Most KC Royals observers concluded by mid May that they sucked…
That while they might bounce back and be average, they were not good enough to be a playoff team. And that they should upload Eric Hosmer, Moose, Cain and other soon-to-depart stars in order to get something for them before they will leave next year.
For the record, I too was on that boat.
However, when the Royals played well in July and got back into the hunt they abandoned that strategy.
GM Dayton Moore‘s hope of a power offense with home runs came true. My God, with seven hitters with over 10 home runs. Yikes!
The problem: No pitching.
Yes, Jason Vargas for a bit, but that’s all but over now. Meanwhile the power has faded somewhat and the Royals are just an average team going nowhere again. In the end, they’re probably just a .500 team without even even a wild card. Damn.
So did Moore and our Walmart owners blow it?
As far as trade bait, perhaps only Hosmer mattered much.
Many see Moose as a one time wonder with his 35 home runs!
Eric is legit with a .315 average, 20 home runs and a bright future in New York on a winning team. Yeah, and he will help them.
So he gets his $125 plus million contract. The rest are question marks, even Moose.
So we might have gotten only a bunch of future draft picks, some money and a name or two overall. But that’s heckuva lot better than ZERO. Which is what we get now.
The fans wanted one more shot at a deep run and they got it.
Danny Duffy was perhaps the key – because when he got hurt and her not effective after that injury.
That and no big bullpen anymore mean no playoffs.
As we are told, pitching is everything!
And so it is.
Now its back to waiting for next year and our position star is WHIT MERRIFIELD.
That and yes, Sal.
Will we see another World Series in our lives from the Royals? I guess that depends on how long you live. But probably not while David Glass is alive and Dayton Moore our general manager.
Now about those Chiefs….