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Sunday, November 30, 2003

Let's do the Minor League Shuffle!

As of Thursday the 20th

Assignments subject to change

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Guys moved up to Omaha: Luis Gonzalez (Palacios), Chad Santos, James Shanks, Paul Phillips, Kyle Middleton, Zachary McClellan, William Keppinger, Christopher Fallon, John Draper, Barry Armitage, George Wilkerson, Jonathan Metzger, Jason Kaanoi, Damaso Espino, Eduardo Villacis, Michael Stodolka, Myreon "Mel" Stocker, Brad Stiles, Scott Walter, Les Walrond, Ignacio Tamayo, Shawn Sedlacek, Norris Hopper

Guys staying idle but moving: Tydus Meadows (moved from Wichita to Omaha to Wichita)

Guys moved up to Wichita: Dustin Wrightsman, Jorge Vasquez (40 man roster), Byron Gettis (40 man roster), Darwinson Salazar, Brian Melnyk, Anibal Figuereo, Elby Sanchez, Justin Lord, Andres De La Cruz, Robbie Morrison, Trae McGill, Darren Fenster, Alexis Encarnacion, Justin Cowan, Tony Arnerich

Brian Bass will be in Wilmington this year.

I think alot of these are just moves to avoid the Minor League Draft. I don't expect Stodolka to stay in Omaha.

But maybe Omaha will field a team made up of prospects, instead of guys who are 30 year old comeback stories (Kelly), playoff heroes (Agbayani) and Frontier League Superstars (Burkhart). Although I'd like to have Burkhart around next year.

Meanwhile in Venezuela, Rich "El Guapo" Garces is having a bad time, 10 innings, 10 runs, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts. 9.00 ERA. Ouch.
- # posted by Robert : 9:51 PM
Still no news

Unless you wanna hear about Curt Schilling's take on Bear v. Shark, or Gary Sheffield making his return to the American League.

Or Tom Gordon going to the Evil Empire.

Amazing how Thanksgiving is such a quiet time for free agent signings. Although, the FA that met with Allard may not amount to anything. But, you never know. People want to play for a winning team. If I am a free agent, I want to play for a team that is going to be successful. The same goes for drafted players. They want to play for a team that is going in the right direction. Lubanski and Maier both signed within 2 weeks.

The Class of 2003 is special. Lubanski, Maier, Costa, Brandon Powell all started off well. Brandon Powell only hit 15 triples in 218 at-bats in Arizona.

Our drafted pitchers (Gragg, Goodman) have good ERAs and good strikeout:walk ratios. And they don't meet the stereotype of a Royals HS pitcher (Griffin, Greinke, Stodolka), They're from Georgia Tech, UNLV, Bethune-Cookman, Delta State, Arizona state, UNC-Wilmington and New Haven. Actual universities. And they should have good careers.

There should be serious house cleaning in the Royals system, because there's tons of guys from the Arizona teams that should start in Low-A or High-A. Omaha might field a team made up of mostly prospects at this rate, instead of 30 year old players like Agbayani.

In fact, even a few guys on the Dominican Summer League team might have a future. Valentino Arce's .211/.356/.275 season may be a fluke, but Carlos J. Cordero looks very promising. 47 strikeouts, 9 walks, 9 starts, 4-1, 0.82 ERA in 55 innings.

If anybody can get me a date of birth for Carlos J. Cordero, please e-mail it to fry_mah_hide@hotmail.com

The future is bright. The Royals system is getting deeper. 2004 will be a great year. 3 first round picks. 49 other picks. And we actually have a team in-between Arizona and Iowa now. They're the Chukars of Idaho Falls.

2004 will be bright
- # posted by Robert : 8:28 PM

Friday, November 28, 2003

No new news

but.. here are the 2003 Royals who are in the Draft Class of 1991

Desi Relaford - 4th round, Mariners
Mike Sweeney - 10th round, Royals
Joe Randa - 11th round, Royals
Mike DiFelice - 11th round, Cardinals
Al Levine - 11th round, White Sox
Albie Lopez - 20th round, Indians

1992 produced Michael Tucker, Raul Ibanez, Aaron Guiel and Darrell May

1985 produced Jason Grimsley and Paul Abbott

1991 might be one of the best years ever for the draft. Granted, the first pick never made it to AAA (Brien Taylor). But the top AL hitters of 2002 (Sweeney and Ramirez) were in the class of 1991.

and why did the Royals pick Vitiello instead of Ramirez? Really? ;)
- # posted by Robert : 6:21 PM

Thursday, November 27, 2003

Various notes

In this morning's Star, Joe Randa credits his children with convincing him to stay in Kansas City.

