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2014-04-22 09:51:38 AM
Ned Yost knows that home runs show a lack of plate discipline.
 
2014-04-22 10:05:59 AM
Why pay for a big bat?  We got Moose and Butler!
 
2014-04-22 10:55:00 AM

Mentat: Ned Yost knows that home runs show a lack of plate discipline.


They're also rally killers.
 
2014-04-22 12:08:38 PM
New motto -- "Royals baseball: cleaner than most during the steroid era!"
 
2014-04-22 12:11:13 PM
Steve Balboni?

::checks article::

Oh yeah, Steve Balboni.  One of the best mustaches the game has ever known.
 
2014-04-22 12:13:24 PM
Super Chronic

New motto -- "Royals baseball: cleaner than most during the steroid era!"


Good point. Looking at the list how many of the top 10 are known or suspected steroid users.
 
2014-04-22 12:14:16 PM
Kansas City? I didn't realize they still had a team. With real uniforms and everything?
 
2014-04-22 12:35:49 PM
Different types of drugs in Kansas City. I watch cops. I know these things.
 
2014-04-22 12:36:14 PM
I heard that outfield is where fly balls go to die. The air is humid and heavy and the outfield is huge, especially the power alleys.
 
2014-04-22 12:38:40 PM

Super Chronic: New motto -- "Royals baseball: cleaner than most during the steroid era!"


They had players who hit a bunch of home runs on the road, not that hitting lots of home runs is a sure sign of PED use.  They just play in a massive stadium.

They'd likely be smart to make it more massive-- you can design your club to fit an odd stadium (prioritize outfielders with lots of range, 'gap power' guys, fly ball pitchers who might not survive at Fenway, etc.).  The Yankees have been doing this by stocking up on lefties for the better part of a century, and it works well for them.  Because the Royals have a low payroll, they will have to find these sorts of niche players to excel.

That said, the Royals are still run by morons and actively shoot themselves in the foot whenever possible.  Shockingly, when your team is owned by a family that made their millions with Wal-Mart, they slash payroll to add more money to their personal hoard, even it means a business product that is crappy.

In the 20 years before David Glass took over: 14 winning seasons.
In the 20 years since: 2 winning seasons.

The city of Kansas City should make a statue of David Glass, and encourage fans to kick it in the penis until they get tired.  It should be a city ordinance that you have to spit on the ground after saying his name.

Its Still Real to Me Damnit!: Kansas City? I didn't realize they still had a team. With real uniforms and everything?


They're actually not bad right now-- it's hard to suck in MLB forever when you keep "earning" top draft picks, and rarely surrender them for signing qualifying free agents.  If Detroit runs into big injury problems (Verlander, Miggy, etc.), the Royals are a good pick to win the AL Central.
 
2014-04-22 12:47:27 PM

chimp_ninja: Super Chronic: New motto -- "Royals baseball: cleaner than most during the steroid era!"

They had players who hit a bunch of home runs on the road, not that hitting lots of home runs is a sure sign of PED use.  They just play in a massive stadium.

They'd likely be smart to make it more massive-- you can design your club to fit an odd stadium (prioritize outfielders with lots of range, 'gap power' guys, fly ball pitchers who might not survive at Fenway, etc.).  The Yankees have been doing this by stocking up on lefties for the better part of a century, and it works well for them.  Because the Royals have a low payroll, they will have to find these sorts of niche players to excel.

That said, the Royals are still run by morons and actively shoot themselves in the foot whenever possible.  Shockingly, when your team is owned by a family that made their millions with Wal-Mart, they slash payroll to add more money to their personal hoard, even it means a business product that is crappy.

In the 20 years before David Glass took over: 14 winning seasons.
In the 20 years since: 2 winning seasons.

The city of Kansas City should make a statue of David Glass, and encourage fans to kick it in the penis until they get tired.  It should be a city ordinance that you have to spit on the ground after saying his name.

