Additional Kansas City Royals Info
The Kansas City Royals are the World Champions! The team took game five, of the 2015 World Series and the thirty year draught is over.
The team finished their regular season with a record of 95-67, and entered the playoffs in great shape. They took on the Astros in round one of the playoffs, winning in five games.
Next up were the Blue Jays. They quickly won the first two games of the seven game series, but the Blue Jays found a way to win two of the next three. They went on to the World Series, with
the Mets as their opponent. The Royals took the first two games, before the Mets rallied to win game three. From there, The Royals won the next two games and the series.
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The Kansas City Royals are not amongst the historically-rich teams in major league baseball. They were founded in 1969, named in honor of the old Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues, which produced some of the greatest baseball players the game has ever seen, most notably, Satchel Paige, who is considered by some to be the greatest pitcher in the history of the game of baseball. The modern-day Kansas City Royals played at old Municipal Stadium from 1969-1973 before moving into Kauffman Stadium, which is their home to this day. As a team, the Royals were at their best during the 1980's, and were even one of baseball's biggest draws during that decade. It was during this decade that they had guys who could flat out play, like George Brett, Brett Saberhagen, and Bo Jackson, just to name a few. The modern-day Royals have been through some tough times, but are beginning to find their way out of the wilderness led by a young group of players such as Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, and Billy Butler. Their pitching staff is anchored by "Big Game" James Shields, who is amongst the league leaders on a year-to-year basis in regards to innings pitched and complete games.
Kansas City Royals Versus St. Louis Cardinals
The Royals are currently located in the American League Central division and their four rivals are the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago White Sox. They also have a rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals which is referred to as the I-70 rivalry. When major league baseball went to Interleague play in 1997, it allowed for the Cardinals and Royals to play in season games that that meant something, not just spring training games. The Cardinals have consistently maintained the upper hand in this series, and in the 76-game history of this series, they have a 45-31 record. The next meeting in this series will take place at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and that series will begin on June 2nd. These two teams were also the contestants in the 1985 World Series, in which the Royals won 4-3.
Outside of the Cardinals, whom it seems have a rivalry with every team in baseball, no other common opponent of the Royals really stands out as a rivalry. They have the four divisional opponents, but none of the so called "experts" would consider them a true rival. That probably has something to do with the Royals lack of success recently. Last season when the Royals nearly missed out on the playoffs was just their second winning season since 1993. Despite all of the non-success, this is an up and coming team that is on the verge of greatness, if they can just figure out a way to get all of these young bats to start hitting.
The Kansas City Royals currently sit at 40-36, good for second place in the American League Central, six games behind the red hot Cleveland Indians. The Royals have had injury problems galore this season, so their 40-36 record is actually quite impressive despite all of the injuries. Tim Collins, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Jason Vargas, and Mike Moustakas are all done for 2016. Still, the Royals have a deep farm, and that should get them back to the postseason in 2016.
The Kansas City Royals are coming off an average, but disappointing 2016 season. They finished the year with a record of 81-81, good for third place in the American League Central division, but nowhere near postseason contention. It is hard to imagine 81-81 being disappointing for a franchise like the Royals, but that is the case for the 2014 and 2015 American League Champions.
The Royals had a rather quiet off season. Their “big” move, was trading Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Jorje Soler. They also settled arbitration with first basemen Eric Hosmer and signed Danny Duffy to a five-year contract extension.
It is going to be really interesting to see what the Royals do at the trade deadline. If they are still in it, they might go in for one more ride, but if they are out of it, they have some very inviting trade targets who are their upcoming free agents- Eric Hosmer, Alcides Escobar, Mike Moustakas, etc. Stay tuned.
The Kansas City Royals had a very expected 2018 season, finishing last in the American League Central with just 58 wins, good for the second-worst record overall in either league. The Royals are in the opening stages of a rebuild so there is nothing else to say here so let’s move on.
The opening move of the offseason for the Royals was to signed right-handed pitcher Michael Ynoa to a minor league contract with a chance to make the opening day roster. Ynoa did not, but with how injuries are in baseball he is sure to get his chance at some point. Their next decision was to bring in former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as a special advisor for player development. Pay attention to this one, they could very well be stashing him somewhere until Ned Yost decides to retire, which could happen soon.
After claiming right-handed pitcher Connor Greene off waivers from the Cardinals, the Royals made a trio of one-year contract signings the next day- third baseman Chelsor Cuthbert, left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn, and right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn. In December they signed super-utility man Chris Owings to a one-year contract and speed demon outfielder Billy Hamilton to a one-year contract. Hamilton, once considered to be the next Ricky Henderson, has had struggles so far as a Major League outfielder, so perhaps a change of scenery will help his cause. After acquiring right-handed pitcher Chris Ellis from the Rangers, they brought back another speedy outfielder, Terrance Gore for another season, and also brought back former top pick outfielder Bubba Starling on a minor-league contract. In January they settled arbitration with the following- left-handed pitcher Eric Skoglund, catcher Meibrys Viloria, infielders Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn and right-handed pitchers Scott Barlow, Scott Blewett, Chris Ellis, Arnaldo Hernandez, Brad Keller, Kevin McCarthy, Sam McWilliams and Jake Newberry. They also extended their top young talent, super-utility man Whitt Merrifield for four seasons. They made a slew of offers to pitchers in February, highlighted by right-hander Drew Storen, right-hander Homer Bailey, right-hander Brad Boxberger, and left-hander Jake Diekman. The Royals have a plan. It may not come to fruition anytime soon, but they do have a plan.
For 2016, the Royals will start their season at home against the same Mets that they took down in 2015. They will play eleven games at home in the month of April, against The Mets, Twins, Tigers, and Orioles.
The Kansas City Royals had one of the best rosters in the league not too long ago and they rode that talented roster to an AL Pennant in 2014 and a World Series championship in 2015. As it stands in 2020, the Royals are now in the middle of a long rebuild.
In December, the Royals added left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery, right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn, and third baseman Maikel Franco on one-year contracts. They also added former St. Louis Cardinals standout closer Trevor Rosenthal on a minor league contract along with third baseman Humberto Arteaga and second baseman Erick Mejia on minor league contracts as well. They also traded infielder Cristian Perez to the Yankees for right-handed pitcher Chance Adams. In January they brought back veteran outfielder Alex Gordon for one more season and added former standout closer Greg Holland on a minor league contract. Most of the Royals best talent is at the lower levels, so it will be a couple of years before the fans start to see many of those young players begin to make their way to the Major League level.