Meanwhile, the mystery free agent is still a mystery, although despite a lack of attention and a Carribean cruise on the SS Love Boat, Pudge Rodriguez is considered a candidate for the spot of 'Guy who wants to talk to Allard'

And out of the 21 free agents we have, 8 are signed (5 by us). Royals still on the market include Burkhart, DiFelice, Grimsley, Levine, Lima, The Boomerrang, Mayne and Michael Tucker.

Also, Baird wants a few more backups, and a catcher or two (considering we have just Tonis right now, that'd be a good place to stock talent). Nobody really stands out in the 'backup catcher' spot. Unless we want Mayne back.

And the stocks of random outfielders include Albert Belle (well, on the MLB.com FA tracker). I guess that's just in-case Belle attempts a comeback. Or maybe Albert needs to get around to formally retiring.

The tracker does credit KC with 8 signings. Including Venafro, Reyes and Dawley. Yeah.

we'll see about 1pm CST if anything happens.
- # posted by Robert : 3:04 AM

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

One more note on the Mystery Free Agent

Allard Baird's down in Florida

meaning that Shane Halter will not be signed

I don't know where most free agents live.

Juan Gonzalez might be a possibility. It's probable that Juan would shun his 12th agent in signing a new deal.
- # posted by Robert : 6:15 PM
Three for Thanksgiving
Randa, Anderson and Leskanic re-sign

Happy thanksgiving!

Here's the deals:

Randa/Leskanic: 1 year with an option
Anderson: 2 years

and..

Did you guys hear this? He said he was contacted by a player who wanted to meet with him TONIGHT about signing a contract. The kicker is, he didn't even want his agent involved. Damn I would love to know who this is.

Seriously...if he called Allard, wants to meet the night before Thanksgiving, and wants to avoid agent involvement...I would say he is pretty serious about being a Royal


Let's eliminate a few candidates here

#1- Beltran. First, Beltran would be signing an extension. Second, I'd expect him to be in Puerto Rico, like he was when he posted on the Royals board in this off-season. Unless Carlos wants to fly into KC, sign a deal and go home for a Beltran family Thanksgiving

#2- Lima. Lima's in the Dominican. But, knowing Lima, he might try to fly in for something. But, the weather is dreary here in KC, not weather for golf.

Now.. the candidates

Raul Mondesi - Mondesi will probably exceed expectation here. He has a cannon for an arm and maybe being around Pena would limit the 'attitude' reputation.

Brent Mayne - It'd be a disappointment though.

Heck.. I'm not Peter Gammons.. I can't tell you who it might be.

You just have to read the paper tomorrow morning.
- # posted by Robert : 5:24 PM
Alex Cabrera

His career stats

35 home runs in 212 at-bats is still an amazing showing, even if Alex was too good for AA.
- # posted by Robert : 1:29 PM
Meanwhile in other news

Rondell White wants 4 million a year, making him slightly more delusional than Jose Lima.

Rondell, while he almost hit an inside the park home run in his first game, was also very injury prone. Thanks to the turf in Montreal.

4M per year?

this isn't New York Rondell.. we're not overpaying that much for ya.

and Alexis Gomez might get another year at Omaha. I never even heard about the age thing either. He's no longer a 23 year old, he's actually 25.

Don't ask me why having two years added onto your age gets you another year in AAA.

Alexis Gomez is hitting .294/.377/.471 for Las Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League.

Meanwhile, former Royal Doug Linton is having quite a winter for Las Aguilas

2-1, 1.38 ERA, 4 games, 26 innings, 17 hits, 4 earned runs, 0 walks, 18 strikeouts.

Linton pitched with Toronto this year.

and Jose Rosado made another relief appearance in Puerto Rico

1 inning, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

and this adds up to be.. 5 innings, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts, 6 hits, 6 runs, 4 earned runs, 7.20 ERA

Rusty Meacham is pitching for the same team now as well
- # posted by Robert : 12:36 PM
Lima Time on the way out?

via the KC Star

Right-hander Jose Lima says he is ready to look elsewhere for a 2004 contract after getting a one-year offer of $500,000 plus incentives from the Royals.

“I think I deserve better,” he said. “I want to be loyal. I want to stay in Kansas City. I love the city, and I love the way the fans treated me.

“But I did my job when I was healthy, and I deserve better.”

