OTC: Jeffrey Flanagan Scores Top ‘O The GM Interview W/ Frustrated Dayton Moore / KK Revels In Bubba’s Awfulness

fk0n3_St_81“I’m as frustrated as anyone. It’s very simple why we’re not winning as much as we should be — we’re getting plenty of base runners but just not driving them in. … Our ability to get runs home has to improve. Period.”
Dayton Moore, in a column by Jeffrey Flanagan posted May 6th, FoxSportsKansasCity.com
GH: Jeffrey Flanagan, the former Top ‘O The Mornin’ columnist for The Kansas City Star, scored another interesting column in an interview with a Royals’ spokesperson – this time GM Dayton Moore. Flanagan is the same guy who got the Royals’ hitting coach, Jack Maloof, canned last season when he quoted him saying there was no reward for trying to hit home runs at Kauffman Stadium. Flanagan’s interview with Moore reveals a more frustrated Moore than we have seen in the past. Read on.

“It’s the players who have to be accountable, and they are and they will be.”
Dayton Moore, FoxSportsKansasCity.com
GH: So, can we expect some moves to be made to jumpstart this Royals’ offense? Nope…

“There’s not a lot you can do because there aren’t a lot of players available (for a trade) right now. And I still have a lot of faith in the guys we have.”
Dayton Moore, FoxSportsKansasCity.com
GH: I don’t think anyone expects other MLB clubs to trade the Royals 30-home run guys in May but what about the Royals’ fabulous farm system? Where are the youngsters who should be pushing veterans like Butler, Moustakas, Gordon and Hosmer? If Moore is doing his job well, he should have players ready to call up who can start for a third basemen hitting .150.

“I know Pedro and Ned (Yost) are working on (the hitters’) approach all the time. That approach has to get better, too. It’s quite simple for us. We need to be having our best at-bats when it matters most, when runners are in scoring position, and that’s not happening now. … The results of (swinging at pitches out of the strike zone) are unacceptable. That (situation) has been addressed. Pedro and Ned understand that.”
Dayton Moore, on FanGraphs.com’s stat that shows the Royals’ swing at 30.4% of pitches outside the strike zone, FoxSportsKansasCity.com
GH: This sounds like the most serious public threat to Ned Yost’s job that I have heard from Moore. The word “unacceptable” is a strong one – and also a word David Glass should be using when he phones his GM to discuss his ball club’s performance.

“This is not the start we expected. If you look at the whole, we’re getting very good starting pitching. … What has held us back has been the inability to produce runs with runners in scoring position. Once that gets better, we’ll get better. It’s early May — a lot of baseball left. … We’re just not playing well right now. It has nothing to do with the calendar. But we need to start getting some wins right now.”
Dayton Moore, FoxSportsKansasCity.com
GH: “It’s early May…but we need to start getting some wins right now.” This is the season that Moore and the Royals have promoted since his arrival. This is the season where the Royals either make the playoffs or the Dayton Moore experiment blows up with James Shields leaving after two seasons and no postseason games – and Ned Yost and Moore with him. I am starting to wonder if Ned Yost can survive another 8-20 May like last season. I am not alone…

“Today is May 7th and I would like to officially start the ‘Fire Ned Yost’ watch. Anyone who predicts the day he gets fired, will receive a $50.00 Bone Fish Gift Certificate from me. The only catch is that I get to make the first prediction. My guess is May 28th. Yes, that is early but they will continue this skid and DM will be in CYA mode. Let the Games begin!” Allen, OTC Reader, Comments Section
GH: We have already had a number of entries for our “When Will Yost Be Toast,” contest from Tuesday’s Comments’ section. The deadline for your guess entries for this contest is Friday, May 9th. All entries need to appear in Tuesday’s Comment section – so you’ll have to click on Tuesday to leave your date. Only one entry per date — for example, any date already spoken for is off the table. If Ned makes it through the season w/o getting canned, no one wins. I am hoping the Royals pull out of this funk and that we all have to pay for our Bang Bang Shrimp on our own dimes.

“Right now, you can consider them done in the AL Central. I don’t think they’re going to play nine games better than Detroit (the rest of the season).”
Frank Boal, on the Royals’ chances of catching the Detroit Tigers for the ALC crown, 810 AM

“I’d like to see a little more out of (Nori) Aoki. He’s misplayed a few balls but I don’t expect that to continue. Japanese players are very good at their craft. They’re very diligent at their craft.”
Frank Boal, discussing the play of the Royals’ right fielder, 810 AM
GH: Are ALL Japanese players good and diligent at their craft? Is this the same as saying all African American players are fast and know how to dress? Boal sounded a lot like Rex Hudler with this one.

