If I had a nickel for every time I wanted to do Royals General Manager Dayton Moore’s job, I’d have…a shitload of nickels. I’d love to think GMDM totally reads all the Royals blogs out there, and considers our suggestions. That’s proooobably not the case at all, but just in case: Hey GMDM, call up Lenny DiNardo! He could help your bullpen! And he’s a lefty!
Oh, and…he looks like this:
DiNardo started the year in the Omaha Royals (Triple-A) bullpen, but moved to the rotation in late April when saber-nerd Brian Bannister was called back up to the big club. In parts of five seasons in the Majors, he’s been used as both a starter and a reliever, and he’d be a nice – and much-needed – addition to Trey Hillman’s arsenal of lefties.
He’s had a fabulous season at Omaha so far. If he were called up, I’d miss watching him pitch as part of my job with that team, but I’d get over when I saw him bolster a bullpen that has been miserable. Ron Mahay is probably a great guy, and he has a beautiful family and all, but you can’t keep pumping innings out of him just because he’s left-handed. John Bale is John Bale, and has always been John Bale. And that’s it for the southpaw relievers in Kansas City.
This season is a lost one. Some are saying this team, despite having one of the best starters and one of the best closers in baseball, could flirt with 100 losses. It cannot possibly hurt to give this deserving fellow a chance.