Round one is now in the books. Unfortunately, we lost one of the local schools. Missouri fell short against Oklahoma. Kansas looked to be in trouble a couple of times against Eastern Washington, but some surprising offensive performances kept the Jayhawks alive.
The second round starts today. Kansas plays USC on Monday. They hope to have Jalen Wilson back for that game.
Kansas City Royals 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (Box Score)
3:05pm – CBB – Colorado Rockies at Kansas City Royals (FSKC, 610AM)
Brad Keller was named the opening day starter by Mike Matheny. He will be followed by Mike Minor, Brady Singer, and Danny Duffy. The Royals won’t need a fifth starter until around April 14.
Tanking Isn’t Required to Win
There is a school of thought that says Major League Baseball teams have to have a “window to compete” and that the best way to create that window is to tank to acquire high draft picks. You take those high draft picks for a few years and build the core of a team that can compete for 3-5 years for a championship. It’s unbelievable how many people fall for this.
The Tampa Bay Rays are proof that it doesn’t have to be that way. Teams can win and build a great farm system at the same time. Tampa Bay has been competitive for many years now, almost every year, and this year they have what every major publication is calling the best farm system in major league baseball.
The Rays have lost 90 games in a season just once since 2008. They have won more games than they have lost in 9 of those 13 seasons. They were, in fact, in the World Series last year, have the top overall prospect in baseball, according to most people, and have the best overall farm system.
It’s the same philosophy the Dayton Moore has for the Royals. Moore doesn’t believe in tanking. He feels like every win at the major league level is important. It teaches players how to win.
The difference between the Tampa Bay approach and the Kansas City approach is that Tampa Bay is not afraid to trade away its star players to replenish its farm system. Dayton Moore wasn’t able to pull the trigger with trades involving the team’s biggest stars after the 2015 World Series championship. The Rays reached the World Series last year and traded Blake Snell, one of the best young pitchers in the game, to San Diego in the offseason.
This time around, Dayton Moore says that he wants to build a winner and sustain the success. To do that, he must change. He must treat players as assets and be willing to trade them for more, younger assets before he loses them just for a draft pick.
I don’t know if Moore can do it. I’m not sure it is in his character. If it is, he could build a winner in Kansas City that could last years. If not, we will be back to 100 losses soon.
NCAA Weight Room Controversy
The weight room controversy that was all over the news on Friday was fabricated. If you aren’t familiar with what I am talking about, let me fill you in. There were social media posts by girls in the women’s NCAA basketball tournament that showed a “weight room” with one small rack of hand weights and a lot of open space. Meanwhile, pictures of the men’s weight rooms were loaded with equipment. So, of course, it’s sexism on the part of the NCAA, right? Not so fast.
The women’s NCAA committee told teams that they would not have weight rooms until the Sweet 16. The “weight room” we saw in the pictures was not a weight room. It was a waiting room for teams waiting to practice. The room was mostly empty to allow the team to stretch and spread out to keep distance while waiting for the court to be sanitized after the practice scheduled before them.
Because of the “outrage” expressed on social media, the NCAA scrambled and put more weight equipment in these waiting areas so that the women felt like they had a weight room and that their complaints had made a difference.
Sadly, this became an issue. Some people are not happy unless they are outraged or feel like they have a cause for having been wronged. This was nothing.
VCU Kicked Out of NCAA Tournament
VCU became the first, and hopefully last, team to be kicked out of the NCAA tournament because of the covid. Some say that VCU had to step away from the tournament, but I bet if you asked the coaches and players, they would say they were willing to play. No, this was done to them by humans. It’s not the fault of a virus that has no thought. People have made all of the problems teams have encountered this season. Humans in the NCAA threw VCU out of the tournament. Period.
The triumvirate: Assistants at Gonzaga, Baylor and Illinois all cut their teeth in Spokane (CJ Moore)
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