On Monday afternoon, Royals Vice President of Baseball Operations Dayton Moore held an informal press conference at their annual Camp C You In The Major Leagues at Overland Park’s Jewish Community Center. Moore started the nonprofit organization in response to the fatal shooting of J in 2014 to support the community, whose vision is to “inspire children to become leaders in their communities.”
Moore’s passion for community outreach and leadership is real, and he has leveraged his public position to improve the city in which he lives. This much is indisputable. But Moore’s very public job is to build great baseball teams and compete for championships, and his performance in the field has been frequently questioned lately.
This season, the season when members of the royal family have been preparing to take a step toward the feud, the team has fallen back. Just last week, they were the worst team in Major League Baseball. Although they are no longer the worst team in the league, they are very much One Worse, on course to win 59 games – 15 fewer than last season. Much of it has to do with terrible performance, which was terrible, and shooting coach Cal Eldred probably wouldn’t be his job at this point.
Someone asked Moore about Eldred. His response seemed… weak:
# the Royal family Dayton Moore: “Cal [Eldred]He does a great job and I appreciate the question. Questions like this should be asked… Cale is doing a tremendous job regarding his position… We are seeing some growth.”
– Aaron Ladd (@aaronladd0) June 20 2022
The royals are heading towards 100 losses again, and Eldred’s attitude behavior enormous? Fans on social media made fun of Moore’s comments and were, understandably, very critical of her. The general consensus was that Eldred’s position was irrelevant. The response was poor because it completely missed the target. Aaron Ladd’s tweet has 338 quoted retweets, most of which are downright sinister. Royal family fans are tired of it.
So, when General Manger JJ Piccollo appeared on Cody & Gold on 610 Sports Radio on Tuesday morning, Eldred was the first real question asked. Cody & Gold led a simple, straightforward question after referring to Moore’s discussion with reporters the day before: “What do you guys like out of Cal Eldred see right now?” Picollo’s reply: This quote has been “completely taken out of context”.
# the Royal family GM JJ Piccollo on a Dayton Moore quote that made the rounds on Monday:
“This quote that got completely out of context. He was asked about Cal [Eldred]During this difficult time. So, this is the first thing that needs to be clarified.”
– 610SportsKC (@610SportsKC) June 21 2022
Picollo eventually answered the question by saying that it was Cal’s “positivity” that helped them get through these tough times.
Then, on Tuesday to kick off The Drive, Carrington Harrison pointed to another quote by Moore – from Before Sunday – that should also be examined and critiqued:
Our environment is an encouraging environment that shows the importance of patience, faith and trust in each other. It probably cost us the win on the field, there’s no doubt about that. But I think in the long run, we are developing champions off the field and when you do that you have a better chance of winning the world championship on the field. At the end of the day, I think it’s really important that we continue to use this platform to grow our players and help them become great men, fathers, husbands, brothers and great teammates.
There’s only one answer to all of this, and that’s to ask Dayton and JJ: Do you think we’re stupid?
We have to start somewhere, so let’s start with JJ’s insistence that Moore’s quote is taken soooo out of context. Look, the audio at the press conference isn’t locked and unlocked. It’s not a national secret. asked Todd Liabo, Producer at 810 Sports Radio and the man who asked the questionIf he had the full voice, he did and sent it to me. Here is the full question:
Another question in the Major League. It’s been a little over a month, I think, since you made the move with Terry Bradshaw. All the fans who have opinions and all of that, I have mentioned, there is still more tension on Cal Eldred in the shooting coach. I don’t know if I’ve talked to him too much, how does he feel, just grinding?
And the, for contextHere’s Moore’s response to it, just a few more characters than Twitter allows:
Cal does a great job. I appreciate the question. You should ask questions like this. I ask these questions, John Sherman asks those questions, and JJ Piccolo asks those questions as well. Cale does a tremendous job with his stand. I know there is an attitude of cooperation that exists from all of the people out there to make sure we give our players the right information and make the adjustments necessary for them to be successful. We are seeing some growth. We are seeing some growth happening.
Now, you and I can read. Nor do you and I have to have English certificates to understand that, no, the question It wasn’t about Cale’s attitude. It was about b) whether or not Moore had spoken to him and b) how (Eldred) would behave. Moore had plenty of avenues to respond and decided to go with “You know, his attitude has been great” rather than “Our coach is doing a great job helping the pitchers.”
