The Kansas City Royals

By Drew Bell

How the Royals Came to be

In 1968 when the Kansas City Athletics moved to Oakland, Major League Baseball decided they wanted to expand the league to 24 teams. The MLB granted Kansas City one of the four expansion teams. The new team was owned by Ewing M. Kauffman and he then named the team the Kansas City Royals. In 1969, the Royals played their first game and came back from a 3-1 deficit in extra innings to defeat the eventual Western Divisional Champions the Minnesota Twins. The Royals finished their first season at 69-93.

The Royals Playoff Accomplishments

1980- The Royals won the ALCS against the New York Yankees. The Royals took the world by surprise and swept the Yankees.

1980- The Royals made their first appearance in the world series but sadly lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.

1985- The Royals made another appearance in the ALCS playing against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Royals eventually won the series in a blowout game that the Royals won 6-2.

1985-The Royals played the Cardinals in the World Series. They won the title in game seven with a score of 11-0.

2014-The Royals shocked the world by winning their first nine playoff games, but only to be beat by the Giants in the World Series losing it all in Game 7.

2015- As manager Ned Yost said, "We have unfinished business!" The Royals sure did complete that business by winning not only the ALCS, but also winning their first World Series title in thirty years. The Royals won the World Series in six games against the New York Mets.

Royals and their Off season Journey

The Royals have been some what quiet through out the off season so far. They have only signed pitcher Chris Young and brought back pitcher Joakim Soria. Sadly, the Royals just lost star utility man Ben Zobrist to the Chicago Cubs, where he signed a 4 year, $56 million contract this past Tuesday, December 8, 2015. The Royals are supposed to be picking up speed here soon there has been talk of signing left handed pitcher Scott Kazmir. There have also been ideas of the Royals signing outfielder Gerado Parra who is a two time Gold Glove winner.

There has also been a trade rumor going around involving the Reds right fielder Jay Bruce. Bruce although is on the last year of his contract and could be another expensive price tag on top of stars such as Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer, and Lorenzo Cain next year.

Now how about those fans?

I think it is safe to say that the Royals could possibly the best fan base in the whole league. This season a total of 2,708,549 people attended Royals games this season. The last time the Royals had over two million people attend in one season was in 1990. This season the Royals won the World Series and the celebration parade had hundreds of thousands of people attend. There was twice the population of Kansas City, MO, in attendance. Just goes to show, we love our Royals!
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