“This just in – Bubba Starling is NEVER going to be as good as Moustakas! He’s just awful. We can get on Moustakas all we want, he’s not NEARLY as big a bust as Bubba Starling. He can’t do ANYTHING! He’s not capable of ANYTHING! … My guess is that Bubba Starling will be the worst draft choice the Royals ever had.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM GH:
The former Gardner-Edgerton High School star athlete will be 22 this summer and he is off to another dismal start in High A ball as a member of the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Kietzman appears to have a hate for Starling that is unhealthy but the centerfielder’s play is just as bad as KK states. In his first 28 games this season, Starling is hitting .163 with an on-base of .285 and a slugging percentage of .298. He has two home runs and 35 strikeouts in 104 at bats. These are not the numbers you want from any prospect, let alone the fifth player taken in the 2011 MLB draft.

“As bad as (Starling) has been as a baseball player, I’d be very concerned if I was a high-level Division I Big 12 or SEC football coach. He might be a flop at that too. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is a flop at that too. Something isn’t right.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Did the Starling family drive over to Kietzman’s house and tractor his meticulously-cared-for front lawn? It can’t simply be that the Kansas high school kid signed to play football at Nebraska, can it? Is any almost 50-year-old adult this warped?

“Receivers are always a risky take. I think this is a deep receivers’ class.”
Mark Dominic, NFL draft expert, ESPN Radio
GH: Here is a wide receiver sleeper pick that I think the Chiefs should consider in the late rounds – Nebraska’s 6’2, 225 lb. Quincy Enunwa. He doesn’t look to get drafted before the seventh round – if at all – but he is an NFL receiver with good speed, great power and crappy Nebraska stats. I think this four-year wide-out from California would look good at Arrowhead – and he’d drive KK crazy…uh, crazier.

“I think (taking Jadeveon Clowney) is the logical pick (for Houston) and I think it’s the correct pick (for the number-one overall pick).”
Mark Dominic, NFL draft expert, ESPN Radio
GH: I love Clowney’s physical tools but I think he’s a risky as taking Johnny Football with the first pick. He just doesn’t look like a guy who understands he hasn’t made it yet.

“I haven’t felt this was about a college athlete since (USC’s) Reggie Bush. (Johnny Manziel) plays the game cool. The way he carries himself off the field seems cool. People want to be around him, he attracts people.”
Carrington Harrison
, on how much he likes Johnny Football in the upcoming NFL draft, 610 AM
GH: Manziel might be the most polarizing draft pick since Tebow. Can he play or can’t he? I am betting this little devil will be the next Brett Favre. He will drive you crazy at times with his bold throws but it’s those same bold throws that will make him great.

“Your future is waiting at FUjobs.com.”
Radio Commercial GH: If your future is waiting at FUjobs.com, you might want to rethink your path.

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36 Responses to OTC: Jeffrey Flanagan Scores Top ‘O The GM Interview W/ Frustrated Dayton Moore / KK Revels In Bubba’s Awfulness

  1. carelessdonkey says:

    “If Ned makes it through the season w/o getting canned, no one wins.” #truth

  2. Phaedrus says:

    When was the last time the Royals had a player call out his teammates in the press? That’s what they need…someone needs to specifically call out Moose/Hosmer/Butler etc.

    Hosmer should have been benched after he tried to bunt a few games ago. Put Butler at first base for the Padres series. Moose should have been sent down both last year and this year.

    Bring back Tony Muser and get rid of all these milk & cookie players!

    • FJH says:

      The point was already made by GH – there isn’t anyone to replace them.

      • Phaedrus says:

        Are you telling me that the Omaha 3rd baseman (whoever it is) would do significantly worse than Moose’s .150 batting average? Hell, let Valencia play everyday. Ship Moose out and try to wake up the clubhouse.

        Oh yeah, and fire Ned on May 19th so I win a gift card.

        • Say What? says:

          Johnny Giavotella has played the most games at 3b in Omaha and he’s been a failure every time at the major league level. The other guy that has played 3b for Omaha is almost 30 and has a career OBP in AAA of .215.

    • Mike says:

      I read somewhere that Moose is sort of the clubhouse ringleader, to the point where he threw a guy up against a wall for questioning Ned. I don’t recall where I read that, though.
      If true, there’s the issue. If Moose considers himself akin to The Godfather from Old School, then yeah, we’re screwed. It means he’ll keep getting the pass from the organization.

  3. Richard Cranium says:

    Brother, I believe that is fqjobs.com. Commercial is absolutely stupid. Who attracts good people that way. It’s like advertising on a porn site for clergymen or something.

    • Greg Hall says:

      I think it’s funny that I always thought the fast-talking ad man was saying “FU.com,” just to add to your unhappiness with you “bleep job.” Thanks for the correction but I’m leaving the quote as is. Maybe it will spur them to fix their commercial.

  4. Kyle says:

    I think Frank meant Japanese players in general. If we don’t stop getting riled up when somebody says the word black, mexican, japanese, or chinese, we are going to keep spiraling down the shitter as a country. We have become a nation of over sensitive pussies and it’s only getting worse.

    • Alphonse Tooty says:


    • BlackJack says:

      True, true. I would clarify even further and say that he likely meant “players who were developed in Japan”, as the Japanese baseball culture values fundamentals and menmtal discipline much more than other countries

    • Gavin says:

      But we agree that they’re all really good at math, right? That is a FACT.

