“At some point, they have to turn a corner.”
Wait, pause, let’s take a moment and appreciate that the three former writers of the royal family have come together, formed their own version of The Avengers, and have exposed the Kansas City Royals as devastated. news article ($) where you are likely to read about a sports team that does not involve appreciable harm to others. Say what you will about ups and downs, but fans of the Royals have been blessed for many years with great writers on the Kansas City Star, Athletic, and the Royals’ special site. There might not be much value in watching the games, but there’s plenty to read about the team the next day, and that’s still true with Lynn Worthy and Anne Rogers, even as the three who wrote this article have largely moved from their jobs to cover royalty.
Well, that’s about the nice things I have to say today.
“At some point, they have to turn a corner.”
Those words are from the second-to-last quote from General Manager J.J. Picollo in the linked clip written by the real all-star team of former Royals who beat The Athletic earlier this week. It’s devastating stuff on the surface, and it goes into extreme detail about the many ways the royal family’s front office has failed while trying to unearth, craft and develop pitchers over the past decade or more. In case you still have a glimmer of hope, the article does not paint the current system in a much better light than what came before.
These words, though. These words have stuck in my mind for the hours since I first read them. We’ve talked a lot about accountability around the Royals Review this year because Dayton Moore brought up the concept when the team finally fired batting coach Terry Bradshaw without really seeming to understand what he meant. These words suggest to me that Dayton Moore has not only grasped the meaning of the concept of accountability, but that those under him are not overly concerned with it either.
A lot of basic assumptions are that simple. Nine words. Let’s break it down, shall we?
“at some point”
If you search for the definition of the phrase, you get “an indefinite moment in time”. The lack of privacy is a real problem for me, as I think it should be for all of us. If you do a quick research on goal setting, one of the basic concepts that almost everyone agrees on is that goals should be specific. This makes sense at the most basic level. The goal, “I want to climb Mount Everest at some point,” is not quite as strong as the goal, “I want to climb Mount Everest by the end of 2030.” The lack of privacy makes it really easy to procrastinate and make other kinds of excuses.
Let’s write the example a little bit. If your boss asks for a progress report and you answer, “I’ll take this for you by the end of the day.” You’ll probably be in much better shape than if you answered, “I’ll let you know at the end.” In the first example, you are making yourself responsible for a specific outcome at a specific time – something your boss can rely on. In the second example, you are forcing your boss to set a deadline because you are not responsible enough on your own.
Does this mean there is no excuse and no mercy for not meeting the occasional deadlines? of course not. Sometimes things happen. Royals fans cut short the team’s slack in 2016 when they lost Mike Mustakas all season to injury and again in 2017 when Yordano Ventura’s life was tragically cut short while many were counting on him to become the team’s champion. And we’re not exactly the president of JJ Picollo to demand the same level of accountability that our superiors would ask of us. However, using this kind of indeterminate language, Picollo makes an expectation that he is not responsible to us at all or that he actually has no clue when changes should be expected. One is worse than the other, but both are not particularly good.
“You must turn the corner”
The definition of ‘turn a corner’ is ‘Pass a critical point and start improving’. The thing at the center of the bend is not any situation or person at all she has To do that. There is often hope or desire for it, but no requirement. The fact of the matter is that the prospects touted by the royals may never take more turns. This may be as good as any of them ever get. Giving an opportunity to expand on the idea that the odds of the show must improve at some point, J.J. Picollo’s quote continues simply by doubling down on the idea.
There is only so long you can go. They have to turn the corner.
yes. Thanks for the amazing insight Mr. Piccolo! the corner Should turns up. Why does the inflection not occur? What will it look like when the angle is turned? What does it take to turn the bend?
who cares. Just turn the corner already!
This might be the most infuriating part of the whole thing.
Not us.” Certainly not “I.”
JJ Picollo – and thus, the Front Office of the Royals – takes no responsibility for what comes next with these shooters. It is entirely up to them. If they want the data, they have to look for it. If they want to improve, they need to know how to achieve and achieve it. The front office of the royal family will not be responsible for helping these shooters improve. Either they will drown or they will swim. They will suddenly learn to throw more effective pitches into more effective positions or they will continue to walk the hits and give up running on their ground.
At least until their contracts expire mercifully and they can go to a team that will actually take responsibility for their improvement.
Jacob Jeunesse has now provided nearly a full season for the San Francisco Giants. His numbers aren’t as strikingly good as they were at the start of the season, but he’s still showing his career best in nearly every category in FanGraphs dashboard. He would have a 4.53 ERA as a junior who would be the third best among the royals. 4.13 FIP as a beginner would be second best. And the royals chose not to bid for him because they felt he would not be able to find out. When asked about his early success, the royal family’s only defense was to claim that they asked him to do things that were helping him achieve success but he didn’t.
The implication was that they couldn’t convince him that it was a good idea. Knowing what we know now after reading the article in The Athletic, it seems quite clear that they won’t be able to convince him because they don’t seem to be properly counting or sharing the available data with their shooters. I think we also have to wonder if even if he is convinced that members of the royal family are likely to be either unable or unwilling to help him figure out the best way to bring about these changes. The team focused on Jakob Junis’ discovery of Jakob Junis objects. Looking back, it’s no wonder at all that, having failed to find success with what the royals were willing and able to offer him, Jones had to turn to the learning pitches of his brother in an effort to hold onto his big league career.
Yes, we’ve talked a lot this year about accountability and the royal family. But that’s because, with each new nugget of information we learn, we discover a front office with even less accountability than even the most cynical among us previously assumed. But hey, at least there’s good news.
At some point, they have to turn around.