Its Still Real to Me Damnit!: Kansas City? I didn't realize they still had a team. With real uniforms and everything?

They're actually not bad right now-- it's hard to suck in MLB forever when you keep "earning" top draft picks, and rarely surrender them for signing qualifying free agents.  If Detroit runs into big injury problems (Verlander, Miggy, etc.), the Royals are a good pick to win the AL Central.


Or a god pick to trade for all the Royals talent and win the division.

/Indians fan
//not saying its unpleasant having a doormat in you division
///wouldn't mind if the Royals were good, finally.
 
2014-04-22 12:49:52 PM

chimp_ninja: Super Chronic: New motto -- "Royals baseball: cleaner than most during the steroid era!"

They had players who hit a bunch of home runs on the road, not that hitting lots of home runs is a sure sign of PED use.  They just play in a massive stadium.

They'd likely be smart to make it more massive-- you can design your club to fit an odd stadium (prioritize outfielders with lots of range, 'gap power' guys, fly ball pitchers who might not survive at Fenway, etc.).  The Yankees have been doing this by stocking up on lefties for the better part of a century, and it works well for them.  Because the Royals have a low payroll, they will have to find these sorts of niche players to excel.

That said, the Royals are still run by morons and actively shoot themselves in the foot whenever possible.  Shockingly, when your team is owned by a family that made their millions with Wal-Mart, they slash payroll to add more money to their personal hoard, even it means a business product that is crappy.

In the 20 years before David Glass took over: 14 winning seasons.
In the 20 years since: 2 winning seasons.

The city of Kansas City should make a statue of David Glass, and encourage fans to kick it in the penis until they get tired.  It should be a city ordinance that you have to spit on the ground after saying his name.

Its Still Real to Me Damnit!: Kansas City? I didn't realize they still had a team. With real uniforms and everything?

They're actually not bad right now-- it's hard to suck in MLB forever when you keep "earning" top draft picks, and rarely surrender them for signing qualifying free agents.  If Detroit runs into big injury problems (Verlander, Miggy, etc.), the Royals are a good pick to win the AL Central.


Yeah....Not happening with Yost running the show.

/Soup pitched great!
 
2014-04-22 12:51:05 PM

Its Still Real to Me Damnit!: Kansas City? I didn't realize they still had a team. With real uniforms and everything?


About to clap for it:

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

//Took way too long looking for this image and couldn't find one with her clapping.
 
2014-04-22 12:52:36 PM
I'd be curious to see single season records across baseball.  I know the Mets are only at 41.
 
2014-04-22 12:53:26 PM
Joe Posnanski's writing is a pleasure to read.
 
2014-04-22 12:54:54 PM

Cubs300: Steve Balboni?

::checks article::

Oh yeah, Steve Balboni.  One of the best mustaches the game has ever known.


Nice, but it's no Pete Vuckovich.
media.tumblr.com
 
2014-04-22 12:55:45 PM

Krustofsky: Nice, but it's no Pete Vuckovich.


Wants to know how your wife and his kids are.
 
2014-04-22 01:01:15 PM

Dafatone: I'd be curious to see single season records across baseball.  I know the Mets are only at 41.


I thought a list was provided in the article. Maybe I didn't read that right.... I thought so, there it is.

