“Luke Hochevar’s last 2 starts: 6 1-3 innings, 16 runs, 19 hits, 4 walks and one hit-by-pitch.”
David Skretta, @APdaveskretta, Twitter
“We’re not in a position to just discard players who have shown they can be successful in the past.”
Dayton Moore, when asked if the Royals are considering demoting Hochevar from the starting rotation, 610 AM
GH: Few pitchers in the Royals’ past have galvanized the club’s fan base like Luke Hochevar – and not in a good way. The Twitter meltdown after his last start on Sunday was filled with the same contempt usually reserved for guys named Glass. Read on.
“I’m not advocating that the Royals release Hochevar after the game. But I’d completely understand if they did.”
Rany Jazayerli, @jazayerli, after Hochevar gave up six earned runs in two innings to the Yankees, Twitter
GH: Moore was adamant that Hochevar isn’t going anywhere. Realistically, the Royals have few options but to send him to the mound every fifth start and hope he remembers why he was the club’s first overall pick in the 2006 draft. Hochevar is exactly the kind of pitcher the Royals look for when pursuing the free agent market – a high draft pick who at one time showed talent but whose performance numbers are down making him affordable and signable. In other words, he is Jonathan Sanchez. Yes, this is our Kansas City Royals.
“Picks like Luke Hochevar as the #1 overall pick in the draft are a big reason why the Royals (despite other positives) are where they are.”
Greg Schaum, @Greg_Schaum, Twitter
GH: The Hochevar pick technically falls under the reign of Allard Baird since Moore didn’t take over the Royals’ GM duties until days after the draft. But the reality is that Moore has been his GM for his entire career and defended the pick at every opportunity.
“Sometimes he cares too much.”
Dayton Moore, on Hochevar, 610 AM
GH: This is exactly the opposite of what Mike Boddicker had to say about Hochevar’s indifference to losing. Watching Hochevar serve batting practice his last two starts makes me wonder what Moore is watching.
“We’re not going to panic. We’ve got to continue to search and look for answers.”
Dayton Moore, on Jonathan Sanchez’s disappointing performance as a starter, 610 AM
GH: The Royals have no room to panic. It’s not an option because their starting pitching in the minors looks to be just as suspect as the big club’s. So Royals’ fans are once again asked to wait, be patient and pretend this is our time.
“Trust me when I tell you, it eats them up.”
Dayton Moore, on how badly Hochevar and Sanchez feel over their performances as starters, 610 AM
GH: I’m always skeptical of people who need to preface a sentence with “Trust me…”
“When does Hosmer take some heat? When does he get dropped in the lineup?”
Soren Petro, @theprogram, Twitter
GH: Does Hosmer deserve some heat? No. He’s a second-year player going through a tough slump. I want him in the lineup every day.
“I don’t think they are nearly as worried about [Hosmer] as the starting pitching.”
Robert Ford, 610 AM
“Well, not necessarily as much.”
Dayton Moore, when asked by Bob Fescoe if Johnny Giavotella needed to be an every-day player if/when he’s called up, 610 AM
GH: Moore stated that Gio is “enroute” to Kansas City. The question is who is heading down or has been dealt?
“Nonsense. I’ve never spoken to anyone about selling the club.”
David Glass, when asked by Bob Dutton about rumors the Royals are for sale, Kansas City Star
GH: A better question to David is what is your succession plan when you die? Is Tommy Boy our new owner?
“I don’t think Dan Glass has any impact on the baseball team. I think he is a non-entity.”
Frank Boal, 810 AM
“I couldn’t disagree with you more.”
Kevin Kietzman, responding to Boal’s take on Dan Glass, 810 AM
GH: Once David dies, Dan could be the head man. Then what happens?
“If you equate ‘tough’ with throwing a baseball at someone who hasn’t done anything to deserve it, you’re a tool.”
Ivan Carter, @IvanCarterCSN, after Cole Hamels said he plunked the Nats’ 19-year-old rookie sensation, Bryce Harper, to welcome him to the big leagues, Twitter
“Cole Hamels says he’s old school? He’s the polar opposite of old school. He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year-old rookie who’s eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.”
Mike Rizzo, Nationals GM, The Washington Post
GH: I have never understood anyone tolerating a pitcher throwing at a batter – in any era. It always seemed like a chicken-shit move to me.
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