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Joshua Ward

A Lee's Summit resident currently working on a degree in Communications at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Although I have grown up a Royals fan, I've only been writing about the team off-and-on over the last two years, mostly at Royals Review. I do my best to play the part of an online blogger by living in a basement. In my spare time, I volunteer at my church, working mostly in the student ministry on video production and editing or assisting the technical arts director with lighting and sound. I remember Shawn Sedlacek and Eduardo Villacis. I know that Runelvys Hernandez had a pretty good month one year. I like to bring up Albie Lopez for no reason at all. MVP Baseball 2005 is the best baseball game ever made.

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    It appears that if I was the Rays I would have tried to get Hoch as the throw in player, it appears that there might just be something about the Rays that he gets excited about. But seriously, other than the crazy salary for this type of guy what is the harm in sticking him in the bullpen and seeing if he can have a Zach Greinke,Wade Davis type turn around and then give him a couple spot starts to see if you can flip him later in the year. I feel bad for Hoch because he is just another victim of the Royal machine pushing players up to the bigs way to early. the guy has all the stuff in the world but cant put his pitchers together which sounds like a guy that just needs to have a better understanding of the how to get a guy out that comes with being taught when and where to pitch. It worked for Greinke and we are hoping that it worked for Davis to spend some time in the pen, what harm is there to have Hoch spend some time. I would love to see Mendoza get the 5th spot and to have Chen and Hoch in the bullpen. Its a lot of money to have in the pen but what the heck else you going to do. Cut them and still owe them the money?

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    old man duggan

    Moore likely believes he has a legitimate reason for keeping Hochevar. Moore believing it doesn’t make it so.

    All I know about Hochevar is that he’ll be a #3 when Don Cooper gets his hands on him.

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    I have to believe if Duffy and Paulino stayed healthy and were productive then Hochevar isn’t a Royal. I think the rash of arm injuries made Moore nervous and and keeping Hochevar -at an inflated BS price- was the result. Before the season ended it seemed the Royals new they were about the screw themselves and began the PR campaign to promote Luke. They couldn’t buy enough lipstick.

    I’m sure Moore has a legit reason as to why he’s keeping Hochevar, but this decision along with his fetish for utility infielders is why I don’t think he has the ability to take KC to a competitive level. It’s like he can’t help himself. For every promising move their is a disappointing counter-move. Trade for Shields/Davis – Retain Hochevar at inflated price. Promote Falu/Abreu/Giavotella – Sign Tejada/Tavares/Nady. At some point it’s going to hit Moore in the face that if he continues to employ below average players he going to have a below average team.

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