On Wednesday, Jose Guillen said that the Royals were, fundamentally speaking, “one of the worst teams in all of
baseball.” He also said that “sometimes you want to just punch them [meaning his teammates], but you can’t do that
because they’re your teammates. Respect for the game has been
lost. That pisses me off.”
You’d think that airing that kind of stuff in public would earn Guillen a trip to the doghouse, but apparently not. Dayton Moore loves it:
Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.
This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.
The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.