In the epistle, “God Will Save Me”, a man’s home is about to be swept away by a horrible flood. He’s given opportunities to escape. He rejects these opportunities to escape, and is killed. Seems he was a good man, so he made it to heaven. Upon his arrival, he was a bit miffed with the all-mighty. The man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?” And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”
What, Dayton Moore, have you been looking for?
This week Ned Yost said he couldn’t change his players approach at the plate. They are who they are. He’s hoping they just “get it”.
The Royals organizational leaders perpetually wait for the cavalry to come in and rescue them.
Instead of drafting and developing hitters with plate discipline, the Royals draft for high up-side athletes. Their hopes are that these drafted guys become super stars, and carry the team to the top.
Instead of assembling a logical stat friendly roster, the Royals acquire high character guys. They hope these gritty men will magically push the team over the hump. They play guys like Jeff Francoeur, Chris Getz, and Raul Ibanez.
Dayton Moore and Ned Yost seem like pretty good guys. Their team has been in harm’s way for a number of seasons. They have been given bigger budgets, gathered some solid talent, and have had easy access to saber-metrics and advanced data. Instead of making changes to their plan, and adapting to hostile environments, they have prayed to be rescued. Both should be swept away after this season’s disappointing end.