Rebuilding is never fun. In fact, it can be a long, grueling process filled with bad baseball. The Kansas City Royals are going through that very process, with plenty of bad baseball being played at The K since Opening Day.
All the fanbase has heard is how the Kansas City Royals are going through or should be going through, the rebuilding process. That’s fine. It happens to every team in every sport at some point. However, the patients will wear thin very quickly.
The Royals didn’t pack it in and go full implosion to start the season, and they shouldn’t have. As former Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets head coach Herm Edwards once famously said, “You play to win the game.”
That holds true in the world of Major League Baseball. The idea of putting together a solid team while cultivating pieces for the future is part of the process. Remember, it’s not only a game but a business. For example, it’s hard to sell tickets and merchandise for the 2018 and 2019 season when all you hear or talk about is the 2020 season and beyond.
The days of the five-year plan appear to be over, or at least close to being over, which can be a good thing. No more sitting and waiting for a chance of possibly seeing winning baseball later down the road. Over the last couple of years, teams have created another process to go more along the “retooling” or “revamping” route with a mixture of young and old.
Younger players taking the field with solid veteran players and having success in the win column. The Royals tried that approach this season but it didn’t take simply because there wasn’t enough talent on both sides of the spectrum.
The result was a lot of that bad baseball being witnessed in Kansas City. As the Royals fell towards the bottom of the league, the “in-season garage sale” began.
Clean the slate and look towards the future.
The future does look bright in Kansas City. The Royals have players in the minors with major league talent and will likely get more as the trade deadline gets closer. The only question is when will the fanbase get to see this talent at The K. Watching young talent hit the field brings a new level of hope and excitement to the table. Especially during a rough patch such as the 2018 season.
While the term rebuilding will continue to be thrown around, it comes with caution. Results will be expected much sooner than in years past. This season is a wash but next season will come with higher expectations and optimism wanting positive results. After that, the “rebuilding process” may come into question.
So what do you think Royals fans? What is your opinion on the rebuild? When will the Royals play winning baseball? Let us know below!