OTC: Moustakas’ Slump Has A Familiar Excuse / WHB’s TJ Carpenter Heading Down A Bad Path

“He’s pressing a little bit but not nearly as much as he was at any time last year. He’s going to be okay.”
Ned Yost, on Moose’s 0-15 start, 610 AM
GH: Yost made this comment about the Royals’ third baseman over the weekend. It sounded so familiar to me that I checked the archives from last May and came up with what Yost said about Moose when he was in a 2-41 tailspin. Read on.

“Last year, when he struggled. I mean (Moose) was a mess. There were times when you’d have to sit him for a ‘mental day.’ This year, he’s been in a great frame of mind. … He’s going to be fine.”
Ned Yost, on the same slumping Moustakas, May 2013, Kansas City Star
GH: Okay, so by my count that is three seasons in a row where we can document that Moose has struggled with slumps and his mental state. Hey, we all understand that baseball is a hard game to play and it’s a grind and the Royals faced three of the best pitchers on the planet (who happen to be in their division) and blah, blah, blah… I would like Yost to try a different tactic to motivate the moody Moose. “Hey moose – hit the damn ball or you’re going to find out how many great restaurants there are in Omaha.”

“He had home-run distance but he missed the foul pole by about 100 feet.”
Steve Physioc, play-by-play call on a foul ball off the bat of Mike Moustakas, Royals Radio

“Obviously, Mike Moustakas is still struggling although good for him to at least have the RBI walk today. I know that doesn’t mean anything is solved but at least he can go back and say he made a contribution. He also had some defensive plays – he also had the error…”
Joel Goldberg, Royals pre- and postgame host, trying to put a positive spin on Moose’s 0-15 start after Saturday’s win over the Chisox, Fox Sports KC
GH: It’s not just Yost who is walking and talking on eggshells when it comes to Moose’s slump. Goldberg tried everything he could to turn that bases-loaded walk into a Player of the Game award.

“I cover my eyes every time he comes up to bat. It’s very compelling radio and TV right now, to watch Mike Moustakas and see what he is going to do. We are all rooting for him to get a hit.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: The Moose watch is going to continue until he gets that first knock. I can feel the pressure build as Moose steps to the plate even when I’m just watching from my couch.

“I haven’t done it much in my career, but it’s not that difficult. Because the shortstop’s over on the other side of second and the third baseman’s at shortstop. So I just have to bunt it past the pitcher. I don’t have to be fine with it.”
Mike Moustakas, on bunting to the left side of the infield to foil the defensive shift many teams are using against him, Kansas City Star
GH: I think getting Moose to bunt for a base hit is exactly what the opposition is hoping the leading home-run hitter in California high school baseball will try to do. I do not want to see Moose stabbing at change ups and hoping to dink one down the third-base line. I want to see him hit it over their heads. Way over.

“(Bunting) should not be there. You have 27 outs. Don’t give them up.”
Brian McRae, 810 AM

“I’m different than a lot of these other guys. Some guys like to watch film. Like Billy (Butler), he gets in there and watches film all day. He’s able to break it down. Gordo (Alex Gordon) does the same thing. I’ll watch film from when I was going good. I don’t break down everything I’ve done. I just try to find a couple of at-bats where I look comfortable, see what I was doing and work from there.”
Mike Moustakas, explaining to Bob Dutton last season in May 2013 about how his video work, Kansas City Star
GH: I don’t know if Moose has altered his aversion to watching video but I guess we can hope. We hear a lot about his mental approach but little about his work ethic. Often times a busy mind doesn’t have time to become weak.

“I think it’s way too early to start that platoon at third base (with Moustakas and Danny Valencia). Because a platoon means you don’t have anybody to play third base.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Ned appears to have a two-limbed third-basemen tree this season.

“They define their roles by their production. Once we get rolling it will define itself more clearly than it is now.”
Ned Yost, on how he will make decisions as to when he will to pitch the Royals bullpen, 610 AM
GH: I think it is too early to judge the Royals pitching. But I like what I see for the most part. It would just be nice to see somebody hit some dongs. The Royals remain the only team in MLB to not have a home run.

“I think it’s silly if this (Royals) team doesn’t get at least two million fans to the ball park this year.”
Josh Vernier, Royals pre- and postgame host, 610 AM
GH: The Royals last drew two-million fans in 1991 when they capped a seven year streak of two million or more since 1985. They have drawn about 1.7 million for the past five seasons. They will very likely draw two million this summer but it should not be a given. Just as Yost says his pen’s playing time will be determined by their production, so should the fans’ interest in their Royals.

