Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Memorial Day weeked

I need to post more, and I will.
So how's everyone been ? Do you guys think Ned "Miracle Man" Yost is the Royals answer ?
I almost want to believe it's all been kind of a fluke but with Butler absolutely raking and overall everyone hitting above average. Well maybe not.

But still it's great to fantasize about the team going out and trading for Oswalt and Berkman and making a run at the playoffs. (Like I said it's still great to fantasize about). We'd end up giving up to much but hey after 25 years maybe it'd be worth it if we can get back up to .500.

I'll post more later...............

But for now enjoy the BBQ's and start of summer, and be sure to think our service men and women who keep us safe at home.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Ned Yost info from "Quevedo at the Buffet"

Earlier today I asked Quevedo at the Buffet:

And so I was wondering as someone who has watched him day in a day out if you could maybe tell us a little bit about Ned ? You know stuff we'll soon find out weird quirks,what his interviews are like etc.

And here is what they had to say.....

Alright, you want dirt on quirks and interview habits, we've got it:

Ned HATES the media, thinks they're a bunch of simple-minded, unathletic fools. He will defend his players to a fault, and he'll chide media members for failing to see all the little things that his players do to contribute.

You want examples? We've got examples:

Rickie Weeks was one of Yost's favorite players. When he came up, Weeks was an absolute butcher at second base. Ned refused to move him, and that's worked out OK, in the long run, as Weeks is now at least serviceable at second base. (More on that topic in a second.) But when Rickie was really scuffling in 2008, both in the field and at the dish, Ned didn't want to hear about it. First, Ned bristled when asked if he considered it odd that Weeks, who had a .324 OBP in May, was still fourth in the league in runs scored:

"That's not a weird stat. Rickie is a run-scorer," Yost said. "It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. See, you guys have no concept. He's a run-scorer. So there's nothing weird about it. That's what he does."

Ned also refused to label Rickie an underachiever, despite the hype that accompanied a No. 2 overall draft pick:

"I wouldn't say he has underachieved," said Yost. "He has never been a .300 hitter (in the majors), so who says he is underachieving? He's working his way up. He's getting better in all phases of his game. For me, he has never underachieved because he never achieved up here. How can you say he has underachieved?"

Some other favorites:

In 2008, there was a famous dust-up in the Brewer dugout, as an irate Prince Fielder went nuts on pitcher Manny Parra. After the game, Yost was perturbed that reporters asked him what caused the fight:

"It’s a little bit rude when your neighbors are fighting next door for you to go knock on the door and ask what happened."

As you'll soon learn, managing the bullpen is not Ned's forte. For instance, in 2008, Yost insisted on using Guillermo Mota as his eighth-inning set-up guy, even when Mota had some spectacular and frequent flame-outs in that role. When asked why he continued to run Mota out there in the eighth inning, Yost matter-of-factly responded: "He's my eighth inning guy." The logic was almost overwhelming. Not to be outdone, Yost once inserted a washed-up Greg Aquino into a close game when other, more capable relievers were available. Asked why, Yost answered that Aquino fielded his position better.

Your new manager is also very high strung and prone to untimely fits of machismo. The Brewers were fighting to stay in the playoff race in 2007, and the players were showing signs of cracking under pressure. What did Ned do to steady the ship? Got himself tossed from three games at the end of September, including one in which he ordered Seth McClung to throw at Albert Pujols after a Brewer had been hit by a pitch earlier in the game. Yost's rationale for playing bean ball with a team that was out of contention? "These kids need to know at a time like this their manager is behind them." Behind them in the clubhouse, apparently.

As for the hitters, Ned developed a couple of curious habits with his line-ups. One was the so-called "money order": in the summer of 2008, Yost, almost without fail, used the same batting order -- 2B SS LF 1B RF 3B CF C P -- regardless of who was playing those positions. Thus, if J.J. Hardy got a day off and Craig Counsell got a start, Craig hit second, and if Laynce Nix subbed for Ryan Braun in left, Nix (yes, THAT Laynce Nix) hit third. The other quirk was Ned's "Sunday specials," when he'd put in most of his back-ups to give the regulars a blow. Of course, every manager wants to give his starters some rest during the season, and Sunday games often provide a great opportunity to do so, but Ned took this to the extreme, oftentimes sitting everyone but Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder on Sunday afternoons.

In the interest of equal time: Ned isn't completely worthless as a manager. Again, he'll stick up for his players at every opportunity, a trait which the players, especially the young ones, greatly appreciate. The players aren't looking over their shoulder every time something goes wrong, or hearing the skipper criticize them in the paper every day. When Yost was in Milwaukee he let guys like Hardy, Weeks, Prince and Braun just go out and play. He took the heat from the press, and was patient with them in their development. Whether that's going to be a benefit with the Royals -- who don't seem to be in the midst of a youth movement, given that you're running guys like Podsednik and Kendall and Ross Gload out there -- I don't know.

