Flashing back to Rany Jazayerli's assessment of the Kansas City squad that Moore inherited.
After yet another come-from-behind victory on Sunday night, the Kansas City Royals are again World Series champions. Today, we flash back to June 2006, when the Royals hired Dayton Moore to be their new general manager and Rany Jazayerli wondered whether Moore and the Royals could conceivably follow the turnaround modeled by... the Detroit Tigers and their talented GM, Dave Dombrowski.
At some point, an extreme performance can't simply be chalked up to simple sample size issue. Any team can play .250 ball for a week, or two weeks, or even a month. But it is now the middle of June, and as I write this the Royals have won barely one-quarter of their games--only a narrow victory over the Angels on Wednesday kept them from falling back to exactly .250--over a span of 64 games, or 40% of the season. "On pace" is an overused term in sports, but when we say the Royals are on pace to finish 43-119, equaling the 2003 Detroit Tigers' AL record for losses in a season, that is a pace not to be taken lightly. This team doesn't just suck; it sucks at a truly historical level.
After 19 seasons in the majors, Torii Hunter calls it a career.
With a career that ended in the same place it began, Torii Hunter would certainly wear a Twins cap into the Hall of Fame, if he would have just been a little better during his major league tenure. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's relive the 19 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from toolsy prospect who might put it together to that guy who made that catch in the All-Star Game that one time (among other things).
Classifying the fans you'll see in the stands for the first two games of the World Series.
With the Royals advancing again to the Fall Classic, we revisit what you can expect to see on your television when you're not seeing baseball players doing baseball things. This article originally ran on October 21, 2014.
The 35-year-old right-hander calls it a career after over 150 wins and 2,000 strikeouts.
When the Cubs lost to in the National League Championship Series, it was not just their season that came to an end, but the career of Dan Haren as well. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 12 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he developed from centerpiece of the Mark Mulder trade to one of the most underappreciated starters in baseball.
The enigmatic left-hander has thrown that beautiful curve for the last time.
On Monday, Barry Zito announced that he would be the last of the Big Three to go quietly into that good night. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, memorable career, let's review 15 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he transitioned from Cy Young Award winner on the east side of the bay, to an unmovable contract on the west side.
It's nearly five years since the Mets brought in Sandy Alderson. Here's a look back
Nearly five years ago, the Mets hired Sandy Alderson to replace the increasingly unpopular Omar Minaya. With the Mets now two wins away from making their first World Series in 15 years, let's take a look back at the move when it was made. This article originally ran on November 4, 2010.
Last week, the Mets took a bold step away from four years of ever-increasing disappointment and organizational chaos by hiring Sandy Alderson to succeed Omar Minaya as their general manager. The soon-to-be-63-year-old Alderson, who spent 15 years as the GM of the Oakland Athletics, was by far the most experienced candidate in a field which also included former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, former Royals GM Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, and Blue Jays special assistant Dana Brown. Perhaps just as importantly, Alderson is the first Mets GM to ascend to the post from outside the organization since Frank Cashen in 1980. He is a fresh start for an organization in desperate need of one.
The career of Aramis Ramirez, as told through BP writers past and present.
As the season comes to an end, so too does Aramis Ramirez's career. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 19 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew into one of the most consistent hitters of this generation.
The career of A.J. Burnett, as told through the writers of BP past and present.
With the Pirates heading home at the hands of the Cubs, one of the most enigmatic pitchers we've seen over the last two decades will go out into that good night. In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's review 17 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from the pitcher who couldn't quite live up to his immense potential into a veteran leader on one of the league's best pitching staffs.
The career of Tim Hudson, as told through the writers of BP past and present.
With a career that outlasted (in quality, if not quantity) the other members of Oakland's Big Three, Tim Hudson has finally called it a career after 17 seasons, over 3100 innings, and 222 career wins (if you're into that sort of thing). In honor of his retirement, and to look back at his long, successful career, let's relive the 16 years of BP Annual comments about him, as he grew from surprising Rookie of the Year candidate to a consistently above-average and underrated pitcher in his 30's.
The prospect team debates the no. 1 young pitcher in the Blue Jays system.
Nearly two years ago, the hot topic in Toronto was who their top pitching prospect was, Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez. Yesterday, one of those two pitchers dominated the Orioles for seven innings to clinch Toronto's first division title in over two decades. This article originally ran on December 9, 2013.
The subjective nature of prospect prognostication is equal parts fascination and frustration, as the prejudices and partialities of the evaluation process can limit what we see and how we go about compartmentalizing that information. I’m a registered bullpen box offender; a recidivist when it comes to placing radically short arms, radically tall arms, slim and slender arms, and most arms of Dominican provenance into a future bullpen role before the developmental process has played out. I recognize that this particular bias is often incongruent to the nature of the process itself, and it paints me as a hypocrite when I preach against binary logic and then participate in such black and white developmental tropes. I’m working on it.
While the Orioles' offense ranks 10th in the American League in runs scored, it's still loaded with young talent that's only going to get better from here. Beyond the quality of the competition, the real reason that Baltimore is languishing in the American League East is a pitching staff that is allowing nearly five-and-a-half runs per game. But will they get better in the same way that the offense is expected to? Looking at the current staff, the answer is clearly 'no,' but the magic prospect 8-ball sees one of the more talented collections of mound talent around down in their farm system. It's a group that could be the second part of a rebuilding process that brings respectability, if not much more, back to Charm City.
Putting a big chill on the hot-hand theory of player performance at the plate.
As teams get ready for the postseason, everybody will hope for those three magic words: Hot in October. But what exactly do the hot streaks of today mean for the postseason lineups of tomorrow? Back in the spring of 2010, Russell Carleton took his shot at the Hot Hand theory. The following originally ran on March 8, 2010.