JACK'S SMACK: Hiring George Brett an act of desperation for the Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - I've been out of the mix for the past 10 days or so – off being a proud grandpa for the fifth time – but I couldn't disconnect from this mess involving the Royals.

I'll throw in my two cents' worth on George Brett.

This really surprises me.

Maybe George feels guilty about collecting all those paychecks from the Royals even after his playing days ended 20 years ago.

But hiring Brett was an act of desperation on the part of the Royals.

We're led to believe it was to fix Moose and Hosmer and the others who can't hit. Uh-huh.

I think it was more of a PR move. Brett admits he doesn't even know if he'll be good at this, and says that's why he took the job on an interim basis.

This ship is going down fast – and summer is just beginning.

The Royals have an $81 million payroll, their largest ever. But the stadium could become a ghost town in July and August, the way things are going.

The Royals have become a national joke – the laughing stock of all professional sports teams when it comes to futility.

George Brett is the only person in this town who can bring instant credibility to this franchise.

The Royals must be banking on the idea that just seeing Brett in uniform with a bat in his hand might rub off on some of these players.

But George Brett cannot save this franchise.

His name might keep fans hanging around for a while.

David Glass and his son, Dan, have run off too many good players and too many good people over the years.

Go ahead and blame Dayton Moore and Ned Yost, but this franchise is doomed. It will never win big until this ownership gets out of the way.

George Brett is the only winner here. He'll continue to collect paychecks from the Royals no matter what happens on the field.

That's Jack's Smack.

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