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Monday, July 13, 2009
Statistically, Royals stuck in '70s


It took me just a couple of hours to post my reaction to the Royals' trade for Yuniesky Betancourt. It took Rany Jazayerli nearly 24 hours to post his but then, he had a good excuse: Rany's response ran more than 4,200 words. Frankly, I don't know if I recommend reading the whole post unless 1. You're a Royals fan, or 2. You've got a masochistic streak within you. Because this is painful stuff.

A snippet, though:

You probably don't need anything more from me, after that. Zduriencik is employing all (or most) of the tools at a modern general manager's disposal; Moore chooses to ignore one of those tools, and winds up with out-machines like Jacobs, Miguel Olivo, and (soon) Betancourt in his lineup. Zduriencik's acquisitions of castoffs Branyan and Franklin Gutierrez -- two of three best players in the lineup -- were right out of the sabermetric playbook. Meanwhile, Moore behaves as if Bill James hadn't started writing "The Baseball Abstract" more than 30 years ago.

Which is how we got where we are: the Royals are, once again, the most ridiculous franchise in the American League. And a hearty congratulations to everyone who made it happen.

(For more on the disconnect between Dayton Moore and the current state of baseball analysis, there's Pos-o'-plenty here and especially here. Oh, and now there's this; at least Moore admits that he doesn't know, and doesn't care. More kudos to all involved.)