Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Yerrrrrrr Out!

While I hate to see anyone lose their job, it was definitely time for a change. Granted, Pena "resigned", rather than being fired, but it was a foregone conclusion that he wouldn't be at the helm by the end of May. Anyone who's been watching the Royals for the past 13 months could see the writing on the wall. Whatever magic was there in 2003 that created a contender out of a 2002 pretender, it vanished as quickly as it arrived in 2004 when the Royals lost a team-record 104 games. Where the hell is Harry Potter when you need him?

There's immediate talk of the Royals' legendary second baseman, Frank White, taking the reins. White is in his second season managing AA Wichita. The move would definitely be popular with the fans, and might jump start Kansas City attendance, which is currently 29th (ahead of only Tampa Bay) at an average of just under 17,000 per game.

Whoever manages the Royals next, has their work cut out for them. The "youth-movement" has not panned out, nowhere more obviously than the bullpen. I'm starting to think that once the starting pitcher has tired, it may be easier to just set up a tee at home plate, rather than turning the ball over to any of the bozos out in right field. Hell, I think I may be a better choice, and I'm pretty sure I'd bounce it up there from the mound.

Magnifying the bullpen issues is the fact that apparently no one can HIT THE DAMN BALL. Poor Zack Greinke must be wishing he was in the National League right now, so he could at least have a shot at helping himself out, rather than relying on the miserable lineup he's stuck with.

Anyhow, I've rambled enough. Although I'm a card-carrying member of Red Sox Nation, I'd like to see the Royals do well when they're not playing the boys from beantown. Here's hoping Pena's resignation is the first step on the road to recovery.

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