Hello, everyone. Longtime lurker, first time FanPoster. Hope this one meets with the approval of you fine people.
The season has started with some surprisingly good play from some of Dayton Moore's most maligned offseason acquisitions, notably Ankiel, Podsednik, and Kendall. This has led to an interesting (to me, anyway) dilemma among Royals fans. On one hand, we want the Royals to be successful; after all, why would we still be fans otherwise? However, many feel that even if the Royals find success, it's not worth it if it comes as a result of a flukey season from players such as the aforementioned trio, who have no business being that productive. In the minds of some, this will simply encourage the front office to continue with a flawed plan. But what if things got really, really flukey?
I'm a fan of ridiculous hypotheticals, so I thought I'd ask this one to the community. Suppose a mysterious stranger appeared to you and offered a choice. Behind Door #1 is a really, really terrible season for the Royals. Historically bad. Worse than the 1962 Mets bad. Everybody in the country will be cracking Royals jokes for the next few years bad. However, at the end of the year, it is guaranteed that Trey Hillman, Dayton Moore, David Glass, and/or whoever else you think needs to go will be fired/sell the team. You even get to pick the new personnel. No future success is guaranteed, though: the new management is on its own.
Behind Door #2 is the fluke season. The drawback to this is that the powers that be in the organization will keep their jobs, essentially having won the benefit of the doubt for the good season. The magnitude of this benefit will, of course, be in proportion to the quality of the season, so a World Series victory (ridiculous hypothetical, remember) would have a much greater impact than a merely over .500 season. So, the question is: How much would it take?