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Moose to Venezuela

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Posted: 10/1/2013 10:58 AM

Moose to Venezuela 


I didn't see an existing topic on this, so I apologize if it was mentioned in another thread.

I saw a tweet this morning from a guy who I think is with MLB XM radio saying Yost told them Moose was going to Venezuela to play winter ball for six weeks.


Ned Yost just told us Mike Moustakas is heading to Venezuela to play Winter Ball for 6 weeks.



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Posted: 10/1/2013 11:01 AM

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Its been mentioned before. hes playing on Pedro's club... Gordon is going down there to
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Posted: 10/1/2013 11:05 AM

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Interesting....I didn't know Gordon was going.....I know there was some talk of Pedro reworking moose's swing. I started to see some minor things at end if season for moose. He wasn't as upright in stance, his hands were in different position and his knees were more bent...he was also loading a little differently. Gordon pretty much struggled all second half, so not sure if he's going to work on stuff or if he just likes to play ball so much he wanted to head to Venezuala. Wonder if Salvy and Esky are on Pedro's team too?

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Posted: 10/1/2013 11:06 AM

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kerg01 wrote: Interesting....I didn't know Gordon was going.....I know there was some talk of Pedro reworking moose's swing. I started to see some minor things at end if season for moose. He wasn't as upright in stance, his hands were in different position and his knees were more bent...he was also loading a little differently. Gordon pretty much struggled all second half, so not sure if he's going to work on stuff or if he just likes to play ball so much he wanted to head to Venezuala. Wonder if Salvy and Esky are on Pedro's team too?

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Escobar is, Perez is on a different team.
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Posted: 10/1/2013 11:13 AM

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I hope their manager is Tony Horton or Billy Blanks, otherwise I have little hope that he bounces back.  That man needs to drop 15 pounds stat.
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Posted: 10/1/2013 11:25 AM

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BurgRoyal wrote: I hope their manager is Tony Horton or Billy Blanks, otherwise I have little hope that he bounces back.  That man needs to drop 15 pounds stat.
Bah.  Unnecessary.

There are probably some nicely potent OTCs he can pick up while there.
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Posted: 10/1/2013 11:28 AM

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...for the corpse of Hugo Chavez
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Posted: 10/1/2013 11:37 AM

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Gordon has never been mentioned as playing Winter Ball.
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Posted: 10/1/2013 12:00 PM

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Ugh, why Venezuela?

Hope everyone stays safe.


Stupid science bitch couldn't even make I more smarter!
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Posted: 10/1/2013 12:02 PM

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I hope they stay healthy too.  Moose and Mendy are the only ones I would send!
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Posted: 10/1/2013 12:12 PM

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Its worth noting to the Royals have told Sal no catching. hes going to DH and play 1b
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Posted: 10/1/2013 12:49 PM

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Moustakas needs the work at the plate and also needs the humility lesson of fighting for your big league career.  Seems like he has the talent but if what the rumors of poor attitude and work habits are true, then he can't survive on potential much longer.  People will put up with BS if a player is really good but if they are as terrible as Moose was in 2013 - adios amigos.

Seems like Moose has been a silver spoon prospect type since day 1 so often those guys need a reality check.  Brett has the status to do it but don't think Yost does.  Players tell their managers to F*** off all the time - just watch the NBA.  I hope Moose comes back with some mechanical stuff worked out and some head/heart issues addressed too.

When examining the whole season, his lack of production is a HUGE factor in KC falling just a tad short of playoffs.  Jayson Stark had him in top 5 of LVP (least valuable player) for AL.
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Posted: 10/1/2013 2:14 PM

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Good for him. Get him hitting a baseball again like he can. Humble him too. With our limited funds to spend, improvement has to come from within and nobody can improve more than Moose. So here's to a good winter of learning and getting in top shape.
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Posted: 10/1/2013 2:16 PM

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Sending Moustakas to a land where fans will chew you up for half-assed play seems like a great idea. What channel are the Cardinales de Lara on?
"We know now that we can compete. We don't think it, we know it. We've proved it" - Ned Yost
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Posted: 10/1/2013 2:18 PM

