Jose Guillen may or may not want to kill his manager, the Royals have won four in a row, the trading deadline approacheth…and your humble scribe has been felled by a nasty case of the stomach flu. I’m back to eating solid foods again, and I did lose four pounds in the ordeal, so that’s something. Let’s try to catch up quick before
I’m not sure I can add anything about the Guillen situation that hasn’t already been said. I agree with Mellinger that this time, at least, it wasn’t Guillen’s fault. This wouldn’t the first time that ESPN Deportes has reported something that turned out to be meritless, and I’ve already heard from other sources that this story is complete bunk. But I also agree with Posnanski that the Royals are – and ought to be – at their wit’s end with Jose.
But whose fault is that? Dayton Moore bid against himself to sign Guillen, offering him $12 million per when there were no credible offers from other teams that were anywhere close. Guillen’s behavior this season isn’t a revelation; it’s a logical extension of his actions from his previous decade in the majors.
Here’s my biggest beef with the Guillen situation: it’s an accepted fact that the easiest way to set Guillen off is to keep him off the field, and that as long as you keep him in the lineup everyday he’ll be happy. This isn’t a terrible trait for a player to have in the abstract – there are worse problems than to have a player that doesn’t want to take a day off. But the Royals are taking this approach to an absolutely absurd extreme.
The Royals have played 10 games in the last 10 days, and Guillen has started all but one of them, playing the outfield every time. And the man can’t run. He’s got a strained groin, an injury that hurts just to think about. He aggravated the injury last Saturday, but stayed in the game even though he had to waddle after flyballs. The Royals lost the game after an easy flyout dropped in for a double in the 8th; the fans let Guillen have it; everybody loses. Guillen got the next day off, but was back in the lineup playing right field for the entire
Because he’s Jose Guillen, and he wants to play. And the Royals are letting Jose Guillen play when he wants to play. And everybody loses.
Happier topics to discuss in the morning. (I'd write more now, but baseball-reference.com is down at the moment, and I'm helpless without it.)