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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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    It’s nice to have a surplus of riches in the bullpen, especially when we remember the pre-Dayton bullpens of the late 90’s and early 2000’s.

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    Greg Schaum

    Don Olsen and I were having this chat yesterday….while covering the Royals I developed a belief that your bullpen should be treated like the Pony Express…a bunch of young power arms that can give you 60-70 games each. Money can be spent on one veteran in that group ….also don’t count out the less expensive veteran reliever if needed

    If the team is in contention by all means add pieces if needed but the bulk of the season should be with a bullpen of arms (let’s say 6) with total cost coming down to 12 million (much of this made by the one arm)

    The shelf life of relievers is different…in a way they are the football players of the baseball world.

    I shared my belief with one of the Royals brass at 2009 spring training and he believed exactly what I did….I am not saying I created that pony express idea but the model just makes sense for a team like the Royals. Obviously, the Royals seem to follow the Pony Express model

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