If I’m not mistaken…that was John Newland’s spooky intro for OSB’s “The Devil’s Laughter” episode.
Was it important for the Royals to win in the spring, to prove that the enthusiasm created among the young players by the veteran additions, translated to the field?
“Absolutely,” Moore said in our interview.
“The Royals haven’t been to the playoffs since 1985 (and have had only one winning season since ‘95), and so we’re consistently reminded of the need to create a winning culture.
“We know that on April 1 our record goes back to zero, but winning as we have in the spring is definitely, I believe, a reflection of our talent and quality depth.”
...“I feel like our younger, position players responded immediately,” Moore said. “The rotation now has a presence to it, and our entire camp had a more stable feel and sense of stability.
“The one thing that should allow our young players to continue to mature at their natural rate is the better starting pitcher. We should be able to compete more effectively from the first day to the last.”
Moore and staff took over in mid-season of 2006. Gordon and Butler were in double A, “and I thought we were looking at an eight to 10 year process of building from within and developing the waves of players that would allow us to make a move of the type we did in trading Wil Myers.
“As I mentioned, it’s a narrow window in which you have quality young players under club control or signed to long term contracts, and we felt we had reached the point where we could enhance that nucleus by creating a veteran presence in our rotation that would enable us to build a winning culture that the city has been without for too long—at least on the baseball field.”
Posted: March 25, 2013 at 02:59 PM | 67 comment(s)
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