Monday

Rosen interviews Billy Buckner...RC braces for the inevitable...

In lieu of a recap of the weekend's action, which saw the Royals drop their series against the White Sox, RC today is pleased to present another report by our High Desert Correspondent, Jon Rosen. Jon conducted an excellent interview with pitching prospect Billy Buckner over the weekend, and today he reports on first baseman Mike Stodolka and pitcher Danny Christensen:

Danny Christensen continued his tough luck on Friday night. His pitch count was high, but he still came up with five innings in which he gave up just one run. He left the game trailing 1-0, and took the loss as the Mavs were unable to amount a comeback in a 4-1 defeat to a well-armed Modesto staff. Still, his two seam fastball has been well-located on both sides of the plate, and his curveball still has that same nasty tilt.

The only run he gave up in the game last night was a two-strike solo shot by Modesto 1B Duke Sardinha - two pitches before the HR it appeared that Christensen had caught him looking with a perfectly placed fastball on the inside corner, but he didn't get the call from the scab ump, who irritated both teams with his strike zone.

Mike Stodolka has slowed down since receiving the Cal League's hitter of the week award two weeks ago. Since then, he is just 3-27 with only one extra base hit. He still continues to draw walks, however, as he has recorded bases on balls in six of his last eight plate appearances, raising his OBP to a Cal League-leading .440 entering Saturday night's action. He might not have the desired power suitable for a corner infield position, but he makes up for it with his ability to hit lefthanders as well as righthanders (.304 v L; .313 v R) as well as a clean, fluid stroke that sprays balls to all parts of the field.

Still, he is currently mired in a slump, and it will be interesting to see how quickly and efficiently he is able to make adjustments and snap out of it after six years on the pitchers' mound. My guess is that he'll turn it around sooner rather than later, as he is a hard worker with excellent makeup and one of the most well-respected players in the clubhouse. - JR


  • Folks, it's no secret that RC's Official Hero may not be employed with the Kansas City Royals much longer. In fact, there's rampant speculation that Allard Baird might even be let go as early as Monday morning. If the hammer indeed falls, it will be a tough pill for us to swallow, but we won't agonize over the decision. There's no question that mistakes have been made and the Royals have lost a lot of games throughout Baird's tenure, and if David Glass feels that justifies making a change right now, then so be it.


    Is RC going to have to find a new hero?

    However, we have plenty of fears to keep us occupied. The most immediate concern is the upcoming draft and the effect a major change in the baseball operations staff will have on the Royals' draft preparedness in June. Hopefully these concerns will be addressed at the time a change is made, but if not, there could be disastrous consequences.

    Our bigger concern centers around who Glass taps to take the organization's reins. We have no idea who he's talking to (although his buddy Drayton McLane is a strong suspect), but we frankly don't have much confidence in Glass's ability to make baseball decisions. RC's biggest fear is that the Royals will hire a retread with a familiar name who has failed elsewhere with a typical, antiquated approach. Such a move would smack of making change simply for the sake of change when an innovator is required. We sure hope that's not the case.

    Of course, it's still too early to fret. As of right now, no changes have been made, so RC is just going to sit back and watch what unfolds. We'll have more to say about all of this if and when a change is actually made. Right now, it's nothing but speculation.
  • 16 Comments:

    At 5/08/2006 1:53 AM, Blogger Max said...

    The new Star story says no move will be made tomorrow. Changes will be made this week however.

    Mr. Glass, am I available and I will work cheap.

     
    At 5/08/2006 2:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Just please, please don't let Dan Glass become GM...

     
    At 5/08/2006 4:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I waiver back and forth between the 'Keep Baird' and 'Fire Allard' camps.

    With that in mind, unless he has a willing sucessor in mind, it would be terrible for the organization to fire Allard before the draft, especially geivn his recent draft sucess.

     
    At 5/08/2006 4:30 AM, Blogger Dave said...

    Here's an article from the Washington Post discussing possible candidates for the GM job for the Nats. It's just as applicable here.

    Antonetti and Moore would be my favorites, but since both declined consideration for the BoSox job, it's pretty doubtful that either would be interested in KC.

    I maintain that Jim Bowden is the nightmare scenario. I don't know what I'll do if it's Bowden, but it won't be good.

     
    At 5/08/2006 5:51 AM, Blogger SoonerRoyal said...

    Great interview with Buckner, sounds like a very good pitcher and person.

     
    At 5/08/2006 9:34 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

    It's a sad day for me on a couple of fronts, but although Allard being fired is the least of my worries, it still really sucks. My hope is that he stays with the organization in some important capacity.

     
    At 5/08/2006 4:37 PM, Anonymous desertclone said...

    Can we get rid of Dan Glass too?

     
    At 5/08/2006 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Not sure about you, but I totally agree with this article:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/5583214

    Glass is greedy, Baird is inept...bad combo. and even worse is Glass will fire Baird and find some other reject to pinch pennies

     
    At 5/08/2006 5:51 PM, Anonymous Brian S. said...

    Well, I'm don't have a clue who Glass will hire as GM, but I'd be willing to bet he's gonna have the cheapest contract in the league.

    Glass needs to realize that he needs to spend the most money in the smallest payroll areas (ie GM, scouts, coaches-major and minor league) and he'll get far more in return on his highest payroll investment HIS PLAYERS!

    As a life long loyal Royal fan, I just pray Glass sees the errors in his meddling ways and pays good money for a good GM and lets that GM control and run the organization!

    There are just too damn many rumors of Glass vetoing what would have been great deals--Beltran for Blalock?, Gobble for Mench?, Sweeney for Kotchman and Santana?--for them all to be false. Where there's smoke....

     
    At 5/08/2006 6:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yeah, it is a sad day. Baird destroys our organization so thoroughly that we cannot attract anyone of any real ability to take the GM job once we run Baird out of town.

    Even on the way out the door, Baird screws us.

    And some people actually liked him?

     
    At 5/08/2006 7:36 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

    I'd rather have both Glass' gone then Baird. Neither one of them knows anything about baseball. Maybe I could buy them, they could be that expensive.

     
    At 5/08/2006 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    How about Grady Fusion?

     
    At 5/08/2006 10:38 PM, Blogger Max said...

    Kick Bell out while you're at it. Minky and Stairs both play while Justin Huber rides the pine. Brilliant.

     
    At 5/09/2006 12:06 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

    I'd love to hear an explanation for why Huber isn't playing. If there's an explanation at all.

     
    At 5/09/2006 12:06 PM, Anonymous Rush said...

    Can we trust Bell to actually play Gordon & Butler when they come up?

     
    At 5/09/2006 1:03 PM, Blogger J.R. said...

    straying away from the GM talk, Mike Stodolka has hit two homeruns - both to the opposite field - since this was posted. adam donachie also hit his first homerun of the season last night and you can expect a prospect report on him coming up. buckner struck out four batters while walking six - SIX! - without allowing an earned run in six innings. he did not earn a decision in a game the Mavs never trailed until Steve Murphy's two-run walk-off homerun in the bottom of the ninth. bakersfield 4, high desert 3.

     

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