Lima, 31, won his first seven decisions last season after joining the Royals in mid-June. He faltered over the last two months after suffering an injured groin muscle and finished 8-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 14 starts.

“I'm willing to take less money to stay in Kansas City,” he said. “Give me $4 million for two years, and I'll be very happy. I'll even take $1 million for one year plus incentives.

“But I can't take what they're giving me.”


Lima, of course, should note that he was hurt and crappy for almost half of his 14 starts.

2 million a year for Lima is too much.

Lima said the Cardinals, Rangers, Phillies, Pirates and Angels have expressed interest in signing him

Of course, they would dare to offer more than just 500K.

Jose, face the facts, you have not proven that you can come back to ba a quality starter after your groin injury. Your 7 game winning streak might as well just be a fluke right now. Considering how you got bombed in Yankee Stadium and how the Tigers nuked you here in KC, you really should consider finding a way to get your stuff back instead of asking for so much money.

"If I was selfish, I wouldn't have pitched after I got hurt"

You came back three times after your injury. I don't think you're selfish, but I do think you didn't really help the team win games in August and September either.

500K does seem like a bit too little for Lima. Although, I'd offer 800K with incentives.

But, it is possible to shoot the golden goose and still expect more money.

Jose, get that slider back and get left-handed hitters out semi-consistantly without hurting your groin, and you might come back to KC. Right now, your start here was a fluke. Maybe that claim can be laid to rest.
- # posted by Robert : 11:47 AM
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Enjoy a few shots of tequila for your Thanksgiving.
- # posted by Robert : 11:45 AM

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Another Royal move

Erik Hiljus is signed to a minor-league deal.

Although it's not promising that he gave up so many home runs as a RiverCat considering Omaha is more of a hitters park than Sacramento.

and Rotoworld mentioned Jose Rosado as a pitcher the Royals may be interested in. Granted, the Royals would sign anybody with two arms if the price was right. Rosado's second game in Puerto Rico:

4 hits and 4 earned runs (5 total) allowed in 1 inning. That moves his ERA up to a nice round 9.00

Jose may want to look into work as a lefty-specialist

as for former Royals, Rosado's shot at returning to KC is quite narrow compared to the shot of Mr. Hipolito Pichardo.

His line from Las Aguilas in the DWL

7 games, 6.1 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 5 walks, 8 strikeouts, 4.27 ERA/1.57 WHIP

Sure, it's not really pretty, but with Tony Pena being a regular spectator at Aguilas games, he has one heck of a shot of coming back if he can impress somebody.

Other guys in the DWL

Felix Jose, Estrellas Orientales, 16 for 56, 6 runs, 3 doubles, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 5bb/14k, .286/.344/.446 [Felix is a free agent, expect him to play in Mexico until September again]

Izzy Alcantara, Licey Tigers, 12 for 47, 4 runs, 1 double, 4 RBI, 10bb/7k, .255/.373/.276 [Lacks a kick]

Las Aguilas are in first place by one game with a 12-6 record. Los Gigantes are 11-7, Los Tigres are 12-8. Starting for Aguilas tonight (Monday night) was Juan Francisco Pena and starting tomorrow (Tuesday night) is Juan Antonio Pena.

And in other news..

Jesse Orosco was signed by the Diamondbacks. He will be assigned to the Single-A Palm Springs Retirement Home Diamondbacks.

Still unsigned in the U-L 'Hot Oven Season': Julio Franco, Rickey Henderson, Felix Jose and John Franco.
- # posted by Robert : 12:17 AM

Monday, November 24, 2003

Outfielder-a-rama

Here are the new candidates in the race to replace Raul

Raul Mondesi - The obvious candidate for the man who still wants to yell 'Raul'

Robert Fick - Hits more than just a baseball

Brian Jordan - I'd like for Brian to go over to Arrowhead and replace Eric Warfield.

and meanwhile in other FA news, Todd Walker is willing to move to first or third.

and.. the Royals will not bring back Jose Rosado after his one start in Puerto Rico. Which should be a bit obvious. Febles isn't coming back, so you better learn to enjoy Desi Relaford at second base.
- # posted by Robert : 6:56 AM

Saturday, November 22, 2003

The Coltergeist

Submitted for your approval, Mr. Colter Bean, graduate of Auburn University, Yankee Farmhand, and he's available in Rule V.

Colter stands 6'6" and weighs 255lbs, he's a right-handed pitcher.

