Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Roster Moves

Apparently, the Kyle Snyder experiment is over. To make room for Reggie Sanders and Joe Mays, the Royals DFA’d Snyder and Devon Lowry.

Snyder was a first round draft pick in 1999. He’s shown promise his entire career but has had injury trouble. His frail arm has eventually caused the downfall of his career. The Royals have given him plenty of chances, but each time he ended up hurt.

Royals GM Allard Baird says they will send Snyder to Omaha if he clears waivers and he doesn’t intend to release him. But it’s clear to me that Synder’s run near its end.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Royals fans always feel a slight tug at the heart when they hear the name Albert Pujols.

It’s well known by now: Pujols and his family moved to Kansas City where he played high school baseball and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals when he was playing at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City (about 3 miles down the road from my house). Now, he’s one of the best hitters ever. He compares favorably with the likes of Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig.

He was right here under the Royals’ nose the whole time. Many Royals fans wonder, “How did he get away from us?”

Pujols was in Kansas City yesterday to receive the Oscar Charleston Award, given by the Negro Leagues Museum for the most valuable player. He toured the museum and provided a short question and answer session with reporters.

In today’s Kansas City Star, Joe Posnaski relates Pujols’ visit to the museum, and gives us this nugget to ponder:

“You should be playing for the Royals,” someone said to him at the museum.
“They had their chance,” Pujols replied.
Indeed they did.

I wish I was one of Dick's old buddies...

Yesterday, Dick Vermeil had his final press conference since retiring as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

My opinion of Vermeil has been pretty neutral since his arrival. He obviously had the credentials, having reached two Super Bowls and winning one.

I knew that Vermeil had amassed a very large coaching staff with the Chiefs, but it was during his farewell that I realized what was really going on in Kansas City the last five years.

I was listening to a live broadcast of the press conference when Vermeil started thanking his coaches. As he mentioned each coach, he talked about how he had met this person back in the 1960’s and how that person has been a close friend for 30 or 40 years.

It became apparent that what Vermeil had here was a reunion tour. His old buddy Carl Peterson (President, GM and CEO of the Chiefs) agreed to pay Vermeil $17 million over five years, and allowed Vermeil to hire all of his old buddies to work with him. The Kansas City Chiefs paid millions for these old buddies to have one last fling together.

Vermeil said in his press conference that while he wasn’t able to win a Super Bowl, that wasn’t the most important thing to him. The most important thing is relationships.

That tells me that these guys weren’t here to win. Vermeil gathered his old buddies from his UCLA, Philadelphia and St. Louis days here to have one last go ‘round. This was cronyism as its worst.

While Vermeil and his buddies made millions reminiscing about the past, Chiefs fans patiently waited for success on the field. Vermeil’s tenure produced one playoff appearance and no playoff wins. Vermeil says he’s proud of what he accomplished during his time in KC, but I’m afraid Chiefs fans probably disagree.

Let’s hope Carl Peterson hires his next head coach based on a desire to win instead of a desire to hang out with old friends.