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Robert Ford came to 610 Sports Radio in 2009 as the station’s “Royals Insider.”  He currently serves as the pre and post game show host for Royals Broadcasts on 610.  The Syracuse graduate has been around professional baseball as a reporter and broadcaster for over a decade.

Royals Spring Training Report for Sun, 3/25

Not only did the Royals option Johnny Giavotella to Omaha today, but manager Ned Yost said both Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt would share time at second base once the season starts. I thought the Royals would give Giavotella until the end of camp to try and win the second base job, but I’m not surprised by his demotion. Frankly, Giavotella didn’t do enough to win the job; his defense, while improved, still needs work, and he didn’t look great at the plate. Coming into camp, it was an open secret that Giavotella would need to hit to be the everyday second baseman. Royals general manager Dayton Moore often talks about wanting prospects to “force their hand,” or play so well that the Royals have to promote them and Giavotella hasn’t done that. However, if Giavotella were better defensively, the Royals would be more tolerant of his spring training offensive struggles.

I’m more surprised the Royals are going with two second baseman. Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of guys sharing a position, especially early in the season; it’s hard to get into any sort of offensive rhythm when you’re not playing every day. Betancourt as the regular second baseman weakens the Royals bench so, if you’re the Royals, you have to hope either Getz goes on a tear offensively or Giavotella hits well enough at Omaha to force a call-up. But, what if neither one of those things happen? Do you go with Getz and Betancourt sharing second all season? I just don’t see that sort of sharing working out well over the course of an entire year.

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Topics : Human Interest
Locations : Omaha
People : Chris GetzDayton MooreJohnny GiavotellaNed YostYuniesky Betancourt

03/26/2012 12:20AM
Royals Spring Training Report for Sun, 3/25
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