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This is why Boston and NY have been winners, and why the Cubs will be (I believe--eventually). It's also why the Royals won't be---unless there's a change going on behind the scenes that has been unapparent to all of us here at RR. Ironically, I have more confidence in Seitzer's ability to do this with willing young talent than Jaramillo in Chicago. - TL

The Seitzer impact!

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The Seitzer impact!

Royals Take Weekend Series Against Tigers

Guillen, Betancourt, Bloomquist, and Kendall all contributed to Sunday's 7-2 win. The foundation is in place. Nice start by Bannister today. Let's move on to the links.Royals: 2010 Royals Authority...

This is a graphical representation of (select) Royals 2008 O-Swing%, from Fangraphs. It gives the...

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This is a graphical representation of (select) Royals 2008 O-Swing%, from Fangraphs. It gives the percentage of pitches outside the strike zone each hitter swings out. The implciations are obvious. The lower the better. In 2008, the MLB average was 25.4%. Click here for a bigger (and more readable) version of the graph. Three things to note: 1. I had to leave Jason Smith off because it made the graph impossible to read, since he was at 61.7%. 2. Mike Jacobs' O-Swing% for 2008 was 34.0%. 3. Seitzer's got his work cut out for him.

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Kevin Seitzer: Hitting Hero

    If you've ever attended a baseball game, you're familiar with the crack of a bat. If you've ever seen Barry Bonds blast a long home run, you're familiar with the sound that an especially...

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Buster Olney, yes, the Buster Olney has written a feature story on our boy Alex Gordon at espn.com. Sure, you need Insider Access to get all the details on how Seitzer is going to turn him into David Wright at the plate, which I don't have, but the Royals made the "big picture" on espn.com's mlb page.... maybe someone out there with "insider" access can let us know what's up. I've got a good feeling about this. Revised projection for Gordon in 2009: .300/.425/.600

In 1987, when Mark McGwire hit 49 home runs as a rookie, Kevin Seitzer was also a rookie, and also...

In 1987, when Mark McGwire hit 49 home runs as a rookie, Kevin Seitzer was also a rookie, and also had quite a season, collecting 207 hits (which led the league), scoring 105 runs, drawing 80 walks, and hitting 33 doubles, 8 triples, and 15 homers. I am a Kansas City Royals fan, and, at the time, we all had visions of Seitzer being better than that Brett fellow who used to play third. This didn't work out; Seitzer was a good player, but his rookie season was his best effort. Seitzer was a rather small man with narrow shoulders, a right-handed hitter, not a fast runner, not a great arm, and giving no obvious evidence of great strength. All of this was apparent even when he was a rookie, but he overcame it by being a disciplined player who hit the ball squarely. He was a born-again Christian who sometimes irritated his teammates and managers, perhaps for good reason or perhaps just because, when things go wrong, it's easy to blame the Christian. He never played badly; he never really had a bad year. He never hit lower than .265, but he never could meet the expectations of his rookie season.

--Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 579. James ranks Kevin Seitzer as the 77th greatest third baseman of all-time. [What this is]
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