Kansas City Royals Tickets
The Kansas City Royals compete in the Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member team of the American League (AL) Central division. They were founded as an expansion franchise in 1969 and have been based in Kansas City ever since. Known as The Blue Crew, the Royals have been to the World Series four times, out of which they have won twice, first in 1985 and then in 2015. The Royals, however, failed to make the playoffs in 2016.
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Etymology of Royals originates from Kansas City’s 1899 annual competition, called the American Royal. The Kansas City Royals came into being thanks to Ewing Kauffman, the club’s founder and Stuart Symington, a former US Senator. It was Senator Symington from Missouri who demanded a new professional baseball team for the city when the Kansas City Athletics moved to Oakland, California, in 1968.
The Early Years
Unlike other expansion teams, who struggle to make their mark early on, the Royals made it to the playoffs on seven occasions between 1976 and 1985. They won their first World Series in 1985 and also won two AL Pennants during this time. This was largely due to Willie Wilson, Frank White, George Brett, John Mayberry, Hal McRae, Amos Otis and Bret Saberhagen’s efforts.
The Royals in Decline
While the Royals remained competitive from 1985 throughout the early 1990s, they failed to make an appearance in the playoffs. From 1995 to 2012, they had only one winning season. All in all, from 1986 to 2013, the Royals did not make the playoffs, making it one of the longest postseason droughts during baseball’s current wild-card era.
Breaking the Streak
In 2014, the Royals secured their first wild card berth and advanced to the World Series. They won the AL Wild Card game against the Oakland Athletics. The advancing Royals then beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and won the American League Division series. They then won the American League Championship series by defeating the Baltimore Orioles. After making it into the World Series, the Royals were defeated by the San Francisco Giants 3-4.
World Champions Again – 30 Years in the Making
The Royals carried the momentum into 2015 and won the American League Division series by defeating the Houston Astros 3-2. They then defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 to win the American League Championship series. The Royals found themselves in the World Series again and this time they defeated the New York Mets 4-1 to win their second World Series title.
Since the Royals are a relatively new team, therefore they do not have a historic rivalry against a particular team or teams. However, their games against the New York Yankees have garnered interest from baseball fans.
From 1976 to 1980, the two teams met for the American League Championship series on four occasions, with Yankees winning three of these games; the Royals won once in 1980. Lou Piniella of the Yankees and George Brett of the Royals have testified to the fact that the two teams had a bit of rivalry going on back then.
There is also evidence of a rivalry between the Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals. This rivalry dates back to 1985 when the Royals beat the Cardinals in the World Series. The Cardinals maintain an upper hand in this rivalry with 51 wins to 39 losses.
Wearing royal blue, gold, black, light blue and white color jerseys, the Kansas City Royals have Sluggerrr the lion as their mascot.
The Kauffman Stadium which was named after the Royals founder, Ewing Kauffman is home to the Kansas City Royals. Popularly known as The K, the stadium opened in 1973 and was specifically built for baseball. This stadium along with Dodger Stadium is cited as two of the best modernist stadiums. Kauffman Stadium can seat as many as 37,903.
Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain will be free agents after the 2017 MLB season. The Royals won their 2014 AL Pennant and the 2015 World Series largely due to these players. In the likely event that the team does not sign all four again, will the MLB 2017 season be the Royals last real shot at a World Series title?
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