Saturday, October 24, 2009

Has Dayton Moore jumped the shark?

Jumping the shark is a colloquialism coined by Jon Hein and used by TV critics and fans to denote the point in a television program's history where the plot veers off into absurd story lines or out-of-the-ordinary characterizations. This usually corresponds to the point where a show with falling ratings apparently becomes more desperate to draw in viewers. In the process of undergoing these changes, the TV or movie series loses its original appeal. Shows that have "jumped the shark" are typically deemed to have passed their peak. -  Wikipedia

Of course it gets its name from the Happy Days episode in which Fonzie, on water skies and wearing a leather jacket, jumped a shark. (In my opinion though Happy Days jumped the shark when Fonzie became a teacher but I suspect that became a teacher doesn't quite grab people's attention like jumping the shark, also teachers probably wouldn't like it whereas sharks couldn't care less.) All of this leads us to the current Royals general manager.

Dayton Moore has jumped the shark.

The exact moment of his jump may be up for debate due to the high number of bad roster moves. You could argue that he jumped last offseason when he preached OBP and then traded for Jacobs and Crisp. Or you could argue that he jumped when he replaced the two pitchers he traded with Kyle Farnsworth. Or I suppose one could even believe that the jump occurred when he signed Jose Guillen to a meganormous contract.

In my opinion this is when Royal GM's made the jump.
John Schuehrolz - December 1989, signed Mark and Storm Davis. Applauded at the time but it was doomed to fail and fail it did.

Herk Robinson - July 1999, traded Kevin Appier for Blake Stein and two guys nobody remembers. Robinson had made some good trades (Chili Davis, Jeff King & Jay Bell, Dean Palmer, Jermaine Dye) but none after this disaster.

Allard Baird - Baird actually stuck around long enough to jump twice. First time was July 2001 when he traded Dye for Neifi Perez. I know the Glass family made his job all but impossible and supposedly they vetoed a trade that would have landed KC Vernon Wells for Dye but this deal was just horrible. Second time was June 2004 when he dealt Carlos Beltran for Teahen and Buck. If he had looked for the best available players instead of trying to specifically land a third baseman and catcher he might have made a better deal.

And now we come to Dayton Moore and this is when I think he jumped the shark:
July 10, 2009 - traded for Yuniesky Betancourt
Tell me that is not Arthur Fonzarelli on skis! When he made the trade KC was just 19-37 since their 18-11 start and maybe he was desperate and thought adding a player struggling offensively and defensively (!) would give the team a jolt. It did but in the wrong direction, the team responded to the trade by losing their next ten games. Now that wasn't all Betancourts fault since he didn't make his debut until July 17th but when he finally did join the team he was beyond awful. Everybody but Moore knew this trade was an epic fail but as they so often do Royals management circled the wagons and refused to listen to any objective analysis.

This team is going in the wrong direction and Moore now has that shiny new extension in his back pocket so he isn't going anywhere. So I guess only one question remains - how long until he hires Ted McGinley?


  1. You forgot Mike Wood when you mentioned the "Beltran affair".

    How could you ?

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