The season couldn't end fast enough a month ago and now I'm going to miss Royals baseball so much in a week or so.
Thanks David. I take a pretty similar burnout schedule as you do. The only real difference is I move on from the Royals and start paying attention to other teams when they are out of it. I box score it up, but don’t watch ever game like you. So thanks for keeping me informed and able to pay attention to other things than work!
I’m off it today. No reason to fret about the front office. It is what it is. I’m guilty of lazy analysis with these guys I’ll admit it. But all I really care about is win/losses and talent that is being built up. And they have continued to lose so I get to do lazy analysis as a fan. Someone has to go to prison Ben (name that movie)…nobody ever does for the Royals. I guess DM finally…anyway Lol. If I trust anything…..the literally only thing that I trust in the FO right now is that JJ can trade. So whatever process that is…..please try to make that process everywhere. Shoot, I said I wasn’t getting into it.
Back to baseball. I was very glad to hear Sherman say the year of evaluation was over. I figured that was going to be the route but hearing that always helps. I’m very curious…and don’t want to wish time away….to see how this thing comes together with the team and the stadium. I mean, they don’t have the pitching….I don’t see a route with the pitching yet. I am a little worried that the stadium is item 1 on the list for Sherman. Which as the owner so be it. So its spend on Witt Jr? Would you agree that if you don’t sign Bobby this offseason…..he probably is waiting till FA? I only say that because if anything will make the Royals come with a big offer….that Stadium push is a big thing behind this.
I know you would have gone this route. I would have as well. But with this stadium push. Sometimes I think to myself. If you thought this was going to be a rough year…..not even as bad as it has been. But just say a losing year. Do you know how much easier it would have been to sell the stadium with a new FO in place? You throw all the blame on the last group, start fresh, give yourself a 1-2 year window of previous regime’s fault, sell a new vision including stadium to the fans. Then if you top it off with a Bobby Witt signing….. Man, I have to wonder if Sherman has the right people around him because that’s pretty much 101 in the PR world.
Love your dedication to letting me know the inside information on what is going on with the Royals. Looking forward to keep following you!!
“Let’s make a promise to do it all again next year” - Great line, David. I’m in.
Whether we like it or not, it takes time to rebuild an organization, any organization. It is more important to get the right people in place than meet anyone's timeline. The Royals have squandered so much of my time since the door closed with the death of Yordano Ventura, that waiting another draft to get the right guy in charge or in place is worth it in my opinion. Sherman is taking a systematic approach to rebuilding this team that seems to be based on goals other than expediency, and I think it is the right way to go. Or so I hope!
I wouldn't be surprised if Bowlan gets a start in place of Lyles. Sort of a reward for working his way back from TJ. Not much chance of cracking the rotation next year unless he's a lot better at Omaha, and in fact he may not even be on the 40 next year. It conceivably could be his only appearance in the majors. The results just haven't been there since his return from surgery. Idk what the deeper level stats show as far as his stuff but...
Thank you, David. Always enjoy your columns.
David. Thanks for all you do. So glad I subscribed. What are your thoughts on Velazquez? I haven't seen your comments on him. Thanks.
I think if you dfa him, nobody picks him up and he returns to Omaha.