Eighth Verse, Same As The Seventh
If there were a clearer picture to be painted about how the consummate mediocrity of the 2013 season has manifest itself, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more resounding image than Ned Yost and Dayton Moore seated on a podium, back-slapping and glad-handing each other on all they’ve accomplished. Such an image was delivered today, in the formal announcement of Ned Yost being extended for the next two seasons as manager of the Kansas City Royals. Following a season in which the team finished 3rd in the American League Central, the Royals were all too eager to announce Yost’s extension as skipper through the 2015 season.
In reality, the second year of Yost’s contract carries as much bearing as a limited warranty on a small home appliance; it might come in handy, but if it blows up in your face the last thing you are worried about is getting your $15.95 back. If the Royals regress in 2014 (which, as the team stands now, is a distinct possibility), Yost will not be the manager in 2015. Effectively, what they have accomplished is lashed Moore and Yost together for next season, and all of it rides or falls on what they are able to accomplish, which presumably is what they tried, and failed, to accomplish this season.
There are as many question marks about this team moving into next year, the 8th season under Dayton Moore, as there was going into last season. They have to find a starting pitcher, a second baseman, and a right fielder. The bullpen needs to be pruned. The sacred cows of the Royals infield (Moustakas, Escobar, and Hosmer) have to elevate their play. The issues concerning this team are a form letter from 12 months ago, sans Jeff Francoeur, which somehow makes right field more of a question mark than should have been thought possible.
There’s a lot to do, a lot left to be done, and even more that has been left undone. Hit restart. It’s Year Eight of The Process, and we’re back at the starting line.
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