Even ignoring concerns about the future, it has become increasingly clear that the present Royals team would be better on the field with Guillen, Ankiel and Podsednik removed from the roster. We have every reason to believe that, given adequate playing time, Gordon, Kila and Maier are capable of outperforming their aging counterparts on the field for the remainder of the season.
The Royals, being the next-level thinkers that they are, realize that while cutting the aging scrubs and playing the younger guys right away would make the team better now and in the future, following the dictates of common sense would take away all of the fun guess-work for the fans. To keep the fans intellectually invested, they've instead chosen to punt a few wins here, and delay the development of a few young players there to give us an opportunity to take part in a low*-stakes game of chance! The name of the game is to guess how long each pointless veteran will remain on the roster blocking the path of a clearly superior younger player!
Please note that pointless veterans may be removed from the active roster by any number of means--trade, waived, outright release, or even season-ending injury. The idea is just to guess when they will play their last game in a Royals uniform.
Edit: this post needed a poll. The Royals must surely keep at least one of Guillen, Podsednik and Ankiel, or risk losing the critical intrigue of the Pointless Veteran Guessing Game. Purging two from the roster, tho painful, would be fair game. So the poll question will be:
When will the second of Guillen, Podsednik and Ankiel play their last game for the Royals?
June (0 votes)
July (9 votes)
August (11 votes)
September (27 votes)
Wait, are these poll answers suggesting 2010? (57 votes)
104 total votes