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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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    And yes, if you cannot tell, I am already excited. This year I get to come to KC for a week to attend baseball games. While my time in spring training was wonderful last year, having the chance to sit in the K with my friends and again enjoy Royals baseball is my nirvana.

    Go Royals.

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    Finally on my favorite subject, Ned Yost. I thought the most profound part of Seitzer’s answer on Ned was the silence before his carefully worded response. I have said so for 2 years that Ned Yost is not the right man to lead this team to the promised land. I spent 10 days in spring training last year and focused on watching Ned before, during and after games. I noticed players were much more open with Sisson, Rodriguez and Cadahia than Ned. I came to wonder how much real respect there is between the players and their manager.

    But my number one issue is that Ned does not have the right leadership style for a very young team like KC. He is just too aloof, too inconsistent and gives way too much positive praise while lacking honesty with his players. He also struggles to manage a pitching staff and as we learned from Kevin, may be a cause of the Royals inability to score runs despite staying among the leaders in batting average (swing away, don’t take walks, and go for the home run philosophy talked about in your interview with Seitzer and we of the comment crowd have discussed so often the last two years).

    But the biggest thing that sticks in my mind is the never ending excuses for why the team loses. Just today, Ned blamed a lack of starting pitching on the 12 game losing streak last year. However, when you check the games, you see scoring runs (or lack thereof) had as much or more impact on the streak.

    Finally, I have to ask the question about the coaching staff cohesion. Eddie Rodriguez is now the only hold over from the day Ned Yost plopped in the manager chair. All the others have been fired (except for one who resigned I think for medical reasons). It appears there is a big problem between Ned and his coaches and I don’t think bringing in all this new pitching will solve that dichotomy of this team’s day to day leadership.

    Maybe Ned is right and a good pitching staff will make the manager a lot smarter. But I have a fear we are in for more dark days until Dayton Moore realizes Ned Yost is not the answer and brings in someone who will work with his coaches, treat his players like ball players, and can manage a pitching staff.

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    On Escobar, my understanding is that it was not Alcides that had the visa problems but his new wife and had to do with offices being closed for the Carnival holidays. Since the Royals don’t seem to have any issue with him being a day late, not going to worry me one bit.

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    On Bob Davis. I agree, he was not my favorite announcer but I actually learned to accept him last year, only because I could not stand Hudler and would turn off the TV sound and turn on the radio. It is probably a good time for him to retire and he can be happy with his long career with the Royals. But if it came down between him or Hudler, I would keep Bob and retire Rex.

    Rex is a great guy with off the chart enthusiasm but what I want in a color commentator is knowledgeable insight into the game and players and the ability to call what is happening with objective fairness. Rex is too blindly supportive of decisions on the field and way too vocal without saying anything meaningful for my tastes. And if I have to hear how he was humbled last year one more time I am going to scream. Yes, he did tone it down some toward the end of the season, but I have a big concern that the former Rex will be back all the worse in 2012 based on his off season interviews.

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    Hi David:

    I am convinced (like 90% of fans) that it is time to give Giavotella 2 months to make or break his career. If they can keep giving Hochevar chances, why not Gia. Theyh even gave Kila almost 2 months in 2011 before giving up on him.

    However, the one person who needs convincing has a 3 on his jersey and nothing you say to him will change his mind.

    My best hope is that Johnny is traded somewhere before April and gets a real chance with another team because it just isn’t going to happen as long as Mr. NY is perched on the top dugout step with his chin in his hand and his hat pulled low.

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