KANSAS CITY, Mo. —David Glass has a definitive answer to persistent rumors circulating that he is looking to sell the Royals:
"I have never ever talked to anyone about selling the club," he said. "Period. I have never had a discussion with anyone about it, and I have no interest in doing so."
Those rumors continue to buzz through the blogosphere, fueled by occasional discussion on talk radio, but Glass said he was unaware of them until questioned Thursday by The Kansas City Star.
"The only guys who hear rumors are you guys in the media," he said. "I'm surprised to hear that (we're looking to sell the club). We've never considered it. We've never talked to anybody. And we have no interest in talking to anybody about it. Period."
Glass bought the Royals in April 2000 from the estate of the late Ewing Kauffman after serving the previous seven years as interim chairman and chief executive officer following Kauffman's death in 1993.
The club, under Glass' stewardship, experienced a staggering decline in competitiveness after spending the two previous decades among the game's elite franchises.
The Royals have only one winning season since 1994 and carried a 51-69 record into Thursday's game against Cleveland at Kauffman Stadium.
Even so, the organization shows signs of reinvigorating itself following sharp increases in funding for scouting and player development over the last four-plus seasons under general manager Dayton Moore.
The club's farm system now appears loaded with high-end prospects.
"I want to be around for the good times," Glass chuckled. "I don't want to miss that. I think we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think the organization is doing it the right way.
"It's hard to have the patience that you need, but the payoff will be worth it. I absolutely believe that. I think we're getting close, and I'm excited about it."
Glass often gets a first-hand view in assessing many of the organization's top prospects because he lives just minutes away from its Class AA affiliate in Northwest Arkansas.
"What's fun is you go to the games down here," he said, "and see all of the scouts (from other clubs) sitting behind home plate with their radar guns. It's a sign that you do have some talent when you begin to attract the attention of other teams.
"There are no guarantees, but Dayton and J.J. (Picollo, who oversees the scouting and player-development departments) have enough numbers coming through the system now some percentage of them are going to succeed.
"We know there are no sure things. And some of them won't wind up being as good as you thought they were going to be. But others will surprise you. What you need are big numbers coming through so the percentage who do succeed get you where you want to go."
Glass believes the Royals have those numbers in the pipeline and are poised to succeed in coming years. Why would he walk away, he asks, when things finally appear to be falling into place?
"Let's just keep building on all of this and make it work," he said. "I am excited, and I really think we've done it the right way — as painful as it's been. It's hard to have the patience to see it through, but we're almost there."