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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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    DownUnderFan

    Wrote this commentary over on the Royals website. Thought you might like to comment here.

    How many wins does it take for 2013 to be a success? Is 81 enough or must they do better after giving up the future to obtain Shields/Davis plus the money paid for Santana, Hochevar and Guthrie?

    Or does it take 85-90 wins for fans to stay interested? For some it may even require 90+ and contending.

    For me, I don’t see the Royals exceeding 85 wins as the team stands now. I showed my analysis for that prediction in a previous post. Will I be happy at 85-77…in short, YES. At least they will be competitive even if not playoff caliber. The downside of 85 is Ned Yost probably stays and I just don’t believe this team can ever make the playoffs with him in the chair.

    However, if they do worse than I project and barely break even or fall just short then I think NY AND DM will be doing some fast talking just to keep both their jobs.

    My #1 concern is the team starts fast (allowing Ned to keep his job), but slows in the month before the A/S break to fall below 500 and out of contention. And that will cause fan attention to also wane in the 2nd half.

    Why a concern? Because my biggest fear is David Glass will start selling off assets namely Butler and/or Gordon (assuming no market exists for Frenchy, Luke, Santana or Chen) to reduce payroll and achieve a profitable bottom line for the year.

    There is a general belief that Glass values dollars over fan loyalty. he is backing the Win Now movement so far because of the heat taken this off season over not committing what it takes to win. Glass is banking on the team winning and generating fan attendance that covers his extra cash outlay. But a long mid-season slump could kill that momentum making the above concern a huge possibility.

    Royals fans need to see 2013 as a research project. Glass is funding the project and Moore is the professor organizing the research. Yost, his coaches and players are the grad students and students performing tasks. If the project produces results, everyone wins. But if it fails, the funding gets pulled and a lot of people are out of jobs or moved to another project (team).

    Finally, how can fans best prevent this possible outcome? By attending as many games as possible and keeping attendance pegged no matter what the record says. Hopefully, Dayton has a short leash on Ned and supplants him for a better motivator and tactician if the team falters. If that happens early enough and attendance stays high, then Glass will maintain his support and this team has a real chance for a monster 2nd half and push into the playoffs.

    Guess you never realized just how much we fans can contribute toward this team’s success in 2013. As General Hammond often said, “Do It!”

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    DownUnderFan

    I am right with you David. I will be cheering for Frenchy to have a 2011 year and Cain to stay healthy all year. I hope Hosmer forgets 2012 (and anything Scott Boras says) and comes ready to show the world what he can do. Also that Moose hits all season like he did before his injury last year. I even root for Getz to stay healthy and play 150 games at 2nd base because the Royals historically play better when he is in the lineup (figure that one out).

    I might be alone but I even pray that Luke Hochevar finds his missing inner strength and locks down the #5 spot with a solid 200 inning/4.00 ERA season.

    But my biggest wish is that Ned Yost figures out how to motivate youth and make smart decisions in critical situations. Because if he manages the way he has the last two years, I believe the Royals best hope is 500 and that may not be enough to save several players being traded at mid season, and DM and NY being sent to the bread line with the fans forced to suffer as a result.

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