FTA: It's always fun to list off the team-by-team home run single season home run leaders. Find your team!
Giants, 73 (Barry Bonds 2001)
Cardinals, 70 (Mark McGwire 1998)
Cubs, 66 (Sammy Sosa 1998)
Yankees, 61 (Roger Maris 1961)
Phillies, 58 (Ryan Howard 2006)
Athletics 58 (Jimmie Foxx 1932)
Tigers, 58 (Hank Greenberg 1938)
Diamondbacks, 57 (Luis Gonzalez 2001)
Rangers, 57 (Alex Rodriguez 2002)
Mariners, 56 (Ken Griffey 1998)
Blue Jays, 54 (Jose Bautista 2010)
Pirates, 54 (Ralph Kiner 1949)
Red Sox, 54 (David Ortiz 2006)
Orioles, 53 (Chris Davis 2013)
Indians, 52 (Jim Thome 2002)
Reds, 52 (George Foster 1977)
Braves, 51 (Andruw Jones 2005)
Brewers, 50 (Prince Fielder 2007)
Padres, 50 (Greg Vaughn 1998)
Dodgers, 49 (Shawn Green 2001)
Rockies, 49 (Larry Walker 1997, Todd Helton 2001)
Twins, 49 (Harmon Killebrew 1964, 1969)
White Sox, 49 (Albert Belle 1998)
Angels, 48 (Troy Glaus 2000)
Astros, 47 (Jeff Bagwell 2000)
Nationals/Les Expos, 46 (Alfonso Soriano 2006)
Rays, 46 (Carlos Pena 2007)
Marlins, 42 (Gary Sheffield 1996)
Mets, 41 (Carlos Beltran 2006, Todd Hundley 1996)
Royals, 36 (Steve Balboni, 1985)
 
2014-04-22 01:05:00 PM
They missed the * on the top three and virtually all of the other players in the modern era.
 
2014-04-22 01:19:48 PM
Yeah, but we still have Billy Butler.  That streak should end soon...

Oh... wait....
 
2014-04-22 01:22:38 PM
I remember the Cubs 04 team had 4 players with that many HRs.
 
2014-04-22 01:23:47 PM
The Royals should follow the Brewers plan for getting better: Build a new stadium, get new owners, fire Ned Yost, in that order.
 
2014-04-22 01:24:13 PM

kcfarker: Yeah, but we still have Billy Butler.  That streak should end soon...

Oh... wait....


I've always liked the name of their stadium. However, they've spelled it wrong.
 
2014-04-22 01:24:45 PM
Particularly surprising as Ewing Kauffman founded Marion Laboratories.
 
2014-04-22 01:29:58 PM
I'm guessing because the Royals are weighed down by the awesome food in  Kauffman Stadium...

i.imgur.com

Saw it originally on Darren Rovell's Twitter feed (ESPN's Business Editor)

Pulled pork mac n' jack sausage

Intimidating at first sight, this pepperjack sausage is topped with tender pulled pork, cheesy spiral macaroni, bacon crumbles and scallions. Served in a bun, what sounds like a mess made in heaven can actually be eaten bib-free, no fork or knife required. No one flavor outdoes the other in this perfectly portioned item. $10.50, Hot Corner Grill (express menu), Sections 221, 410

Read more here:  http://www.kansascity.com/2013/05/09/4227494/royal-bacon-blue-fries-a n yone.html
 
2014-04-22 01:33:16 PM

Dazrin: Dafatone: I'd be curious to see single season records across baseball.  I know the Mets are only at 41.

I thought a list was provided in the article. Maybe I didn't read that right.... I thought so, there it is.

FTA: It's always fun to list off the team-by-team home run single season home run leaders. Find your team!
Giants, 73 (Barry Bonds

* 2001)
Cardinals, 70 (Mark McGwire
* 1998)
Cubs, 66 (Sammy Sosa
* 1998)
Yankees, 61 (Roger Maris 1961)
Phillies, 58 (Ryan Howard 2006)
Athletics 58 (Jimmie Foxx 1932)
Tigers, 58 (Hank Greenberg 1938)
Diamondbacks, 57 (Luis Gonzalez
* 2001)
Rangers, 57 (Alex Rodriguez
* 2002)
Mariners, 56 (Ken Griffey 1998)
Blue Jays, 54 (Jose Bautista
* 2010)
Pirates, 54 (Ralph Kiner 1949)
Red Sox, 54 (David Ortiz
* 2006)
Orioles, 53 (Chris Davis 2013)
Indians, 52 (Jim Thome 2002)
Reds, 52 (George Foster 1977)
Braves, 51 (Andruw Jones 2005)
Brewers, 50 (Prince Fielder 2007)
Padres, 50 (Greg Vaughn 1998)
Dodgers, 49 (Shawn Green 2001)
Rockies, 49 (Larry Walker
**  1997, Todd Helton** 2001)
Twins, 49 (Harmon Killebrew 1964, 1969)
White Sox, 49 (Albert Belle
* 1998)
Angels, 48 (Troy Glaus
* 2000)
Astros, 47 (Jeff Bagwell
* 2000)
Nationals/Les Expos, 46 (Alfonso Soriano 2006)
Rays, 46 (Carlos Pena 2007)
Marlins, 42 (Gary Sheffield 1996)
Mets, 41 (Carlos Beltran 2006, Todd Hundley 1996)
Royals, 36 (Steve Balboni, 1985)


