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Will the Royals continue to misuse players' roles?

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06:45 PM ET 02.06 | Recently, Craig Brown over at Royalsreview.com wrote on an interesting question: Why not Luis Mendoza as the fifth starter? He notes the response the Royals have to that question, that Mendoza will perform best in a long-reliever/swing-man role. We've heard similar arguments for keeping Aaron Crow in the bullpen and Jarrod Dyson as a fourth outfielder. The premise for that line of reasoning is that it's best to give players roles in which they will be most successful. This logic is flawed. Or rather, this logic is flawed if a team's primary goal is to win the most games it can. I know it seems solid. It seems like a no-brainer. Of course the Royals should want players to have roles in which they can be most successful. DUH! Wrong. The Royals should want players in roles that will make the team most successful, and no they are not the same thing -- well, most often they are the same thing -- but not always.

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February 7, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Yes, nothing will Change, not even a dollar bill!!!

February 7, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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The Royals have made strides the last few years, and could finish .500 this year. They have a good, young nucleus, but probably should have kept Myers.

I'd like to see this franchise become more competitive.

February 7, 2013  01:49 PM ET
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I'd like to see this franchise become more competitive.

I think you will need a DeLorean for that, your holiness.

 
February 7, 2013  05:54 PM ET
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I think you will need a DeLorean for that, your holiness.

Maybe on a wing and a prayer. ;o)

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