Triple Play Podcast: Royals Nearing Playoffs, Billy Butler, GM Openings


On this week’s episode of the Triple Play Podcast – the last episode of the regular season – Reese, Matt, and I break down the general manager shuffling that happened in the league. Dave Stewart was hired as the GM in Arizona, although he’s still reporting to Tony LaRussa, so that could be interesting to see how the situation unfolds. In Atlanta, Frank Wren was fired, so we spent a bit of time discussing what went wrong for the Braves.

That discussion of course led us to talk about Dayton Moore, and the rumors that the Braves may try to bring him home. It could be a very appealing option for Moore, although the fact that he’s built a winner in Kansas City could keep him here. If nothing else, this presents an opportunity for him to leverage a better deal for himself, whether that means more money or more years. It will definitely be something to watch in the coming weeks and months.

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From there, we talked about Josh Willingham‘s potential retirement, and how much of an impact he’s had in his month and a half as a Royal. We also were pleased to discuss Billy Butler‘s recent surge, and how he can carry the offense in these final days. Butler’s not the only one hitting well, of course, with Alcides Escobar, Nori Aoki, and Lorenzo Cain making Ned Yost look smart for shaking up the lineup a couple of weeks ago.

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