They're getting weary in Kansas City ...
Look at tonight's #Royals lineup & take a moment to reflect on who built the roster. Yeah, year 7.— Craig Brown (@royalsauthority) July 24, 2013
1. L. Cain CF .256/.318/.364
2. E. Hosmer 1B .285/.335/.420
3. B. Butler DH .271/.370/.395
4. S. Perez C .282/.314/.393
5. M. Tejada 3B .282/.315/.398
6. D. Lough LF .295/.314/.437
7. A. Escobar SS .243/.272/.321
8. C. Getz 2B .212/.281/.281
9. E. Johnson RF .207/.245/.279
It's sort of breathtaking. There are as many hitters slugging under .300 as there are over .400. There are more guys with sub-.300 OBPs than there are guys over .320.
The Royals have averaged 94 losses a year for the last sixteen years. Cub fans are usually described as the longest-suffering in baseball, and some of the more famous ones, the ones who appear on the 7th-inning talk show, seem to wallow in the team's reputation as Lovable Losers. But the Cubs have been to the playoffs four times since then. They won 97 games in 2008. They're not a good team right now, but they have a crackerjack front office who brought two World Champsionships to Boston and have rebuilt the farm system into one of the league's best in just 18 months.
Better general managers with much better track records than Moore's have been fired for cause. How does this happen?