A big thanks again to Quevedo at the Buffet be sure and check them out for all your Brewers needs. Oh and here is they're post-on-Yost, be sure and check it out.

1 down 1 to go

Well that Royals have finally fired Trey Hillman which in and of itself is just lovely I've basically been bashing his use of the bullpen and horrid lineups since the very beginning. But of course this being the Kansas City Royals even Hillman's firing would come in a bizarre manner. Yes he was fired yesterday the 13th. But it was just the 11th when:
“Trey is a tremendous leader,” general manager Dayton Moore said, “somebody who is very consistent with who he is day in and day out. He’s exactly what our organization needs at this point in time.”
In fact that quote appears in the Wednesday's (12th) Star. So in one day Trey goes from being "EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED" to fired. That leads you to believe as he was quoted saying Dayton's "points in time are". Are very very short right ?
Just this morning on Facebook:
Bob Fescoe Royals GM Dayton Moore just told me exclusively that it will be an 8-10 year process to rebuild the Royals
But if you recall that article on the 12th:
(via Kc Star go buy one today it's well worth it and you get the great comic-strip Bizarro in the FYI section)

Moore reiterated his belief the Royals possess a roster capable of mounting a charge in the division race — but also issued a warning that changes in personnel are likely if the club doesn’t turn itself around.

“I believe in our baseball team,” he said. “I believe in the talent that we have here.”

And as I didn't mention before he was fired after a rare win, making it appear to the casual viewer who didn't watch the award show-esge Trey Hillman press conference were he thanked everyone including (insert loud obnoxious BOO's) Linda Smith .

And then he said that God had lead him to Kansas City meaning God must not be a Royals fan. haha

Any way I've been waiting for two years for this day and this is all I can manage to write. I had hoped it would be grand day and we'd be able to speculate some about the next manager but no welcome to the Ned Yost regime.
Trey Hillman's firing is a fine graduation present albeit my high school graduation isn't till Saturday so maybe, with one down and one to go, Dayton could be next ???

Ha you thought I was done.
And I was but there is just a few more things I must touch on, win-loss records.

Trey Hillman 152-207 .423
Ned Yost 457-502 .477
Chicken Wolf 14-51 .215

Although Mr.Wolf died in 1903 he surly would have been the better of the three managers to run the Royals at this point. Although his win loss record sucked big time with a name like "Chicken Wolf" Royals games would be much better. I mean it's been proven by science that the Royals can't win. So why not lose with style ?

In fact since the Royals hired Dick Howser after he was fired by the Yankees while going 103-60.
The Royals have went through 7 managers none of which have came to the Royals with a winning MLB record. And now Ned Yost can be added to that list. (And only one John Wathan left the Royals with a winning record).

Just thought I'd throw that out there

It really is kind of funny how things have worked.
Pena replaced Muser Yeah Pena
Bell replaces Pena. Yeah Bell
Hillman replaces Bell. Yeah for Hillman
Yost replaces Hillman Yeah Hillman is gone.

Never say things can't get worse........

Sunday, May 2, 2010

So long

Well since I last had time to write the Royals have made several moves and continued to play ball were it almost seems like at any moment they may just bust out and by some miracle actually compete at around the .500 mark. But then in the next moment you find yourself asking how in the world did these guys manage to win 10 out of 25 games ?

Just because I haven't found time to write doesn't mean I'm not watching believe me I am.

And how about the callup of Victor Marte that lasted one whole day ? Hello of course he can easily be optioned to AAA but what about Tejeda his ERA is absurd. But of course no Victor gets sent back down. And then to make matters worse I see Royals trade Carlos Rosa to D-Backs for SS.
I love it here we are cycling through relievers at a supersonic pace and we trade one of our better AAA pitchers. Oh well what can you say ?

So the big Royals news for today is the optioning of Alex Gordon to AAA (That and Greinke's performance one run allowed all game and he gets the loss). Gordon has just never lived up to the hype of being the "Next George Brett" . Of course I don't think this is the end of Alex's time in Kc but I doubt he'll be around for much longer. The Royals and draft picks just never seem to work out at all. Not that I'm saying AG won't become a star still, no I could definitely see him moving on to another team and finally breaking out into the star we always believed he could be. I just don't think Gordon will ever fully breakout as long as his jersey says "Royals" across the front.

And although this is my first post in what seems like forever please know that I had several in my head I would have loved to posted but didn't have a computer handy. Most of them though had to do with Trey Hillman's lack of managing skills.

And in case your wondering "So long" isn't my farewell but merely it's been so long since I last posted but hey after May plant season is over and after May 15th my High School days are over so I'll have plenty of time to waste following a team that as I've been reminded at the last graduation meeting "Haven't made the playoffs since before you were born".
([My response]But hey we came close in 2003)