Did JJ listen to the audio before telling fans to criticize what he was really stupid about saying? Either way, it’s hard not to be offended here. The royals are trying to convince everyone, no, they’ve got the ball and the player on first base is flagged, but the ball is clearly not there.
But to even narrow down the positives on the field that Moore was referring to about Eldred – you know, the part about seeing royals some growth? this is not true! We can search for it! Thanks to Fangraphs dot com, we can see that the royals are worse as a pitching crew across the board. Using the adjusted statistics, the royals ranked the following this year:
- K/9+: 88, ranked 26
- BB/9+: 132, ranked 30
- Era-: 125, ranked 30
- FIP-: 120, ranked 29
And last year:
- K/9+: 96, ranked 20
- BB/9+: 115, ranked 30
- Era-: 105, ranked 22
- FIP-: 104, ranked 20
To sum up: Royals are worse at hitting people, speculating more often, and giving up a lot more rounds this year than they did last year. It was a fairly coherent breakdown.
And when we narrow it down specifically to young players who really need Eldred’s help – the Big Four from the 2018 recruiting class (Brady Singer, Jackson Cowar, Daniel Lynch and Chris Bobick) and Carlos Hernandez – it doesn’t get any better.
Have any of these shooters improved significantly compared to last year? No, no they didn’t. Hernandez and Kuar completely collapsed and gave up a total of 37 points gained in 33 rounds held this year. According to the revised stats, Lynch and Singer are really no better than they were last year. In the meantime, Bubic has taken a huge step back.
Finally, there are Moore’s comments about building better men, which align with his passion for connecting with society. There’s a lot of things to say here, but in the end: Come on man, your job isn’t to make people better. You do not run a youth group, treatment clinic, or homeless shelter. You run a professional baseball team whose goal is to win baseball games.
This, too, is an insult in its own way. You can certainly run an organization with integrity and professionalism while still winning games. You don’t have to look very far. Just stare across the Truman Sports Complex. Yeah, the bosses have Patrick Mahomes, but do you know what they have too? Great culture, close-knit locker room, front desk taking the steps to win because this is a file billion dollar business.
Moore and the royals believe that when you “develop champions off the field”, you “have a better chance of winning the world championship on the field.” But there is another option, which is simply… Develop champions on the field in the first place? Perhaps if we tried, the Royals wouldn’t be one of the worst teams in baseball and without a loss.
It all reminds me of something Will MacDonald, founder of the Royals Review, wrote in 2009 about Dayton Moore and then-manager Trey Hellman. Will’s writing holds up as ever, but what is surprising is how much it reads as if it were written yesterday about this full mandate:
Both formally and informally, anyone close to the team has made observations about a captured siege mentality, and this mentality is driven by an unwillingness to receive criticism or even admit minor mistakes.
They thought they could win now, only that, as it turns out, Dayton Moore’s success rate in major league acquisitions was somewhere south of the percentage of Victorian novels with a sex scene. and then they failed We’ve heard how, somehow, it was us who didn’t understand baseball.
Better draft. Better formulation and better trades. In fact, sticking with the supposed process would be nice. Next time you want to swap weapons Old, expensive, bad playersDo not do it. Having a big budget and crafting players that are completely predictable in the early rounds isn’t exactly smart. It’s a good strategy, but stop browsing your process so much when, and that might hurt, dude with a stretch America baseball Subscribing can do the same. He brought us some of the late players who showed up. Show us how smart you are.
It all comes down to accountability, Moore’s word and the front office still scoffs. They will explain why, talking about how positive they are, how much they care, and how much sleep they lose at night.
But did you know? Bother bad teams. They try to stay positive. They have a plan. They struggle with loss. These things are not evidence of good operation. They are not proof of anything at all. Moore describes the function of the front office and technical staff, nothing more, nothing less.
If you don’t remember anything else, remember this: When a team tells fans that there’s accountability and that they’re trying to get better, but don’t do anything to hold anyone accountable or get better, those fans will be offended – because they be Being insulted. Don’t blame fans for their anger or lecture them about the context. This bed was made by members of the royal family. They sowed and reaped the consequences.