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Old 12-31-2011, 02:52 PM  
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2012 Kansas City Royals Repository Thread

2012 Slogan: Our Time

A better, more accurate 2012 Slogan: It is Finally Next Year
(from Great Expectations)

An alternative slogan if you don't like that one: Someone has to win this crappy division
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With the beginning of a new year, it is time for the 2012 version of the Royals Repository Thread. We've got Hosmer, we've got a 2011-dominating Gordon, we've got Moose, we've got hopefully a killer bullpen, we've got a stereotypical slow slugging DH, we've got easily one of the best defensive shortstops in the AL, we've got a promising catcher in Salvador Perez. Hell, we've got offense and promising prospects galore.

We do not have starting pitching.

Oh yeah, we've also got this:



Get ready for, (as of January 2012 anyway), one of the most confusing puzzles of a baseball season in recent Royals history. Will they suck? Maybe, I don't know. Will we be given a year of 0.500 baseball? Possibly, I don't know. Will they win the division and go to the playoffs for the first time in 27 years? For the first time in a long time, it could happen, I don't know. 92 losses, 92 wins, or anything in between would not surprise a lot of us.

Everything goes here except Gameday threads and really big news. If a giant story breaks, the Royals achieve some awesome milestone, or we sign/lose a highly significant player/coach/mascot/whatever, then it might also deserve its own thread. This being Chiefs Planet, please do not clutter the board with new threads about trivial Royals news or you will only annoy those who come here for just Chiefs football. If you aren't sure and its not a Gameday thread, it goes here.

What sort of stuff often goes here? SPchief explained it well, so I'll just copy that:

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If you locate something of interest.. ANYTHING.. deals on apparel, best ways in/out of the stadium, giveaways, great stories from this season or from seasons gone by, rumors, trades, anything.... feel free to post it here.

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Old 07-19-2012, 09:50 AM   #5641
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Apprently the Royals have signed Jason Kendall to a minor league contract. Kendall is actually trending on twitter nationwide.
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Holy crap, I thought this was a joke.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:56 AM   #5642
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Apprently the Royals have signed Jason Kendall to a minor league contract. Kendall is actually trending on twitter nationwide.
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He was in Dayton's suite at the game last night and Phys talked about him for a while.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:23 AM   #5643
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AA is the perfect place for Kendall. Ventura, Monty, Lamb and Arguelles are all there.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:36 AM   #5644
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Full on desperation move to try to "fix" the problems with pitcher development in the minors. Sad.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:44 AM   #5645
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Full on desperation move to try to "fix" the problems with pitcher development in the minors. Sad.
At least they're recognizing the problem and trying to do something.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:45 AM   #5646
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Full on desperation move to try to "fix" the problems with pitcher development in the minors. Sad.
Our hitting development is strong at AA and AAA but our pitching coaches need close scrutiny. We have not had one starting pitcher reach his full potential under the current staff.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:53 AM   #5647
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I wonder if we could deal Frenchy to the Pirates for some pitching prospects.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:27 AM   #5648
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Full on desperation move to try to "fix" the problems with pitcher development in the minors. Sad.
Nah. I think three things are at play here.

1) He wants to finish his playing days on the field, not on the operating table. He worked hard to get back and we're throwing him a bone. Probably never gets back to KC.

2) He can impart some wisdom on the young guys down there, hopefully helping the young pitchers.

3) This is his launching pad to coaching. Work with the young guys almost in a player-coach capacity, retire at the end of the season and ease right into coaching in the org somewhere. We do him a solid by letting him play in AA, he sticks with this org to coach.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:32 AM   #5649
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Nah. I think three things are at play here.

1) He wants to finish his playing days on the field, not on the operating table. He worked hard to get back and we're throwing him a bone. Probably never gets back to KC.

2) He can impart some wisdom on the young guys down there, hopefully helping the young pitchers.

3) This is his launching pad to coaching. Work with the young guys almost in a player-coach capacity, retire at the end of the season and ease right into coaching in the org somewhere. We do him a solid by letting him play in AA, he sticks with this org to coach.
I think Kendall is obviously in it for 3. But the Royals, I believe, are interested in him only because of 2, and this is what I see as desperation.

Can it hurt? Nope. But I don't believe it has much of a chance of helping.

Dude clearly has no chance of getting back to the ML, so that's moot.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:51 AM   #5651
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:57 AM   #5652
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One ball going the opposite field from Sal Perez traveled further than any ball Kendall ever hit for the royals.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:01 PM   #5653
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Some of Crash’s advice could really help our pitchers.

“Don’t try to strike everyone out – strikeouts are boring and besides that they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls; its more democratic. This games fun, OK? Fun goddamnit.”
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Myers and other prospects will not land us a #1 or 2 starting pitcher for multiple years. Our only hope is spending money. Poster is correct, you cannot do it all with the farm system. But that falls on glass and dayton. The bats and fielders are in place. We need to pay for pitching, not trade guys like myers for it.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:19 PM   #5655
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