Disciplined Baird focused on improving Royals

From having players develop better plate discipline to also developing better young pitchers, GM Allard Baird has a clear focus on how to improve the Royals.

Originally Published: March 13, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

A couple of things about meeting Royals general manager Allard Baird:

First, it was something that I'd been anticipating with both excitement and dread for a few years. Excitement, because since 1975 I've spent many, many thousands of hours watching the Royals, listening to the Royals and thinking about the Royals. Dread, because since roughly 1990 I've spent many hundreds of hours complaining about the Royals. Sometimes publicly, and sometimes specifically about Baird himself.

And ...

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