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My Royals New Year’s Resolution

These are my Royals resolutions

I thought I’d answer Greg’s post in a way most of you can’t, with a post on this very website. This post could also double as “What the Royals Can Do to Win the Division” which means it’s the most important post you’ll read all year. Fine, it’s probably not. But the good news is that I’m going to be a little shorter winded than you’re used to. So you’ve got that going for you. Anyway, I do have a few resolutions for the Royals that will make my enjoyment of watching the games much better and make the product on the field an improvement.

  1. Stop Running Into Outs – For a team that supposedly prides itself on baserunning year in and year out, the Royals do a terrible job of running the bases. There was one year when David DeJesus and Mark Teahen were among the top baserunners in the league that the Royals weren’t terrible, but it was all on the strength of those two. The offense is actually a potential strength of this team. Let them do their work.
  2. The Sacrifice Bunt is NOT Your Friend – This is along the same lines as the previous resolution. Maybe I should have put a heading of STOP GIVING AWAY OUTS! Like I said before, the offense is good. Stop lowering your run expectancies by playing for one run when you’ve got a lineup full of doubles machines. Big innings win games and ultimately championships. The one run inning gets you one run and then you get to watch one of the pitchers give up three and the game’s over.
  3. No More Infatuations with Role Players - I’m sure this happens on every team, but I don’t watch every team, I watch the Royals. I’m sick of guys like Willie Bloomquist getting 450 at bats because a manager loves his grit or toughness. Maybe it’s been a product of the lack of talent throughout the roster, but the Royals absolutely have to stop falling in love with players like this. Very rarely does a backup actually become something worthwhile. I’ll tell you this much right now. If Chris Getz and/or Yuniesky Betancourt get more than 400 at bats, the Royals will lose more than they win. The Brewers could handle Betancourt because they had a better team all around. The Royals are a .500 or so team and playing lesser players makes them worse. It’s a novel concept, but it’s true.
  4. Vow to Pitch Deeper Into Games – No matter how good your bullpen is (and let’s hope Clint’s doomsday scenarios don’t come true), the unit will wear down if the starters cannot pitch deep into games. A bunch of five or six inning starts does very little good for anybody unless there’s a staff of pitchers in AAA equally as good as the big league club and you can taxi players back and forth to save their arms. There might be an idea in that, but for now, let’s just focus on pitching more quality innings from the starters. A bullpen averaging three innings per night will wear down in August. Just subtract one inning per night from that and you’ve got a bullpen that’s got about 150 less innings of wear come what hopefully is playoff time.
  5. Win - This one seems awfully silly and obvious, but it’s time. 2003 was the last .500 season. 2008 was the closest thing to it and that was a 75-87 team. The fans deserve it. It’s going to take one or two more pitchers and maybe even another bat because injuries are inevitable. Whatever it takes, it’s time for the Royals to win. I’d obviously love for them to make the playoffs, but at this point I’d be satisfied with 85 wins. It’s been too long and too rare in my lifetime.

So those are my five resolutions. Give me a little more time and I could probably come up with 500, but I’m not that bored right now. The organization has a lot of bad habits, and they need to be broken. What better time than a new year?

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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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Comments (12)

  • jim fetterolf

    cpass, that line-up fits Yost for a couple of reasons. He likes L-R-L-R as much as possible, Hosmer is quite a bit faster than Butler, and I think everyone assumes the 5’8″ Gio to eventually walk more than the much taller Cain, plus he should have a little better bat control. Gordon and Moose will walk a lot, Billy not much if Moose continues last fall’s production. Thanks.

  • cpass

    Jim, Yost was just on MLB Radio’s Inside Pitch and ran through his preliminary lineup. He darned near forgot to include Moose, but it sounds like it will be roughly Gordon, Giavotella, Hosmer, Butler, Moustakas, Francoeur (or Frenchy then Moose), Perez, Cain (or Cain then Perez), Escobar.

  • jim fetterolf

    Thanks, Greg. Passed it on to Lee. He’s even older school than I am, but eager to learn.

