Pointlessness was down in 2011, way down. Heralded rookies Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer made their debuts, as did a raft of relievers. The Royal outfield, riddled with question marks headed into Opening Day, was surprisingly strong, and after the extension of Francoeur, less pointless.
Nevertheless, the Royals were a bad team with a roster still amidst a long rebuild. When we look back on this in five years, who will be the most pointless member of the 2011 Royals?
What do I mean by pointless? Well, why exactly was Doug Waechter on the 2009 Royals? What was accomplished by having Kip Wells around in 2008? In 2010, Gregor Blanco played 49 games with the Royals. Umm, why? If you can't find a reason for their existence other than "we had to field a team" I'd say, in a nice way, they were pointless. We may have talked about them excitedly at the time, but as the years pass, they just seem like random moments in time.
Who was the most pointless 2011 Royal?
Matt Treanor - a 35 year old journeyman catcher is what every young team needs (76 votes)
Chris Getz - 429 mistake-free PAs (193 votes)
Mitch Maier - a 29 year old 4th outfielder who never played (154 votes)
Kila Ka'aihue - seems pointless to have a guy around for 96 PAs (143 votes)
Yamaico Navarro - ?? (86 votes)
Jarrod Dyson - clearly a developing team needs a pinch running specialist (83 votes)
Jeff Francis - since the Royals didn't trade him, what was the point? (59 votes)
Nate Adcock - In a system littered with live arms, the Royals snagged Adcock in the Rule 5 draft and got below average production all season (67 votes)
861 total votes