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|2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)||1st manager sacked? Who ya got?|
(paulbellows from Calgary)
|I don't know, but is there a way we can fire Trey Hillman again? Gil Meche just announced his retirement, an event that came about with more than a little help from Hillman falling asleep at the wheel in Kansas City and effectively destroying what remained of Meche's shoulder. (Marc Normandin)|
|2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Given their recent history with getting position players across the gulf from "prospect potential" to actual "big league performance", and given the bus loads of fine prospects they've been amassing recently, should they be making some changes in their minor league operations to try to get the best results from these kids? They've had some fine youngsters just not realize the potential implied by their MLEs. Beltran was a long time ago...|
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
|Given the Beltran shout out at the end I was able to deduce that by "they" you mean the Royals. And yes, the Royals should be playing their young players. Nobody goes to their games even with "superstars" like Jose Guillen and Gil Meche, so go ahead and win 66 games with the young guys, let them begin to develop at the MLB level, and see what happens. I don't think it's as much their MiLB operations as it is the way the MLB team operates. Don't sign Francoeur when you have Mitch Maier. Don't look at a third baseman if you have Moustakas. Don't screw with Alex Gordon when he deserves an MLB roster spot, etc. (Eric Seidman)|
|2010-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||It's killing us Mets fans watching Jerry make horrible strategic decisions every day (re: bullpen usage, lineups, bunting, etc.) and directly losing games as a result. Can you think of a manager ever having been fired for incompetence in in-game managing, as opposed to general incompetence (i.e. team is losing too much)? |
(Dan from Brooklyn)
|Ned Yost's summary execution in September 2008 -- over the mess he made out of the improper usage of LOOGY Brian Shouse -- comes to mind, as does the mess Trey Hillman made out of Gil Meche's start over the weekend. I linked both of those in today's Hit List bit on the Royals. Sleep tight, Dayton Moore. (Jay Jaffe)|
|2010-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Royals Fever! Catch it! I loved your old work on them. So I keep hearing how their ownership is smarter. So exactly how smart is a team that thinks Jason Kendall and Yuniesky Betancourt help form a strong middle core? And Gil Meche was worth signing to a huge long-term deal......|
(dangor from New York)
|Royals fan in NYC. They're everywhere. Obviously, they're misguided in their thinking on those players, though not so much Meche. The brass there just values the wrong things, in my opinion. Latest example is Luis Mendoza, who was picked up two days before the end of spring training and four days later was brought in to protect a one-run lead in the eighth. Yeah, he's got a 94 mph sinker. He also doesn't have a track record of, you know, retiring batters.
You'll never catch me calling the Royals dumb because I know Dayton Moore and like the man and he's always been very good to me. I also know that he's not dumb. I just don't agree with the way he evaluates big-league talent. I have hope that he'll redeem himself when some of his pitching prospects hit Kansas City. (Bradford Doolittle)
|2010-03-15 16:00:00 (link to chat)||do you trade Gil Meche for future usable parts if you were a smart GM? how about if you were KC's current GM?|
(KC from KC)
|Zing!!! I have a better question. Where exactly is the line of people just dying to trade for Gil Meche? If someone wants him and will give something useful, then yes trade him. Maybe someone will panic at the trading deadline. Maybe Miley Cyrus will answer my e-mails. (Russell A. Carleton)|
|2010-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Have you heard anything on how Gil Meche is recovering from being ridden like a rented mule?? Have the Royals upgraded their medical staff with the recent changes??|
(kcboomer from KC)
|He's signed for how many more years in KC? 2? I don't know, it's not like the Royals are contending. I'd deal him the second he looked healthy. And yes, the Royals made a massive upgrade with their staff. (Will Carroll)|
|2009-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What do you think the future holds for AJ Burnett in terms of health? Is he a former-injury prone pitcher like Gil Meche or is he a big time injury risk going forward?|
(Zack from dc)
|You'll always have to sweat his arm, as he's rarely been able to string together 65 starts without a DL trip. I would say that the Yankees will get something like 100-110 starts from him over the course of the contract. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Joe, what's your take on Edwin Jackson's start to the season? I realize it's only three starts, but it looks like he's cut down on his walk rate. Do you think he can maintain this control as the season goes on?|
(Maurice from Brooklyn)
|I do. He was just so young when the DOdgers called him up, and then he got traded to the AL East...the talent is there, and the Rays did a very good job with him last year. I don't know that the Tigers are the best place to continue developing, but I think the steps forward we've seen are real, and he'll be a midrotation guy for a while. There's not a star upside, but if you can picture...maybe Gil Meche? Bronson Arroyo? That kind of guy. (Joe Sheehan)|
|2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)||The surge was the equivalent of the Royals signing Gil Meche - it might net a few extra wins in the short-term but it's not going to fetch a WS. Go big or go home.|
(ndubby from sfo)
|I love this. Baseball is great for making all kinds of real-world analogies. I recall that the continuation of that FDR comment I quoted earlier, the one about experimentation, was, "I don't expect to make a hit every time at bat, but you have to try..."
Oh, Matt of Ontario, if you want me to follow up on your point, feel free to email me and I'll get back to you. (Steven Goldman)
|2008-04-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)||re: "sad panda" .... is that a South Park reference? :-)
OK ... I need to dump Gil Meche, do I pick up John Danks or Jair Jurrjens? Kyle Lohse isn't for real is he?
(dianagramr from NYC)
|Pick up Danks and Jurrjens. Extended exposure to Lohse can severely damage your judgment, even if I was forced to grab him during the playoffs last year. That's a dark time in my life I'd rather not discuss. (Marc Normandin)|
|2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Last off-season, we saw some $ thrown around, reflective of the enormous current revenues for MLB (i.e., Gil Meche rolling around on a pile of $100 bills).
This off-season, you have guys like Shannon Stewart, Lohse, etc., practically begging for work.
Was this an industry learning more? Or was it just a lack of "name" players? |
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
|I think more the former than the latter. Take it from experience: you don't have to be a "VORPie" to share a mindset with one about player value. (Christina Kahrl)|
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