KANSAS CITY, Mo. In some respects, Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar became the poster child for the team's losing ways over the past few years.
A former No. 1 overall pick, Hochevar not only fell far short of those lofty expectations, he became the target of misdirected anger from all angles from fans, bloggers and media. The more the team lost, and the more Hochevar lost, the more he became the explanation for all things bad.
As Hochevar's losses mounted (16 last season, against eight wins) and his ERA skyrocketed (5.73 in 2012), he often was described by some fans as one of the worst starters in baseball.
Fans moaned in absolute disbelief last winter when the Royals tendered his contract instead of outright releasing him, and, worse, then avoided arbitration by signing him to a 4.56 million one-year deal.
But all the cries of anguish have subsided through the first six weeks of the season.
Hochevar is no longer Public Enemy No. 1 to Royals fans. In fact, since being conve...