Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Royals are leaving us in the lurch

Don't miss this column by the estimable Joe Posnanski about the early tenure of new Royals GM Dayton Moore.
“The important thing is not the system. Lots of different systems work. The important thing is your commitment to your system.”
What is Dave Littlefield's plan? What are his goals for the Pirates? He never says. Dayton Moore can articulate his vision in 19 words:
Power on the corners, speed and defense up the middle, consistent starting pitching and power arms in the bullpen.
More impressively, he is already taking action to realize his vision with a palpable sense of urgency:
“We’ve got to be aggressive,” he says. “We really don’t have a choice … I’ve been careful not to put a timetable on this, but we need to go as fast as we can.”
Compare that to the bizarre aura of complacency that infuses all of Dave Littlefield's public utterances, replete with phrases such as "with where we're at right now," and "that's one of the things you look at going forward," and the like.

I never thought the day would come when I would be envious of a Royals fan, but that day has come.

Read the whole thing.


Blogger roger odisio said...

Rob and Rany discussed KC's trades on Monday. KC is Neyer's home team.

See especially this part:

>>None of Dayton's trades -- Gathright for Howell, Gotay for Keppinger, now this -- are lopsided by any means. He has given up a talented player in every trade. But it's the very fact that he's offering quality to get quality that reassures me he has a plan in mind. The best general managers are almost all willing to give up talent in trades, and occasionally they do get burned. They simply trust that if they're better prepared than the other guy, in the long run they'll acquire more talent than they give up.<<

And this was before KC made arguably their best trade so far--getting Odalis Perez and 2 prospects for Elmer Dessens because LA wanted to dump Perez and they remembered how well dessens pitched for them last year.

Does any of this sound like DL? Focusing on dumping his high priced vets which will do little or nothing to improve the Pirates because they won't bring real talent. The only effect of trading casey Burnitz, Randa, Hernandez, etc. is to save the McNutters millions. To spend on their new ski resort if they want.


1:46 PM  
Anonymous Bern1 said...

Awesome post, Bill, and insightful comment, Roger. I, too, was envious when the Royals hired Moore and have grown even more envious ever since. He does seem to have both a vision and a sense of urgency. Plus, having worked in the Atlanta organization, there is no doubt he at least has a clue how to develop talent and build a farm system. Yup, I wish he were the Pirates' GM.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous billscat said...

Wait . . . wasn't this guy the Lone Ranger in a former life (20-, 30-, and 40-somethings scratch your heads!). Maybe we need a masked man. Nice article, by the way. Oh . . . and Billy: great showman, as always.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous bucdaddy said...

I TOLD you they're probably better than we are ... I'd trade Capps, Littlefield and a scout to be ID'd for that guy. (Why do they say a "player to be named later"? The players all have names.)

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Greg Schuler said...

Confidence - the good general managers have confidence that they can replace the talent they lose. The Pirates don't have that confidence - heck, Matt Capps came from nowhere, which to me says there may be more cheap good pitching in the system. To the Pirates, that makes him a building block - like Joe Beimel and John Grabow.

Moore has a good opportunity in KC since he has a core of young hitting prospects in AA that the Pirates simplyc an't match in terms of potential impact (Lubanski, Maier, Butler, Gordon). If Moore can acquire enough arms to put together a decent staff, then KC could become average and that is something.

9:46 AM  

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