KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 23: Dayton Moore general manager of the Kansa City Royals watches batting practice before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium April 23, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
I can understand fans and members of the media wanting Dayton Moore to keep his job. I can understand a balanced discussion, followed by the conclusion that Moore should be retained. What I can't understand is the complete lack of pressure or criticism directed towards this regime.
There will be no 3,000 word meltdown from me tonight. Dayton Moore is here to stay. We had/have a good farm system, and
Hosmer Moose is a fun young player to watch. Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar are under long term contracts for slightly different terms than they would have been under had no one done anything. Billy Butler will be around. Alex Gordon will be around. The bullpen is bursting with effective pitchers. And Wil Myers is the latest bright young thing. Apparently, this is good enough.
So, we can talk about the fact that we've acquired Yuni twice, made an obvious mistake -- THAT ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE SAW COMING TWICE -- with Jeff Francoeur, we can talk about the fact that we basically, for the third consecutive year DO NOT HAVE TWO STARTING PITCHERS READY for year N+1. We can talk about the fact that this supposed pitching guru -- because Atlanta signed Greg Maddox as a FA 20 years ago and this happened in Atlanta -- still hasn't developed a single league average starting pitcher. We can talk about the details. And feel free to share your own, but there are really too many to bother getting into. Six years.
Or we can talk about the big picture. When are the Royals supposed to win? Moore was hired in 2006. He hasn't, despite trying, sniffed .500. Think about baseball in 2006. The Rays were terrible, the Nats were terrible, Roger Clemens was still an Astro, and on and on. Think about how different your life and the world was in 2006. Youtube barely existed, Facebook was still for college kids, Spain was considered fairly bad at soccer. Kevin Durant was like negative five years old (though he was already 6'2).
So, I can listen to the case for Moore. But I'm amazed, that here in this year of supposed contention we were promised since... what? 2009, here in this year when KC baseball is getting ready to host the All-Star game, the Royals are still terrible, still making dumb mistakes, and still don't have a legit All-Star other than a bullpen guy for their own All-Star game. Are our standards this low? Do people simply not care? Has Mizzou leaving for the SEC and all things Chiefs just ate up everyone's time?
So congrats on drafting Eric Hosmer and Moose and spending a bunch of money in the draft. Apparently that gets you a decade of job security.
I'm amazed there simply is no discussion about the future of this front office. Does anyone care? I hate the Best Fans in Baseball meme (though I actually also love it) but what does this passivity make us? Ok, ok, I'm just crazy bitter internet anger guy. Fine. That doesn't explain everyone else.