Kansas City Royals

“Our Time.” Two words driving a fan base nuts.

As the Kansas City Royals marketing department looks for the nearest rock to hide under—the fan base is left wondering what happened to “Our Time.” Who’s to blame? Lack of talent? An owner who doesn’t open the pocket book? Or that nasty 12 game losing streak.

When Dayton Moore came to Kansas City, spoke of a team that made a fan base thirst for something they hadn’t seen in over two decades. Owner David Glass spoke of building a strong farm system and building a Royals team that would contend for the American League Central and for a playoff berth.

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For the most part, Moore has stuck to his word developing one of the best and most admired farm systems in the league. Loaded with prospects, Moore drafted current major leaguers Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and many others seen in the Royals current lineup.

On the other hand Moore has yet to get the Royals to the playoffs, let alone a winning season.

The first month of games has been played and the Royals are sitting at the bottom of the American League Central with a record of 6 and 15. There was no bigger disappointment in MLB except for Albert Pujols not hitting a home run. Things look bleak and it’s definitely not “Our Time.”

However, with the infusion of young talent, one has to look at this roster and still believe there is hope. For the playoffs, probably not but what is important is that these players are gaining ever-so-valuable playing time. Enough playing time will help many young ball players.

The show is a rough one. Look at Alex Gordon for example. Gordon was nearly written off until last season. Now Gordon has cashed in on a healthy extension to stay in Kansas City.

One thing is still missing from the Royals roster. Quality pitching. When a team sends out Scott Elarton or Bruce Chen on opening day, you know there are serious issues.

The Royals will need to continue addressing this need through the draft and the farm system. Danny Duffy and Aaron Crow will need more seasoning but both players are showing their abilities off while they develop into quality players.

Hosmer, Butler, and Moustakas are going to be key guys for the Royals along with Crow and Duffy. This season may not be “Our Time” for Royals fans but there is still hope. Keep believing it might not be too early to think about 2013 being “Our Time.”

 
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  • Zachary, welcome to Crown Crazed!

    A note – Moore’s first draft with the Royals was 2006, drafting Luke Hochevar #1 overall. However, Moore claims that he removed himself from all draft decisions in 2006 because he had just been hired a few weeks before and he knew the Braves draft plans. I think it’s BS, but that’s me. Anyway, my point: Butler was drafted in 2004 with Allard Baird at the helm.

    Nonetheless, the marketing dept. screwed themselves this year. I have no idea how the organization went with “Our Time” without a major overhaul in the rotation from 2011 to 2012.

  • THIS is what the whole organization gets for axing Frank White, a well-respected member of the team’s glory days under the late Ewing Kauffman.  Little known fact is that Mr. White attended Lincoln High School and was a product of  “Mr. K’s” old baseball Academy. Now, we have David Glass, who seems to be applying those crazy coo-coo gonzo tactics of WalMartism to baseball. I had a BAD feeling when I heard he was the new owner, and with the firing of Frank White under his watch, I’m done. Like Frank, “I won’t step foot…” inside that ballpark again. I LOVE this city (more than I care to admit sometimes), but this…this is beyond the effing PALE. GO TIGERS! (Always liked Jim Leyland….Remember shots of him in the dugout SMOKING ciggys when he skippered back in the day! LOL)

  • I don’t know you can put all the blame on Glass. He has spent more money in the draft over the last 5 years. He has spent SO much, in fact, that the other owners are trying to pass draft cap spending limits to stop him from spending in the draft.

    Yes, not buying FAs (yes, I meant to use the word “buy”) can suck sometimes, but what’s the point in spending money in FA when the rest of the roster isn’t ready/good enough to win yet?

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