Kansas City Royals Midseason Awards: Moose or Salvy for MVP?
Kansas City Royals Biggest Disappointment: Brandon Moss
If the biggest surprise award is a slap in the face, then the biggest disappointment honor (or dishonor) is a punch to the gut … or maybe lower.
It’s never a good sign for a team when picking the biggest disappointment is so difficult.
One could go with the opening day second baseman who hit .095 through 42 at-bats before finally being sent down to the minors.
Or the corner outfielder who has five homers and a .195 average while making $16 million in the second year of an increasingly ludicrous four-year, $72 million deal.
Or the other corner outfielder who—after being traded straight up for one of the most dominant closers the game has seen in recent years—has had injury problems and struck out in 33 of his 88 at-bats.
While Raul Mondesi, Alex Gordon and Jorge Soler all have legitimate claim to being the worst of the first (half), the title has to go to Moss.
Another everyday starter hitting below the Mendoza Line (.193), Moss has whacked 10 home runs but done little else after being brought in to replace the departed Kendrys Morales, who has 16 homers and 48 RBIs for Toronto.
A designated hitter with 16 runs driven in over 181 ABs is hard to believe. A team deciding to stick with said DH that long is unfathomable.