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Trust the Process

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About Dayton Moore, fist bumping Eric Hosmer and the Royals future

Dayton Moore already has been enshrined in that imaginary Kansas City Hall of Legends, there with Len Dawson and George Brett, Hank Stram and Buck O’Neil, Buck Buchanan and Willie Lanier and Bobby Bell and Frank White and Tony Gonzalez and a dozen or so other people. He took the Royals from nowhere to the pinnacle, built a World Series champion in a place where hope for so many had long faded. He did it in a way that inspired countless cynics and critics, myself included. His place in Kansas City sports history is secure.

And now that team seems on the brink of being broken up. Four of the Royals key players become free agents at the end of the year. The rotation is already almost entirely different; the bullpen has mostly disbanded.

What do you do after you’ve won it all? Where do you go from there?

The Royals’ plan: Try to win one more time and hope for the best.

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8 Responses to Trust the Process

  1. Marc Schneider says:

    It’s sort of ironic that last year everyone was extolling the “Royals Way” of winning with contact and dominant relief pitching. No one is talking about that now.

    • MikeN says:

      Pretty soon they’ll be back to saying Yost is a lousy manager, they won despite their bad tactics, it was all luck, over 150 years a bad team is bound to outperform their ability. Only Joe Dimaggio’s streak was not luck, everything else is random chance.

    • KHAZAD says:

      The emphasis on contact – which never really got that high – has come down some as home runs have gone up. But if you haven’t noticed the continued increase in relief pitching emphasis, you are not paying attention. Both world series participants made deadline deals for dominant relief pitchers last year, and after losing their guy to free agency, the Cubs traded for one year of the Royals closer. Non closer reliever salaries have been the biggest riser by percentage of any position in the game.

      • Marc Schneider says:

        That’s true. I just thought it was interesting how the Royals went from THE hot thing in baseball to sort of the backburner this year.

    • invitro says:

      Moore’s career record (a WS win, but 78 games under .500) seems like the textbook example of something that would inspire the shortest of short-lived trends.

  2. Rob Smith says:

    There was a fairly long time, prior to their awesome run, where Poz was pretty down on Dayton Moore’s moves. He wrote entire posts on how bad his moves were and how bad of a manager Ned Yost was. Then they caught fire for a couple of years, riding an especially strong bullpen, and won a World Series. Mostly their every day lineup and starting rotation could be considered slightly above average. So, while those two years were magical, it seems improbable that they’ll be able to duplicate 2014/15 again. If you look at the history of where they came from, and how long it took the first time around, they might be looking at a 5-7 year rebuild again. Since they can’t really afford Free Agents, they have to build through their minor league system mostly, and augment with some good trades.

    • Unvenfurth says:

      And that last bit is not good news as thier minor league system is rated something like the third worst in baseball right now. For the Royals it is keep this team together and augment it or bust!

    • Marc Schneider says:

      I don’t think it’s that they can’t afford free agents, it’s that ownership chooses not to. Yes, they aren’t going to get Bryce Harper or somebody, but if the owners of any team want to, they can afford free agents. I don’t believe this crap about not being able to afford it. Now, it’s a different question as to whether free agents are an efficient use of resources, but I don’t buy it when these owners cry poverty. Obviously, Kansas City is a much smaller market than NY, but people still go to games there, the team presumably has a TV deal. They have some resources.

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