OTC: Is Waiting Kila-ing Royals’ Chance At Pennant?


“Kila Ka’aihue is hitting .195. (Eric) Hosmer is hitting .439 (in Omaha). That’s .439! The disparity is just crazy! It’s ridiculous!”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: Ka’aihue is slumping just when he needs to be producing and proving his worth at the big-league level. Wednesday night he came up in the ninth with the tying run on second base with two out and flied out weakly to right. Meanwhile, Hosmer went 3-for-5 for Omaha and raised his average from .430 to .439. That will get people talking about moving Kila down and Hosmer up. Read on.
“What the hell do you gotta do to get called up in this organization? … They need to start generating some excitement out at the ballpark. They need to generate some excitement in that clubhouse. … I want Dayton Moore to tell me why this kid isn’t ready.”
Soren Petro, campaigning for Hosmer to take over at first base for the Royals, 810 AM
GH: The media and fans have been patient with Dayton Moore’s vision of the Royals future. Some would say catatonic. But the whiff of success the Royals have shown the first five weeks of the season has us hungry for more than promises. If the future is now, Moore and Yost need to seize the opportunity. Waiting has never worked for this franchise in the past.
“Right away Gubicza and Saberhagen pop into my mind. You know, if we’re close halfway through – this could be fun!”
Mike Boddicker, former Orioles/Royals’ pitcher, when asked about bringing up a couple of the young starters in Omaha, 810 AM
GH: Even more important that Hosmer’s promotion is fixing the Royals’ starting rotation. Almost every scout and other organization raves about the pitching talent up in Omaha. The 1985 Royals are just another good team without the 21-year-old Sabes and 22-year-old Goobie.
"How bad was it lodged? He only needed two fingers to pull it out of there."
Ryan Lefebvre, on Mike Aviles’ ground-rule double in the eighth against Baltimore that was ruled a ground-rule double when it wedged under the wall pad in left-center, FSRoyals
GH: A maddening unlucky play for the Royals in that a sure triple was reduced to a double and the Royals’ chances to tie or take the lead was severely hampered. But Lefebvre and his FSRoyals TV crew did a poor job of educating their viewers on this rare play at The K. Read on.
“I have never seen that here before.”
Frank White, on Aviles’ batted ball lodging under one of the outfield pads, FSRoyals
GH: If Frank has never seen a ball lodge under an outfield pad, you can bet most of the Royals’ fans haven’t either. So why didn’t Ryan and Frank explain the ruling? Why didn’t FSRoyals get a list of the ground rules for The K onscreen? This was the play of the week from a TV production standpoint and FSRoyals were left looking like Kila at the plate with runners in scoring position.
“It was stuck under there. You’re trying to get me to say something I didn’t say. I’m not going to.”
Adam Jones, responding to a postgame question from 810’s Todd Leabo as to whether or not the ball was really wedged all that far under the mat and was actually very easy to dislodge, 810 AM
GH: I heard this exchange during my morning jog and smiled when Leabo’s heavily-baited question was swatted back at him by Jones. Leabo responded by saying it was his job to ask leading questions and Jones responded with, “It’s not mine.” It was great radio that would be difficult to duplicate with just the printed word.
“The umpire made a technically correct call.”
Danny Parkins, Twitter
GH: I was as upset as any Royals’ fan over the ground-rule double but every park from high school on up has a set of ground rules that the umpires and coaches are supposed to discuss prior to the game. I also think TV viewers only got one angle of the lodged ball. A camera angle from above – or the player’s perspective – might have shown the ball to not be quite as accessible as it appeared on television. FSRoyals whiffs again.   
“Do you support proposing (marriage) at stadiums?”
Danny Parkins, to his listening audience, Twitter
GH: I propose Parkins work harder during his show prep to find a topic that doesn’t have me immediately reaching for 810’s reset button.
“Right now I think we are seeing the stuff that legends are made of in regard to Kevin Seitzer’s (work with the Royals’ hitters). If this turns out, could this turn out to be one of the greatest reclamation projects of a hitting coach in baseball?”
Nate Bukaty, on Seitzer being fired from the Diamondbacks and quickly bouncing back successfully with the Royals, 810 AM
GH: Seitzer is an ex-Royal who is easy to root for. I am always suspicious that these ex-Royals will turn out to be Duke Wathan – nice guy but no coach – but Seitzer appears to be legit. Read on.
“I’m not even sure Alex Gordon is the greatest reclamation project of the Royals’ hitters when you consider what Jeff Francoeur is doing.”
Rany Jazayerli, 810 AM
GH: Frenchy hit his third home run in three days Wednesday night and got himself to second base with the tying run in the ninth. He looks nothing like the fill-in outfielders Dayton Moore has hired in the past to kill time before the kids are ready. He looks like he could play right for the Royals for the next five years.
“I have to give a lot of credit to our hitting coach. Seitz has done a great job with me just being relaxed at the plate. For me, a lot of those years I just went up (to the plate) on raw talent. See it. Crush it. He’s got me looking for fastballs again. He’s done a great job each night getting me ready to face the pitcher.”
Jeff Francoeur, in an interview with Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I always like playing with guys who had “raw talent.” Maybe since mine was more over ripe.
“It’s so nice having a hitting coach who gets after the umpire when you don’t get your call. It’s great to know he’s got your back. He’s willing to go to back for you. As a player, that’s huge. He’s good, if not the best I’ve ever seen at that.”
Jeff Francoeur, 810 AM
GH: Ball players are funny guys. They like coaches to back them up even when they’re wrong. Kind of like wives.
“When I talk to players on the Royals they talk about Seitzer and how good (of a batting coach) he is. Let’s face it – (Seitzer) is going to be on stage and he is going to have a chance to show what he can do because he’s got this great group of young players to work with.”
Buster Olney, ESPN MLB analyst, in an interview with Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: Working with talented young ball players is a helluva lot easier than working with marginal washed-up ball players. Seitzer may have just found the perfect place to call home – again.
“I think it’s getting borderline out of hand.”
Danny Clinkscale, on the roughhousing taking place amongst the Royals’ players after their walk-off wins, 810 AM
GH: The Kansas City Star’s John Sleezer got a great photo of Mike Aviles pinching the nose of Francoeur during Tuesday night’s walk-off celebration at home plate. Aviles wasn’t identified by the photo but Joel Goldberg tabbed him as the culprit on FSRoyals and Twitter. Are these celebrations getting too rough? What a great problem to have as a Royals’ fan.
“When things start, we will be ready.”
Scott Pioli, in an interview with Bob Fescoe, when asked about the disruption in the Chiefs’ schedule due to the lockout, 610 AM
GH: The way Pioli made this statement, I could see his jaw square and his neck muscles tighten. I was ready to strap on a bonnet and slam into a blocking sled. Football will fly soon. I can almost smell the analgesic balm.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24
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13 Responses to OTC: Is Waiting Kila-ing Royals’ Chance At Pennant?