His 2003 stats
Trenton- 4 2/3 innings, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts, 0.86 WHIP
Columbus- 69 innings, 27 walks, 70 strikeouts, 1.16 WHIP

total- 73 2/3 innings, 29 walks, 79 strikeouts, 1.14 WHIP, 2.68 ERA

2002 stats (at Tampa and Norwich) - 65 1/3 innings, 27 walks, 87 strikeouts, 1.15 WHIP, 2.75 ERA
2001 stats (at Tampa and Norwich) - 50 1/3 innings, 19 walks, 77 strikeouts, 0.94 WHIP, 1.60 ERA
2000 stats (at Staten Island and Greensboro) - 27 2/3 innings, 14 walks, 37 strikeouts, 1.37 WHIP, 4.87 ERA

Anybody but me amazed that this guy is unprotected? On most non-Yankee teams, Bean would be playing right now.

Quick, somebody get him in Rule V.
- # posted by Robert : 1:42 PM

Friday, November 21, 2003

Appier signed

300K for Kevin, and another 11.7M from Anaheim to not pitch for them.

And supposedly Joe Randa's frown is not upside down, he's unhappy with the organization and with being the #2 hitter. Other options for third base include Jarrod Patterson, or a middle-aged third baseman of the Royals choice. Such as Robin Ventura or Vinny Castilla.

Gregg Jefferies is viewed as a longshot. A protective screen for the first-base dugout suites would be needed.

As for Jarrod, he's under the eye of Luis Silverio and he's hitting .351. I don't think Luis is waving him to second like he did for guys like Sweeney and Mayne this year.

No word on free agent signings involving Graeme Lloyd, Felix Jose or Jason Grimsley. Remember the comp rules, if a team signs Graeme Lloyd before December 7th, they must give the Royals a 12-pack of Coors. The Cardinals signed two teams worth of minor leaguers today as well.

Julio Franco is still unsigned. As is Jesse Orosco (who is being looked at by the D-Backs). Donnie Sadler is a D-Back for some reason. Tino Martinez is a D-Ray too.
- # posted by Robert : 6:11 PM

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Out in Left Field

via Rotoworld:

'Rather than give the job to David DeJesus, the Royals plan to sign a free agent to replace Raul Ibanez in left field.

DeJesus figures to get his opportunity before the end of the season, but it's likely that he'll open the season at Triple-A Omaha. Reggie Sanders and Juan Gonzalez are two of the candidates to replace Ibanez, who passed up a two-year, $8 million contract with an option for a third year to sign with Seattle.'

Juan and Sanders? Um.. there's a problem here.

Both guys are right fielders

and they're both good fielders with strong arms.

If my outfield included Juan Gonzalez and Aaron Guiel, Guiel wouldn't be the guy in right field. Gonzalez's arm is very underrated. 29 assists in 238 games (2001-2003). 6 double plays in that period of time.

The last time Gonzalez was a regular left-fielder: 1994. Before that, Texas used a hodpodge of right fielders, like Canseco (when healthy), Greer, Dan Peltier. Gonzalez was a center fielder in 1992 (with Ruben Sierra in right field).

Sanders is a career right fielder, except for when he was on the same team as Brian Jordan or Tony Gwynn.

Is Aaron Guiel moving to left field? or will he get a platoon buddy? Or what? And what do you do with Sanders when Guiel is in? Left Field? Who plays Left Field when Sanders is playing Right? Some new right-handed hitter? Dee Brown? Who?
- # posted by Robert : 2:53 PM

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Las Aguilas!

Yep.. my favorite DWL team is only tied for first. Why are they my favorite? Tony Pena, of course. :D

Here are your Eagles for 2003-2004

Pitchers
Brian McNichol, Carl Sadler, David Tavarez, Doug Linton, Edwin Almonte, Félix Sánchez, Hipólito Pichardo, Jesús Peña, José G. García, José Cabrera, José Vargas, Juan A. Peña, Juan Francisco Peña, Luis Pineda, Mitch Walk, Orlando Rodríguez, Robert Ellis, Róbinson Tejeda

Infielders
Caonabo Cosme, Dionys César, Edwin Encarnación, Félix Martinez, Guillermo García, Héctor Luna, Johnny Peralta, Mendy López, Miguel Tejada, Tony Peña Jr, Tony Batista, Víctor Díaz

Catchers
Alberto Castillo, Henry Mercedes, Henry Álvarez, Miguel Olivo

Outfielders
Alex Fernández, Alexis Gómez, Jason Ellison, Luis Polonia, Wily Mo Peña, Willy Taveras, Raúl Mondesí

