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  1. What have you learned so far about the Royals’ new medical staff? The Hardball Times “Five Questions” entry today said that trainer Nick Kenney (from the Indians’ org) has been brought in this offseason to revamp the staff.

    Comment by Decatur — March 15, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

  2. I feel for any Royals fan, watching the Rockies in the early to mid 2000s was brutal, but eventually it passed and the stopgap players finally gave way to the prospects they were keeping the seat warm for. Unfortunatly, stopgaps are all that Kansas City has really been able to attract and produce. This team needs to focus the heavy majority of their spending money on their Scouting Dept. and Minor League instructors. By the time their new blood comes in, they seem like they’ve already adapted the losing mentality that surrounds the whole organization. KC has never really shown its commited to building from the ground up, instead they just stock pile middle of the road talent and create logjams at all of their corners, hoping somebody/anybody, ends up thriving, and overpaying for average pitching talent because thats the only way they can attract new faces. This franchise won’t turn around just by being bad enough to draft Bryce Harper or Jamison Taillon, they need to string years together of drafting 4-5 solid prospects a draft and commit themselves to having a plan at every level for each draft class in order to breed a stronger MLB team.

    Comment by Kenneth Weber — March 15, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

  3. Brian Bannister is actually only 29, not in his thirties. An he just turned 29 a month ago, so it’s not like it really close to his thirtieth birthday or anything.

    Comment by geo — March 15, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

  4. Actually, Kenneth, the Royals last three drafts have all been quite strong. They have, however, concentrated mostly on high upside high schoolers, so it will take some time for those effects to be seen.

    Comment by geo — March 15, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

  5. 29 and holding!

    Comment by Will — March 15, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

  6. Bannister’s 29, not 30? That totally pushes the Royals into 28th Place.

    Comment by Gopherballs — March 15, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

  7. Oops, sorry, corrected. He’s still should be on the block.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — March 15, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

  8. Just out of curiosity, why do you say Robinson Tejeda profiles better in the bullpen? His performance got a big boost when he moved to the rotation late last season. He was able to keep his K rate high while cutting down (from early in his career) on his walks as a starter. I’m hoping he wins the 5th starter spot. Not that it will make much difference, of course.

    Comment by Matty — March 15, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

  9. Good question. Are you the Matty from RR? We talked about it there. Real quick, Tejeda has big platoon splits. He did have some good starts last season… but remember Kyle Davies September 2008 and April 2009? Tejeda has an even longer history of teasing then falling apart inthe rotation. As I mention in passing, the Royals have nothing to lose by give Tejeda another go in the rotation of they think it’s worth a shot, but I’m skeptical of his abilities there.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — March 15, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

  10. And he still blows.

    Comment by Omar — March 15, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

  11. I think you are under-selling Alberto Callaspo a little. 2.8 WAR last year with both Chone and the fans projecting him to be average (Chone doesn’t give him a full season of playing time) and he doesn’t even get mentioned as an average player? I mean, just because the Royals might not give him a starter job doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be mentioned as an average player.

    Comment by mymrbig — March 16, 2010 @ 12:11 am

  12. Just because you traded him Mr. Minaya, does not mean that he blows.

    Comment by mowill — March 16, 2010 @ 2:23 am

  13. I agree he’s around average, and I didn’t say he wasn’t above. I’m a Royals fan, I know about Callaspo — his surprising (and likely unrepeatable) power last season, his outstanding command of the strike zone, his lack of real defensive position (and his bat isn’t good enough to be worth DHing). I know what the projections are for his offense and defense. I was just in Arizona watching him stroke line drives. This was a ~600 review of the Royals in general, so I can’t go into detail on every player. An average player is a useful piece — yeah, he’s probably better than Getz, and definitely better than Ankiel, but given his trouble finding a position and projectability I think he’s more in their category than either above average players like Butler, DDJ, and Gordon or the “others” like Kendal, Pods, and Yuni. These are broad categories in a brief review — they aren’t that precise.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — March 16, 2010 @ 11:49 am

  14. Matt – Greetings from Tabor College. I got to know your father and mother through his service on the TC board. He was an inspiration to many … as is your mother. We purchased a wall hanging she made for a TC auction at Homecoming this past fall. I also like to swap Creative Memories stories (I’m a closet male scrapbooker!). My son, Joshua, and I have visited all 33 (including the three new ballparks in DC and NY) MLB parks and several minor league stadiums over the past five summers. I’ve chronicled our experiences in one large scrapbook, calculating everything from ejections to average game time temperatures. This summer’s tour will be brief, just four games in four days: 7/18 – TOR @ KC, 7/19-20 CLE @ MIN (to see the new Target Field), 7/21 PHI @ STL (I’m originally from Philadelphia and a die-hard Phillie Phanatic … graduated a year ahead of Jamie Moyer at Souderton Area HS).

    Appreciated your column about the Royals. We typically get to 8-10 games per summer … not an easy chore living nearly 3 hours from Kauffman Stadium. Tough continuing to watch a franishe that fields a combination of mediocre major league and AAA talent. We typically go to games based upon the opponent or promotional give-away … that pretty much says it all for the Royals. The refurbishing of the “K” makes the experience a bit more enjoyable.

    We have tickets for Saturday, April 10: Bos @ Royals and its a jersey giveaway. Two out of three (good visiting club, promotional giveawy) ain’t bad.

    Have a great day.

    Jim Elliott

    Comment by Jim — March 19, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

  15. Wow, that’s an unusual message. Thanks for the kind words. Do you frequent FanGraphs? Not sure what to say here in public, so I’ll just stick to the Royals.

    I write a fair bit of stuff like this, but I am a Royals fan. What is most frustrating is that it is not hopeless — yes, the Royals face challenges in terms of revenue and budget relative to their rivals, but this isn’t like Oakland or Tampa Bay where they’re really making generally smart decisions and just running up against the wall. I’m told Dayton Moore is a nice, smart guy, and I don’t wish ill on anyone, but it’s been apparent since at least the Mike Jacobs signing, and probably before, that he’s just not up to the task.

    Fire them all.

    Comment by Matt Klaassen — March 20, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

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