  5. nick says:

    Love the way Johnny Football plays the game. A player. I’ll be stunned if he’s not a top 5 pick.

    Hoping KC can trade 1st pick and grab a CB and WR with the 2 early-ish picks I’d expect them to get in return. If not, they gotta get a WR.

    “Walking Ned ” seems very appropriate after reading Moore’s quote.

  6. Sirr Parker says:

    It’s FQjobs.com, not FUjobs. But your point is valid. Those commercials should make any sane person stay the hell away from working at FreightQuote.

    • John Giardino says:

      That’s not the worst ad out there…I’m sure Gary Joslin is a nice man but his ads come off like he is begging you to come there (rather than go to SHAAAAANNNNNNNEEEE Company. Ugh. Shoot me in the face.

      • John Giardino says:

        And BY FAR The most disingenuous is on the Border Patrol, when they have Gary Lezak segue to a recording of Ryan Weepie…sorry, not buying a mortgage from you Ryan.

      • Sirr Parker says:

        Yeah, Gary could certainly do better than having Lou Holths voicing his commercials as well. (I am aware Gary is voicing them himself … but he needs an ad agency to step in and tell him to hire a professional to do the read … and, to your point, write the damn things too).

  7. The Independent Rage says:

    I wanna see Starling quit baseball, go back to college, play QB for OU or Texas, succeed as the starter, and lead his team to four straight wins over KSU. In the process, KK may become positively homicidal! That man really could use some help over there.

  8. b12 says:

    Um…Greg. It’s f Q jobs.com. It’s freight quote. Clean out your ears.

  9. Jimminess says:

    The Border Patrol and Mike Boddicker broke down Dayton’s comments this morning regarding the Royals having trouble plating baserunners.–“bewildering” is how I think they put it. The Royals have the 3rd worst OBP in the AL and their BA is only 2 pts worse when runners are in scoring position then when not.

  10. Michael says:

    Bubba Starling…Starting K-State QB and Heisman Candidate 2016. Kevin Keitzman-Bubba’s Number 1 mouthpiece.

  11. The Word says:

    If Bubba went to the SEC team that I think would drive KK over the edge.
    But in all hosity, I disagree Bubba isn’t the word draft pick the Royals ever had. IMO that honor goes to Colt Griffin. But the reason why
    Starling was drafted might be one of the biggest blunders in KC history.

    He was drafted because they missed out of Albert Pujols. They still hear it to this day that he was in our backyard and they didn’t spend a pick on him. They didn’t want to hear that this time.

  12. John Giardino says:

    Does 810 WHB have to pay Frank Boal extra money if they don’t lavish him with compliments about his speech at his daughter’s wedding this week? KK spent 20 minutes brown-nosing Boal yesterday, and then Petro spends more time on it this afternoon.

    Both of our sports radio stations are guilty of kissing up to “insiders” and “local legend guests”…but it seems like 810 spends a lot of airtime on the washed-up, has local sportscaster/semi-celebrity routine…

    • John Giardino says:

      has-been, I meant.

      • Tigerpiper says:

        Instant click when that started. He was talking about embroidered irish linen and I was like ————————————–> (Roadrunner noise)

  13. nick says:

    Listening to Royals game. They’re up 3-0 after top of 1st. Physioc has pointed out multiple times how aggressive the team looks.

    – Aoki swung at first pitch and got a hit.

    – Esocbar (yes, he’s batting 2nd) hit a grounder to short, but Aoki was running, perhaps contributing to the SS bobble and error.

    – A double steal.

    – Hosmer single.

    – Another steal attempt, and another SS error on grounder.

    – Valencia single.

    Hard to not think Yost got an ultimatum recently, if not this morning. It actually sounds like the coaches and players are trying to score runs today. Sad that it took until May 7th, but beggars can’t be choosers.

    • Say What? says:

      Escobar leads the team in OBP so far this year so him hitting 2nd isn’t much of a stretch at this point.

  14. Rick says:

    Holy crap. I can’t take anymore of these radio guys talking about their boring ass personal lives or what sponsor’s food they ate/are eating. That’s ALL The Program IS!! Boring personal stories that aren’t funny since Soren is a chode and them talking about eating sponsor’s food. And isn’t it funny that it’s Soren Petro who is always saying to the callers “Don’t get your panties in a bunch” when in reality it is HIM who always has his panties in a bunch?!

  15. Jeff Morris (@mister_terrific) says:

    If it’s any consolation, the FBIB are already screaming that the Cards should fire Matheny and Mabry, then bring up Oscar Tavares and all will be well. The only happy people in MLB these days live in Milwaukee.

  16. Bob says:

    Greg, you write, “This is the season that Moore and the Royals have promoted since his arrival.”

    He’s actually been moving goal posts for years – http://www.royalsreview.com/2014/1/29/5352466/process-2014-the-dayton-moore-timetable

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