Your manager is Félix Fermín



Meanwhile in other parts of the DWL world

Carlos Febles is hitting well. 13 for 43, 9 runs, 4 doubles, 5 RBI, 7 walks, 8 RBI, .302 BA

Here's your updated DWL stats

Alexis Gomez - 13 for 43, 6 runs, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6bb, 9K, .302/.388
Mendy Lopez - 8 for 35, 4 runs, 2 doubles, 4 RBI, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts, .229/.282

In fact, the stats given earlier may not be from this year.
- # posted by Robert : 8:52 PM
Meanwhile in Winter Ball

Calvin Pickering - 19 for 84, 20 runs, 1 double, 10 HR, 18 RBI, 19 walks, 23 strikeouts, .226/.377/.595

Morgan Burkhart - 29 for 114, 14 runs, 5 doubles, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 30 walks, 6 IBB, 18 strikeouts, .254/.414/.404

I'd say that Big Cal the Righty Killer (who may platoon with Ken Harvey) may not be quite the partner's he's made out to be. Sure, he hits alot of home runs in Mexico, but that's not worth much in the Majors. Pickering may be a AAAA hitter. Heck, his platoon numbers may be scary since he's hitting .226. Big Cal is having a heck of a fluke winter.

Burkhart has finally convinced MPL pitchers to pitch to him, and it's not working. His power is a bit lacking, but he does have more walks than hits. Heck if I know what AAA team he's going to next.

Over to the other leagues:

(credit to Some Guy on RoyalBoard)

Puerto Rican league:

Mike Aviles: 3-14(.214), 1 2b, 1 BB, 1 K

[Mainly pinch hitting, 14AB in 7 games. 0 for 2 in a game today.]

Ruben Gotay: 7-19(.368), 1 2b, 4 BB, 2 K

[Not much action, 19 AB in 10 games, but he has some hits. He was 5 for 14 before today.]

Dominican Winter League:

Alexis Gomez: 0-1

[More pinch hitting, or they confused Alexis with the batboy. Probably pinch hitting. I'm mean.]

Mendy Lopez: 3-12(.250), 1 2b, 3 BB, 3 K

[No word on if Mendy's bizarre power {2 HRs in a week, after 2 in 5 years} is with him down there]

Miguel Asencio: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 10.13 ERA

[Ouch..]

If I get a source on DWL stats, I'll go though them and produce more fun stats.

There's no baseball like winterball, because most baseball doesn't include cheerleaders on the dugouts.
- # posted by Robert : 8:22 PM
Rosado returns

With Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican League

3 innings, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 2 hits, 1 run (not earned), 1 wild pitch. And a loss.

Well... I hope his comeback works out for him.
- # posted by Robert : 4:39 PM
Royals get two picks for Raul

The #22 pick in the 2004 draft is no longer property of the Mariners, it is now Royal property.

Mariners Fans everywhere rejoice!

This morning, before I had my first cup of coffee, I learned that:

1) Our new GM doesn't understand park effects.
2) Our new GM doesn't understand the dangers of long term contracts for aging players.
3) Our new GM doesn't understand the nature of cheap available talent.
4) Our new GM doesn't understand the value of first round draft picks.
5) Our new GM just spent most of the discretionary money he'll be alloted for improving the team for the next few years.

I'm going back to bed.


I, myself, am thrilled that the Royals will be able to pick up 3 superb players in just about 35 picks.

All because Raul loves Seattle!

Trust me.. losing players works out. We got Johnny Damon as comp for Kurt Stillwell. We got Jimmy Gobble as comp for Dean Palmer. Right now, we'll have David DeJesus or Dee Brown replace Ibanez. And yes, I prefer DeJesus over Superstar Dee Brown. Something tells me DeJesus won't come out and say he'll show us what he can do with 500 at-bats like Dee would.

Raul, the KC fan favorite, is deceased. Raul, the man who shunned Kansas City for Seattle, lives. You're not going to be a fan favorite in Kansas City when you abandon the team for more money (13 million over 3 years) in Seattle.

Raul Ibanez's bat helped this team.

Raul Ibanez the person just abandoned this team, abandoned this city, for the lure of money.

August 17th. Mariners come to the K.
- # posted by Robert : 3:20 PM
Sellouuuuuuuuuut

(source)

It appears Raul's taken the money and ran.

Well, Raul was a good player here, but I'm not going to be nice about how he's left us.

