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Will the Royals Ever Get It Turned Around?

5th June 2006

If Dayton Moore left the Braves so he could face a challenge, I’d say he picked a good one. In leaving his assistant GM position with the Braves for the uncomfortable chair of General Manager of the Royals, he may well be joining the worst organization in baseball.

The Royals are bad, horrible, appalling …We’ve simply run out of adjectives to describe just how truely bad they are.

And, not just worst today; the Royals are on track to be one of the worst in history.

As it stands, the Royals (currently 14-40) could very easily wind up with the worst single season record in the history of baseball. That means they are within striking distance of the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics.

Here’s some examples of baseball futility over the past century:

Year
Team
W-L
2003
Detroit Tigers
43-119
1962
NY Mets
40-120
1935
Boston Braves
38-115
1904
Washington Senators
38-113
1916
Philedelphia Athletics
36-117

Here’s what Moore is up against historically in terms of prior Royals GMs(courtesy of Bob Dutton’s article, Moore up for Challenge in the KC Star):

CEDRIC TALLIS
Jan. 16, 1968- June 10, 1974

Year
W-L
Division Finish
1969 69-93 4th
1970 65-97 4th
1971 85-76 2nd
1972 76-78 4th
1973 88-74 2nd
1974 26-28 (did not finish season)

Totals 409-446 .478
JOE BURKE
June 11, 1974-Oct. 1981

Year
W-L
Division Finish
1974 51-57 5th *
1975 91-71 2nd
1976 90-72 1st
1977 102-60 1st
1978 92-70 1st
1979 85-77 2nd
1980 97-65 1st (AL)
1981 50-53 1st **

Totals 658-525 .556

*77-85 overall record
**Second-half division champion in strike-shortened season

JOHN SCHUERHOLZ
Oct. 8, 1981-Oct. 1990

Year
W-L
Division Finish
1982 90-72 2nd
1983 79-83 2nd
1984 84-78 1st
1985 91-71 1st (WS)
1986 76-86 3rd
1987 83-79 2nd
1988 84-77 3rd
1989 92-70 2nd
1990 75-86 6th

Totals 754-702 .518
HERK ROBINSON
Oct. 10, 1990-June 17, 2000

Year
W-L
Division Finish
1991 82-80 6th
1992 72-90 5th
1993 84-78 3rd
1994 64-51 3rd
1995 70-74 2nd
1996 75-86 5th
1997 67-94 5th
1998 72-89 3rd
1999 64-97 4th
2000 33-32 (did not finish season)

Totals 683-771 .470

ALLARD BAIRD
June 17, 2000- May 31, 2006


Year
W-L
Division Finish
2000 44-53 4th *
2001 65-97 5th
2002 62-100 4th
2003 83-79 3rd
2004 58-104 5th
2005 56-106 5th
2006 13-37 (did not finish season)

*77-85 overall record

Totals 381-576 .398

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