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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 02-16-2013, 07:59 PM   #826
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No offense lew, but I always pictured you as a 6'7" black guy who wasn't neccesarily overweight, but was a weekend BBQ binder away from it.

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Old 02-16-2013, 08:00 PM   #827
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:03 PM   #828
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:31 PM   #829
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No offense lew, but I always pictured you as a 6'7" black guy who wasn't neccesarily overweight, but was a weekend BBQ binder away from it.

ha ha!!

i was thinking the exact same thing!!!

(nice work lewd!!!!!)
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:59 AM   #830
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No offense lew, but I always pictured you as a 6'7" black guy who wasn't neccesarily overweight, but was a weekend BBQ binder away from it.

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ha ha!!

i was thinking the exact same thing!!!

(nice work lewd!!!!!)
Haha that was the internet persona I just ruined!? Well shit....this sucks.

I consider myself a Manlet, although next to Perez's mass you probably can't tell!

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Thanks for sharing lewdog. Salvy looks like he's ready to give you a right cross if you mess with him.
He was super polite, told me no problem to get a picture. I also didn't know how much English he understood so I gestured click of the camera as I asked!
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:24 PM   #831
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Another day of workouts. Got there later than I wanted and missed all the pitchers again.

But met most of the boys!







George Brett giving some "tips."



Slavy still beasting and blowing kisses to his coaches.



HOF'er ready to come off the field. Maybe today he won't be an ass?



HOF'er walking as fast as he can and telling one fan "No one gives a **** if you get an autograph!"



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Corralled a Moose! Glistening like bacon in the Arizona sun.



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Easily the nicest of the bunch.


Another nice day at the fields. Only two I couldn't get to was Escobar as he bolted to the lockers and I missed him. I saw Gordon earlier then lost track of him. I was there just asking for pictures and no autographs and had a much better reception than those seeking signatures. Moose politely asked if he could sign for all the kids first before others. Hosmer stood there about 8 seconds with that grin on his face as my girlfriend couldn't get the camera to work.

For a kid from small town Montana who has never been around famous people, I will never forget getting to meet these guys. What an amazing experience and they haven't even started playing games down here yet!
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:35 PM   #832
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