The biggest and brightest stars in baseball were in Kansas City this year. Unfortunately for Royals fans, they all left when the All-Star Game ended.
The Royals are slogging through yet another year of disappointments and unfulfilled potential while watching another unexpected contender take the division lead.
As it has been for every full season since George Brett's retirement (with the sole exception of 2003), the Royals have always been looking toward the future. And that future is not as bright as it once was.
Budding star Eric Hosmer is batting eighth. One time No. 1 overall pick Luke Hochevar is a confirmed bust. General Manager Dayton Moore has been in charge longer than most presidents, and the team is arguably worse now than when he arrived.
They have already traded their veterans. The only thing left to do for Royals fans, besides hand out Chiefs tickets, is to recall their latest potential superstar—Wil Myers.
Myers has been tearing up Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha all season. His OPS of 1.146 in Double-A was eye popping. So are his 34 homers and 97 RBIs overall.
The 21-year-old could be the Royals answer to Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado as the super-young faces of baseball.
But so far the Royals have not called him up. When Jonathan Broxton was dealt, Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reported that Dayton Moore specifically said that Myers was not a candidate for promotion.
Myers is continuing to tear up Triple-A while Jeff Francoeur continues to struggle under the weight of his $13 million contract.
According to Fox Sports Midwest, the relationship between Francoeur and the fans in Kansas City is tumbling faster than his numbers.
Wouldn't calling up Myers give Royals fans something to cheer for? The notion that there is no position for him to play is absurd. His position is "hope for the future."
Perhaps the Royals are hoping that they can keep him in the minor leagues and prevent him from starting his arbitration clock.
But here is a compromise. Recall him for a day this Sunday. The team has already made a bunch of roster moves recently, including cutting infielder Yuniesky Betancourt. Find a spot for Myers for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
Maybe print some posters and t-shirts to hand out. "A Glimpse into the Future" (or something like that) could be a slogan.
And for one Sunday in August, Royals fans could see the latest player to hold their hopes for contention.
He'd play alongside Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas, who all know a thing or two about being the saviors of the franchise.