  1. harley says:

    more boring stuff hall. Maybe take a vacation and let your juices rebuild because theres
    nothing interesting or funny in these statements.
    You’re getting stale….and thats bad…because there wasn’tmuch to crow about
    in the first place.

  2. deeznutz says:

    It’s Boddicker, not Bodicker.

  3. Greg Hall says:

    GH: Thanks for the fix, Deez.

  4. Greg Hall says:

    GH: Harley, just working with God gave me — much like you.

  5. smartman says:

    Kila-ing me softly with his song
    The Old Roy-als are the MLB equivalent of Donald Trump. Fun to watch, you like what you see, you wanna believe they can win, but in the end it ain’t gonna happen.

    Big wasted marketing opportunity for the Old Roy-als is not borrowing the “We Are Family” theme from the back in the day Pittsburgh Pirates. Remember that?

    They oughta be blarring that damn song over the PA when they take the field to open the game and at the end of every win,

    I’m very happy for Kevin Seitzer. Always admired him and wish him all the best.

    One sports medicine guru is already predicting that if there is an NFL season, injuries will be way up this year due to the lack of monitored training and conditioning.in the off season.

  6. Superfreq says:

    Ex Royals
    I think you meant Duke Wathan, instead of Duke (of) Waltham, unless you’re still giddy about the Royal Wedding and not Royals baseball.

  7. Greg Hall says:

    GH: I wish I could take credit for doing that one on purpose. Thanks.

  8. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    More Royals talk. Wake me when they win the division. I should have a beard the size of Harley’s wife’s minge by that time.

  9. Gavin says:

    @Guy Who Says. . .
    Just curious, but how do you have any knowledge of the size of Harley’s wife’s minge? And why are you admitting to such knowledge?

    Based on your comment, though, I assuming she’s Albanian, perhaps?

  10. The Independent Rage says:

    I prefer to refer to it as, “he gave him the business.” And Parkins was at least close to having a real topic. Just needed to take it one step further. “Do you support proposing gay marriage at the stadium” would have been the ticket. And BTW, he needs a new first name. One adult “Danny” in the market is one too many already. How about Daniel-son instead?

  11. smartman says:


  12. MoCrash says:

    Was it an 810 exclusive?
    Within minutes after Eric Hosmer was called up, 810 had a “we were first to bring you” promo on the air. Was this another case of 610’s Royals broadcast format stepping on a major announcement or is 810 taking credit for a non-exclusive? I was in and out during that time frame and couldn’t catch it all.

    I wonder how long it will be before Petro takes credit for prodding Dayton Moore into making the move. I also wonder what proof he’ll offer that Moore was in any way influenced by Petro’s overwhelming baseball acumen.

  13. Markus Aurelius says:

    Uhhh, Greg — did you not notice that Hosmer got called up
    last night.

    “That will get people talking about moving Kila down and Hosmer up.”

    It’s already happened. You need to tell Hearne to post your article when it’s written rather than wait until the next day.

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