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Rays manager likes what he sees in Royals' future

Posted on: July 23, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 4:38 pm
Joe MaddonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Rays manager Joe Maddon knows a little something about projecting talent -- or at least seeing it in its nascent stages.

In Kansas City facing the Royals, Maddon told the Kansas City Star he sees what the Royals are doing with their young talent and likes the direction they're headed.

From the Star's Rustin Dodd:

“They got some interesting folks over there, no question,” Maddon said of the Royals’ young players. “I can see what they’re doing from a distance. Being a developmental guy, I like what they’re doing. I know it’s going to pay off. You gotta be patience. That’s the most difficult part about it is being patience.

“But once you are patient, eventually the rewards are going to come back to them. They’ve got a tradition in this city baseball-wise. I think they have one of the best baseball venues in all of baseball right here – I love this place.

“I loved what they originally had. I loved the little bit of the (renovation). It’s tremendous; it’s a great place to play baseball."

The Royals' young talent has been hyped all offseason, with many people calling it the best collection of minor-league talent they've ever seen, or at least in recent memory.

Kansas City has already graduated Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas to the big leagues this season, as well as Tim Collins, Aaron Crow and Danny Duffy

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:11 am

Rays manager likes what he sees in Royals' future

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Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 2:45 pm

Rays manager likes what he sees in Royals' future

Yup and Jim Leyland said Kyle Davies should win 15 games a year.  It must be a running joke between all the AL managers.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2011 9:37 pm

Rays manager likes what he sees in Royals' future

The Kansas City newspaper quotes a well-respected manager saying the awful local baseball team is on the right track.  Sounds like a good story to me. Hope he's accurate.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 23, 2011 8:33 pm

Rays manager likes what he sees in Royals' future

Who cares what Joe Maddon likes? Honestly, is there a more arrogant manager on the face of the planet than this guy? Joe Maddon on sign-stealing. Joe Maddon on the the Royals. How about Joe Maddon learns how to use his bullpen? How about Joe Maddon gets his lethargic team to show up for games? I saw them sleepwalk through 3 Yankees games in the last month alone. The Rays are slipping out of post-season contention and maybe dumping players. If Maddon keeps yapping and giving his opinion on every subject under the sun(the guy thinks he's a genius), Toronto may even pass them. Do your job and focus on your underachieving team.

As for the Royals, sooner or later they'll have to start winning or all this talk about potential will be like the boy who cried wolf. The Pirates are finally showing signs that their system can produce enough players to win. They've been doing it through 100 games in 2011. The Royals year in and year out are picked to be the surprise team of MLB, yet find themselves either at the bottom of a very mediocre division or next to last. It's time to put up or shut up for them.

Btw, I hope they will show it. For over a decade they were a great team with a top organization. Since the mid-80's, they've been a joke. The fans of KC deserve better. I hope they go through the same renaissance Pittsburgh is going through now. It would not only be good for those excellent baseball fans, but baseball in general.

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2011 4:30 pm

Rays manager likes what he sees in Royals' future

not to mention we got a defensive stud SS for greinke and a few other top named prospects for him also, never wanted to trade greinke but now that I look back at what we got for it. I wouldnt of been able to pass that deal up.

Since: Jun 19, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2011 4:01 pm

Rays manager likes what he sees in Royals' future

Greg Holland and Louis Coleman, both rookies also, have put up stellar numbers out of the pen as well.

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