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When did Trey Hillman start managing the Orioles? (via @Ry_Hudson)

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When did Trey Hillman start managing the Orioles? (via @Ry_Hudson)

"Beast Mode," Monsters, Inc., Air Quotes, or just mocking his teammates? Actually, I don't care. I...

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"Beast Mode," Monsters, Inc., Air Quotes, or just mocking his teammates? Actually, I don't care. I wish I could quit you, Zack Greinke, you crazy, awesome S.O.B. H/T: Dave Brown

A few weeks ago, kcdc1 and I made a "bet" (Ithere were no stakes, so I'm not sure it really...

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A few weeks ago, kcdc1 and I made a "bet" (Ithere were no stakes, so I'm not sure it really qualifies, but I did commit myself to a side, so there). If I remember correctly, he took the position that Francoeur would finish at least 2 WAR (he wouldn't commit to more... heh). I took the under. Well, as you can see from the screeen shot above, from this morning, Jeff Francoeur is at 2 WAR now. Sure, he could play at below replacement level the rest of the season (he's still Jeff Francoeur), but the chances are against that... So I'm not sure whether I'm conceding or not (given that I assumed Francoeur would start hot), but I didn't think it would go on long enough to come to this. Plus, since this is the first time I've ever been wrong, I thought you'd all want to see evidence of this historic moment. Congratulations kcdc1, Jeff Francoeur, and, of course, Dayton Moore! 3/20 now! Legible size.

Beyond the Box Score Podcast Rewinds Itself, Previews 2011 AL Central

As if the lure of hearing my dulcet tones discuss Jason Kendall and the other lesser stars of the 2011 AL Central along with host Dave Gershman and special guest Nick Scott of Royals Authority wasn't enough, Dave also interviews Phillies prospect Jiwan James. And yes, sorry in advance for the blatant self-promotion.

A Very Important Analysis for All Royals Fans to Read

Insider content, but the title and first paragraph or two will let regular RRers know why it's linked.

Don't Call It a Comeback: Some Interesting 2010 Zack Greinke Splits

  1. xFIP: April 4.32, May 4.42, June 2.90
  2. K/9: April 7.67, May 6.51, June 7.95
  3. BB/9: April 1.99, May 1.69, June 1.26
  4. Fly Ball %: April 47.9%, May 46.0%, June 27.3%
  5. Ground Ball %: April 39.4%, May 36.3%, June 53.9%

Five Things to Remember When Suggesting a Trade

  1. Players are, in effect, properties. It isn't just about their talent, but their contracts. Would you rather buy a two bedroom house for $100,000 (David DeJesus) or a three bedroom house in the same neighborhood for $250,000 (Lance Berkman)?
  2. Even without considering his contract, Jose Guillen is close to valueless on the trade market, so don't wear yourself out thinking of trade scenarios involving him.
  3. Ditto Scott Podsednik.
  4. Along the lines of #1, prospects and pre-arbitration players are extremely valuable, and teams realize this now more than ever.
  5. It is always possible that one team, even the Royals, could blatantly rip off another, but keep in mind that Dayton Moore already runs the Royals.

My Top Five Suggested Replacements for Trey Hillman

  1. Joe Torre. Is he ready to accept the ultimate challenge and massage the Royals into winners? Because he totally could.
  2. Bobby Valentine. The roller coaster saga of Joe Posnanski's enthusiasm followed by disillusionment makes this a no-brainer.
  3. Mike Sweeney. His faith makes him the near-perfect Dayton hire. His Baird-era connection makes him the perfect 2012 scapegoat. This Grass Creek double agent deserves a reward for his outstanding work.
  4. Tony Pena, Sr. Veteran leader Jason Kendall would give him plenty of clubhouse "slug," so this wouldn't just be about unintentional comedy. Okay, yes it would.
  5. Buddy Bell. He was right about at least one thing -- it can always get worse.

Jim Bowden and GM Corner are back with a roundtable on sabermetrics, featuring , as you'd expect,...

Video: GM's Corner: Week 3

Jim Bowden and GM Corner are back with a roundtable on sabermetrics, featuring , as you'd expect, Theo Epstein, Jon Daniels, Justin Upton (!), my boss Dave Cameron, Kevin Goldstein, and, hey, it wouldn't be a sabermetrics roundtable without... you guessed it... Dayton Moore. No, that is not a joke. Among Dayton's favorite stats are, and this is a quote as close as I can remember "runs created, runs scored... it's about runs scored and runs driven in." The whole thing is worth watching, although mostly for unintentional comedy. Watch all the way to the end for pure Bowden-y comedy.

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