Let's face the facts here, The K made Raul Ibanez. Without the obvious effects of batting here, Ibanez would be a 4th outfielder somewhere.

Raul instead wants to play in Safeco Field.

Hey Raul, enjoy being resented for your big deal and the fact that you won't touch .270 in Seattle!

But, here's the good news

#1- Coming to play in left field should be David DeJesus, a younger more promising hitter.

#2- We get the Mariners first round pick. Since they signed Raul so early and everything.

It's not fair to pin this on Baird (as some will do, like after Paul Byrd did). Raul could have come back if he wanted to. But, he didn't want to.

Hey Rauuuuuuuuuul. Don't let the door hit ya where the lord split ya big guy!
- # posted by Robert : 8:48 AM

Friday, November 14, 2003

Typo of the Day

source

As far as pitchers go, Toronto got the 23 win shares from Halladay, 12 win shares from free agent Kelvim Escobar, 10 from closer Albie Lopez, and no more than 5 from anyone else. Toronto needs another bat like Roy Horn needs another Tiger.

I knew Aquilino Lopez fudged his age a bit (he went from 21 to 26 when they checked birth certificates).. but I didn't know he faked his name too. :D
- # posted by Robert : 5:21 PM
Graeme the Rocky Mountain Man

source

Relievers
The Rockies want a proven closer - especially with Justin Speier a possible nontender - and will chase veteran Rod Beck, 20-for-20 in save situations this past year, until he is deemed too expensive.

There are plenty of cost-effective options, among them Antonio Alfonseca and Mike Williams. As for setup men, if dollars are sparse, the Rockies could make a play for Turk Wendell.

Dave Veres, who like Wendell lives in Colorado and closed for the Rockies in 1999, is a name the Rockies have discussed, though his health questions would have to be answered. Other candidates: left-handers Tom Martin, Doug Creek and Graeme Lloyd and right-hander Russ Springer.


Ha Ha Ha Ha.. the idea of Graeme Lloyd's slider against the altitude of Denver is just amusing.

no rumors on Albie Lopez.. although the Reds wanted him... until their manager and GM were fired
- # posted by Robert : 4:49 PM
Paul Abbott gone

The Devil Rays signed the Four-Inning wonder to a one year deal. (Along with John Halama)

Pity... I never really liked Abbott, his 17 win season in Seattle wasn't too impressive considering the fact that the team won 116 games (and Abbott got huge run-support)

hey.. you can see a reason why Abbott signed with Tampa Bay.. Lou Piniella
- # posted by Robert : 4:22 PM
Boof!?

Reports say that AJ Pierzynski is off to San Francisco for Boof Bonser, Joe Nathan and somebody else.

Looks like Joe Mauer's going to Minnesota. Mauer is the #1 pick in 2001. He also get alot of hits, but most of them are singles. He also has an even walk/strikeout ratio. I'd expect the middle infields in the majors have more range and more ability to rob Mauer of his singles than the infield in the Eastern League or the Florida State League.

Bonser is said to have no control. Nathan is said to be good.

Carl Pohlad takes another discount.
- # posted by Robert : 2:47 PM

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Several reasons for Royals fans to hate the Yankees

1- Their enormous payroll
2- Their whiny owner, Mr. George Moron Steinbrenner III
3- Graeme Lloyd
4- Jason Grimsley
5- Chuck Knoblauch
6- Late 70s ALCS series (Chambliss)
7- The Pine Tar Game

Plus, when you come to Kauffman Stadium, if they keep the video set to 'Boys of Summer', you get to see Brett's upperdeck shot off of Gossage in the 1980 ALCS. Nothing quite like the sight of thousands of Yankee fans having their hearts ripped out at once.

The most recent comparison to that would be the Marlins celebrating in Yankee Stadium

Congrats to Tony Pena for winning Manager of the Year. Even if four writers gave their first vote to Ron "Serial Killer" Gardenhire and one left Pena off his ballot. (Quick, somebody get Steinbrenner's detective to find that guy, it's a disgrace! Bwahaha)

Say what you will about David Glass (like his cheapness), at least he's not a whiner and an attention whore like The Honorable GMS Pitiful

And congrats to Jack McKeon for winning manager of the year in Florida.

And Brent "Abby" Abernathy is gone, he's on his way to Detroit to compete for a second base job. So, he's moving down the ladder from Omaha to Detroit.

