Royals are Trending Up – Who is Responsible?

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This chart shows the Royals total winning percentage for all games from any date in the last 15 years up to the present.

(Using raw data from Baseball-Reference.com)

This chart also shows the approximate dates that some marquee members began appearing regularly for the Royals.

DMGM: Dayton Moore takes over as GM.

Yost: Edgar takes over as manager.

LF Gordo: Alex Gordon takes over as the everyday left fielder.

Hoz, Esky, Moose, Sal, and LoCain: These players become regular starters at their respective positions.

 

The goal of this chart is to see if any of these members have directly caused the Royals recent (5 years over .500!) swoon.

Or, is this a “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” type of scenario?

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

 

Notable:

*The Royals have been on an upward trend since late 2004. (nearly 1 ½ years before DMGMs arrival)

* The slope increases dramatically in 2009. (Is this DMGMs plan starting to bear fruit?)

* The slope increases again in 2011.

* As sample sizes decrease (latter 2015), the data points become less meaningful.

* Future charts will include real superstars. (Ken Harvey, Matt Stairs, Jimmy Gobble)

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