KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Unlike the Chiefs in the NFL draft, most baseball fans could care less what the Royals do this weekend in the MLB draft – and for good reason. The team's track record hasn't been any good in these deals.
When David Glass first bought the team, he got rid of many of the scouts. That was a tip off that this owner had no clue on how to run a baseball operation. Scouting is the life blood of this sport – good scouting, that is.
When Dayton Moore was hired eight years ago, he made a point to sign multiple scouts and zeroed in on the Dominican Republic.
I don't know what happened, but Bubba Starling and some of these high picks they've drafted have done nothing.
We've been led to believe the Royals had one of the best farm systems in baseball. In reality, the product has been over-valued. The system is now depleted of talent.
There is not a major league-ready player to be found at AAA.
The Royals have had a top-5 pick in all but one of the seven drafts Moore has been in charge of. To date, they have struck out on every first-round pick since Moore arrived.
That is unacceptable.
The best players on the team, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon, were drafted by Allard Baird.
This franchise is at a crossroads.
David Glass is milking the fans for every buck he can get. The Royals will receive $52 million a year in revenue from Major League Baseball, beginning next year. Yet they turn out a lousy product on the field year after year and get away with it.
A growing number of us have become skeptical. David Glass as CEO or owner of this franchise has one winning season in 20 years. Maybe it's time to start flying some banners over the ballpark.
We need to band together as one voice and do everything humanly possible to convince this man to get out of the way and sell this team.
He needs to do it – and the sooner the better for the good of all baseball fans in this city.
That's Jack's Smack.