“Just got a report that DGB waa arrested last night for assaulting a woman. No confirmation of the arrest yet, but eye witnesses.”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenterWHB, Sunday at 3:55 PM, Twitter
GH: When I read this my first reaction was just total disgust that DGB could be guilty of yet another stupid and damaging crime. But when I went to investigate the story I found there weren’t any details to be found. My disgust then switched from the message to the messenger. Read on.

“There are standards for reporting something. If something happens we’ll report it, but nothing has happened.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond,  at 4:26 PM Sunday, Twitter
GH: DeArmond was obviously being asked by many people about Carpenter’s report. I still haven’t seen any arrest record or story on TJ’s report almost 24 hours later. That is not a good way to build a reputation here in Kansas City media for the youngster from Arkansas.

“I don’t believe DGB has been arrested yet, but he might be soon. Still trying to get details. You’d be wise to follow @GabeDeArmond.”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenterWHB, Sunday at 4:07 PM, Twitter
GH: Okay, this is just a joke of an ass-covering tweet. I don’t believe TJ is a complete idiot but he might be soon. He sure is headed down that road anyway.

“It was a fantastic game. Unfortunately, it ended in a nil-nil draw and I know that sounds to all the soccer haters out there.”
Nate Bukaty, on Sporting Kansas City’s scoreless draw Saturday night at home to Real Salt Lake, 810 AM
GH: Call me a soccer hater but a more accurate moniker would be tie hater. Who wants to see a draw? Finish the game with a winner. And I don’t really care how the sport resolves that issue. Just get it done.

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About Greg Hall

Software guy who has been writing my Off The Couch column in KC newspapers, publications and websites since 1994. Has been bounced from some of the finest media establishments this side of State Line Road. Dad first and everything else second...and there are a lot of everything elses.

55 Responses to OTC: Moustakas’ Slump Has A Familiar Excuse / WHB’s TJ Carpenter Heading Down A Bad Path

  1. Egg on Greg's Face says:

    Looking forward to the retraction, or will he spin it KK style?

    • Greg Hall says:

      My issue was not with the story being reported but the fact that TJ did not do the work to be confident in reporting the story — but reported it anyway. Read his tweets again and tell me that’s what you want from a member of the media. I do not.

      • Egg on Greg's Face says:

        KK style it is. I don’t have problems with what he said, and certainly don’t consider him to be a member of the media. Same goes for anyone on Kansas City sports talk radio or really anyone in radio or television.

  2. Old Man Kissel says:

    Congrats to TJ for being the first to brake the story. Seems like a lot of smoke and somewhere there is fire.

    Once again Greg puts his foot in his mouth to trash someone at 810 who is doing things in the industry he couldn’t make it in. Keep up the good work TJ. Hopefully they replace Bukaty with you soon. That way the name Border Patrol will make sense.

    810 Scoops 610…and Greg Hall once again…

  3. Old Man Kissel says:

    By the way Greg….

    Study: Excessive Running Could Be Linked to Shorter Lifespan


    810 scoops 610 once again…

    • Greg Hall says:

      I’m just trying to get a few more good years out of this carcass. Somehow I don’t think it’ll be running that does me in.

      • Tigerpiper says:

        Oh yes, over exercising is the problem in today’s society. People are just too fit.
        For every one person who has an over exercise health problem, I’d guess there are 10,000 with an under-exercise problem. Maybe 100,000.

      • BlackJack says:

        It’s not running per se, but those long-ass marathons and shit that beats causes wear and tear on your organs. Man wasn’t meant to run such long distances.

        Keep it down to 2-3 miles, or do sprints and you’ll be fine

  4. Kansas Marine says:

    What do you expect from Carpenter? KK has taken him under his wing. TJ is doing his best to manufacture stories while poking every fan base not named Kansas State with a stick. Sadly this will cost TJ any shred of credibility he had remaining.

    • Old Man Kissel says:

      Wait a minute…are you up on current events? Looks like TJ got it right!!!!!!!! He was the first in this town to brake the story.

      He gained credibility if you ask me.

      810 scoops 610 once again…

  5. Rico_suave says:

    DGB … “we hardly knew ye”


    After the altercation, Henke said he ran back into his house to call the police. Outside, Connor said the neighbor who asked him to call 911 told someone else that Green-Beckham was beating up a girl.


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