Originally written on The Viril View: On the KC Royals  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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by John Viril— This morning, Royals manager Ned Yost announced that Luke Hochevar was no longer part of the competition for no. 5 starter and will be moved to the pen. At long last, the team has accepted that former no. 1 overall pick Hochevar is not a starter in major league baseball. Finally, they have accepted reality. This small dose of common sense bodes well for the success of the upcoming season. For far too long, the Royals deluded themselves that success was “just around the corner” for Hochevar. They tinkered with his mechanics. They gave him start after start. They made nonsensical excuses such as claiming he was “too competitive” or didn’t pitch inside enough. They ran and hid from what was so obviously the truth about their former prize prospect: he melts down with runners on base. Now, I have no idea if using him out of the bullpen is a good idea. With Hochevar’s well-documented problems with runners on base, Yost will have to be very smart to get useful service from h...
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