fixed.
* - you know
** - elevation
 
2014-04-22 01:36:08 PM

KingKauff: kcfarker: Yeah, but we still have Billy Butler.  That streak should end soon...

Oh... wait....

I've always liked the name of their stadium. However, they've spelled it wrong.


Next time you're in KC, bring your can of spray paint and we'll fix it. Since the stadium is on the Missouri side, they'll never notice.
 
2014-04-22 01:39:22 PM

carnifex2005: I'm guessing because the Royals are weighed down by the awesome food in  Kauffman Stadium...

[i.imgur.com image 768x1024]

Saw it originally on Darren Rovell's Twitter feed (ESPN's Business Editor)

Pulled pork mac n' jack sausage

Intimidating at first sight, this pepperjack sausage is topped with tender pulled pork, cheesy spiral macaroni, bacon crumbles and scallions. Served in a bun, what sounds like a mess made in heaven can actually be eaten bib-free, no fork or knife required. No one flavor outdoes the other in this perfectly portioned item. $10.50, Hot Corner Grill (express menu), Sections 221, 410

Read more here:  http://www.kansascity.com/2013/05/09/4227494/royal-bacon-blue-fries-a n yone.html


Good lord. I want that hot dog, but it can't be healthy.
 
2014-04-22 01:40:34 PM

SlothB77: Dazrin: Dafatone: I'd be curious to see single season records across baseball.  I know the Mets are only at 41.

I thought a list was provided in the article. Maybe I didn't read that right.... I thought so, there it is.

FTA: It's always fun to list off the team-by-team home run single season home run leaders. Find your team!
Giants, 73 (Barry Bonds* 2001)
Cardinals, 70 (Mark McGwire* 1998)
Cubs, 66 (Sammy Sosa* 1998)
Yankees, 61 (Roger Maris 1961)
Phillies, 58 (Ryan Howard 2006)
Athletics 58 (Jimmie Foxx 1932)
Tigers, 58 (Hank Greenberg 1938)
Diamondbacks, 57 (Luis Gonzalez* 2001)
Rangers, 57 (Alex Rodriguez* 2002)
Mariners, 56 (Ken Griffey 1998)
Blue Jays, 54 (Jose Bautista* 2010)
Pirates, 54 (Ralph Kiner 1949)
Red Sox, 54 (David Ortiz* 2006)
Orioles, 53 (Chris Davis 2013)
Indians, 52 (Jim Thome 2002)
Reds, 52 (George Foster 1977)
Braves, 51 (Andruw Jones 2005)
Brewers, 50 (Prince Fielder 2007)
Padres, 50 (Greg Vaughn 1998)
Dodgers, 49 (Shawn Green 2001)
Rockies, 49 (Larry Walker**  1997, Todd Helton** 2001)
Twins, 49 (Harmon Killebrew 1964, 1969)
White Sox, 49 (Albert Belle* 1998)
Angels, 48 (Troy Glaus* 2000)
Astros, 47 (Jeff Bagwell* 2000)
Nationals/Les Expos, 46 (Alfonso Soriano 2006)
Rays, 46 (Carlos Pena 2007)
Marlins, 42 (Gary Sheffield 1996)
Mets, 41 (Carlos Beltran 2006, Todd Hundley 1996)
Royals, 36 (Steve Balboni, 1985)

fixed.
* - you know
** - elevation


You forgot to * Gary Sheffield
 
2014-04-22 01:42:53 PM

mjbok: Krustofsky: Nice, but it's no Pete Vuckovich.