April 30th through May 2nd - Royals at Yankees
September 14th through September 16th - Yankees at Royals
- # posted by Robert : 7:17 PM

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

The Empire Strikes Back

The latest whining from George- 'Matsui was robbed since two people didn't vote for him'

(nevermind that two people didn't vote for Berroa)

wah wah George
- # posted by Robert : 5:49 PM
Royals actually doing something in the FA market

Via Rotoworld:

"The Cubs, Yankees, Marlins, Mets, Devil Rays and Royals have all showed some degree of interest in free agent Todd Walker."

well.. that's cool.. at least we're interested.

Maybe that whole David Glass 'opening my wallet' thing might occur soon.

and sadly.. the Mets want Billy Koch, but they'll give the White Sox something in return.. Roger "Nomad" Cedeno.
- # posted by Robert : 7:05 AM

Monday, November 10, 2003

Angel wins!

Congratulations to the 2003 Rookie of the Year, Angel Berroa!

as for the idea of a Baseball World Cup in 2005.. very interesting. I don't know where they can get 16 teams from.. maybe they can get 8 teams for 7 nations and 'Team Miscellaneous' (led by Randall Simon and Dave Roberts)

You never know
- # posted by Robert : 11:53 PM

Friday, November 07, 2003

More Winter Stats

Esix Snead (Oriente Carires) - 14 for 48, 13 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 6 RBI, 5 for 7 in stolen base attempts.

Juan LeBron (Ponce Lions) - 0 for 13. (LeBron was a former big time Royals prospect who we traded for Joe Randa, which really ticked off Joe Posnanski)

"On Thursday, (Herk) Robinson traded (Juan) LeBron for (Joe) Randa, and there's nothing much left to say. When you make a trade this dumb, it's clear you no longer understand the basic concept of baseball anymore."

then again, maybe we knew what we were doing even if the deals were dumb. LeBron for Randa, Sean McNally for Dunwoody. I wouldn't be stunned if some people here figured that we shredded Paul Byrd's arm, that happens after you let a guy pitch 7 complete games and 228 innings even if he has had an extensive record of being injured. I don't think anybody really knew that trading for Neifi Perez was a bad idea.

Speaking of Neifi, he deserves the award for Bizarre Play of the Year over Cust and Ozzy for his ballsy move of running for home on an infield fly. The Expos stepped on home plate to force him out, he sorta slowed down a bit, then he went in and tagged home with one foot behind their backs.
- # posted by Robert : 1:13 PM
Cal the Crusher

Good news: He has 10 HRs in 70 AB in Mexican Winterball

Bad News: He has 7 other hits total, for a .243 batting average.

Sure, his OBP is .393 and his OPS is 1079. So, he's been outproducing Morgan Burkhart (who must be the Bambino in Mexico, considering he's recieved 28 walks, 5 of which were intentional, in 106PAs).

The fun thing about the Mexican Pacific League is that it brings together alot of 'career Mexican leaguers' who, despite their low ERAs or high HR totals, have no hope of playing in the Majors. Men like Eduardo Jimenez, Ralph Diaz, Bronswell Patrick (who I think played like 5 games in 1998)

and still no stats from the Dominican Republic. They're expecting some stats like today or tomorrow or sometime soon.
- # posted by Robert : 12:37 PM

Thursday, November 06, 2003

The Royals make their moves

(via Rotoworld)

Let's move down the list

signed Brent "Abby" Abernathy to a Minor League deal

I can't argue with this. Abernathy, while he sucked hard in his time in KC, is a decent guy to have around just in case, and I'm sure that Omaha would be helped by whatever he does in AAA.

re-signed Gookie Dawkins to a Minor League contract

Dawkins had like a 4 day cameo in Kansas City. He'll be in Omaha alot in 2004. Maybe he can find out how to hit, then who knows what'd happen.

signed Calvin Pickerling to a minor league contract

Pickering seems to be an interesting pickup for first base/DH in Omaha. No real shot of him doing much in KC unless somebody gets hurt (like Harvey). 6'5 and 278lbs? Now, that's just brutal honesty. Pickering is kicking ass in the Mexican Pacific League. Although Rotoworld thinks he will be platooned with Harvey, I don't see it happening. If the organization felt Harvey needed a platoon buddy, they would have called up a lefty like Morgan Burkhart. Pickering might come up if Harvey struggles big time against righties.

signed Mike Venafro to a minor league contract

Venafro appears to be the 'lefty-specialist'. He also appears to be somewhat good, but nothing too impressive. Hopefully he will outpitch Graeme Lloyd.

invited the following players to Spring Training

the four players listed above and..