  • Greg Schaum

    Here you go Jim

    http://www.pinetarpress.com/?p=7462

    I have access to any and all people in this article If Lee needs contacts for his research ….The Royals were not happy with this article because they felt they were not one of the teams guilty of this. But, this article was not about any one team it was about many teams in baseball. Baseball, historically has been behind the train. I believe many teams (including the Royals now) have moved past this and I really feel we are about to see a new era in quality pitching and development in the big leagues because of this

    If I were a GM I would have a list of every P that had their routine taken from them when they signed with a cookie cutter organization and I would trade for that P and get him back on the appropriate program

    IMO Brooks Pounders could be that guy for KC

  • jim fetterolf

    Thanks for the details, Greg. I’ve been reading you for over a year now, just got around to figuring out how to log in and post. This is a subject I’ve been kicking around with Mike Engel at Kings of Kaufman and Lee Judge at the Star for awhile, Mike apparently also having a background and having been a trainer, Lee having club house access to the players and will be at spring training, along with some of his posters, so he can look for signs of change. If you would link your piece and don’t mind, I’ll share it with Lee, who has asked for more information on the subject. Thanks.

  • Greg Schaum

    Jim

    I don’t know how long you have followed the site so excuse me If u already know this…..But I am closely invested in long tossing or airing it out…..more specifically I am really anti cookie cutter techniques. If you don’t know this….please let me link you to an article i wrote on this subject last May.

    I am very close with Alan Jaeger and have an uncle and cousin who are both doing very well as consultants (they work together) for now 6 teams. We all believe in similar things and all concluded that the 120 foot belief has held pitchers back for a couple of decades now….

    I have plenty of contacts in and around the game and everything points to a new direction in pitching philosophies for the Royals, I have spoken with a few of the current pitchers in the system and all are very encouraged (thus far) of how their new regiment sounds.

    Of course, the proof will be in the way things are handled in Surprise this February….looking forward to this

  • jim fetterolf

    Greg, the media comment was a little snark:) Hope you’re right on the new coach.

    Read a piece awhile back on SI about program training and oddly enough it seems that the teams that always seem to have an excess of pitchers are new school. I still think changing the training of a number of our hot young arms contributed to the seeming regression of most of our young pitchers once they hit AA and even slowed current starters like Hochevar and maybe even Duffy. Wonder how they’ll handle Arquelles in that light, long-term long-tosser a year removed from surgery?

  • Greg Schaum

    Jim-

    If you think anyone playing for the Royals gives a rip about what the media says you are greatly mistaken…..

    It sounds like from everyone I hae talked to the new pitching regiment is much more in line with my beliefs….which is a very good thing

    I like that line up

  • jim fetterolf

    My offering:

    1. Ignore the media and just go out and play ball. Talent plus experience plus Seitzer should yield success for the hitters.

    2. Join the 21st century on pitcher training. Hope the new PC isn’t old school.

    3. Throw strikes.

    4. Bat Hosmer third, Butler fourth, Moose fifth, Frenchy sixth.

  • jim fetterolf

    “The Sacrifice Bunt is NOT Your Friend”

    When done by Getz or Esky it has about the same average chance of producing a hit as a full swing does, plus it moves a runner into scoring position.

    “A bullpen averaging three innings per night will wear down in August.”

    Three innings per game times 162 games equals 486 innings divided by 8 equals just under 61 innings per reliever. The point of bringing up Herrera and signing Broxton was to get Holland some help for the 8th inning and solid guys for the 7th. If Crow doesn’t go to Omaha, he’s back in the mix.

    “If Chris Getz and/or Yuniesky Betancourt get more than 400 at bats, the Royals will lose more than they win.”

    I would have phrased it, “If Gio proves to be Aviles v2.0…” Royals should do fine anyway, the rest of the defense and offense more than adequate to carry Yuni or Getz or even last year’s Gio.

  • David Lesky

    Yeah, I figured I wasn’t eligible, so I made a whole post out of it.

  • Greg Schaum

    Ok- David

    First off u r not eligible for the autographed baseball…..But, this is exactly what I am looking for

    If I am going to give something of value away I would hope someone would clearly identify and take the time to win the ball

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