Wants to know how your wife and his kids are.


He leads the league in most offensive categories, including nose hair!

/When he sneezes, he looks like a party favor
 
2014-04-22 01:46:57 PM

SuperChuck: SlothB77: Dazrin: Dafatone: I'd be curious to see single season records across baseball.  I know the Mets are only at 41.

You forgot to * Gary Sheffield


there's so many i can't keep track.  What about Thome?  And the Greg Vaughn 50 looks so flukey now in retrospect.  Did ever get close to that in a prior or subsequent year?
 
2014-04-22 01:47:38 PM

mjbok: Krustofsky: Nice, but it's no Pete Vuckovich.

Wants to know how your wife and his kids are.


"Name one park in America that ball wouldn't have gone out of."

"Yellowstone."
 
2014-04-22 01:52:27 PM

SuperChuck: SlothB77: Dazrin: Dafatone: I'd be curious to see single season records across baseball.  I know the Mets are only at 41.

I thought a list was provided in the article. Maybe I didn't read that right.... I thought so, there it is.

FTA: It's always fun to list off the team-by-team home run single season home run leaders. Find your team!
Giants, 73 (Barry Bonds* 2001)
Cardinals, 70 (Mark McGwire* 1998)
Cubs, 66 (Sammy Sosa* 1998)
Yankees, 61 (Roger Maris 1961)
Phillies, 58 (Ryan Howard 2006)
Athletics 58 (Jimmie Foxx 1932)
Tigers, 58 (Hank Greenberg 1938)
Diamondbacks, 57 (Luis Gonzalez* 2001)
Rangers, 57 (Alex Rodriguez* 2002)
Mariners, 56 (Ken Griffey 1998)
Blue Jays, 54 (Jose Bautista* 2010)
Pirates, 54 (Ralph Kiner 1949)
Red Sox, 54 (David Ortiz* 2006)
Orioles, 53 (Chris Davis 2013)
Indians, 52 (Jim Thome 2002)
Reds, 52 (George Foster 1977)
Braves, 51 (Andruw Jones 2005)
Brewers, 50 (Prince Fielder 2007)
Padres, 50 (Greg Vaughn 1998)
Dodgers, 49 (Shawn Green 2001)
Rockies, 49 (Larry Walker**  1997, Todd Helton** 2001)
Twins, 49 (Harmon Killebrew 1964, 1969)
White Sox, 49 (Albert Belle* 1998)
Angels, 48 (Troy Glaus* 2000)
Astros, 47 (Jeff Bagwell* 2000)
Nationals/Les Expos, 46 (Alfonso Soriano 2006)
Rays, 46 (Carlos Pena 2007)
Marlins, 42 (Gary Sheffield 1996)
Mets, 41 (Carlos Beltran 2006, Todd Hundley 1996)
Royals, 36 (Steve Balboni, 1985)

fixed.
* - you know
** - elevation

You forgot to * Gary Sheffield


Also * Todd Hundley
 
2014-04-22 01:54:36 PM

Krustofsky: Cubs300: Steve Balboni?

::checks article::

Oh yeah, Steve Balboni.  One of the best mustaches the game has ever known.

Nice, but it's no Pete Vuckovich.
[media.tumblr.com image 350x280]


Goose, man.  Goose.

static03.mediaite.com
 
2014-04-22 01:58:50 PM

SlothB77: SuperChuck: SlothB77: Dazrin: Dafatone: I'd be curious to see single season records across baseball.  I know the Mets are only at 41.

