That What Speed Do?

What If I told you that the Royals this season are more like the 2015 Royals than the 2015 Royals actually were, would you believe me? Now I realize that sentence doesn’t really make any sense, but it actually does when you analyze it. So the 2015 Royals as we all know was built on speed and defense. That was the thing we always saw in the press from the players, Ned Yost, and even Dayton Moore. The thing is, this was true, but just not as true as the current team. The 2015 team had 4 gold glove type defenders with Perez, Gordon, Cain, and Hosmer. . The current team has three gold glove contenders as well with Gordon, Hamilton, and Maldanado. So with the Defense, the 2015 team was probably a little bit better than this team, but there is potential for it to be close to as good. Speed on the other hand is something different all together.

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It’s Not Moneyball, It’s Royals Baseball

In Dayton Moore’s book More Than a Season, he references what he calls “The Process”. This of course is the process of which to build a successful franchise. He talks about how he learned the process from his time in Atlanta and they were able to achieve major success there for quite a long time. They are a bigger budget team than we are in Kansas City, but still not Yankee or Boston level budget either. So some of their process made sense to bring here. The big thing was the understanding that the only real way to build a strong successful team for more than season is not thru free agency, but rather thru your minor leagues. You have to build and develop your farm system to be one of the best. Essentially the idea is that you continually have a supply of young talented players coming up to replace the talented players you have to let go because you can no longer afford them. The Kansas City Star Columnist Sam Mellinger has called our current rebuild The Process 2.0 and it is accurate. Now you could call what the Royals do “Money ball”, and you would be wrong, but also kind of right. It is a variation on the idea that was “Money Ball”. 

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The Royal Rebuild: Off and Running

Royals’ baseball for so long was all about losing. That is what people of my generation knew for most of their lives. There were a couple decent teams with winning seasons between the ’85 team and the ’14 and ’15 teams, but for the most part it was a brutal 25 years. That was a huge part of the reason the magic of ’15 was so amazing though. That being said, we actually get to legit talk about the Royals in a rebuilding conversation, and not just about how bad will they be this season type of conversation. So even if this season is a losing season as I predicted in an earlier article, we really should be focusing on the future of this team. 

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Royals 2020 Vision and Beyond: Catcher Edition

Dayton’s Dream

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Dayton Moore promised the Royals would be competitive again by 2020-2021. Well with that in mind, I am trying to get in Dayton Moore’s mind and see the 2020 vision and the vision beyond 2020. Ultimately, we all want to see if the Royals can get to another World Series someday soon. Well I aim to breakdown our chances in the future seasons by evaluating our current team and the stars of tomorrow in our minor league system. These articles could get extremely lengthy if I tried to cover everyone in the system. So instead I will break them down by the position. Given the fact that we just lost one of our biggest stars, Salvador Perez to season ending Tommy John Surgery, I felt this would be a good time to start with our catchers.

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Something special happening in Kansas City?

I have been very hard on Dayton Moore, and while I continue to disagree with a large portion of his decision making, he has proved me wrong so far this season. I piled on the Kansas City Royals when the team was struggling.

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I disagreed with sending Danny Valencia to the Blue Jays, and I was pounding my fist on my cheaply made desk when Moore saw the trade deadline come and go. I did all of this prior to mid-July, and since then the Kansas City Royals have posted a 22-10 record, going 15-4 in the month of August alone.

 

I could sit and nitpick decisions, individual performances, or a bad games here or there, but I simply can’t bring myself to do it. Josh Willingham has been a steal for the Royals. As a Royal he is hitting .348 with 2 homeruns. He has been doing it all with the bat, and while I thought the move was simply “okay” at the time, Willingham has turned into a gift from the Baseball Gods.

 

Currently the Royals are in first place, about to be 16 games above .500, continue to have the best back-end bullpen in Baseball, have one of the best starting 5 in Baseball, and the offense is finally coming together. When I say “coming together” I mean the offense is top 5 in nearly every offensive category since the All-Star break. I truly am at a loss of words on what to say, and while this may not be my best work, it has been the most enjoyable. The Kansas City Royals are primed to make the playoffs for the first time in 29 years. The Royals haven’t been in first place in the central since 1994, haven’t won eight series’ in a row since 1990, haven’t been this many games above .500 since 1989… these are the dates an entire generation of fans have only been able to read about, myself included, that is about to change.

Royals: Concerns Escalating

The Royals dropped below .500 after being swept by a Boston team that is six games below .500, and fourth from the bottom in the American League. Dayton Moore still controls the team, and by all accounts, fighting to save his job. His fight may come at the cost of the entire Royals fan base.

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