Mitch Maier (catcher/future third baseman)
Zack Greinke (On his way to the majors)
Shawn Camp (NRI, former Nashville Sound)
Eric Thompson (Excellent with Wichita, Excellent in Omaha?)
Shane Costa (the first of the Class of 2003 to debut for Kansas City?)
Brandon Berger (Can he stay healthy?)

Spring Training is looking to be interesting in Kansas City
- # posted by Robert : 7:32 PM

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Stenson murdered

link here

I recall Stenson almost had his first HR, until it was overruled for interference.

I checked his stats in the AFL, where he was playing this fall and where he died, and he was superb. Stenson was on the verge of maybe making it in the majors with the Reds in 2004.

But, he was killed, by some maniac, somebody screwed up in the head. Just a reminder that some people in this world are just messed up.

RIP Dernell
- # posted by Robert : 10:56 PM
Me and Izzy Alcantara

(Note: maybe I should have started my blog DURING the season, instead of after it)

Izzy Alcantara was a man, he was a dragon man.

Well.. he did kick a catcher in the face. Revolutionizing the method of fights. Or at least setting a new low in sportsmanship. Thankfully, nobody was really harmed. Although Izzy did fail at being a regular while getting cameos in Boston and Milwaukee. Although he was a bit lazy at times too.

Izzy, who was found to be born in May 1971, is pretty much on the oblivion of baseball. He played in Mexico and South Korea this year. Lets face it, no foreign player makes it out of the KBO for another shot at the majors.

Izzy's 2003 stats

w/ Vaqeros Alguna (Mexican League) - .341/.393/.566, 249 AB, 85 hits, 14 doubles, 14 home runs, 41 RBI, 48 runs, 20bb/40k
w/ L.G. Twins (KBO, South Korea) - .281/.345/.500, 292 AB, 92 hits, 16 doubles, 16 home runs, 44 RBI, 38 Runs, 29bb/64k



So.. who knows what the future brings for Izzy. He might continue to star in foreign leagues, or the Newark Bears, but probably nothing in the Majors.
- # posted by Robert : 10:12 PM

Monday, November 03, 2003

Royal Similarities

For each player, the player they are most similar to at their age and overall

Brent Mayne - Cy Perkins (age and overall). Perkins played 17 seasons in the Majors (1915, 1917-1931, 1934). Career .259 hitter.

Ken Harvey - Dave Revering (thru 25). Revering played 5 seasons (1978-1982) but it all fell apart after 3 years. Harry Agganis (overall). Agganis played just two years in the Majors (1954-1955), why two years? because he died in June 1955 of leukemia

Desi Relaford - Pokey Reese (age and overall). Anybody unsure of who Pokey Reese is? Anybody?

Joe Randa - Frank Malzone (thru 33). Malzone was a gold glove winning third baseman with the Red Sox in the 50s and 60s. Wil Cordero (overall). Cordero was with the Expos this year.

Angel Berroa - Frank Fennelly (thru 25). Fennelly was a player in the 1880s. He hit 10 home runs in 1884. Fennelly's similar batter at age 25 is Berroa, at age 26, it's Neifi Perez. Neifi is third on the list of similar batters for Angel thru age 25. Billy Earle is the similar overall batter, and he played in the 1880s too.

Raul Ibanez - Geronimo Berroa (thru 31). Geronimo played in the 80s and 90s. Mark Carreon (overall). Carreon was player in that same time period

Carlos Beltran - Andre Dawson (thru 26). Now, that's an endorsement. George Selkirk (overall). Selkirk is a .290 hitter who replaced Babe Ruth as a Yankee.

Aaron Guiel - Brian Dayett (thru 30). Dayett played for the Yankees and Cubs in the 80s. Jeff Abbott (overall), former White Sox player

Mike Sweeney - Fred Lynn (thru 29). Another good endorsement. Magglio Ordonez (overall). Also, a good endorsement. :)

Others -

Jose Lima is matched with Esteban Loaiza thru 30

Third on the list of similar batters thru 34 for Mike DiFelice is Charlie Lau.

No word on what the 'DiFelice way of hitting' is
- # posted by Robert : 2:00 AM

Saturday, November 01, 2003

Meanwhile in Mexico

For this winter, Morgan Burkhart is with Navojoa of the Mexican Pacific League.

His stats

.233/.432/.317

14 for 60, 1 HR
20 walks, 5 intentional walks, 8 strikeouts

It appears nobody in Mexico wants to pitch to Morgan Burkhart
- # posted by Robert : 11:54 PM

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