It’s a cop-out to say they MUST win a certain number. Like I say in the column, the Royals need to show progress this year and, sure, these next 17 games are a chance to show that progress. But it’s too easy to say, like, THIS IS A MUST-WIN GAME, when the reality is that even after these next 17 the Royals still have 22 more. I can tell you want a number, though. So how about 10. Ten is a good goal. ^ Remember, kids: Kauffman Stadium is actually a hitter’s park . Eric Hosmer is catching quick, though. He’s at 114 and climbing (more on this later in the week, I think). this story. I get it. We can all see what the Pirates are doing, the Rays, the A’s, teams that win more than the Royals while spending the same or less — and making the turnarounds happen quicker. I just tend to remember how bad the organization was when he got here, and how much better it is now. It’s not enough to give him a lifetime contract (or even an extension) but, at least to me, it’s enough to see what happens the rest of this year and, probably, next year. I keep looking at how Terry Ryan did it in Minnesota. Jeff Passan first reported on Saturday, a few hours before the suspension was announced. Kevin is claiming victory, and I guess that’s fine. But if you do this too often, you might end up reporting that Missouri is joining the Big 10. My biggest problem with Kevin’s handling of the story is that he lied/fibbed/imagined/made up the part about anyone at the Star "sitting" on the story. I don’t know why he did that, other than maybe to be Edgy Radio Guy. No media outlet ran with his report. Not us, not ESPN, not Yahoo, not anyone. Why he wants to focus on the Star, again, I’m not sure. But there’s a reason nobody picked up his report. By any reasonable news judgment, Kevin didn’t have a story at that point. He had a guess. Yahoo got the story, and that’s when other outlets picked it up.
@mellinger Royals play 16 of their next 17 vs sub-.500 teams, then 12 in a row vs Tigers/Indians. How many of these next 17 must KC win?— Kansas City Stats (@KansasCityStats) August 19, 2013
Love fruit, but all I can think of here:
@mellinger Do you like to eat fruit?— Frank Schloegel (@FrankSchloegel) August 19, 2013
No. I’d actually be annoyed at Dempster if he was my teammate. Let’s win a freaking game, not have this urination contest to settle some imagined score. Besides, you get one chance to drill a guy. If you miss, play the game. You just end up looking like a fool. Honestly, I was glad A-Rod hit the home run. And I like A-Rod exactly as much as most of you. what happened. I’m thinking of his family and friends.
@mellinger If you're Dempster do you plunk A-Rod in a close game, with your team in a pennant race? Glad he got drilled not sure how smart.— BG (@Garry_Ganu) August 19, 2013
I don’t know that "a 2-14 season" from the Chiefs is worse than a few years of what the Royals have given us, but I do know this: THAT 2-14 season was much worse. There’s a difference between hopeless and infuriating, from fans being frustrated that their team is losing and fans actively hating their favorite team. I don’t know exactly when the Chiefs crossed that threshold, but they crossed it. Jevon Belcher’s murder-suicide made it worse, for everyone involved. I can’t say I asked dozens of people the question, but everyone with the Chiefs who I talked to about it said it was the worst professional year of their lives. The Royals, in some weird ways, had the kind of failure that you can look back on and laugh, like, "Hey, remember when the Royals LOST because they — literally — hit the cutoff man?" Nobody’s laughing at what the Chiefs did last year.
@mellinger is a 2-14 season from the Chiefs worse than any season of baseball we've seen from the Royals in 25 years?— David Embers (@davidembers) August 19, 2013
I think I understand what you’re getting at. Alex Smith is not Tom Brady, or Ben Roethlisberger, the kind of big-armed quarterback the safeties need to play back on. The deep ball is not Smith’s strength; it’s a weakness. That said, he’s not Chad Pennington. He has enough to get the ball downfield, at least occasionally, if for no other reason than to keep defenses honest enough that the shorter passes have a better chance. Plus, part of the problem here is that the Chiefs don’t really have a great deep threat. The strengths of their skill position players are in Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe’s ability to get separation and catch the ball in medium routes, and a diverse group of tight ends. That’s part of why the Chiefs traded Jon Baldwin for A.J. Jenkins. They need speed. Donnie Avery isn’t the answer, at least not by himself. So I expect the Chiefs to get better at stretching the field (can’t get much worse), but I don’t think anyone is expecting the 2007 Patriots here. ^ Long as he stays healthy.
@mellinger you think Reid's feeble attempts to stretch the field Friday kinda felt like trying to fit a round peg in a square hole?— Christopher Sauer (@cjsauer) August 19, 2013
Aw, that’s nice of you. Thanks. I feel really good today, actually, had a nice dinner with the Smokeshow last night, night-capped a Blanton’s, got a great night’s sleep, and
@mellinger I feel like everyone just asks you sports questions.... how are you today? How's life? Feeling good? Wanna hook-up?— Drew Beaven (@alldayandyJ) August 19, 2013
back to the grind. My explanation of it is different than the Chiefs’ (public) explanation of it. My explanation would be that Baldwin was a bad player^, unproductive, an awkward fit for what the Chiefs need, and probably a very good candidate to benefit from a change of scenery. ^ "Bad player" is different from "bad guy," or even "player who doesn’t work hard." I also think the same sort of sentiment can be said about A.J. Jenkins in San Francisco. Only, if you can imagine, Jenkins was even less production there than Baldwin was here. At least Baldwin caught 41 passes in actual NFL games. You have the same number of NFL catches as Jenkins. Actually, that might be true. You might be Marc Boerigter or something and have more. So I’ll rephrase: I have the same number of NFL catches as Jenkins. And one fewer drop.
@mellinger You need to explain the Baldwin trade, asap.— Drew Beaven (@alldayandyJ) August 19, 2013
I mean, we could be here all day
@mellinger Do you think this trade puts a damper on Pioli's time as GM of the Chiefs?— Kent Swanson (@kent_swanson) August 19, 2013
this one’s probably my favorite. funny videos or quotes from war heroes — and that’s great but we also understand how baseball works and that there’s a good chance he’ll be somewhere else next year. In football, players tend to stick with their teams until it stops working out. Trades are rarer, because there’s more factors that have to match — baseball teams don’t have to worry about whether the starting pitcher can fit in a 4-3 system. Those factors tend to keep players (at least, the ones we pay the most attention to) with teams longer.
@mellinger Do you credit Dorsey for putting aside his ego and admitting that Pioli was wrong?— Kent Swanson (@kent_swanson) August 19, 2013
I don’t have much of an opinion on this except: I think people in Kansas City (fans and other media alike, actually) spend far too much time worrying about what the "national" media thinks. Most of the time, the national stories are sort of an aggregation or one-stop-shopping way of telling stories fans and media here have already been talking about.
@mellinger When national media swarm to KC do local writers enjoy them around or feel like their territory is being infringed upon?— Corey Anglemyer (@canglem) August 19, 2013
Here’s a good example of caring too much about what national media think, actually. You can make a logical case for K-State being sixth. There are, generally, six teams most all of us would pick for the top six spots. One of those teams has to be sixth, and if you look at the number of starters K-State is losing and Bill Snyder’s track record breaking in a new starting quarterback, well, sure, you can make that case. It’s just not a case I’d make. I always believe in Bill.
@mellinger Why isn't K-State getting any nat'l media love?? Seriously, pundits. We're not going to end the season #6 in the Big 12.— danedri (@danedri) August 19, 2013