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Paul York

Thanks to Greg and the rest of the Pinetarpress.com crew for welcoming and allowing me to contribute to their stellar site. I jumped at the opportunity to become a contributor. Baseball, and more specifically, Kansas City Royals baseball is a deep rooted passion for me, and I look forward to being able to write about various Royals topics. When reading my material, keep in mind that I’m just a fan. I’m no insider, and I’m no seam-head. I appreciate advanced statistics, but don’t necessarily buy into all of them. I’m still “old school” in that I think you can still get a good evaluation through watching a player and whatever is offered on the back of his baseball card. I played small time college baseball in Kansas, and coached at the high school level. That is the extent of my baseball experience, but more appropriately those are the eyes through which I watch the game of baseball. I’m a KCK resident—a Dotte, if you will. I’m married and have a son who is itching to begin tee work, soft-toss, and a long-toss program (he’s 10 months old at the time of this writing). I’m active on Twitter. Follow me at @pyork_10. Go Royals!

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    Paul York

    Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your comment. Thanks for taking the time to read my piece. As for Francoeur, yes I agree he was terrible last year. He was, however, a good defensive RF’er in 2011. It sounds as though weight gain and complacency attributed to a lot of Francoeur’s problems last year. Being that this is a contract year for him, I suspect we’ll see something closer to the 2011 version of Francoeur. So, yeah, I feel like the Royals potentially have a Gold Glove caliber player in RF. I probably should have elaborated on that in the piece.

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    Paul – We have a Gold Glove caliber player in right field? Did the Royals make a trade I missed? I hope you’re not referring to Frenchy, who was the worst right fielder in MLB last year (confirmed by defensive metrics and anyone that was watching). Please tell me that was a misprint on your part???

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