“This year feels like the first year we have a chance to compete from the first day to the last day… The starting rotation certainly gives us hope and a lot more consistency.”
Dayton Moore, prior to the start of spring training, Royalsreview.com
GH: As the Royals open an important home stand against the Twins, Astros and Tigers, it again appears that the Royals’ season is in the balance – and that is being kind. Many have already written off the Royals after an 8-20 month of May. It is panic time for the Royals. They need to win six of the nine home games to even feel good about themselves. A poor homestand should result in major changes. Read on.
“Many thought that Kansas City was ready to compete in the American League Central. Thus far, that has not been the case, as the team has gone 8-22 since a 14-10 first month. Ranked ninth in the ESPN Power Rankings in early May, the team has declined steadily, and this week finds itself ranked a lowly 24th. General Manager Dayton Moore has stressed patience before, but if the team can’t pull out of its tailspin in the next month or so, it will be time to pull the plug on the Moore era in K.C. … Kansas City should look to clean house with an eye toward the future.”
Paul Swydan, MLB writer, ESPN.com
GH: You want sobering? The thought of the Royals cleaning house – a very real possibility – and looking “toward the future,” should get the attention of even the all-too-quiet Glass family.
“After being No. 2 in each of the past two weeks, the St. Louis Cardinals grabbed the top spot for Week 10.”
GH: Maybe the Royals mid-season slogan should be, “So close and yet so far,” considering the franchise’s proximity to St. Louis but the vast distance between the two teams’ histories.
“Most young players, especially when they’re put all in the lineup together, they have their times they’re going to struggle. And this is one of those times.”
Danny Knobler, MLB writer for CBSsports.com, on the Royals, John Feinstein Show
GH: George Brett was brought in to help the Royals’ young players cope with their lack of success. Or is he there for more?
“It’s less likely that he wants to than they want him to.”
Danny Knobler, when asked if Brett would be the next Royals manager, John Feinstein Show
GH: I am still surprised that Brett took the job as the team’s batting coach. Maybe he is interested in being the manager now that he’s older and his kids are about grown. Ned sure seems to be handling it well if his replacement is in the dugout.
“(Alex) Gordon is eighth among outfielders (for the AL All-Star balloting) with 522,483 votes, which puts him nearly 240,000 behind Detroit’s Torii Hunter for the final starting spot in the AL outfield. … The Royals have not had a player voted to a starting position since outfielder Jermaine Dye in 2000.”
Bob Dutton, Kansas City Star
GH: Is it any wonder why Damon, Beltran and Dye wanted out of Kansas City? Gordon would be one of MLB’s biggest starts on a winning team. The club hasn’t had a player voted in since 2000??!! This franchise just finds new ways to embarrass itself.
“Right-hander Kyle Zimmer, the club’s No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, continues to struggle at Hi-A Wilmington. Zimmer is 0-5 with a 5.54 ERA after yielding five runs in six innings Sunday in a 5-3 loss to Frederick. Picollo admits the Royals find Zimmer’s ongoing struggles to be ‘a bit baffling at times’ because he continues to exhibit plus stuff and plus command.”
Bob Dutton, on the Royals top draft pick from the 2012 MLB draft, Kansas City Star
GH: What’s baffling about a Royals top draft pick floundering? Read on.
“From a delivery standpoint and a stuff standpoint, it’s everything and then some. Right now, we have to be a little more patient than we anticipated. But that’s OK. I think in the end it will speed up (his development).”
J.J. Picollo, Royals assistant GM, on Zimmer, Kansas City Star
GH: With the MLB draft set to start Thursday, it is sobering to note that the Royals are once again preaching patience about yet another top pick. Maybe the team should change the name from the Royals to Job.
“Opinion: Roger Twibell peddles popular putters”
Headline online for Tom Keegan’s column in the Lawrence Journal-World
GH: I know the summer months can be a slow time for a college town columnist but did Keegan have to resort to pimping putters for Twibell? Read on.
“A collection of decorative putters leaning against the wall in the corner of his office inspired longtime broadcaster Roger Twibell to come up with a product that merges the loyalty aspect of those impractical door prizes with a golfer’s desire to trim strokes. Twibell pulled it off. He markets logo putters from the website logoputter.com. A number of universities, including Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State, licensed him to sell putters with their logos.”
