Kansas City Royals Left with Only One Option to Return to Winning Culture

Jeremy SickelContributor IIIAugust 29, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 28:  Eric Hosmer #35 and Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate after the Royals defeated the Detroit Tigers 9-8 to win the game at Kauffman Stadium on August 28, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Royals don't have much to boast about over the years. Even the franchise's lone World Series title (1985) is tainted by one of the most notorious blown calls in sports history.

The Royals were once a proud, smartly run organization. But the landscape of the game changed, and Kansas City was left watching as the rest of Major League Baseball threw up deuces as they passed by. Even the Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals are in front of KC in the line at the candy store.

The path to futility took an even sharper turn in April of 2000, when David Glass purchased the Royals. Save from a fluky 2003 season, Glass's tenure has been a downright disgrace.

It has gotten so bad in Kansas City that one fan is on a mission, urging Glass to sell the team. Joseph Accurso is the man behind the charge, and fellow fans—and the entire nation—are starting to take notice.

The knock on Glass is that he simply doesn't care about the team. He doesn't live in Kansas City and is rarely at games. And he is as greedy a businessman as you will find anywhere.

His lack of visibility and apparent knowledge of the game rubs everyone the wrong way. Glass has also been accused of misusing taxpayer dollars to further line his pockets with money that frankly isn't his.

By now, it is clear Glass has no interest in doing everything it takes to return the Royals franchise to a culture of winning—the way it used to be in Kansas City and the way an entire generation only knows of through stories.

Glass has no desire to spend money in all the necessary areas to be a successful orgnanization. He has put the Royals so far behind the 8-ball that meticulously overspending might be the only way to save the sinking ship from being totally immersed.

For the Royals to keep up with the rest of Major League Baseball, every aspect of the organization must be pointed in the same direction. For over a decade now, that hasn't been the case.

While general manager Dayton Moore, manager Ned Yost and even the players can be criticized for something they've done wrong, there is at least proof their primary goal is to win on a nightly basis.

Glass, however, was never on board. It has reflected poorly on the entire organization and the results have echoed the lack of leadership at the top.

When the yearly goal in Kansas City is to simply be mediocre, something has to give. A change at the top is absolutely necessary to harness the attitude on the field, in the front office and in a downtrodden city that only wants the good old days back.


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