“Five singles, no walks, 11 strikeouts. It’s amazing they even scored zero tonight…”
Kurtis Seaboldt, @KSeaboldt, on the Royals line score for their 3-0 loss to the Astros Tuesday night, Twitter
GH: Here we are again – late May and the Royals season is teetering on the brink of inconsequence for the summer months. Will a 15-5 streak through late May through mid-June save them like it did last year? Or is this the season that we remember as the last of the Dayton Moore/Ned Yost era?
“Sporting attendance: 19,221 Royals attendance: 17,862 Mr. Glass, you’re losing more than baseball games.”
Craig Brown, @royalsauthority, on the attendance at the two Kansas City venues Tuesday night, Twitter
GH: I would not have thought this possible back in 1996 when the Wizards first arrived at gloomy Arrowhead. David Glass must be either the most patient MLB owner or one of the most casual.
“Yost, who previously managed the Brewers and took over the Royals 36 games into the 2010 season, owns the third-lowest career winning percentage (.472) among managers with a minimum of 1,500 career games, according to STATS LLC.”
Ken Rosenthal, MLB writer, FoxSports.com
GH: But our man Nedley has never been wrong…
“What if the Royals do not snap out of it? What if they go bust with a club-record $92 million payroll? What if it turns out that (Dayton) Moore misjudged his talent, misjudged his manager, misjudged everything? I’m not saying he has — not yet. But if I were running a team and facing those questions, I’m not sure I could wait much longer for things to turn around.”
Ken Rosenthal, MLB writer, FoxSports.com
GH: I still hear and read from those who believe these Royals will again flip the switch and make a second-half run at a wild-card spot. That may happen. The much more likely scenario though is that it will not – and these Royals will be what they have been through the first 52 games – maybe the biggest disappointing squad in two decades.
“If not the manager, then some of the players have got to go.”
Soren Petro, who favors getting rid of Butler, Hosmer or Gordon to break up what he calls a “comfortable clique” in the Royals’ clubhouse, 810 AM
“We believe in the talent. We believe in this group of players.”
Dayton Moore, MLB Network GH: Moore doesn’t have a lot of options when it comes to who the Royals play. Read on.
“This group of players – we are who we are. We’re going to have to win with this group and we’re going to continue to believe in them.”
Dayton Moore, MLB Network GH: Would you want your job riding on having to win with this group of players? That is exactly where Moore and Yost sit. I don’t think either gets another chance to start over here with the Royals. Just like last season, everything rides on the months of June and July for these two.
“A little nubber…”
Denny Matthews, calling a ground-ball out off of Billy Butler’s bat in the first inning Wednesday against the Astros, Royals Radio
GH: Butler looked like he was maybe coming out of his funk last weekend with some hard-hit liners. But he’s still hitting .240 with one homer.
“I do think losing Seitzer was the biggest mistake Yost has made here.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Yost’s biggest mistake has been not understanding how to use the media to his and his team’s advantage. While Yost can only do so much for his team’s play, he can do everything about how he and his franchise is perceived by the fans. And Yost’s surly demeanor makes his club very, very easy to critique or ignore.
“I hate to be Debbie Downer but it’s a delaying of the inevitable at this point. … The greatest predictor of injuries is previous injuries.”
Jeff Passan, of Yahoo Sports, on the medical report that Yordano Ventura ‘s MRI was negative, 610 AM
“I don’t think there’s any injury. Sometimes these young guys get confused and not know what the manager’s asking them. There is a language barrier.”
Kevin Kietzman, who must have slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night, 810 AM
“He told me, ‘I was nervous about the Royals. That’s a good hitting team! They’re aggressive, they find lanes, they hit, they run. I was not comfortable. I thought they were going to get back in that game (Monday) night.’ So there’s a veteran opposing pitcher having respect for the Royals’ offense. … I went into the (Astros’) locker room this morning and I said, ‘Scott, do you mind if I share that story with the fans out there? Because there’s a lot of fans thinking the Royals offense, you know, is not what it should be. What do you think?’ And he said, ‘No problem, Hud. Tell them this is a big-league offense here. … At any minute they could explode.’ I thought that was impressive.”
Rex Hudler, Royals TV color analyst, referencing a conversation he had with the Astros’ starter Scott Feldman when he ran into him on the Plaza Wednesday, Fox Sports KC
GH: Hudler decided to recite this story in the late innings last night as the Royals were about to lose at home for the second night in a row to the lowly Astros. The Royals gathered five worthless singles and nary a walk to lose 3-0. Read on for Ryan Lefebvre’s response to Hudler’s positive spin on the toothless Royals…
“One and two on Dominguez.”
Ryan Lefebvre, Royals TV play-by-play voice, after allowing several seconds of dead air to hang in silence after Hudler’s story about Feldman, Fox Sports KC
“The Astros looking for their first sweep of the year!”
Steve Physioc, as the Astros led the Royals 5-0 in the third inning at The K Wednesday afternoon, Royals Radio
“Ever seen improv comedy where the performers start down an odd path and keep going … and going … and nobody’s laughing? The audience is uncomfortable and eventually really confused, thinking, “What on earth are they doing? That is the position Kansas State is in now in regard to the Leticia Romero transfer saga. If anyone was looking for a textbook case on how not to handle a coaching transition and launch a new era for a program, look no further. Kansas State has provided it. I have seen and reported on some strange happenings in women’s college basketball over the years. This Romero/Kansas State dispute joins a short list of the most confounding.”
Michelle Voepel, columnist, prior to KSU announcing that they have released Leticia Romero to transfer to other DI schools outside the Big 12, ESPN.com
“Well, K-State is showing why they are the classless little brother to KU and Mizzou. Little Rotten Apple.”
Wright Thompson, @wrightthompson, Twitter
“We appreciate the support of K-State fans during this time and wish Leticia all the best in her future pursuits,”
John Currie, KSU press release
GH: Whether you were backing K-State in this bizarre hostage situation or in favor of Romero being freed, you have to admit this was an absolute face-plant for Kansas State University’s public image. Nothing good happened here for K-State. It was all bad. And in the end they look like they were either lying or ridiculously incompetent. KSU alums should be pounding Currie about how to avoid this kind of publicity in the future.
“Surprising K-State could grant a release, given final and binding decision, and lack of process. Or, that was all BS.”
Jay Bilas, @JayBilas, Twitter GH: Is it just me or do our three big-time local universities have more than their share of jackals making the decisions at these schools?
“Congratulations to St. Louis, the St. Louis Sports Commission and the great basketball fans in the city and our state for earning the right to host the 2018 Southeastern Conference Basketball Tournament. It’s an honor to have the SEC Tournament hosted in our state’s footprint for the first time and I know fans from throughout our league will be treated to a first-class experience and a great week of college basketball.”
Kim Anderson, MU head basketball coach, MU press release
GH: St. Louis getting the SEC hoops tourney might be a great thing for Kansas City. With the SEC showing a willingness to venture into Missouri with their post-season basketball tourney, this might scare the Big 12 into never allowing a year where Sprint Center is available that week in March.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24