Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Finally, Royals owner David Glass has acted on his words. The Royals fired Allard Baird today and hired Braves Assistant GM/Vice-Pres of Baseball Operations Dayton Moore to a five year deal. Glass and Moore did not see eye-to-eye at first, as Glass the Meddler did not want to fork over complete control of baseball operations to Moore. Glass finally acquiesced to Moore's demands, and made the move. Moore seemed the logical choice, and luckily Glass actually made the right choice. For the time being, Muzzy Jackson will take over as interim GM until next week after the June 6-7 player draft. Hooray!
Fred White's voice puts you to sleep like a warm glass of milk spiked with NyQuil. It's irresistable. The other night, I was listening to the broadcast, and here's how it went, verbatim.
(The following anecdote has nothing to do with sleep-inducing, and for those reading this entry and evaluating based solely on structure and relevant thinking, stop here)
Bob Davis: Do you remember the time the Oakland crowd threw batteries on the field? What was that, 20 years ago? I don't remember what it was for....
Fred White: I dunno, must've been something they didn't like.
There it is--Fred White has ruled out elated, celebratory battery tossing in favor of the more popular malevolent battery tossing. But more digging revealed a time where celebratory battery tossing was indeed the situation:
I remember one time when I was playing ball in France before my NBA career
got going. I had rebounded the ball, dished it, and ran down the floor,
receiving a pass and dunking before the buzzer sounded. The irreverant
crowd began throwing AA batteries, and I scooped up as many as I could to fuel
my portable CD player and my TV remote. That was the best Christmas
ever. --Charles Oakley
Actually, all that didn't happen. But I'm bored at work.
How come Bautista always gets these big leads, then blows em? Will somebody PLEASE teach this guy how to pitch? His stuff is nasty!
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Welp, the boys in blue go at it again tonight at 9:05 as Denny Bautista tries to get us the win against Brad Halsey, the poor son of a gun who coughed up Barry Bond's 714th homer, destined to be seen in highlights for all of eternity.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
According to the KC Star and ESPN, David Glass has offered the GM job to Atlanta assistant Dayton Moore. Moore, a Wichita native, is the best choice. However, KC will move on to other options if we cannot meet Moore's demand--that is, total control of personnel. Corby's advice?
GIVE IT TO HIM. He made this demand because he wants no Glass meddling in his affairs. The Glasses are not baseball people; they should let Moore run the organization how he wants. That's the best way to turn this thing around. Hell, the Glasses are so inept that they haven't even fired Baird yet. If David Glass doesn't the job to Dayton Moore, we must turn to worse (much worse) alternatives like the ex-Phillies GM and some dude in the Padres system. If we can't get Schuerholz back (in the "yeah right" category), Moore is the best option.
Revive the Royals--Dayton Moore should be GM, and maybe the ship can get righted in the next decade.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
I have tried to find a reason to hate Pujols. Look at his official website! You see. The guy is squeaky clean. If you guys find any dirt on this guy, if he cheated on a spelling test, cut someone off in high school, cursed, or anything slightly negative or nefarious, PLEASE comment and let me know.
Thirteen in a row. Thirteen. We lost 13-8 after knocking Mike Maroth out of the game--he only recorded one out. They scored 5 in the 8th and 9th innings, and the bullpen gave up seven runs. Wow. I can feel the bedded rock--we must be at the bottom.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Nice Air Supply reference Dyl.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Worthless. Didn't Buddy see that there was no way Burgos was gonna throw a strike with any sort of command? I know you want to instill faith in your relievers, but this guy is closer by elimination, not by a long arduous competitive Spring Training. Blech.
We give up 4 in the bottom of the ninth to the Orioles. After all we did in the eighth and ninth. You might see my loyalty on eBay soon.
Posnanski column...a good one too.
On a side note, the Royals played a great game on the road today, making it a close 11-1 against the Baltimore Oriloles. Hopefully, Mark Redmond goes the way of the Mays soon and is either given a minor league option..... or given fifteen lashes. Well, we suck; we have no power and no pitching. If anyone wants to take a bet with me that we will break the Major League record for most loses, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!!!!!!!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
By the way, Ketchup was the winner of Tuesday night's Hot Dog Race competition. The winners, bearers of the "Ketchup" version of the condiment t-shirt giveaway, were awarded a free Kauffman Stadium Hot Dog. About a month ago, I downed 11 of these puppies during a Royals win. MMMMM tasty. Congratulations to Ketchup, Catsup, Tomato Paste, the Heinz family, and punchline of the "What did mustard say to relish during the big race" joke.
