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Old 12-11-2012, 08:59 AM  
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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 02-06-2013, 05:11 PM   #766
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As much as I don't like "Come to Play" I can't for the life of me think of a better slogan. Has anybody come up with something better? (I'm not talking about "Our Time (Again)" or something like that)
Play Ball would have at least made sense
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:13 PM   #767
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As much as I don't like "Come to Play" I can't for the life of me think of a better slogan. Has anybody come up with something better? (I'm not talking about "Our Time (Again)" or something like that)
Roughly half of the teams don't have a slogan. That doesn't necessarily mean "winner" teams do without and "loser" teams always have one to try to sell tickets, for example, the Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, Giants, and Tigers always seem to have a slogan.

I'd prefer if the Royals went without a slogan, I like to think that our highlighting the official and unofficial slogans on top of this thread is a little protest against having team slogans for silly marketing reasons, but thats just me.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:45 PM   #768
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"Not Our Time" is a better marketing slogan....
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:29 PM   #769
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:33 PM   #770
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I sent an email to the Royals when we were talking about "slogans." I couldn't find a list of the Royals official slogans anywhere. Somebody from the PR Dept sent me this list. Apparently, slogans didn't start till 1976, or they didn't know any slogans before then:

1976: Star Spangled Summer
1977: Super Summer
1978: Catch Royal Mania
1979: Catch Royal Mania: What the Good Times Are
1980/1: Weíre Where You Want to Be!
1982: Go for the Action
1983: Turn on the Action
1984: Something Special in the Air
1985: Youíve Got a Hit on Your Hands
1986: The Thrill of It All
1987: Get in the Swing of it!
1988: A Major League Attraction
1989: Itís a Hit
1990: Catch the Thrill
1991: Turn on the Good Times
1992: Itís Here
1993: 25 Years
1994: For the Fun of It All!
1995: Bring It On!
1996: Get in the Game
1997: Come on Home
1998: ThisÖis Hardball
1999: Be a Part of it All
2000/1: You Gotta Love These Guys!
2002: Join the Fun!
2003: Your Hometown Team/Believe!
2004: Together We Can
2005: Itís All About Royals Baseball
2006: Your KC Royals
2007: True. Blue. Tradition.
2008: New. Blue. Tradition.
2009: You Belong at The K/40th Anniversary
2010: It All Happens Here
2011: Major League Moments
2012: Our Time
2013: Come to Play

heh, kind of interesting.....but really kind of pointless.....do all teams use slogans?
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heh, kind of interesting.....but really kind of pointless.....do all teams use slogans?
As of 2 years ago, 16 of them did.

There's no rhyme or reason to it, old ancient franchises, and new expansion teams, winners and losers, have used team slogans or not used team slogans.

I wish the Royals would stop, even though a slight majority do.
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If I have read things right, it seems we are looking at Mendoza at long relief right now correct? He will get a shot I guess for the 5th spot but at this moment the Royals have him in the pen. Of course there is always injures or players not playing up to ability... so there is a good chance he will see starts this season. Just kind of sad that right now the main two names fighting out for the 5th spot is Hochevar and Chen but I'm sure we are waiting for someone like Duffy to come back later in the season to replace. Lets just hope somehow both Davis and Hochevar perform at the #4 and #5 spots.

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If I have read things right, it seems we are looking at Mendoza at long relief right now correct? He will get a shot I guess for the 5th spot but at this moment the Royals have him in the pen. Of course there is always injures or players not playing up to ability... so there is a good chance he will see starts this season. Just kind of sad that right now the main two names fighting out for the 5th spot is Hochevar and Chen but I'm sure we are waiting for someone like Duffy to come back later in the season to replace. Lets just hope somehow both Davis and Hochevar perform at the #4 and #5 spots.
That's what I've gathered as well. I just don't understand why Chen would be slotted in ahead of Mendoza.
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That's what I've gathered as well. I just don't understand why Chen would be slotted in ahead of Mendoza.
He'd be the only lefty in the rotation.
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He'd be the only lefty in the rotation.
I couldn't care less about that as a starter....

You start a guy that is unproductive because he's lefty over a guy that's productive and a righty? That's absurd.

Edit: And on par for this organization.
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