For various reasons, I have been pretty much out of the Royals’ loop for the better part of the past two weeks. Here’s what I apparently missed:
- Ned Yost views Jarrod Dyson as the best lead-off option on the team and that no one else really fits the role. Of course, even Ned intimates that Dyson has little chance to make the roster. I pointed out the void of a true lead-off hitter within the organization earlier this month. Is it good or bad to have an opinion much the same as the Royals’ manager?
- Chris Getz’s head is okay now. Although I kind of have a weird fascination with Getz, that feeling will last exactly as long as it takes the Royals to call up Mike Moustakas. At that point, Getz will either stop playing or start taking time away from a far superior hitting Mike Aviles. When that happens, fascination will no longer describe my feelings towards this player.
- Everett Teaford’s truck was stolen. That’s a shame.
- Joakim Soria wants a new nickname. I can see his logic, given what is going on in his native Mexico, but color be completely bored with this topic. Nicknames, at least non-sarcastic ones, have never really been all that interesting to me and maybe, just maybe, when you are as good as Joakim Soria we could just refer to him as, well, Joakim Soria.
- A number of pitchers had ‘the ball come out of their hands real good’ and a similar number of position players reported to camp ‘in the best shape of their lives’.
- Of course, as Craig detailed yesterday, Jason Kendall confirmed my feeling that he is pretty much of a clown (not the funny type, mind you). Listen, I don’t have any fond feelings for Nick Wright, but there was nothing in his questioning of Mike Moustakas that warranted intervention from anyone. I guess we can thank Kendall for making just another ‘softball question-cliche answer’ standard baseball interview something interesting. Certainly, what Kendall did is no worse than what George Brett did to a young television reporter on the golf course last year (or was it two?). The difference is that George Brett is in the Hall of Fame and Jason Kendall never will be: nobody said life was fair.
I guess all this column really does is remind all of us how non-eventful this time of year can be. All that changes on Sunday as the games start. You can make the argument that spring training stats do not matter, but spring training games certainly do.
Count me as ready for some actual baseball.
And finally, the Ned Yost over/under stolen base contest. In Tuesday’s Kansas City Star, Yost talked about the Royals renewed emphasis on baserunning (the team has been a woeful unit on the base paths the past few years) and in that article offered up the following thoughts on stolen base abilities:
- Mike Aviles: 25 to 30
- Lorenzo Cain: 25
- Alcides Escobar: 40
- Jeff Francouer: 15
- Chris Getz: 40
“You just have to know how to do it. You just have to work at it.” (Ned Yost via Kansas City Star)
Alright, which of the above (if any) reach those numbers? And how many caught stealing do they incur getting there?