Tom Keegan, columnist, KUSports.com
GH: This “column” was akin to a Kevin Kietzman grilling segment. Just an awful use of space in a newspaper’s sports section reserved for their columnist.
“You know, with all our breaking news (about George Brett’s hiring), we didn’t get to do our grilling segment with Jim Cotty.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: George Brett to the rescue yet again…
“We’re infinitely stronger and infinitely in a better place than we were four years ago. We’re in a better position to move forward”
John Currie, K-State AD, when asked by Kevin Kietzman if all the conference realignment was just a waste, 810 AM
GH: While Kietzman and others are still upset with the severed limbs and new transplants realignment caused to every BCS conference, Currie makes a great point – realignment strengthened the Big 12 – especially for Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State. The Big 12 was a festering mess of paranoia and deceit before Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri and Texas A&M moved on. Adapting to your environment makes businesses stronger and keeps species from becoming extinct. Were there some mistakes made in realignment? Yes. I believe West Virginia erred in joining the Big 12 and the Big 10 whiffed in inviting Rutgers. But I like the choices almost every other school has made. It sure makes the KC market a more diverse and interesting place to be to follow college athletics.
“Fred’s (Hoiberg) position at Iowa State opened up, and he wasted no time in coming after Doc Sadler). Doc will be a huge asset for their team not only from a recruiting standpoint, but also as an on-the-floor coach. He’s a terrific coach that loved what he did last year but missed getting a chance to work with the guys in practice. I think this is a win-win for everybody.”
Bill Self, on Sadler leaving his position as KU’s head of basketball operations, KUSports.com
GH: The former Nebraska basketball coach appears restless but not so restless he wants to leave the old Big 12 North. Doc will have spent stints at Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa State over the past three seasons. I like Doc but I think he peaked at Nebraska as far as head-coaching opportunities. Self had a spot open on his staff when Joe Dooley took the Florida Gulf Coast job but it doesn’t appear Doc was seriously considered for it.
“’Michael (Dixon) arrived at Memphis this morning for an official visit but has not committed,’ source close to Dixon told ESPNcom.”
Jason King, @JasonKingESPN, Twitter
GH: Dixon was rumored to be close to signing with Baylor last month. It appears he remains a wanted man.
“The top ten other things Jose Canseco predicted.”
Bob Fescoe, urging callers to contribute to the show’s daily top ten list, 610 AM
GH: There was a time I thought Fescoe’s top ten segment was a good idea. That time was long ago. It is an automatic channel changer for me now. And listening to Josh Klingler promote it for three hours every morning makes it all the more grating.
“Jason (Kidd’s) value to the Knicks and the National Basketball Association cannot be quantified by statistics alone. Everyone here in New York saw firsthand what a tremendous competitor he is and why Jason is considered to be one of the best point guards, and leaders, the game has ever seen.”
Glen Grunwald, Knicks general manager, on Kidd retiring after 19 years in the NBA, USA Today
GH: I saw Jason Kidd play inside Allen Fieldhouse his freshman year at Cal in 1993. His hype at the time was legendary. I walked down onto the court during the pregame drills to stand next to Kidd and see what all the fuss was about. He didn’t strike me as all that special. Nice handles and a great passing touch but he couldn’t shoot at all. Let’s just say he improved quite a bit. 19 years in the NBA? Legendary is right.
“I’m not going to watch any basketball. … I think you’ve got to cleanse yourself a little bit.”
Kevin Harlan, who said he has it in his contract that he is done working the NBA after the second round of the playoffs, 810 AM
GH: Kind of ironic that when Harlan stops watching the NBA is when I and many others start.
“I haven’t read a book since the end of July last year. I’ve got a couple of books I want to read.”
Kevin Harlan, 810 AM
GH: I have three books on my bedside stand that I have yet to crack – Gone Girl (which everyone tells me is an absolute page turner), Unbroken (which my wife read and loved) and Again to Carthage (John Parker’s sequel to Once a Runner). What’s on your reading list this summer?
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