This was an interesting opportunity to talk to two men who’ve spent a lot of time inside the front offices of Major League Baseball clubs.
After catching up on the news of the week, we had Tyrone Brooks, director of player personnel for the Pirates, on to talk about contending as a small market team, the strategies for building a team to get to that point and what you do as an organization to maintain that success. Pittsburgh is in contention now, and the Royals are made up in a similar way. Brooks’s insight gives us a direction to look at for what this team needs to be doing.
We also talked with Sal Bando. Bando was the GM in Milwaukee in the 90’s after a solid playing career for the Kansas City and Oakland A’s. He talked about using statistics in player evaluations, clashing with ownership as a player, leadership and his time as a player.
We’ll be back next week with more discussion of Kansas City baseball, past, present and future on ESPN 1510 Thursday at 6 p.m. CST.
You can catch up on old episodes of the Kansas City Baseball Vault here on Kings of Kauffman. Episodes of the Royalman Report are available on the site as well.