- Schaefer has done something for the offense since taking over. The longer it takes Allard to find a new manager, the better Schaefer might look.
- I owe Emil Brown a bit of an apology. I was advocating the Royals cutting him before they sent Diaz down, but he has looked good lately. I still don't think he should be a starter in the long term, but if he is the fourth outfielder next year, that may be a good thing.
Need The Help Of Red Sox Fans
- If the Royals are going to take any game against the Cards, tonight figures to be the night. Greinke is due, well past due, for some run support and I actually think the Royals have a decent shot at getting some runs off Mulder. KC's starters for the next 2 games, Lima and ?, don't exactly have me brimming with optimism. Anyone who still thinks its Lima Time needs a new clock.
- Jeremy Affeldt is heading off to Omaha on Monday for a 2 week rehab assignment. It should be interesting to see how he is used when he gets back to the big club. He doesn't sound enamored with the idea of working in the bullpen without a set role. Personally, I would like to see Affeldt given back the closer's role to build up his trade value. He could very well live up to his potential, but there are enough reasons to bet against him that trading him would make sense.
- The Royals bats seem to be waking up just as their pitching is coming apart at the edges. Cliche, but if it wasn't for bad luck, this team would have no luck at all.