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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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