I was listening to the local sports talk radio station this morning on my way to work. They were interviewing a columnist from St. Louis about the upcoming Cardinals/Royals series.
The topic of conversation ultimately turned to the Royals' current troubles. The guest (I wish I could remember his name, but can't) mentioned that he had spoken to Whitey Herzog recently. Whitey, if you recall, was the manager of the Royals during their great run in the 70's. Whitey then became the manager of the Cardinals and was their manager during the '85 World Series against the Royals.
Whitey is a strong-minded (read stubborn) individual who definitely has strong ideas about baseball and how to win baseball games. He knew how to adapt a ball club to its stadium as evidenced by his speedy teams in Kansas City and St. Louis, both of which played in cavernous ballparks with artificial turf.
Anyway, the radio guest said that when he spoke with him, Whitey told him that he wanted to come to Kansas City to try and turn this team around. He said the Whitey had very specific ideas on both how to get a winning team, but also how to gain back the adoration of the fans in Kansas City. He said that Whitey is lobbying for the job in Kansas City and wants to come here to make the Royals a proud franchise again.
Whether you like Whitey or not, you have to feel good that there is somebody out there who wants to take on this challenge. The Royals are a very broken organization. If there is somebody, especially a well respected baseball person, who wants to take on the challenge of fixing it, I say let's get it done.