I've also got some Hall of Fame talk and a chance to say what I'm thankful for here on Inside the Crown.
I’m thankful for your columns and keeping us up to date! Looking forward to your writings and really looking forward to the 2023 season!
I’d rather see the Royals ride with what they have for bats this season, other than perhaps trading MAT for an arm or two. I’m hoping against hope that MJ will learn to be an average left fielder and that Olivares won’t kill them in right. If they’re not winning in ‘23, I want to give all these guys a full year to show what they have, and not bring in someone from the outside to jam up an already crowded roster. I am good with Waters in CF THOUGH
When you're not seriously trying to compete, I fail to see the point in bringing in an averageish veteran to play RF. You've got one guy who has given every indication he can hit, and one guy who is a tremendous fielder, neither of which have enough MLB playing time to know if they are good enough, AND you've got Tyler Gentry and Gavin Cross coming up quickly through the ranks. Why spend any money on a veteran?
David—first off I appreciate you & what you do very much. But I have one question—not rhetorical: Did you read Game of Shadows?? If so I’d be most curious how you could vote for Bonds in HOF regardless of suspensions. The subject of steroids makes my blood boil—& none more than Bonds—& this is why: Recall the hell that Henry Aaron endured to break Ruth’s record. Then to see that record surpassed by a cheater & generally miserable SOB like Bonds is a crime. No way he does that w/o steroids.
David, great work as always. What do you see happening with Brady Singer? It is time to extend or trade him?
Great stuff, David.
Do you mean that the unvaccinated coaches currently just can’t travel with the team *internationally??
I thought the coaching staff was always on the road last season (even the unvaccinated ones) everywhere except Toronto…
Hmmm.. First when it comes to Bannister BIG YAWN, but if Sherman sez hire him can we get an insurance policy that covers our 'losses' if indeed he keels over' with Covid, if that's ok then it is six of one and six of the other, I personally would give Zack Grienke a one year contract w/ a tie in to becoming THE pitching coach on his retirement.
Now on to the Sherman ownership team, 'THEY (whomever 'THEY' are) have shown us who they are, and it is, how to say it...not good. John wants a team built around some combination of the Bill James based Billy Beane EXPERIMENT, now before you shoot the guy who raises an eyebrow when it comes to squads built on Sabremetrics..let me go on.
Shermanites want a downtown stadium as a payment for their attempt and that's all it is..to give us a winner, in the words of the Beatles..."O blah de, o blah dah.." and additionally there was a not so 'subtle hint' that maybe the team might...go away, (only 'spoken guarantee') for this MUST HAVE NEW STADIUM is that it won't be on the KS. side.
We need to demand an INVESTIGATION and ISSUE SUBPOENA'S...(LOL, SORTA)
I'm thankful for your posts here and I'm hardly on Twitter or Facebook these days. I wonder what the future holds for Twitter and I'm not sure I want to be there. There's nothing like reading your clear words about baseball when there's not much in the usual media about the sport I love. I'm tired of reading about the Mets (although I am a fair weather Mets fan, being from Brooklyn originally and it's kind of in my DNA to hate the Yankees).
I'm so looking forward to next year!
If you watch MLB Now, they have made a very good H.O.F. case for both Helton and Jones. I agree with the P.E.D. suspension guys. I have thought Beltran should be in the Hall for a while.
Always enjoy reading your writing, David. You answered my question without me asking., and it seems to me they need to be getting a coaching staff in order on the pitching side. Happy Thanksgiving Sir.
Was Cal Eldred vaccinated? He didn't make the trip to Toronto.
If a player or manager makes a choice to not get vaccinated and therefore isn’t able be to play or coach all the time... he has no place on my baseball team... a pure and simple baseball decision. "There is no I in team"...
Not only do trades happen at the winter meetings, but the initial feelers that eventually lead to trades happen there as well. With that in mind, it would be nice to have a pitching coach who could say definitively which pitchers he wanted to keep, which ones he wouldn't mind getting rid of, and which ones he would like to acquire. I certainly hope they hired Brian Sweeney in time for all of that. At a minimum, BEFORE the meetings begin he needs to be thoroughly familiar with all of the pitchers in the Royals organization, and not just the guys on the 40-man roster.
Of course, it's possible that they "unofficially" hired him two or three weeks ago and for some reason waited to make the announcement. That strikes me as unlikely but I'll admit it could have happened that way.
Well, it's not Banny but I think we hired a great pitching coach. Read the profile from 2020 in The Athletic on our new pitching coach Brian Sweeney and must say I'm very impressed. We just solved our biggest competitive disadvantage. Love the moves so far, let's hope JJ and the leadership team keeps 'em coming!