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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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    By the way, I encourage you to go to the Royals MLB site and the Moustakas article. Read the comment by 5569 from yesterday that has an assumed phone call between Dayton and Ned. You will die laughing. It is the best comment of the year.

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    On Hochevar. Dayton and Ned have clearly committed to Hochevar this spring just as they have committed to Frenchy.

    Basically, the 5th starting spot is Luke’s to win or lose. Some think he will be a better pitcher at the back end of the rotation. I wonder. I still think Jim Morris of The Oldest Rookie fame had the best answer for Luke. He said some pitchers just cannot handle the pressure that builds in the 5 days between starts. They work themselves into their own panic. But those same pitchers can do well in relief because they never know when they will pitch and they pitch more often thus having less time for the panic to build. Finally, if they get in trouble, it is usually much quicker to pull a reliever than a starter because the bullpen is usually already up.

    The problem now is Luke will either make the grade at #5 or probably be released and not get the chance to prove if he could be of value in the pen. Guess will just have to let it play out and see.

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    David Lesky

    DUF – I do enjoy the back fields a lot. I spent a good amount of time there last year and loved it. It’s always a good time in Surprise.

    adwatts – I don’t buy the talk when it comes to Hochevar. I think he’s a lost cause. I don’t think it’s crazy, though, that some of the work habits and attitudes can rub off on the younger players.

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    Echo DownUnderFan. David do you buy into all the talk about the mindset and moxie of Shields rubbing off on the other members of our pitching staff? Hochevar could sure use some and on paper it at least looks like he could bring some of that “Rays mindset” to this team.

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    Good article as always.

    By the way, you talked in the podcast about going to the backfields in spring training. I found last year that I enjoyed that more than the games. I was there every morning before 9 am waiting for the gates to open and didn’t leave until game time. I spent a half hour one morning waiting at the gate with Bubba Starling’s father. A wonderful man. If Bubba is anything like his Dad he will have a good head on his shoulders and be a credit to the Royals. Also, got to talk to a lot of the players and even spent a morning with several of the host families for minor league players. Learned far more about the business of baseball from them than speaking to coaches or players. I wrote several blogs (DownUnderFan) about the different people I met and things I learned while there. Wish I could go back and do it again this year but going to spend a week in KC going to games instead.

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