Rany Jazayerli, Banned By the Royals

Rany Jazayerli, of Baseball Prospectus and Rany on the Royals fame, has been banned by the team for having the temerity to challenge the job done by the Royals' medical staff.

His offense was to call for the firing of long-time Royals trainer Nick Swartz. He described in detail many of the Royals' missteps regarding the health of their players over the years, including three big cases this year with Coco Crisp, Mike Aviles and Joakim Soria.

We've already been critical of the job Dayton Moore has done in other arenas (the Jose Guillen signing, trading for Mike Jacobs), but this goes beyond the pale. If the Royals want to wear blinders and put their hands over their ears and pretend nothing's wrong, that's there prerogative. But by trying to silence someone who is shining the light on the situation, they're demonstrating that not only are they doing poorly, they're incapable of improving.


By: Dave Regan
On: 7/2/2009 12:30:00 PM
So what do the Royals do, circulate photos among the security staff of guys to not let in the gates? What if Rany dyes his hair (does he have any?), wears a hat, and leaves the Jazayerli jersey at home? It's okay for me to call Ned Colletti a buffoon for signing Jason Schmidt, Andruw Jones, and Juan Pierre, but as I don't have a Rany-like following, HE gets banned for calling for hte firing of a trainer?

Boo-hoo Mr. Swartz.
By: Chris Liss
On: 7/2/2009 1:33:00 PM
Interesting, but not surprising. The first move by entrenched interests is usually to marginalize the whistle blower. Only when what the whistle blower's saying is apparent to enough people does a business (or government) actually try to correct the problem. Glad you posted this - hopefully it'll get some traction. Actually, that they banned him probably ensures that it will. They would have been much smarter to ignore it or defend their record to Rany and others respectfully.
By: Jason Thornbury
On: 7/2/2009 7:12:00 PM
Now that's a head-scratcher. What exactly did the Royals "ban" him from? It's not like they were handing out credentials to bloggers anyway (or were they?). I'm sure Rany has a sizable following among Royals fans, but I don't get why the team would concern itself with something like this. As Liss said, "banning" him only ensures that the offending item will get more attention.
By: Dave Regan
On: 7/2/2009 10:29:00 PM
I wonder how long it would take me to get "banned" from Dodger Stadium? Something to work towards.
By: Erickson
On: 7/3/2009 9:14:00 AM
Update: The Royals lifted their ban on Rany after the issue became public.
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