Simple question, simple answer, Callis tabs Royals as worst team


In today’s ESPN SportsNation Chat, Jim Callis was asked, “who is the worst team in baseball?”

His answer?

The Royals.

A simple question gets a simple answer but it kicked of this mini-rant in my head.  I had to write it out so it will stop bouncing around in there and let me focus on other things.  Here goes …

I get that it is just one person’s opinion, but I value what Jim Callis thinks.  At the major league level, which is what I believe he was talking about, it’s hard to argue with his assessment.  All in all, Callis has remained upbeat and positive about the Royals developing crop of talent in the minors which raises another question.

When does the future finally arrive and when does this team definitively turn the corner and move toward being competitive or, better yet, contention?

Three years ago I was thinking it might be 2010.  Last summer I outlined a scenario where the Royals could become competitive in 2011 if Dayton took some chances, made some moves and used 2010 as an evaluation period.  Since that time Moore has basically gone in the opposite direction.  So it was a swing and a miss on that plan.

For all the early offseason rhetoric of adding young talent, with 0-3 years of experience, to the roster we have …

Chris Getz

It was a good move, as was the signing of Noel Arguelles, but it is going to take more moves like this with an eye on the future to get things right in Kansas City.  Things cannot be fixed by the draft or international free agency alone.

It is going to take more than one or two moves every offseason to turn off the spigot of losing and fix this organization and I don’t think Dayton Moore has the stomach or ability to make it happen.

In the summer of 2006, David and Dan Glass brought in the very best and brightest candidate to replace Allard Baird as GM.  The sad reality is that while Dayton Moore was the right hire at the time, it is a hire that is not working out.  The Royals are stuck in a place right now where even most of the right moves they make result in the wrong outcomes.


At least my mind is a little less cluttered.  Speaking of which, it’s time for me to go pick up the kids from school.

(Wally Fish is the lead writer for Kings of Kauffman and Call to the Pen.  He is also FanSided’s MLB Director.  Subscribe to his RSS feed and add him on Twitter to follow him daily.)