PDA

View Full Version : Posnanski..Positives keep getting harder to find


Deberg_1990
04-22-2006, 06:06 AM
Very well said....

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/14402334.htm


Notes from a columnist held hostage: Loss No. 11 in a row.

Today is a good day to ask the question — what exactly did Kansas City do to deserve this? Was there some 19th-century Kansas City gunman who shot a baseball player in the back? Did Tony Peña cut some sort of deal with the devil to help the team get off to that great start in 2003? Does this have anything to do with Lin Elliott?

The Royals lost to Cleveland 6-5 on Friday night. That’s the 11th straight loss. There was nothing especially interesting about this one. The Royals fell behind by three, clawed back to tie it up, immediately fell behind by three runs again. The Royals then rallied in the ninth but lost by one. Mike Sweeney got four hits and barely missed two home runs. Royals starter Mark Redman pitched six solid innings without ever throwing the ball faster than 12 mph. Mustard won the condiment race on the scoreboard, sparking the loudest cheers of the night.

And the Royals tied a team record with four sacrifice flies.

It was, all in all, another depressing night.

These continuous losing streaks can be officially filed under “Way Past Ridiculous.” Long losing streaks — like long winning streaks — are supposed to be rare events. Baseball is a break-even game — the best teams lose two or three times a week, the worst teams win two or three a week, and it all works out over a long season.

And yet, since the beginning of the 2004 season — so we’re talking about just a little more than two seasons — the Royals have had (deep breath): Three eight-game losing streaks, one nine-game losing streak, one 19-game losing streak, and, as of this moment, one 11-game losing streak. That’s absolutely amazing.

I want you to think about this for a minute: The Atlanta Braves have not had even one eight-game losing streak since 1989.

OK, let’s go to the streak totals: The Royals have been outscored 78-32 during the streak. … Hey, what about some good news? You got it. You already know about the sacrifice flies record. Well, there’s more. The Royals broke a 20-inning scoreless streak. For the second time in six home games, the Royals got at least 12 hits and won everyone in the stadium Krispy Kreme doughnuts. And the postgame fireworks were good.

Meet the newest Royal: Welcome Joe Nelson. He was called up Friday when the Royals sent David DeJesus to the disabled list. Nelson is a 31-year-old relief pitcher who came into the game with a career 25.07 ERA in the major leagues. But he pitched a scoreless inning Friday night, already dropping that ERA to 20.65. Fun fact: Nelson met his wife, Teresa, when he got Tommy John surgery. Teresa was a radiologist at the hospital.

Buddy Bell’s uplifting quote of the day: “I’m not feeling great, but I can’t look at it any other way except to be positive.”

Beyond all that, it’s getting harder and harder to know what to say about this club.

I think the general feeling around Kauffman Stadium during the offseason was that the Royals would pick up some solid veteran players and buy a few wins, get some momentum going. It sounded reasonable enough at the time.

The trouble is, you don’t win that way. A good baseball team has to be about something. There has to be a purpose. It’s not enough to say, “We’ve got a few good players, let’s go win games.” No, you have to go into a game saying: “We’re going to win tonight by getting more guys on base” or “We’ve got the more dominating pitcher,” or “We have superior speed and defense” or “we will crush them with the long ball.” You have to be better than the other team at something to win with any regularity.

And the Royals, for all their efforts, have never been able to develop any purpose, any sort of winning personality. They’re just not very good at anything. They don’t have power, but they don’t have speed, but they don’t play especially good defense, but their pitchers don’t get a lot of strikeouts, but they don’t have great control, but the hitters don’t draw a lot of walks, but …

The Royals just are. And because of that, they are losing a lot of games in a row again

StcChief
04-22-2006, 09:34 AM
Any predictions on how long it will take to fire somebody.
Manager, GM etc.

Sure-Oz
04-22-2006, 10:15 AM
Bring back the '85 guys to coach this team and show them how to win. Those guys know something about winning, do these current coaches? Probably not.

stevieray
04-22-2006, 10:17 AM
Very well said....

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/14402334.htm




Today is a good day to ask the question — what exactly did Kansas City do to deserve this?

The French explorer Chauteau landed in in what is now KC.

banyon
04-22-2006, 10:28 AM
Bring back the '85 guys to coach this team and show them how to win. Those guys know something about winning, do these current coaches? Probably not.

Bell had the worst career record of any manager who had managed over 700 games. He's got a TON of experience with losing like this. I think they hired him because he was the easiest guy to fire.

ChiefsCountry
04-22-2006, 10:37 AM
You know its bad when JoePa starts ripping people.

Ari Chi3fs
04-22-2006, 10:45 AM
Hell, Buddy Bell has never won anything on any level, has he? How is he gonna teach these kids to be winners?

Sure-Oz
04-22-2006, 10:53 AM
Hell, Buddy Bell has never won anything on any level, has he? How is he gonna teach these kids to be winners?
About all he could do is teach Teahan how to be a better 3b, that's about it.

trndobrd
04-22-2006, 01:40 PM
Anybody want to put money down on a T-bones v. Royals series?

Logical
04-22-2006, 01:47 PM
Ooooh it is like Christmas, all this Royals bashing.PBJ

Sure-Oz
04-22-2006, 02:07 PM
Ooooh it is like Christmas, all this Royals bashing.PBJ
Why do you hate the Royals so much, were you ever a fan? I mean i love the team but hate the ownership, suckiness etc, but still my home baseball team and i couldn't picture rooting for any other team, atleast they won a WS in my lifetime, even though i didnt give a shit then LOL. Chiefs must win a championship before I do too.

alanm
04-22-2006, 03:55 PM
Baird needs to go, Bell needs to go, the team needs to be gutted, the scouting department needs to be replaced and Glass needs to sell this team to a baseball person. This organization is a total joke right now. It's just sad to see. Gawd I wish George Brett had mega millions to make him a offer. :(

Demonpenz
04-22-2006, 04:35 PM
We should have kept beltran and got rid of sweeney anyone should have thought that

Logical
04-22-2006, 05:28 PM
Why do you hate the Royals so much, were you ever a fan? I mean i love the team but hate the ownership, suckiness etc, but still my home baseball team and i couldn't picture rooting for any other team, atleast they won a WS in my lifetime, even though i didnt give a shit then LOL. Chiefs must win a championship before I do too.

Yup I used to be a huge fan, but after the strike in the early 90s I have hated MLB with a passion and enjoy seeing the small market teams fail. I hope they are all contracted.

Sure-Oz
04-22-2006, 05:28 PM
We should have kept beltran and got rid of sweeney anyone should have thought that
You really think the royals had 200 mill. to spend on Beltran even if Sweeney wasn't an issue?

Doubt Beltran would've ever re-signed regardless if we went as high as we could go to the bank.

Sure-Oz
04-22-2006, 05:29 PM
Yup I used to be a huge fan, but after the strike in the early 90s I have hated MLB with a passion and enjoy seeing the small market teams fail. I hope they are all contracted.
So basically anything negative with baseball you thrive on? Dang that shit hit ya hard huh?! I agree baseball is very twisted and alot needs to be done to make it an even playing field. I think alot want to see MLB fail.