May 31, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Kansas City Royals right fielder Nori Aoki is struck by a pitch from Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Todd Redmond (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Royals disappointing Start and Brandon Flowers

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What’s with the Royals? After last season’s 86-76 finish, there was a lot of hope that 2014 could be the season the Royals end their 29-year playoff drought. But the team is a disappointing 26-30 on June 1. Rany Jazayerli wrote a special to the Kansas City Star asserting the problem has been that the Royals have failed to develop their talent.

Not satisfied with the limited room in print journalism, Jazayerli had more to say on his own “Rany on the Royals” blog. Rany makes the case that time is short for the Dayton Moore era:

But I don’t think I’m being unreasonable when I say that if 2014 was the make-or-break year for Moore, then June is his make-or-break month. If the Royals can climb back to .500 by month’s end, then maybe the grim reaper should be held back for a little while longer...But if the Royals aren’t any higher in the standings at the end of June than they are at the beginning of it, it’s time for the owner to do what only the owner can do.

The Chiefs have their own personnel issues despite their 11-5 playoff season in 2013—the first year of the Andy Reid/John Dorsey regime. Many have argued that CB Brandon Flowers is a poor fit in defensive-coordinator Bob Sutton’s defense. Arrowhead Addict’s Ben Nielsen argues letting Flowers go would be mistake.

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Star’s Tod Palmer reports on Missouri Tigers women’s soccer star Kaysie Clark’s second chance at the women’s national team by getting an invite to U-23 national team tryouts.

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