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David Lesky

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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    Great assessment, Dave. Love your work.

    Not only are the Royals polarizing but I think Dayton Moore is as well. He can pull gems from a plowed field as in Paulino, Guthrie and Mendoza. And then turn around and make bonehead moves like Sanchez and Betancourt in 2012, and Kyle Davies signing in 2011.

    Dayton Moore’s main problem is he spends too much time trying to be Billy Beane and not enough time trying to be Dayton Moore. Dayton is a micromanager plus he hates admitting mistakes (can you say Ned Yost or Luke Hochevar). But then most GM’s have that same trait so not really any different. He also needs to learn to say no to Scott Boras.

    Overall though, Dayton Moore has improved the Royals organization from where it was 6 years ago. He just needs to take that next step and hire a manager who can effectively run the team and then get out of the way and let him do it.

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    Nice article David. I guess my feelings are that GMDM has done a pretty good job with what he had to work with. The other things that would be interesting to look at from those other teams would have been what the payroll was. Did ownership pony up the money to help the General Manager get those wins or did the GM really have to, like GMDM, make something out of nothing. I will finish up with a question that I probably don’t want to know the real answer to, but what do you think Frenchy would have been worth in a trade during that 2011 first half season? My feeling is with the Royals when you sign a guy for next to nothing in the offseason and you can flip them midway through a season, you might as well see what you can get so that you can keep restocking that farm system. I understand that when you are winning and in the race you dont trade your best hitters but like any good GM you need to let people know that you are willing to trade if the price is right. Again good article!

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    David, a few comments on your view of Dayton Moore and where he ranks leading the Royals compared to the other 9 teams that were bad from ’04 – ’06; to be fair, the Royals were far worse in those 3 years than any of the other 9 teams. The Diamondbacks were 2nd worst at 78 games below .500 and the Rays were last at 89 games below .500. The Royals were an almost unimaginable 134 games below .500 in those 3 years. To take it a step further, both the Diamondbacks and Rays had bottomed out and were about to take off; AZ was 20 games over .500 the next 2 years (’07 – ’08), while the Rays were 2 games over .500 in the next two seasons. AZ bottomed in ’04 (60 games below .500) and went 18 over in ’07. The Rays bottomed out in ’06 (40 games below .500) and went 32 games over in ’08. A couple of other facts about these two bottom dwellers; the Diamondbacks then finished 1st or 2nd in their division 3 times from ’07 – ’12 and the Rays finished 1st or 2nd 4 times from ’07 – ’12. In other words, you could make the case that the only 2 teams that were worse than our Royals in the ’04 – ’06 time frame, quickly became playoff contenders over the next 6 seasons. However, it’s hard to imagine how much further the Royals had to travel to become competitive and then contenders because of how much less competitive they were in ’04 – 06. AZ hired Josh Byrnes as GM in ’05 and he led their improvement until stalling and replaced by Dipoto in ’10, while Andrew Friedman was promoted to GM of the Rays in ’05 and has led their remarkable turnaround since. Moore took over in mid-June ’06 and had a much bigger task ahead of him. Granted, we should have expected improvement at the ML level by the Moore led Royals before now, but it’s hard to quantify how much further the Royals, as an organization, were below the Diamondbacks/Rays when he took over. You say that a large portion of the Moore criticism goes away if the Royals win 88+ games in ’13 – I say give him ’13/’14 to win 88+.

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