THIS JUST IN KANSAS CITY ROYALS NAMES ISAIAH THOMAS GM AND PRESIDENT OF BASEBALL OPERATIONS
Just kidding. But don't be surprised if this happens, and a sexual harrassment lawsuit follows closely. Wouldn't that be perfect?
Earlier this year, I e-mailed Rob Neyer, and he said he would put my site on robneyer.com on the next update. So the next update comes, and no love for corbyandtheroyals. But no fear, faithful dozens of readers (not including those who accidentaly load the page for microseconds in Thailand), I would like to tell Rob Neyer something.
Rob, you have a great website, and your ESPN articles (which I read with Insider status) are certainly premium as advertised, often with numbers backing them up by the barrellful. Also, and I say this in the most amiable sense, that your are a very handsome man, and more handsome than the other sportswriters I have come in contact with, such as the likes of townie John Sickels, KC Beat-writer (and now Yahoo! fantasy analyst) Jeff Passan, and guest host Jason Whitlock. Also, your books are fantastic, and I have often given them out as gifts. I mean I did once. But I bought it at a Border's, so maybe they're some good overhead there?? No, no I doubt it.
Corby and the Royals
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Buddy Bell is an idiot. Allard Baird is an idiot. Mark Teahen has been a collossal flop this far. John Buck hit his first dinger of the season yesterday on a fly ball that barely cleared the fence. Tonight we are giving shirts out that don't have players, but condiments on them. Yeah, like Mustard Ketchup Relish condiments.
Justin Huber HAS to play if he is called up, or else he's just losing ABs. I'd prefer him staying sharp than platooning. Allard Baird has to go TODAY, I don't care if we have won 3 games in the last week--signs are that we aren't gonna turn this thing around. Let's do something, and let's welcome the newest epoch of Royals baseball before it's too late.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Aaron Guiel is FINALLY up, and it's a good thing, as I thought he should've won the job over Shane Costa, although Costa has batted well. And German got the 3rd base job due to Teahen's overall ineptness, and we should learn a lesson here: if Billy Beane will give up a "good" prospect and only get Octavio Dotel (who was a lot better at the time of the trade), obviously he was never high on this guy. And he has done nothing but suck, and has only been average in the field. Mientkiewicz, while he costs us runs at the plate, saves a helluva lot of errors from that crew.
Tonight: Royals at White Sox, 7:05
Well tonight we go for the hat trick as the Royals try an take game 2 from the dirtiest, sleaziest World Champs in history.
Game time: 6:00 pm Royals: Runelvys Hernandez (1-1, 2.63 ERA)
White Sox: Javier Vasquez (3-1, 3.00 ERA)
Friday, May 05, 2006
It appears Mike Sweeney might have to retire, which is a sad-end to a once very promising career. It is so easy to condemn this deal right now, that we are paying this guy 11 million bucks to get hurt. According to ESPN, Sweeney's back is in terrible shape. This is just part of the bad luck (if you want to call it that) that Allard Baird has had to endure. When we signed Sweeney to this deal, everyone in Kansas City thought it was a great decision. They decided to give the cash to the popular vocal leader and Christian soldier Mike Sweeney, who had become a mammoth figure in the heartland, mashing baseballs and regularly contending for the AL Batting Title. Wow, how things have changed.
Now as I hear people on the radio call out Allard Baird for this "terrible" decision, I know it's only because of what has transpired the last few years. It was either the personable, warm Sweeney or the silent, stern Carlos Beltran--and the Royals chose Sweeney based on character. Everyone knew Beltran was the better all around player, and I believe he is a little overrated; that HUGE 2004 postseason catapulted him into that elite contract stratosphere, whether he deserved it or not. The best you can expect from Beltran: .270, 25 HRs, 25 SBs. Good numbers, but not like a young Barry Bonds.
At the time, Mike Sweeney was a good decision. There, I said it. We got him for under his market value. This was before it was known he was a huge liability on defense, and I'm sure any NL team would've loved his production. We got a discount because he wanted to stay here. This story is truly sad.
Sweeney worked his ass off. He is not an elite athlete. His swing is unorthodox and I feel it's hard for him to get in a groove coming on the bench, where he no doubt thinks about all of his lastest swings. This works for David Ortiz, but it has not worked for Sweeney.
If Glass is truly fed up, he would be wise to not let Allard Baird be a lame duck. This organization needs to be BLOWN UP. I don't mean behind the scenes, solely--on the field too. Like Joe Posnanski points out in his column today, the 2-6 hitters average 35 years of age. Keep Gordon, Huber, Butler, Affeldt, Bautista, Blanco, Sisco, and maybe Runelvys. Everyone else's time is up.
We got nothing for Carlos Beltran except for a catcher who passes balls on pitch outs and a third baseman who can only hit opposite field singles. This is when the hold ship went south.