Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 1/17/12
The Royals have cranked up an ambitious promotion campaign for 2012 a year in which theyll host the All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium. Beyond the buzz over that midsummer event, however, the Royals theme is aimed directly at what happens on the field. The two-word catchphrase for the coming season: Our Time. Unless youve been watching the Royals from up close, that seems like an ambitious boast especially for a team that finished 24 games from the top of the AL Central in 2011 and has scraped out just one winning season in 17 years. There are no guarantees in sport, of course, but the Royals suddenly appear to have re-invented themselves. Theyve created one of the best farm systems in baseball, and the talent developed through that work and financial investment has begun to produce victories and some goose bumps around the American League. An army of gifted young players appeared last year, and a few of the clubs earlier high draft picks guys like Alex Gordon and Luke Ho...
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