There is a major ethical dilemma lurking around the 2011 Kansas City Royals. Their veteran catcher
and future hall of famer Jason Kendall is progressing way ahead of schedule in his return from rotator cuff surgery. While this would seem to be good news, and it no doubt is great news for Jason personally, it is purely awful for the Royals. Is it ethical to root for injuries? How about a delayed rehab regimen or stint? What about a freak car accident? Am I a bad person?
Jason wants me to just rub some dirt on this idea, it'll be fine.
Obviously the answer is yes I'm a bad person if I'm honestly rooting for an injury to spite a player I hate. I personally do not hate Jason Kendall. He, by all accounts, is a gritty and inspiring leader in the clubhouse (if you buy into anything baseball people say). However, his time as a useful big league catcher expired more than four years ago (and maybe before that). He played last season after severely injuring his throwing arm, turning him into a
somehow worse defensive liability. Something is to be commended for playing hurt, but that is not commendable when it hurts the ballclub. We have catchers capable of contributing more, namely Brayan Pena, youngsters not that far from sipping the Koolaid of the Royals clubhouse (Perez and Pina), and a not-so-young guy who isn't very good that we got from the Dodgers in the Podsednik deal but has served his time in AAA.
I envisioned (or fancifully hoped) that the Royals would pull the "Keeping Three Catchers" routine from Major League 2, where Jake Taylor is informed that he is being kept on as a coach to groom the young catchers. That seemed plausible (given Kendall's coaching tree lineage) until the recent rumor and now report that Kendall may be ready very early in the season, prior to the announced May or June expecting date. We are more screwed than I thought if this guy catches more than previously expected.
I agree, skip, that Rube kid is going to be some kind of catcher. I think it's best for the club to keep three catchers.
Think about this one: the Royals actually can put together some lineups that don't completely suck without Kendall (and Chris Getz). However, Kendall's return, and the Process's undying love for Getzy, are seriously putting this in jeopardy.
Not bad, eh? Simply mix in Moustakas when he's ready or Cain in the event other
disasters veterans befall our roster. But then again, watch this:
Jesus. Allah. Whatever non-deity you don't believe in. In any event, this is an atrocity worse than the Nazis. Well, maybe not, but it is awful. Any lineup that includes Getz and Kendall is apt to look this poor.
Recently, doglover Mark Buehrle ruffled some feathers (or paws, if you will) when he revealed that he wished for serious injury to befall
doglover Michael Vick during this past NFL season. Some people moaned and groaned. Such personal wishes of evil are not really commendable on any level, regardless of your feelings about puppies. But there is something distinguishable about this kind of evil-wishing.
Seriously bizarre situation
But what about for the sake of the ballclub? Best wishes to Jason Kendall and his health, but bestest best wishes to the 2011 (and beyond) Royals, even if it takes a sacrificial act/injury of a gutsy and gritty
and detrimental to the team catcher.