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Clint Scoles

I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that. I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

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    Clint Scoles

    Agreed. Ned told us awhile back he wouldn’t go out of the box with the bullpen but I loved having Holland in that fireman role and wish more teams would utilized their best reliever in that way.

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    jim fetterolf

    Good point. I don’t really see much difference between set up and closer. I think Jason Kendall claims the 8th is harder because the other team has twice as much hope, if not this inning we get another shot. Toughest job I think is fireman, come in with runners on base and much less room for error. That’s what Holly was great at when Jack Soria was still closing, come in with the bases loaded and one out, fan the side, then come out the next inning and shut ’em down. Holland seem to do his best work with runners on.

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    Clint Scoles

    Agreed I don’t anticipate any moves but finding opportunities this season to get Davis some chances isn’t the worst thing. The Royals likely will need to make a move in the offseason to move Holland or Davis. Some FO people may want to see Davis actually do it so they know he can.

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    jim fetterolf

    Interesting, but I wouldn’t move Wade now, no need. Locking down the 8th in a one run game is as important as the 9th and with Herrera the Royals have three innings locked down. It’s a fair assumption Davis can close, so the important factor would be what prospects could be landed for Holland or Davis at this point. I’ld let Holland go first due to future cost, but Davis’ cost certainty might be more valuable to a trade partner. All a matter of prospects in return.

    As for the trade, Davis does have 0.9fW to Myers’ 0.5 and Jake’s 0.6, so looks like the Royals lost that trade :)

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