Royals Nightly
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Cumberland... HE GONE!
The Royals have fired pitching coach John Cumberland.

I've never been quite sure what to make of moves like this, maybe Cumberland really had some poor ideas, techniques, etc... Who knows really. That being said, look at the roster-- what exactly were they expecting??? Yes, its pretty lame that May and Anderson both tanked, but at the point at which the Royals were counting on these guys to lead a rotation in the first place, well, thats a hell of alot more indicative of what the problem might be than who the pitching coach is.

My favorite part of the AP story:

"From starters Brian Anderson and Darrell May to a series of poor choices at closer, the Royals have struggled on the mound. Cumberland helped piece together the Kansas City staff last season but was not as fortunate in 2004."

1) Did Cumberland have anything to do with the choice of closer?
2) Was sending Leskanic out there really a bad choice, or just a choice that didn't work out?

Ohh well...

Its still so hard to look at this team now versus what some of us were thinking on opening day... too many disapointments to count, and now, now its all over.


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