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Old 12-11-2012, 09:59 AM  
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2013 Kansas City Royals Repository Thread

Proposed 2013 Slogan: Tigers: They're what's for dinner
Actual 2013 Slogan: Come to Play
A better, more accurate, or alternative slogan: All in, no panic, we promise.

Dayton Moore has pushed all his chips in and is riding on King/Jack suited, hoping it comes together, he gets some good luck, and he hits the nuts by the river card. There's potential, oh yes, there's potential. There's also risk.

At the midway point, Dayton is left counting on the river card. The flop and turn didn't help him, and he's looking at the Tigers holding a pair of Queens and the Indians holding a pair of 9s. His 2013 plan hasn't failed - yet - but the odds are not in his favor.

Burning questions updates below.

Burning Questions for 2013:

1) Will the improve rotation be improved enough? Does James Shields pitch like a fringe No. 1 away from Tampa Bay? Does Ervin Santana pitch to his highest upside in his walk year? Can Jeremy Guthrie build on his strong performance as a Royal in 2012? Can Wade Davis bring his new mentality- and velocity - back to the rotation?

Midseason check-in: Yes, the rotation is certainly improved enough. Shields has pitched like a fringe No. 1 and Santana is having his best season. Guthrie has horrible peripherals but has continued to perform well at his home park and eat innings on the road. Davis brought neither his kick-ass mentality or improved velocity back to the rotation and is in Luke Hochevar/Hiram Davies territory.

2) When will Luke Hochevar be shown the door?
Midseason check-in: It appears, never, at this point. Hochevar has been solid in non-leverage situations, though pretty much every time he has been used with men on base in an inning, it has been a disaster.

3) Does Hosmer bounce back?
Midseason check-in: It took some time, but Hosmer's performance from June 1 on is probably the most encouraging thing about the 2013 season so far.
4) Can Moustakas hit for a whole season like he did in the first half of 2012?
Midseason check-in: Nope. Moustakas was god-awful, then great for about 3 weeks, then god-awful again. He has been better since he started working with Brett and Grafol but still has a long way to go.
5) Who regresses?
Midseason check-in: Welp, Alicides Escobar is not a surprising name here (though Yost's stubborn insistence on hitting him second is ridiculous). Billy Butler is a surprise. He isn't having a terrible year - still contributing a lot to the offense - but he's not hitting for the average or power he has displayed over the past several years.
6) Who plays 2B?
Midseason check-in: A whole bunch of people, and not that great. Gio is at least getting a shot, though he once again is not doing much with it.
7) Can Jeff Francoeur be at least replacement level, rather than epic horrible level?
Midseason check-in: Hahahahahahahahahahaha
8) Will Dayton Moore survive to see 2014?
Midseason check-in: Outlook uncertain. Probably still around, unless the team completely tanks in the second half and he does something foolish. My guess - he sacrifices Ned Yost this offseason and gets one more shot with a new manager in 2014.
9) Will Danny Duffy come back healthy? And if he does, is he the same, better or worse?
Midseason check-in: Yes. Velocity looks the same, and it looks likely he is the same guy as before.
10) And the big one: Has KC added enough to run down the big-money Detroit Tigers?
Midseason check-in: Doesn't look like it, does it?

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Old 12-13-2012, 08:05 AM   #271
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From the press conference, it looks like Wade Davis took #22 as Kelvin Herrera already has #40.

I kind of liked the WD-40 nickname. Oh well...
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:34 AM   #272
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what does a ticket to a ST game cost? Are there opportunities to interact with players?
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:06 AM   #273
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what does a ticket to a ST game cost? Are there opportunities to interact with players?
Generally, about $20-25 for good seats, mid to high teens for OK seats, and $5 to sit on the grass past the outfield wall. Lots of people bring a blanket or two and do that. The Surprise KC/TEX facility is actually one of the newer, nicer ones. The best facility, by far not even close, is Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (ARI/COL). Its not fair to compare to that though, its Arizona's spring park and they spent a ton on it. That place often sells out, especially the Arizona games. You must buy tickets way in advance for that, and even the $5 grassy "seats" fill up before the game. The SF Giants park and the Cubs park also sells out sometimes. One of my favorite places was the Angels park (Tempe Diablo), just because of the scenery past the outfield while watching the game. They do have a lot of bleachers, though. Other people might have their favorites, but if I had to pick only 3 parks to see, I'd go with Surprise, Tempe Diablo, and Salt River Fields.

Its a freaking desert, so don't be surprised if it gets a bit cool at night, and do not skimp on the sunblock during the day. (especially at the CWS/LAD facility. Everything reflects light at Camelback Ranch and there's almost no shade, you'll roast if you don't have sunblock) Also, if you've never seen the Grand Canyon, you might want to spend a day there, bring a jacket because Northern AZ can be a lot cooler than Phoenix.

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Old 12-13-2012, 10:30 AM   #274
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Also, if you've never seen the Grand Canyon, you might want to spend a day there, bring a jacket because Northern AZ can be a lot cooler than Phoenix.
Are there affordable family accommodations near the south rim, or do you have to stay near I 40 for something less than $100 a night? I need to travel on the cheap!
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Are there affordable family accommodations near the south rim, or do you have to stay near I 40 for something less than $100 a night? I need to travel on the cheap!
No idea. I started in Phoenix, drove there early in the morning, spent 7 or 8 hours walking around taking pictures and being awestruck, ate at a restaurant in a little village south of grand canyon catering to tourists, then drove back to my hotel room in Phoenix that night.

Fun fact: there's a huge elevation difference driving from there to Phoenix or vice-versa, your ears will pop.
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Here's a trade proposal from everyone's favorite Orioles forum:

Jake Arrieta
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Chris Davis
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Mark Teixeira (I mean, he stinks in New York, so they'd totally trade him to a division rival)
Gary Sanchez (I mean, he's ONLY a top 30 prospect).

Two failed pitching prospects, a 4th OF and a guy with 40-HR power are totally enough!
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Why are they talking about trades? I thought they were already a lock for the World Series.

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Looks like Dayton is "All in" on Francoeur as the 2013 RF. Yippee...



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Looks like Dayton is "All in" on Francoeur as the 2013 RF. Yippee...



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The Royals are hiring. According to an advertisement at teamworkonline.com, they are “seeking a highly motivated and creative statistician/analyst to develop analytics for use in decision-making by the Baseball Operations department.” Moore said it’s a new position as the team continues to build its analytics department.
I assume by "creative" they mean someone who is willing to contort stats in such a way that Dayton's favorites, like Francouer, look somehow better than the piles of shit that they truly are.
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I kind of like Mendoza as the fifth guy, but Moore didn't even mention him.
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But the bright side is that Hoch isn't penciled in as a starter
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But on the dim side, Hoch is a better baseball player than Francouer.
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