Fire Dayton Moore

Fire Dayton Moore
It's time.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Not exactly easy listening Pt. IV

This is a day late, but on Wednesday, Baseball Prospectus' Effectively Wild Podcast featured the Royals as they cycle through each MLB team to preview the season. Craig Brown and Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger were guests on the show. Both rehash the Myers-Shields trade and explain why, to this day, it still feels like a poor move on Dayton Moore's part. They also bring into question why a franchise that has preached OBP for years still has one of the worst walk rates in baseball. And their expectations for 2013 are as mild as mine.

That's the main thing I wanted to bring to your attention. Feel free to stop reading and please at least listen to the intro for this episode of Effectively Wild.

On my drive to work yesterday, while listening to this podcast, I had what I think is one of my best ideas in recent memory. You know how in some cases teams can cut ties with a player and void the remaining money owed to that player (like what the Yankees are scrambling to do with Alex Rodriguez, for example)?

What if you could do that with front office personnel? Except, instead of money, you void transactions. So when an owner fires his GM, all the moves he's made over the last 365 days are undone.  Speaking as someone who has had the misfortune of following teams with strikingly bad GMs almost all my life, I think it's a spectacular idea.

Just think. In 9 months, after the Royals have finished 78-84 behind the Tigers and White Sox, Dayton Moore should (but probably won't) get fired. And upon the announcement of said firing, all of his moves from the previous year would be reversed. No more James Shields. No more Wade Davis. No more Jeremy Guthrie. Wil Myers comes back to his rightful place in the Royals outfield. Wouldn't that just be grand?

As unrealistic as it sounds, I think it's fair in this way: GMs that are on the hot seat make irrational moves in their last season to save their asses. That's the only logical explanation for the moves Moore has made the last three months. Desperation. So why should a franchise be set back because of the actions of a desperate man?

I know. The fact of the matter is, an owner should string an underperforming GM along so long that they have a chance to execute such desperate moves. But, at the very least, I bet such a change would cause competing GMs to think twice about taking advantage of GMs like Moore...

And while I'm throwing out crazy ideas, I think the Tampa Bay Rays should move to the Sprint Center.

  1. The Sprint Center finally lands the marquee tenant it's been seeking.
  2. The Rays get out of a city that doesn't appreciate (or deserve) them.
  3. The Rays can continue playing indoors for no good reason.
  4. Wil Myers would play in front of fans in Kansas City as he was meant to.
  5. Kansas City baseball fans wouldn't have to travel to St. Louis to watch a well-run franchise in person.
As you can tell, I'm starved for actual baseball action to begin...

Fire Dayton Moore

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