You forgot to * Gary Sheffield

there's so many i can't keep track.  What about Thome?  And the Greg Vaughn 50 looks so flukey now in retrospect.  Did ever get close to that in a prior or subsequent year?


No kidding, right? And how about that Maris character on the Yankees? One year of 61 and half that the year before and after! So obvious he was juicing.  Roy Sievers, too, in '57 and again in '58 for sure. Frank Howard '68-'70. Al Rosen in '53. All juicers, damnit! No one has ever legitimately had positive seasons that were statistical outliers.
 
2014-04-22 01:59:47 PM

ToastmasterGeneral: Krustofsky: Cubs300: Steve Balboni?

::checks article::

Oh yeah, Steve Balboni.  One of the best mustaches the game has ever known.

Nice, but it's no Pete Vuckovich.
[media.tumblr.com image 350x280]

Goose, man.  Goose.

[static03.mediaite.com image 549x800]


Um, Rollie Fingers?
www.rfingers34.com

// hipster before hipster was a thing
// he waxed it with the "essence" of last night's conquest after her morning mustache ride, no doubt
 
2014-04-22 02:09:20 PM

SlothB77: there's so many i can't keep track. What about Thome? And the Greg Vaughn 50 looks so flukey now in retrospect. Did ever get close to that in a prior or subsequent year?


Hitting lots of homers one year is not a reliable diagnosis of PED use.  Should we go after Ned Williamson's 1884 seasonDavey Johnson's 1973 seasonWally Moses in 1937Bert Campaneris in 1970Tilly Walker in 1922Cy Williams in 1923?

They're all a ton more flukey than Greg Vaughn, who hit 355 career HR and hit 40+ three times.

What's the evidence against Bagwell?   Albert Belle?  Jose Bautista?  Jim Thome?  Greg Vaughn?  Just names you picked out of a hat?  None are named in the Mitchell Report, and none failed a test.
 
2014-04-22 02:14:26 PM

chimp_ninja: Hitting lots of homers one year is not a reliable diagnosis of PED use.  Should we go after Ned Williamson's 1884 season?  Davey Johnson's 1973 season?  Wally Moses in 1937?  Bert Campaneris in 1970?  Tilly Walker in 1922?  Cy Williams in 1923?


There ya go. You got some of the ones I missed above.
And how about...

Jim Genitile '61
Norm Cash '61
Rico Petrocelli '69
 
2014-04-22 02:18:20 PM

Dazrin: Nationals/Les Expos, 46 (Alfonso Soriano 2006)


Also had 40 steals and 40 doubles that year.
 
2014-04-22 02:19:14 PM

chimp_ninja: Super Chronic: New motto -- "Royals baseball: cleaner than most during the steroid era!"

They had players who hit a bunch of home runs on the road, not that hitting lots of home runs is a sure sign of PED use.  They just play in a massive stadium.

They'd likely be smart to make it more massive-- you can design your club to fit an odd stadium (prioritize outfielders with lots of range, 'gap power' guys, fly ball pitchers who might not survive at Fenway, etc.).  The Yankees have been doing this by stocking up on lefties for the better part of a century, and it works well for them.  Because the Royals have a low payroll, they will have to find these sorts of niche players to excel.

That said, the Royals are still run by morons and actively shoot themselves in the foot whenever possible.  Shockingly, when your team is owned by a family that made their millions with Wal-Mart, they slash payroll to add more money to their personal hoard, even it means a business product that is crappy.

In the 20 years before David Glass took over: 14 winning seasons.
In the 20 years since: 2 winning seasons.

The city of Kansas City should make a statue of David Glass, and encourage fans to kick it in the penis until they get tired.  It should be a city ordinance that you have to spit on the ground after saying his name.

Its Still Real to Me Damnit!: Kansas City? I didn't realize they still had a team. With real uniforms and everything?

They're actually not bad right now-- it's hard to suck in MLB forever when you keep "earning" top draft picks, and rarely surrender them for signing qualifying free agents.  If Detroit runs into big injury problems (Verlander, Miggy, etc.), the Royals are a good pick to win the AL Central.