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Don't come back
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Posted: 10/1/2013 2:34 PM

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Quick quotes on the Venezuela winterball scene:

sports.espn.go.com/mlb/worldcl...tory?id=2291228

"This isn't Grandma's Night at the ballpark. Be prepared to get wet, especially if you dare sit in the bleachers during a game between the Caracas Lions and Magallenes Navigators, a rivalry equal to Yankees-Red Sox. Whenever a run scores for the home team in this rivalry, beer is tossed into the air. Also be prepared for a beer shower right after the last out. Vendors walk the aisles selling whistles, blow horns and -- lots of beer. Beer is sold out of tubs of ice and it's sometimes tossed at umpires or players who fall into disfavor. Latin music is blasted on the P.A. system not just between innings, but also between at-bats. The atmosphere in one word is raucous. There is no such thing as the sound of silence. Fans sing, whistle, dance and yell obscenities. And they can't stand losing. The fans will let a pitcher or any player know if their performance is not up to par. Venezuelans are some of the most vocal I have ever observed."

www.worldbats.com/blog/2010/12...l-in-venezuela/

"The Venezuelan stadiums are, to be kind, unimpressive. There are no amenities like stadiums in the US. You will not find any luxury suites, nor will you find an exotic food menu to choose from. The club houses are tiny by American standards and according to Austen; none of them have showers with an adequate hot water supply. In Austen’s experience, though, the passion and enthusiasm of the fans surpasses anything he has seen in the US. Attendance figures dwarf any Minor League stadium and several Major League clubs. Crowds usually are usually between 25,000 and 35,000 people. However, if you happened to walk into one of those stadiums blind-folded you might think it was closer to 50,000 or 60,000. Austen noted that he had never seen anything like the enthusiasm these fans brought to each and every pitch. He told us that as a starting pitcher he “fed off the energy of the crowd. They made every single inning important.” Austen contrasted this enthusiasm with the small and quiet crowds in Salt Lake City where a July 4th game might draw 15,000 and sound like 10,000. He said the crowd impacted him so much that when he returned to the US for the 2009 season he had a hard time getting up for his starts. “Coming back to Salt Lake City after my first year, it was tough to get myself up for the game. The environment was dead. I could hear conversations in the stands from the mound. The only time the Americans would go crazy was on a home run. Down there, you strike out the first batter of the game and it’s like you struck out the last guy in the ninth. You’re constantly feeding off the crowd down there from the first pitch. Coming back was like coming off of a high.”"

So.. should be a good time
"We know now that we can compete. We don't think it, we know it. We've proved it" - Ned Yost
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Posted: 10/1/2013 3:50 PM

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If this playing environment stuff is true, this might be really good for Moose. Help see how blessed he is to play in the MLB, because honestly his butt should been in Omaha for 2 months.
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Posted: 10/1/2013 6:58 PM

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If all this attitude stuff is true, I think it's a great move for him to see the ghost of Christmas future.....if the Gordon thing is true, that's even better. Yost: "goto Venezuela and listen to everything Pedro teaches you...learn how to work like Alex F Gordon. I expect you to be Alex F Gordon when you get back, if not you better look for apartments in Omaha".
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If this playing environment stuff is true, this might be really good for Moose. Help see how blessed he is to play in the MLB, because honestly his butt should been in Omaha for 2 months.

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Posted: 10/2/2013 10:06 AM

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Should we be concerned for the Royals players going to Venezuela considering the massive crime rate there? I mean, the entire country is practically like Detroit or Chicago after dark.

Maybe I'm looking at this incorrectly. Not only would the extra work on the field be good for someone like Moustakas, but perhaps being blindfolded and held in captivity for ransom would be good too.

Sort of a life-gives-you-lemons-make-lemonade sort of thing.
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Posted: 10/2/2013 11:52 AM

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i think every hitter on our team should be down there working on their hitting, minus Sal and hosmer.  although hosmer could use some extra work to try and find some power in there so maybe he should be there too.
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