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Gore Right Man for 25th Man

Patrick Strathman - April 11, 2016 11:26 am

Mike Hammett

No matter what I or the other talking heads have to say, the Kansas City Royals insist they know their roster better than the rest of us.

One of these days, I’ll fully trust what General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost are doing. I’m a lot better than I used to be, but the decision to take Terrance Gore on the 25 man roster to open the season over other options was a bit of a head scratcher.

Well, that was until this happened on Sunday.

Yes, Gore doesn’t provide a lot for the Royals other than his ability to run. But, he is one of, if not the, fastest players in baseball. When used correctly, he is a dangerous weapon.

On Sunday, Christian Colon walked to open the bottom of the 10th. Yost inserted Gore as a pinch runner for his second baseman, knowing if it didn’t pan out, Omar Infante was available to play. Gore’s speed was clearly in the front of the mind of Twins’ pitcher Trevor May, who made an errant pick-off throw to first, allowing Gore to motor all the way around to third.

Gore then was able to scoot home on a wild pitch that did not get all that far away. No other Royals player could have scored on that play. Only Terrance Gore.

His value might be limited. But his value could prove huge to win games that the Royals might not otherwise be able to claim. Would any of the other players that were options for the 25th spot have been able to impact one single game as large as Gore did on Sunday? It’s doubtful.

Gore might not get used much on the bench. But when Jarrod Dyson comes back from his oblique injury, it might be in the best interest of the Royals to keep Gore with the big squad and send down either Reymond Fuentes or Paulo Orlando. Speed kills in all sports, even in baseball.

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