The statue should be of Dan Glass. He's in charge of the day to day operations. While he's been cheap in the past current payroll is a club record. Granted that puts them at a middle of all payrolls.
 
2014-04-22 02:28:36 PM

WinoRhino: chimp_ninja: Hitting lots of homers one year is not a reliable diagnosis of PED use.  Should we go after Ned Williamson's 1884 season?  Davey Johnson's 1973 season?  Wally Moses in 1937?  Bert Campaneris in 1970?  Tilly Walker in 1922?  Cy Williams in 1923?

There ya go. You got some of the ones I missed above.
And how about...

Jim Genitile '61
Norm Cash '61
Rico Petrocelli '69


Norm Cash corked his bat in '61
 
2014-04-22 02:33:32 PM

SuperChuck: Norm Cash corked his bat in '61


Sure, but he wasn't JUICING!
Okay, fine, that one needs to be removed. :)
 
2014-04-22 02:44:45 PM

WinoRhino: SlothB77: SuperChuck: SlothB77: Dazrin: Dafatone: I'd be curious to see single season records across baseball.  I know the Mets are only at 41.

You forgot to * Gary Sheffield

there's so many i can't keep track.  What about Thome?  And the Greg Vaughn 50 looks so flukey now in retrospect.  Did ever get close to that in a prior or subsequent year?

No kidding, right? And how about that Maris character on the Yankees? One year of 61 and half that the year before and after! So obvious he was juicing.  Roy Sievers, too, in '57 and again in '58 for sure. Frank Howard '68-'70. Al Rosen in '53. All juicers, damnit! No one has ever legitimately had positive seasons that were statistical outliers.


actually, Vaughn had a bunch of 40+ years.  nevermind.
 
2014-04-22 02:49:13 PM

chimp_ninja: Hitting lots of homers one year is not a reliable diagnosis of PED use.


for some reason i have you favorited and quoted with "Dear Inbred Moron,"
 
2014-04-22 02:54:30 PM

enik: They missed the * on the top three and virtually all of the other players in the modern era.


Oh, look, it's the guy who thinks that cheating in baseball is somehow a new thing.
 
2014-04-22 02:56:56 PM

chimp_ninja: Super Chronic: New motto -- "Royals baseball: cleaner than most during the steroid era!"

They had players who hit a bunch of home runs on the road, not that hitting lots of home runs is a sure sign of PED use.  They just play in a massive stadium.

They'd likely be smart to make it more massive-- you can design your club to fit an odd stadium (prioritize outfielders with lots of range, 'gap power' guys, fly ball pitchers who might not survive at Fenway, etc.).  The Yankees have been doing this by stocking up on lefties for the better part of a century, and it works well for them.  Because the Royals have a low payroll, they will have to find these sorts of niche players to excel.

That said, the Royals are still run by morons and actively shoot themselves in the foot whenever possible.  Shockingly, when your team is owned by a family that made their millions with Wal-Mart, they slash payroll to add more money to their personal hoard, even it means a business product that is crappy.

In the 20 years before David Glass took over: 14 winning seasons.
In the 20 years since: 2 winning seasons.

The city of Kansas City should make a statue of David Glass, and encourage fans to kick it in the penis until they get tired.  It should be a city ordinance that you have to spit on the ground after saying his name.

Its Still Real to Me Damnit!: Kansas City? I didn't realize they still had a team. With real uniforms and everything?

They're actually not bad right now-- it's hard to suck in MLB forever when you keep "earning" top draft picks, and rarely surrender them for signing qualifying free agents.  If Detroit runs into big injury problems (Verlander, Miggy, etc.), the Royals are a good pick to win the AL Central.


Once upon a time, I was a Royals fan.  When Glass bought the team, I was hopeful that he'd use all his Walmart money to help push the team to the next level.

Today, I'm a Twins fan -- at least they're trying.
 
