A few quick thoughts as we head out the door for a long holiday weekend…
Apparently, the Missouri Department of Transportation destroyed a tree along I-70 that was planted to honor Dan Quisenberry. This, as these things do, has created quite an uproar. First, we need a little clarification.
— Quisenberry had a tree planted to honor his memory? Seriously? When did this happen? Am I the only person in Kansas City – other than MODOT employees – who did not know this?
— There are just a ton of green spaces in Kansas City. Why would they plant a tree like this along an interstate right-of-way? Were all the trees in the parking lot at the Independence Center claimed?
Quiz loved gardening. He kept plants and assorted green things in the bullpen. I think he grew tomatoes or something out there. I guess that’s why he has had a tree. It’s a nice thing for someone to do, but why wouldn’t they have planted the thing on the grounds of the stadium?
— Obviously, now is the ideal time for the Royals to step up and do something nice to honor Quiz. I’m not talking about a statue or retiring his number… Instead, maybe they could plant a tree in the space between the fountains and the stairs in right field. Maybe at the top. That way, they could have a plaque (you know, so it won’t get bulldozed in the next round of stadium renovations in 2030) and it would be where everyone in the stadium could see it.
Sounds good to me.
— The Royals head to the West Coast and will make an appearance on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. That’s a rare event, but I don’t need to tell you.
Although I do love how the game is on July 4. This has to be the lowest rated Sunday Night game of the year, regardless of the teams.
— Now that almost everyone with access to the internet has weighed in on Jose Guillen’s comments (or should it be outburst? Or rant?) let me throw out my two cents and say I agree with Clark.
Otherwise, I should probably add I’m glad Guillen decided to shoot his mouth off. It’s been a relatively quiet 18 months.
However at this point, Guillen carries a lame duck status. He has three months left here – hopefully less. Anything he says carries little or no weight.
Move along… There’s nothing to see.
— Alex Gordon and Kila Ka’aihue were named to the PCL All-Star team. I have no clue who those guys are.
— Kyle Davies last start where he gave up fewer than four runs came on May 22. Over his last 30 innings, covering six starts he has an 8.70 ERA and batters are hitting .306/.400/.508 against him. That includes a start against the Astros, for crying out loud. Oh, I should probably add that during this time he has struck out 15 while allowing 19 walks.
I like to see how many swinging strikes a pitcher gets as a percentage of all strikes thrown. The best pitchers miss the most bats, generally speaking. Since his start at the end of May, Davies has gotten a swing and a miss in just 7% of all strikes. That’s abysmal. Even more alarming, only 16% of his strikes have been called.
In other words, hitters are just making a ton of contact against Davies. He’s fooling no one.
Except maybe management.
— Have a great – and safe – holiday.