Once upon a time the Royals were a model franchise. Of course, way back then drawing 2 million fans in a Midwest market was considered a big deal. That team had one of the best owners and one of the steadiest management teams. The decades of disappointment that followed remind of just how much damage poor ownership can cause. It wasn't that the subsequent owners didn't want to win -- they did -- but each group failed to find the right mix of consistent player development and strategic spending.
I imagine he'll be back with the group as an extra guy for the postseason, but I'd be surprised if he had a playing role.
I'm on board with Paul DeJong serving as a defensive replacement in the postseason. But like you, I am definitely not on board with him actually getting to hit.
The team should know more when it returns home, but his availability for any of the remaining regular season games seemed pretty iffy after the initial diagnosis.
True enough. Hence my earlier remark about Wainwright being on very short leash if he draws a postseason start as expected. But you could say the same about the other starters, given the depth of this bullpen.
Yes, both Ryan Helsley and Giovanny Gallegos could see usage in that role, as we have seen during the regular season.
A fan of the Kansas Jayhawks.
That point has been made frequently in these chats.
Great, but you're not the general manager.
For me, the issue is this: What would you do next? If the school moves on from Drinkwitz, who could it hire? What kind of contract and operating budget would that coach get? How much additional NIL support would boosters provide? What further steps would the athletic department take to address the attendance problem? What is the larger plan for moving this athletic program into the middle of the SEC pack at least? Missouri could find itself cycling through coaches like Vanderbilt or Kentucky before it stuck with Mark Stoops. That would be a bad place to land after all that Gary Pinkel accomplished for the school.
Rest! That is the only answer, really. Wainwright took pride in working deep into games this season and he threw a lot of pitches. As it turned out, he is only human.
He sees like an ideal fifth outfielder to pinch run and play some center field if you have a place for such a player. In the post-Bader world, he could have a role.
His career is not over. His availability for the postseason remains in question, so we'll have to see about that. Many fans are ready to sell low on him. But none of the other outfielders has nailed down a more permanent role here, so I'd leave him in the competition for next season. When he's healthy, he adds run production, excellent work in left field and speed on the bases. Those are all good things. If the team has to give up on him down the road, so be it.
These guys have all hit well in stretches and also hit poorly in stretches. Fans want to fire Jeff Albert when the team slumps . . . and then, when the team is winning, weeks go by without his name coming up in the chats. Fans always want to point to scapegoats and seek magic wand solutions when times are hard. Success and failure is more complicated than that.
This outfield remains unsettled. Alec Burleson is becoming an OK outfielder and he doesn't strike out much, so he merits further discussion. Juan Yepez aspires to be an OK outfielder too and he can hit some. Jordan Walker will factor in at some point next season. Lars Nootbaar is trending up while Dylan Carlson trends down and Tyler O'Neill camps in the trainer's room. So, yeah, it's an unsolved puzzle. Maybe the pieces will finally come together next season.