Letter to Royals GM Dayton Moore: We Want a Winner Now
I have been a Royals fan for nearly my entire life of 22 years. I have heard many stories of how the Royals used to be a dominant AL team, and how George Brett just took over the game of baseball with his amazing ability to hit.
However, this has not been the case since I have been on the earth. We have had one winning season (2003) since I was born, and most fans, like myself, even agreed that that year's team was a fluke.
You came here in 2006 and promised to get Kansas City back on track to winning baseball. So far, no one has seen this yet.
Now I understand that there are some issues that you have had to deal with since becoming the GM of this baseball team.
Your boss, David Glass, is one of the cheapest owners in baseball and has shown time and time again that he is not willing to spend much to bring championships back to KC.
Sadly, as everyone around baseball knows these days, you either have to fork out a large sum of money, or develop a strong farm system in order to have success at the major league level.
I realize that many scouts and experts agree that we have one of these two things going for us with our recent splurge of minor league talent. This could very well be the case, but I, like many others, still am not convinced until we see this plethora of young talent become something good at the next level.
You could also make the argument that you haven't had enough time in KC for many of your draft picks to make their way up yet. This is also true, but the truth lies within the facts.
In your first draft as Royals GM, you selected Luke Hochevar, who hasn't panned out with a 5.00-plus career ERA. That's not very good for a team's first overall pick, let alone the first overall pick in the entire draft.
Let's not forget that you passed on future All-Star Evan Longoria, and future Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum in that same draft as well.
Let's go to the 2008 draft, where you selected high school star Eric Hosmer when you could have gone with Buster Posey, who is a favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year this season.
I also saw you type in a live chat through MLB.com during 2009 that Hosmer is going to be a mainstay in the major leagues for years to come. I hope this is the case, Dayton, for him and many of the other young prospects who are getting better with every year.
If a good majority of these guys don't end up making an impact, your job is as good as gone.
On another note, please stop signing washed-up free agents to huge contracts. Kansas City already had players like Neifi Perez and Chuck Knoblauch before you came into town.
Since you have come to Kansas City, you have brought in one of the worst character players in team history in Jose Guillen. You have also signed a largely mediocre starting pitcher in Gil Meche, and all he has done is have a couple decent seasons and been injured practically the entire rest of the time.
However, not all of your signings have been bad, as you stole Joakim Soria from the Padres, and he has turned into one of the best closers in the league. You also locked up Zack Greinke to a multi-year deal, and at the time, it was a great move to make.
The bottom line is we as Royals fans are growing very impatient and badly want to see some good baseball in this town again. We have been the laughingstock of this league too long to continue to accept the weak product that has been thrown on the field over the last 20-plus years.
It's time for a change, and you are the man that can make this happen. Good luck Mr. Moore.
One Very Disappointed Royals Fan
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