2014-04-22 02:58:57 PM
This is all Bob Hamelin's fault.
 
2014-04-22 03:06:28 PM

Learned Hand Job: chimp_ninja: Super Chronic: New motto -- "Royals baseball: cleaner than most during the steroid era!"

They had players who hit a bunch of home runs on the road, not that hitting lots of home runs is a sure sign of PED use.  They just play in a massive stadium.

They'd likely be smart to make it more massive-- you can design your club to fit an odd stadium (prioritize outfielders with lots of range, 'gap power' guys, fly ball pitchers who might not survive at Fenway, etc.).  The Yankees have been doing this by stocking up on lefties for the better part of a century, and it works well for them.  Because the Royals have a low payroll, they will have to find these sorts of niche players to excel.

That said, the Royals are still run by morons and actively shoot themselves in the foot whenever possible.  Shockingly, when your team is owned by a family that made their millions with Wal-Mart, they slash payroll to add more money to their personal hoard, even it means a business product that is crappy.

In the 20 years before David Glass took over: 14 winning seasons.
In the 20 years since: 2 winning seasons.

The city of Kansas City should make a statue of David Glass, and encourage fans to kick it in the penis until they get tired.  It should be a city ordinance that you have to spit on the ground after saying his name.

Its Still Real to Me Damnit!: Kansas City? I didn't realize they still had a team. With real uniforms and everything?

They're actually not bad right now-- it's hard to suck in MLB forever when you keep "earning" top draft picks, and rarely surrender them for signing qualifying free agents.  If Detroit runs into big injury problems (Verlander, Miggy, etc.), the Royals are a good pick to win the AL Central.

Once upon a time, I was a Royals fan.  When Glass bought the team, I was hopeful that he'd use all his Walmart money to help push the team to the next level.

Today, I'm a Twins fan -- at least they're trying.


In what are they not trying ?
 
2014-04-22 03:07:54 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: Learned Hand Job: chimp_ninja: Super Chronic: New motto -- "Royals baseball: cleaner than most during the steroid era!"

They had players who hit a bunch of home runs on the road, not that hitting lots of home runs is a sure sign of PED use.  They just play in a massive stadium.

They'd likely be smart to make it more massive-- you can design your club to fit an odd stadium (prioritize outfielders with lots of range, 'gap power' guys, fly ball pitchers who might not survive at Fenway, etc.).  The Yankees have been doing this by stocking up on lefties for the better part of a century, and it works well for them.  Because the Royals have a low payroll, they will have to find these sorts of niche players to excel.

That said, the Royals are still run by morons and actively shoot themselves in the foot whenever possible.  Shockingly, when your team is owned by a family that made their millions with Wal-Mart, they slash payroll to add more money to their personal hoard, even it means a business product that is crappy.

In the 20 years before David Glass took over: 14 winning seasons.
In the 20 years since: 2 winning seasons.

The city of Kansas City should make a statue of David Glass, and encourage fans to kick it in the penis until they get tired.  It should be a city ordinance that you have to spit on the ground after saying his name.

Its Still Real to Me Damnit!: Kansas City? I didn't realize they still had a team. With real uniforms and everything?

They're actually not bad right now-- it's hard to suck in MLB forever when you keep "earning" top draft picks, and rarely surrender them for signing qualifying free agents.  If Detroit runs into big injury problems (Verlander, Miggy, etc.), the Royals are a good pick to win the AL Central.

Once upon a time, I was a Royals fan.  When Glass bought the team, I was hopeful that he'd use all his Walmart money to help push the team to the next level.

Today, I'm a Twins fan -- at least they're trying.

In what are they not trying ?


In what way are they not trying ?
 
2014-04-22 03:12:16 PM

WinoRhino: SuperChuck: Norm Cash corked his bat in '61

Sure, but he wasn't JUICING!
Okay, fine, that one needs to be removed. :)


1961 was an expansion year for the AL. Diluted pitching. Asterisk everything from that year.
 
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